(Jake Choi), and they’re so different they must be made for each other. This romantic comedy is more romantic than comedic, sometimes quite serious but the mood never stays oppressively heavy for long. RETAKE (***) Oct. 2, 7:05 p.m.
“Vertigo” meets “Pretty Woman” when middle-aged Tuc Watkins hires young hustler Devon Graye to ride with him from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon, role-playing his lost love in a recreation of their last trip together. Life isn’t as simple as movies but “Retake” combines the best of both. TAEKWONDO (**) Oct. 2, 9:20 p.m.
“Taekwondo” is the teasingest movie ever, gay or straight. Fer (Lucas Papa) invites dreamy-eyed Germán (Gabriel Epstein) to an Argentine spa, where seven often-naked but mostly straight dudes are in residence. Talk about a chorizo party! Germán lusts after Fer and the camera stays in everyone’s crotch, torturing the audience. LETTER TO ANITA Oct. 3, 4 p.m.
In 1977 pop singer/professed Christian/ orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant’s crusade hurt our movement but galvanized us into action that led to many subsequent (***) victories. Dr. Ronni Sanlo lost custody of her children because of Bryant, leading her to an inspiring career of activism. She thanks Anita and we thank Ronni. LAZY EYE (***) Oct. 3, 7:15 p.m.
“Lazy Eye” sounds dreadful but it isn’t. Dean ( Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) and Alex (Aaron Costa Ganis) reconnect after 15 years, have a quickie, and talk. And talk. And talk. But the guys are real, their situation intriguing, the dialogue interesting; and writer-director Tim Kirkman (“Loggerheads”) knows how to make a movie. FIRST GIRL I LOVED Oct. 3, 8:15 p.m.
Yearbook photographer Anne (Dylan Gelula) is crushing on softball superstar Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand), but Anne’s best friend Clifton (Mateo Arias) reacts badly because he’s had a crush on Anne all this time. Relive the agony and ecstasy of your first same-sex crush, with Kerem Sanga’s novel narrative style providing surprises. (***) PARIS 05:59: THEO & HUGO (***) Oct. 3, 9:20 p.m.
The amazing 20-minute sex club sequence is both artistic and pornographic, by any definitions. Théo (Geoffrey Couët) and Hugo (François Nambot) meet and THE SLIPPERS (** 1/2) Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m.
With Hollywood nostalgia like Turner Classic Movies on steroids, this film follows at least four pairs of ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz,” which jumpstarted the movie memorabilia industry. A great hourlong documentary is stretched into a good hour-and-a-half feature. BEING 17 (** 1/2) Oct. 4, 7:05 p.m.
Damien and Thomas fight in school but have to learn to live together when Thomas moves in temporarily with Damien’s family. Damien is gay but if Thomas is too, he represses it better. Technically first-rate, the movie must have triggered some suppressed memories to keep me from appreciating it fully. CLOSET MONSTER (***) Oct. 4, 9:15 p.m.
The relatable tale of a young man, Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup), struggling not to be gay, mixes with fantasy (Buffy, the talking hamster) in Stephen Dunn’s new twist on Audience Award Best Documentary: Real Boy Jury Award Outstanding First Feature: Jonathan Jury Award Outstanding Documentary: Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
U.S. Narrative Audience Award: Miles Audience Award for Best First U.S. Dramatic Feature: Suicide Kale U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Spa Night International Grand Jury Prize: Being 17 Grand Jury Award Best Documentary: Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four Grand Jury Special Mention for Outstanding Performance: Joe Seo in Spa Night Special Programming Award Emerging Talent: Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Sara Jordenö, Kiki an old coming-out story. You may not like Oscar but you’ll root for him. SLASH (** 1/2) Oct. 5, 6:15 p.m.
Neil (Michael Johnston), 15, and Julia (Hannah Marks), 16, make an unconvincing “bisexual” couple as they bond over a mutual interest in writing erotic fan-fiction – his gay, hers straight. They both just need to meet the right guy. REAL BOY (***) Oct. 5, 8:20 p.m.
In an upbeat, positive look at the transgender experience (without glossing over difficulties), Shaleece Haas has created a documentary that plays like a narrative film. It follows Rachel’s transition to Bennett with the help of two amazing friends, one in identical circumstances and one who’s been there and done that. AN ACT OF LOVE (***) Oct. 6, 6:45 p.m.
Conservative Methodists saw the writing on the wall after Stonewall and prohibited ministers from officiating in same-sex weddings. Rev. Frank Schaefer broke the rule for his own son and was defrocked, then refrocked, while the church remains split on the topic. The film should inspire others to follow their conscience.
September 16, 2016