“My Friend Dah­mer”

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When it comes to LGBT fare at the movies, it can often be hit or miss. The spring, for in­stance, had scant rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but the fall sea­son – when ev­ery­one puts on their Os­car-sniff­ing hats – has some ma­jor mo­tion pic­tures, all look­ing for awards and box of­fice glory, like 2016’s”Moon­light” did.

The big­gie this sea­son is “Call Me By Your Name.” Based on the beloved novel and set in Italy in the sum­mer of 1983, it fol­lows the re­la­tion­ship of an Amer­i­can-Ital­ian (Ti­mothée Cha­la­met) and the Amer­i­can stu­dent (Ar­mie Ham­mer) stay­ing with his fam­ily. The two share a ro­man­tic sum­mer to­gether. It has a gay di­rec­tor in Luca Guadagnino, a gay screen­writer in the leg­endary James Ivory and sev­eral gay pro­duc­ers. By all re­ports, it’s a fine film, but what re­mains to be seen is how well it’s re­ceived com­mer­cially. Its dis­trib­u­tor has shunned all US LGBT film fes­ti­vals and hasn’t been sub­tle about pro­mot­ing the film more as “uni­ver­sal” than gay. It will be in­ter­est­ing, too, to see how the in­fa­mous peach scene is han­dled.

An­other film seek­ing Os­car at­ten­tion is “Bat­tle of the Sexes,” star­ring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. It’s the story of ten­nis great Bil­lie Jean King and her 1973 na­tion­ally tele­vised match with sex­ist Bobby Riggs. The film also fea­tures Alan Cum­ming as Ted Tin­ling and An­drea Rise­bor­ough as Mar­i­lyn Barnett, who has an af­fair with King (and later sues and outs her). The film­mak­ers made “Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine” – also with Carell – and are clearly com­fort­able with LGBT ma­te­rial, so the out­look ap­pears promis­ing.

With “Won­der Woman” a smash this sum­mer, the tim­ing is per­fect for the new “Pro­fes­sor Marston and the Won­der Women.” Di­rected by les­bian An­gela Robinson, the film tells the story of how the comic book char­ac­ter arose from the com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship of Wil­liam Moul­ton Marston, his wife (Re­becca Hall) and his mis­tress (Bella Heath­cote) — who are also sex­u­ally


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“Call Me By Your Name”

in­volved with each other. Early re­ports sug­gest that it’s both en­joy­able and bold – and doesn’t skimp on the kink. Marston is played by out ac­tor Luke Evans, seen ear­lier this year in “Beauty and the Beast.”

A few years back, out di­rec­tor Dee Rees had a crit­i­cal smash with “Pariah.” Now she is back with “Mud­bound,” which made a splash at Sun­dance, cen­ter­ing around two men who come home to Mis­sis­sippi af­ter fight­ing in World War II and have to deal with the af­ter­math, as well as the area’s racism. Gar­rett Hed­lund and and Carey Mul­li­gan head­line the ensem­ble.

In what’s been called a hap­pier “Broke­back Moun­tain,” Fran­cis Lee’s “God’s Own Coun­try” stars Josh O’Con­nor as a young farmer in York­shire, not yet above heavy drink­ing and ca­sual sex, whose life changes when a sexy mi­grant worker from Ro­ma­nia (Alec Se­care­anu) ar­rives to help on the farm.

Not high on the gay con­tent, but creepy as hell, “My Friend Dah­mer” stars Ross

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Clock­wise from top: Lynch as the high school ver­sion of the in­fa­mous se­rial killer Jef­frey Dah­mer, deal­ing with his at­trac­tion to men and his own in­tro­verted per­son­al­ity. Anne Heche and Dal­las Roberts co-star as his par­ents, too pre­oc­cu­pied with their dis­solv­ing mar­riage to re­al­ize what is go­ing on with their son.

Fi­nally, Out On Film bows its 30th an­niver­sary year on Sept. 28 with more than 120 films, open­ing with “Happy: A Small Film with a Big Smile,” about how for­mer At­lantan – and vis­ual artist – Leonard Zim­mer­man used his art as a cop­ing method when his part­ner un­ex­pect­edly passed away.

Ti­mothée Cha­la­met and Ar­mie Ham­mer’s char­ac­ters (squat­ting, left to right) share a ro­man­tic Ital­ian sum­mer to­gether in ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ open­ing Nov. 24. Re­becca Hall and Luke Evans star in ‘Pro­fes­sor Marston and the Won­der Women,’ open­ing Oct. 24. Ross Lynch as Jef­frey Dah­mer in ‘My Friend Dah­mer,’ open­ing Nov. 3. Gar­rett Hed­lund and Jason Mitchell star in ‘Mud­bound,’ open­ing Nov. 17 (Public­ity photos)

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