WATCH LIST: A Very Queer Box Office Starring “Mapplethorpe,” “Giant Little Ones,” and “Devil’s Path”

Plus TV’s “The Good Fight” and “Superstore” return.

In Theaters

Mapplethorpe

Matt Smith plays controversial and groundbreaking queer photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in director Ondi Timoner’s narrative biopic, which charts his friendship with fellow icon Patti Smith (Marianne Rendon), his relationship with benefactor Sam Wagstaff (John Benjamin Hickey), and his talent for creating explicitly sexual yet stunning images of lovers and lilies alike. (March 1, Samuel Goldwyn)

Giant Little Ones

Teenager Franky (Josh Wiggins) finds his life and sexuality upended after a bout of experimentation with childhood chum Ballas (Darren Mann) leads to a rift between the two, bullying at school, and reckoning with the fact Franky’s father (Kyle MacLachlan) left his mother for a man. (March 1, Vertical Entertainment)

Climax

Inspired by a visit to a voguing ballroom in Paris, French provocateur Gaspar Noé (Irréversible) created this audacious horror drama about a group of young dancers—yep, they vogue—who descend into a psychedelic—and quite queer—trip after being mass-drugged at a club. (March 1, A24)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

Devil’s Path

Gay actor Matthew Montgomery makes his directorial debut with this suspenseful thriller about two men (Stephen Twardokus, JD Scalzo) who meet while traversing a hiking trail in a part of the woods known for anonymous gay hookups, ending up in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Available on VOD and DVD on March 5. (March 1, Breaking Glass Pictures)

Necro-Mancing Dennis

Creepy, dark, and erotic storylines about a straight wrestling coach (Daniel Jensen) smitten by a male student (Grayson Lange), a disfigured cemetery caretaker (Addison Graham) with a penchant for necrophilia, a town sheriff (Walter Delmar), and his beguiling younger brother (Harper Stevenson) come together in this feature adaptation of short film The Caretaker of Cook County. (DVD, Babaloo Studios)

TV/Streaming

The Good Fight

Torch Song’s Michael Urie reprises his role as an “NSA lackey” in this third, even more politically aware season of the deliciously timely, satire-tinged The Good Wife spin-off with Christine Baranski as seasoned attorney Diane Lockhart and Rose Leslie as young lesbian lawyer Maia Rindell. (March 4, CBS All Access)

For the People

Season 2 of what’s been called “Grey’s Anatomy with lawyers” makes its midseason return with more of queer federal prosecutor character Kate Littlejohn (Susannah Flood) and out actress Jasmine Savoy Brown as a public defender. (March 7, ABC)

Superstore

Nico Santos’ Mateo and the rest of the Cloud 9 staff return for more retail and personal drama as the second half of Season 4 makes its midseason return. (March 7, NBC)

Station 19

Now promoted to Lieutenant, bisexual firefighter Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre) is back as Season 2 continues. (March 7, 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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