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!
Greta Gerwig’s directorial follow-up to Lady Bird is the eighth (at least!) adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1860s novel about a quartet of Civil War–era sisters. But she queers things up a bit by acknowledging the never-married Alcott’s suspected gay identity through her tomboy-ish alter ego, Jo March (Saoirse Ronan), and the presence of Timothée Chalamet as her neighbor Laurie. Little? More like huge. (Now playing, Sony)
DVD and VOD
2 in the Bush: A Love Story
If you’ve been craving a poly-bi rom-com, writer Kelly Haas and co-writer-director Laura Madalinski have made your wish come true. When documentary filmmaker Emily (Sarah Mitchell) finds her girlfriend Kate (Adriana Leonard) in bed with a guy, her heart is broken, but when she falls for her new dominatrix boss Nikki (Caitlin Aase) and Nikki’s boyfriend Ben (Travis Delgado)—who have an open relationship—she decides maybe more can be merrier. (Available now on VOD, Comedy Dynamics)
These days, even before they can spell henny, kids are getting into drag and gaining fame (and some crazy hate) for their fierce lerks and self-expression. Megan Wennberg’s documentary homes in on a handful of these dynamic, living-out-loud pre-adolescents—including the U.K.’s Laddy Gaga, Missouri’s Suzan Bee Anthony; a Vancouver cisgender female queen, Bracken; and Montreal’s 9-year-old Queen Lactatia—and their families as they prepare to convene for a performance together in Montreal. See you on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 22, Little Monsters! (Available now on DVD, Gravitas Ventures)
The Freedom to Marry
Attorney Evan Wolfson headed up the Freedom To Marry campaign, which ultimately won the country federal marriage equality in 2015, and now Eddie Rosenstein’s 2016 documentary about his efforts and career (in 1983, at Harvard Law School, his thesis was titled “Same-Sex Marriage and Morality: The Human Rights Vision of the Constitution”) has come to DVD. In these regressive, Trumpian times, it’s a refreshing reminder that the pendulum will swing again in the direction of progress (if y’all vote in 2020!). (Available now on DVD, Dreamscape Media)
Renée Zellweger channels Judy Garland during the gay icon’s final stretch (she died in 1969 at age 47). Director Rupert Goold’s biopic sees the aging, alcoholic performer in London for a nightclub residency, and between a moving scene involving a pair of gay superfans and Zellweger’s performance and songs, we’re 100% here for it. (Available now on DVD, Lionsgate)
TV and Streaming
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
Comedian Mulaney co-created Bill Hader’s hilarious Saturday Night Live character Stefon, and his subversive 1970s children’s show–inspired special has everything: talented kids, musical numbers about Grandma’s suspicious new boyfriend, and a sassy boy’s review of an illustrated storybook titled Sacha’s Dad Does Drag (“My one critique is that it focuses too much on the New York drag scene and not the West Coast and Southern houses,” he remarks). Guest stars include David Byrne, Natasha Lyonne, and Jake Gyllenhaal. This Lunch is lit! (Streaming now on Netflix)
Into the Dark: Midnight Kiss
The latest feature-length installment of Hulu and Blumhouse’s horror anthology series is queer AF. Helmed by The Ruins director Carter Smith, it sees a clique of gay friends—played by gay actors Augustus Prew, Scott Evans, Lukas Gage, and Chester Lockhart—and their female BFF (Ayden Mayeri) stalked by a masked slasher during a nude romp-filled New Year’s Eve party weekend in Palm Springs. Bring on the blood, sweat, and tea! (Streaming December 27 on Hulu)
Main image: Saoirse Ronan (left) as Jo March and Timothée Chalamet as Theodore “Laurie” Laurence in Little Women.