Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

Sabrina, Awkwafina, and the return of "Shrill."

NewNowNext spotlights the latest (and queerest) movies, TV shows, web series, and other LGBTQ shit for your viewing pleasure in our weekly watch list. Grab your popcorn, squirrel friends!

In Theaters

The Gentlemen

Director Guy Ritchie returns to the slick action-crime comedy genre that put him on the map (see 2000’s Snatch) with this all-star tale of a marijuana mogul, Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), looking to sell off his empire and retire. Hugh Grant (who was so amazing as a closeted British politician in Amazon’s must-see limited series A Very English Scandal) plays gay again, this time as Fletcher, a skeevy private investigator chasing a scoop about Mickey for a tabloid. Also here for the party: Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery. (Opens January 24, STX Entertainment)

DVD and VOD

An Almost Ordinary Summer

It’s like The Birdcage without the cage when rich art dealer Tony (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) and fisherman Carlo (Alessandro Gassmann) bring their respective families together for a vacation and reveal that they are gay, in love, and plan to be married in three weeks. The two clans from different social classes and mind-sets must then contend with this news, each other, and at least one plot to sabotage the men’s relationship. With the recent news that Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite was bought up for an English-language HBO adaptation, here’s hoping we get an American sitcom based on this, complete with a sassy houseboy or two. (Available now on DVD, Wolfe Video)
 

Church & State

Spoiler alert: We won the fight for marriage equality. Yet directors Holly Tuckett and Kendall Wilcox have mined a tense and largely forgotten chapter in the queerstory books with their 2018 documentary about Utah’s repugnant constitutional Amendment 3—passed in 2004 with enthusiastic support from the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—and the spunky gay activist, small Utah law firm, and plaintiff couples who spearheaded the effort to get it overturned. Luckily, love wins, henny. (Available now on DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)
 

West North West

In between episodes of The L Word: Generation Q, why not make time for a Japan-set lesbian love triangle? In West North West, an Iranian art student, Naima (Sahel Rosa), is befriended by cocktail bar employee Kei (Hanae Kan), who’s stuck in a tumultuous relationship with her jealous fashion model girlfriend, Ai (Yûka Yamauchi). Come for the dramz, but also expect a nuanced slow-burner exploring cross-cultural differences… and universal similarities. (Available now on DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

TV and Streaming

Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty

Delightful lesbian comic Fortune Feimster—who’s popped up on The Mindy Project, Last Comic Standing, and most recently on The L Word: Generation Q—heads up her own Netflix stand-up special. Be there for the laffs! (Streaming now on Netflix)
 
https://youtu.be/iftQNDmcetY

Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens

In her new semi-autobiographical sitcom, Golden Globe winner Awkwafina plays a version of herself—even using her real name, Nora Lum—while gay actors BD Wong and Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang co-star as Nora’s widower father and cousin, respectively. Despite an Oscar snub for her sterling performance in The Farewell (we laughed, we cried, we stanned), Awkwafina is clearly on a roll—a second season of Nora has already been greenlit. (Premieres January 22 on Comedy Central)
 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Last season, a.k.a. “Part 2,” Sabrina’s friend Theo Putnam, played by nonbinary actor Lachlan Watson, came out as transgender. Lachlan has since been promoted to a series regular, so Theo’s position in Sabrina’s (Kiernan Shipka) “Fright Club” gang should be even more prominent in Part 3—which could prove handy given that they’re going to face a “tribe of pagans looking to resurrect an ancient evil.” Bonus: Netflix has already greenlit Part 4! (Streaming January 24 on Netflix)
 

Shrill

Aidy Bryant’s zaftig-and-proud journalist Annie is back—and so is her gay, bitchy, fitness-obsessed alt-weekly boss Gabe (John Cameron Mitchell), with even more huffing and puffing to do in Shrill’s addictive second go-round. Recent Logo30 honorees Joel Kim Booster and Patti Harrison also return for some queer ol’ fun. (Streaming January 24 on Hulu)

Main image: Joel Kim Booster (left) and Patti Harrison in Shrill.

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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