The Watch List: The Amazing Queer Musical “Saturday Church” Blesses The Big Screen

Plus: "American Crime Story" and Tabatha Coffey return to TV.

In Theaters

  • Raised by a homophobic family, 14-year-old Ulysses (Luka Kain) discovers an oasis of liberation and friendship through an LGBTQ youth program called “Saturday Church.” With help from a loving trans godmother (Kate Bornstein), Ulysses discovers the ball scene, new love, and, ultimately, his chosen tribe.

    Billed as “Moonlight meets La La Land” by Variety, Saturday Church is a vibrant, modern queer musical and a stunning debut from writer-director Damon Cardasis. (January 12, Samuel Goldwyn)

  • After his vampy mom (Bette Midler) heads to rehab, gender-bending teen Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther of Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World) moves in with his red-state dad (Larry Pine). At his new school, Billy faces vicious bullies, crushes on a jock, and challenges the alpha mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for tile of homecoming queen.

    Laverne Cox, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, and Celia Weston also appear in Trudie Styler’s directorial debut, an adaptation of James St. James’ book by the same name. (Jan 12, IFC)

DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD

  • Gay kiwi filmmaker Paul Oremland (Surveillance) kept a list of the men he slept with over the past 40 years, then tracked down about a hundred of them, in this insightful documentary exploring how much individuals—and society—can change. (DVD, MPI)

TV/Streaming

  • The 1997 murder of iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace gets dramatized in the highly anticipated second season of FX’s true-crime anthology series. Edgar Ramirez stars as Versace, with Ricky Martin as his boyfriend, Penelope Cruz as sister Donatella, and Darren Criss channeling the sociopathic Andrew Cunnanan, whose five-person killing spree culminated with Versace’s murder in front of his South Beach villa. (January 17, FX)

  • Aussie bad-ass Tabatha Coffey returns with a new Bravo series where she helps family businesses get sorted. In the first episode, she faces multigenerational drama as a California family negotiates a buyout of its chain of pizzerias. (January 17, Bravo)

  • If you’ve already binged Black Mirror, check out Amazon’s new anthology series based on the work of sci-fi master Philip K. Dick, whose stories inspired Total Recall, Blade Runner, and Minority Report. In the episode “Real Life,” Anna Paquin plays a lesbian cop who explores virtual reality after surviving a massacre that killed most of her colleagues. (Amazon Prime)

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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