TV

Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

A lesbian “Bombshell,” Trixie Mattel's parts, and so, so many cats.

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

Bombshell

While it’s tough to stomach anything Fox News–related anymore, this delectable slice of Oscar bait dramatizes the takedown of CEO and chairman Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) by Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) over claims of sexual harassment. It also co-stars Kate McKinnon as Jess, a closeted lesbian (and Hillary supporter!) who has an affair with Margot Robbie’s “evangelical millennial,” Kayla (both characters are fictitious composites). Boom! (Now playing, Lionsgate)
 

Cats

Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, and Jason Derulo’s CGI-ed bulge will haunt your dreams and nightmares now and forever after Tom Hooper’s WTF adaptation of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Like the trailer, you can’t unsee it. Be careful. (Opens December 20, Universal)
 

Invisible Life

Brazil’s official entry for the Best International Feature Oscar (though it didn’t make the recently announced shortlist) is gay director Karim Aïnouz’s beautiful, raw melodrama based on Martha Batalha’s novel A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão. It sees a pair of tight-knit sisters in 1950s Rio de Janeiro—talented would-be pianist Eurídice (Carol Duarte) and husband-seeking Guida (Julia Stockler)—separated to pursue their respective paths. While not explicitly queer, there’s a chosen family theme to be found in Guida’s tale when circumstance leads her to be taken under the wing of a former prostitute, Filomena (Bárbara Santos). Screw the Oscars—may the 2020 GALECA Dorian Awards be ever in your favor, Karim! (Opens December 20, Amazon)

DVD and VOD

Downton Abbey

It’s time to get out the tea—like, literal tea, bitch—and stan for the 1927-set feature-film follow-up to the hit TV series Downton Abbey. After having dealt with blackmail threats, conversion therapy, and other homosexuality-is-still-illegal horrors, the Crawley family’s gay butler Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) endures. He’s even afforded a little time away from the manor for a gay ol’ adventure on the side. (Available now on Blu-ray, Focus Features)
 

Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

The Drag Race All-Stars Season 3 winner, a.k.a. Brian Firkus, takes us behind those signature extra eyelashes in director Nicholas Zeig-Owens’ candid documentary, which touches on her career and personal highs and a couple of lows (e.g., when Katya suffered a psychotic break in early 2018 and had to bail on their Viceland series, The Trixie & Katya Show). Our advice: Make a double-feature night of it with Mattel’s uproarious Skinny Legend tour special. (Available now on VOD, Silver Bullet Entertainment)
 

Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Maleficent had nothing on evil, self-loathing queen Roy Cohn, a lawyer who made a career of destroying lives, persecuting his fellow Jews and gays, and grooming Donald Trump. Studio 54 director Matt Tyrnauer examines Cohn’s mentorship of the lying, deeply corrupt Trump and the endless ways he dicked over friends and clients, consorted with criminals, violated ethics and the law, dodged taxes and debts, expertly manipulated the media, and lied shamelessly until AIDS claimed his ass in 1986 (he was disbarred a couple of months before his death). This is a history lesson you can’t miss, in part because we’re living it again. (Available now on DVD, Sony)

Main image: Margot Robbie (left) and Kate McKinnon in Bombshell.

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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