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!
If you’re a fan of the twisted Ellen Page vengeance drama Hard Candy, then check out writer-director Anderson Cowan’s debut indie about a pair of gay-bashing white high school jocks, Brad (Peter Mayer-Klepchick) and Dylan (Cameron Duckett), forced to face their homophobia after Meg (Nicole Dambro), a grad student with an agenda, ties them up in an abandoned pool. It’s a character study with a twist or two. (Now playing, Cold Cockle Productions)
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 nighclub residency, and between a memorable scene involving a pair of gay fans and Zellweger’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” we’re 100% here for it. (Now playing, Roadside Attractions)
DVD and VOD
A Bread Factory: Parts 1 & 2
Gay director Patrick Wang’s (In the Family) four-hour comedy-drama epic, presented as two back-to-back features, takes its name from a fictitious 40-year-old arts center in upstate New York that finds its existence challenged when a new, hip competitor opens across town. The colorful, eccentric, meta love letter to performance and art—which boasts dashes of David Lynch and Wes Anderson, and musical numbers—will also be released as a single Blu-ray and DVD, with extras, on November 5. (Available now on VOD, In The Family LLC)
TV and Streaming
Dump Trump and follow the far more entertaining political ambitions of high school student Payton Hobart (Dear Evan Hansen’s Tony-winning Ben Platt) in Ryan Murphy’s first series for Netflix. Over the course of 10 delirious, outrageous, and (of course) LGBTQ-inclusive episodes, Payton—determined to eventually become POTUS—campaigns for president of his elite California private school’s student council, enlisting a terminally ill girl, Infinity (Zoey Deutch), as his running mate; her grandmother (a scenery-slurping Jessica Lange) is, to put it politely, a hot mess. Expect scandal, musical numbers, at least one assassination attempt, and cameos from Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light, and Bette Midler. You’ve got our vote, Murphy. (Streaming now on Netflix)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwynrxEPSQk
Based on Greg Rucka’s Portland-set graphic novel series, crime dramedy Stumptown stars The Avengers’ Cobie Smulders as bisexual P.I. Dex Parios, an army veteran juggling PTSD, hookups, a younger brother with Down Syndrome (Cole Sibus), relations with local police, and a case involving a casino owner’s kidnapped granddaughter (who happens to be her ex’s daughter). Don’t let this one slip under the radar, hennie. (Wednesdays on ABC)
The Transparent Musicale Finale
With erstwhile star Jeffrey Tambor exiled to the #MeToo scrapyard, Jill Soloway’s Transparent returns to wrap things up with a 100-minute “musical fantasia” that sees Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman dead and her surviving family—including ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light, who can do no wrong) and nonbinary offspring Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), now going by Ari—mourning the loss through song, dance, and at least a sprinkling of Fosse jazz hands. RIP. (Streaming now on Amazon Prime)
Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
Fifteen-year-old lesbian Alex Cooper (Addison Holley) was forced by her homophobic Mormon parents into a conversion therapy program run by a pair of sadists, and this Lifetime adaptation of her memoir—featuring a cameo from Star Trek: Discovery’s Wilson Cruz as an LGBTQ rights lawyer—makes for a gripping movie about a topic we still need to address. Alex, you give us life. (Premieres September 28 on Lifetime)https://youtu.be/oL-gvYvyWgA
Adapted from Sisters, a 2017 Australian series about a fertility doctor who inseminated more than 100 women using his own sperm (you can binge it on Netflix), Almost Family stars Timothy Hutton as the offending physician, and Megalyn Echikunwoke as one of his offspring, Evie, who’s sussing out her sexuality and grows close to two of his other daughters. Victoria Cartagena, who played Gotham’s queer Latina police officer Renee Montoya, also appears as a lesbian character, Amanda Doherty. Alas, we don’t have more details on where she fits into the show yet, but we’re guessing/hoping with Evie. (Premieres October 2 on Fox)
Selena Gomez executive produced this moving, urgent eight-episode docuseries about undocumented families who live with the terror of deportation. Episode 5 focuses on a gay couple, Tyler Thom and Eddie Fernandez. Despite being legally married, Eddie came to the U.S. as a boy and, due to a Clinton administration rule still in effect, he can never be granted citizenship and will face deportation if he can’t produce the papers he was given as a child. You’d better have some tissues left over from your Queer Eye binge. Also, consider getting out in the streets to do something about this inhumane mess. (Streaming October 2 on Netflix)
Photo: Ben Platt in The Politician.