Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

Ru hits the road, queer cheerleaders bring it, and Billy Porter goes awf.

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

Like a Boss

Billy Porter, a.k.a. He Who Owns the Red Carpet, steals some scenes in director Miguel Arteta’s (Chuck & Buck) comedy about BFFs Mia (Tiffany Haddish) and Mel (Rose Byrne), whose relationship and cosmetics company are put to the test when an industry giant, Claire (Salma Hayek, continuing a string of delicious corporate villain roles), buys them out and wreaks havoc on their lives. The moment when Mia and Mel fire Porter’s character promises your money’s worth of dramz and laughs for days. (Opens January 10, Paramount Pictures)
 

Underwater

Coming off some French arthouse fare last year, Kristen Stewart kicks off 2020 with a tasty sci-fi horror flick about an aquatic research crew (including Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, T.J. Miller, and John Gallagher Jr.) who come face-to-face with creepy monsters in the wake of a deep sea earthquake. (Opens January 10, 20th Century Fox)

DVD and VOD

The Lighthouse

There’s more than a touch of homoerotic subtext—including a near-kiss between Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe—in Robert Egger’s darkly comic psychological horror film about a newly hired young lighthouse keeper (Pattinson) who slowly goes mad (and thirsty for mermaid sex) under his literally weathered asshole superior (Dafoe). Shot in black-and-white with claustrophobic, narrow framing (and featuring scenery-chewing seagull co-stars), it will haunt you long after the credits roll. (Available now on DVD, Lionsgate)

TV and Streaming

Ellen’s Game of Games

Recent recipient of the Golden Globes’ Carol Burnett Award, Ellen DeGeneres brings us the second season of her primetime game show, featuring extra-sized versions of her fave challenges. Who doesn’t want to see people dropped into a giant vat of casserole during a round of “You Bet Your Wife?” (Premieres January 7 on NBC)
 

Cheer

Netflix’s six-episode docuseries serves serious “competitive cheerleading” realness and gravity-defying, nail-biting stunts from the Navarro College team of Texas, which has won 14 National Championships since 2000 and is gearing up for its next. Several LGBTQ-identified members pop up (literally), including La’Darius Marshall, who opens up in Episode 3 about his sexuality, its effects on his family, and the critical role cheer has played in helping him realize his self-worth. (Streaming January 8 on Netflix)
 

The Circle

Spun off from an addictive U.K. series, Netflix’s new 12-episode reality competition features a house of strangers communicating with one another exclusively through a social media app, The Circle. They flirt, they catfish, they scheme their way to a prize of $100,000. LGBTQ contestants, including Chris Sapphire (of Netflix’s Alyssa Edwards reality series Dancing Queen) and the Bronx’s Karyn Blanco, both survived the first 4 episodes, which dropped on New Year’s Day. The second batch premieres this week, with the final four coming January 15. Don’t get blocked, hunty! (Streaming January 8 on Netflix)
 

AJ and the Queen

RuPaul flexes his dramatic and comedic chops playing New York queen Robert, a.k.a. Ruby Red, whose plans of opening a drag club are endangered by a hot conman, Hector (Josh Segarra), and his shady-ass accomplice, Lady Danger (Tia Carrere). With a cross-country club tour about to begin and a scrappy, street-smart preteen stowaway (Izzy G.) joining the adventure (in a rickety 1990s RV, no less), can this pair form a chosen family and bring home enough dollahs to save Ruby’s dream? Co-created by Sex and the City’s Michael Patrick King and co-starring Michael-Leon Wooley as Ruby’s blind queen bestie, the show is teeming with cameos (Bianca Del Rio, Katya, Latrice Royale, Jinkx Monsoon, and Valentina, to name a few), with Ru delivering some killer music numbers. (Streaming January 10 on Netflix)

Main image: RuPaul in AJ and the Queen.

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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