The Watch List: Alan Cumming Follows His “Instinct” On CBS, “A Wrinkle In Time” Hit Theaters, “American Idol” Comes To ABC

Plus: "The Last Jedi" arrives on VOD and Bob the Drag Queen delivers "Drag Babies" on YouTube

In Theaters

  • Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay directs this big-budget Disney adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic YA book about Meg Murry (Storm Reid), a young girl who crosses time and space to rescue her father (Chris Pine). The notably diverse, all-star cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Andre Holland, Michael Pena, and Levi Miller. (March 9, Disney)

  • In Cory Finley’s tense suburban drama, upper-class teens Lily and Amanda (Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke) hatch a plot to do away with Lily’s oppressive stepfather, roping in local loser Tim (Anton Yelchin in his final film role) to do their bidding.

  • High school student Tim (Antoine Olivier Pilon of Xavier Dolan’s Mommy) finds himself drawn to gay classmate Francis (Robert Naylor). Too scared to be seen as queer himself, Tim turns his attentions toward winning the big race. But the team’s bully, Jeff, is determined to put the kibosh on Tim’s dream—and threatens to out him. How far will Tim go to stop Jeff? (March 9, VOD/DVD March 13; Breaking Glass Pictures)

  • Fans of the late, great Rainer Werner Fassbinder will want to check out this restored version of his acclaimed 1972 TV mini-series about a working-class family in Cologne as they careen through weddings, birthdays, family dinners, and romantic trysts. (At New York’s Film Forum, March 14-27; Janus Films)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

  • Director Rian Johnson throws some major curveballs in the eighth exhilarating episode of the Star Wars saga. Rey (Daisy Ridley) trains under grumpy “retired” jedi Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), while Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is on the run from Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. Meanwhile Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and some newcomers try to help the Resistance. (VOD, Disney)

  • In Season Two of this Dekkoo series about a group of gay West Hollywood millennials, neurotic cutie Nate (Perry Powell) meets the new twink in town, Mick (Frankie Rodriguez), while the gang deals with family visits, sex parties, blind dates, and new arrivals. (DVD, Dekkoo)

TV/Streaming

  • The procedural gets a gay protagonist with this entertaining eries starring Alan Cumming as Dylan Reinhart, a psych professor who gets drafted by the cops to help on difficult cases. Adapted from James Patterson’s Murder Games, Instinct co-stars Daniel Ings as Reinhart’s husband, Whoopi Goldberg as his book agent, and Bojana Novakovic as his investigative partner. (March 18, CBS)

  • Bob The Drag Queen hosts MAC Cosmetics’ 10-episode makeover show in which three Instagram influencers—Max Emerson, Pablo Hernandez, and Johnny Sibilly—get drag-ified with help from Peppermint, Chi Chi DeVayne, and Shuga Cain. (March 13, YouTube)

  • There are sure to be some queer crooners when Idol gets its ABC roboot, with The Voice-worthy superstar judges Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie, and Luke Bryan. (Sunday nights starting March 11, ABC)

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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