WATCH LIST: “Mary Queen of Scots” and “The Marriage” Open in Theaters

Plus international titles “I Miss You When I See You,” “The Wild Boys,” and “Male Shorts: International V2.”

In Theaters

Mary Queen of Scots

LGBTQ characters pepper this richly mounted costume drama about Scotland’s Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and her tense relations with young Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), including Mary’s secretary and friend Rizzio (Ismael Cordova) and her second husband, Lord Darnley (Jack Lowden). (December 7, Focus Features)

The Marriage

Kosovo’s official Best Foreign Language Oscar entry is an LGBTQ love triangle drama about a couple, Bekim (Alban Ukaj) and Anita (Adriana Matoshi), whose upcoming marriage is threatened by the surprise reappearance of Bekim’s secret gay lover, Nol (Genc Salihu). Also available on VOD. (December 7, Uncork’d Entertainment)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

I Miss You When I See You

In acclaimed openly gay Hong Kong director Simon Chung’s first feature in six years, Kevin (Jun Li) and Jamie (Bryant Mac) feel first stirrings of love and lust for one another but are separated after being caught. They reunite 10 years later, but Kevin suffers from depression and Jamie has a girlfriend. Can they truly reconcile? Also available December 18 on DVD. (VOD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

Male Shorts: International V2

Courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures
Five provocative international gay male short films include tales of a Frenchman who discovers a surprise guest in the bathroom during an orgy, a 17-year-old Italian determined to prove his machismo, and a 16-year-old gay hustler in Medellin, Colombia. (DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

Bitter Melon

Gay Filipino-American filmmaker/musician H.P. Mendoza (Fruit Fly, Colma: The Musical) goes in a bold, audacious direction with this tale of a San Francisco family that realizes one of its members, Troy (Patrick Epino), has turned into a toxic masculinity-driven serial abuser and conspires to murder him. (DVD, Gravitas Ventures)

The Wild Boys

In this edgy, bizarre, and gender-bending feature debut from French filmmaker Bertrand Mandico, a clique of five boarding school boys—all played by women—commit a brutal rape and are subsequently sent off to be reformed by a Dutch sailor who goes by “The Captain.” (DVD, Altered Innocence)

Instinct: Season One

CBS’ fun gay spin on the procedural genre stars out actor Alan Cumming as Dylan Reinhart, a CIA operative turned psychology professor/author who gets drafted as a crime investigator. Adapted from James Patterson’s Murder Games, Instinct co-stars Daniel Ings as Cumming’s onscreen husband, Whoopi Goldberg as his book agent, and Bojana Novakovic as his investigative partner. A second season is in the works, although premiere details are still TBA. (DVD, Paramount)

TV/Streaming

The Fathers Project

The second episode of Leo Herrera’s gay web series, titled “The Colonies at Night,” commemorates World AIDS Day with an intriguing alternate reality documentary that imagines a world in which AIDS didn’t happen and medicated poppers protect gay men from STIs. (Vimeo)

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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