28 • SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 • LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
‘Lizzie,’ ‘A Star is Born,’ ‘Boy Erased’ among coming attractions Fall ﬁlm slate includes festivals, competitions, remakes and plenty of queer content By BRIAN T. CARNEY
Nicole Kidman in ‘Boy Erased.’ Photo courtesy Focus Features
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in ‘A Star is Born.’ Photo courtesy Warner Bros.
Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny in ‘Lizzie.’ Photo by Eliza Morse; courtesy Roadside Attractions
HBO is slated to air “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age,” a controversial new documentary about searching for love on your smartphone. “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” a documentary about the legendary actress, activist and LGBT ally airs Sept. 24. The Hollywood fall movie season kicked oﬀ this month with the release of “A Simple Favor” a comedy/thriller set among the PTA crowd. The movie stars Anna Kendrick (“Into the Woods” and the “Pitch Perfect” movies), Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”) and features out actor Andrew Rannells (“Girls” and Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”) as a PTA dad. Also newly out is “Pick of the Litter,” the family-friendly documentary about puppies training to be guide dogs for the blind. Other movies also currently out include: “Bel Canto,” a thriller starring Julianne Moore as a world-renowned opera singer who becomes trapped in a hostage situation; “Lizzie,” a retelling of the Lizzie Borden story with a lesbian twist starring Kristin Stewart and Chloë Sevigny; “Love, Gilda,” a documentary about the late comedian Gilda Radner; “Life Itself,” a drama about a young New York couple written and directed by Dan Fogelman (TV’s “This Is Us”) and starring Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas; “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Michael Moore’s provocative documentary about the Trump administration; and “The Children Act,” with Emma Thompson as hard-driven Justice Fiona Maye, Stanley Tucci as her long-suﬀering husband, and Fionn Whitehead as a young man whose life hangs in the balance. “Nureyev: All the World His Stage,” a documentary about the gay man who has been called the best male ballet dancer of all time (he died in ’93), opens Sept. 25 and is said to feature avant garde and “very sexually provocative” previously unseen footage. Issues of creativity, gender, sexuality and professional jealousy are at the center of “Colette” (Sept. 28), starring Keira Knightley as the famous French author. Also opening that weekend are the documentary “Science Fair” and “The Old Man & the Gun,” an all-star heist movie with Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Aﬄeck, Danny Glover, Tom Watts and Tika Sumpter. The “Halloween” franchise returns for a ﬁnal installment. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode for one last battle with Michael Myers on Oct. 19. The most highly anticipated release of the fall season is undoubtedly the fourth version of the Hollywood classic “A Star Is Born.” Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country singer who mentors a young singer named Ally (Lady Gaga). As her career skyrockets, his career ﬁzzles in a downward spiral fueled by alcohol and age. LGBT audiences will also be drawn to two other movies opening that day: “Tea with the Dames,” a documentary featuring interviews with Dames Eileen Atkins, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright; and “The Happy Prince,” an Oscar Wilde biopic written and directed by openly gay actor Rupert Everett who also stars with Colin Firth and Emily Watson. Some of the other LGBT releases on the schedule for area theaters include “1985” (Oct. 26) about a closeted young man (Cory Michael Smith) who visits his family to discus his sexuality and his health; “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Nov. 2) about openly gay singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and his Queen bandmates; and “Boy Erased” (Nov. 2), a drama about conversion therapy starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe and featuring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote and directed), Cherry Jones, singer Troye Sivan and ﬁlmmaker Xavier Dolan; and, “Suspiria,” a ﬁlm about the mysterious happenings at a Berlin dance company directed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash,” “Call Me By Your Name”), starring Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Tilda Swinton. Some of the other releases to be on the lookout for include “Beautiful Boy” starring Timothée Chalamet (Oct. 12); family drama “What They Had” starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Blythe Danner (Oct. 26); “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” starring Melissa McCarthy in a well-received dramatic role (Oct. 26); “Widows,” a crime drama starring Viola Davis; and Eddie Redmayne in the Harry Potter-adjacent “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”
Losangelesblade.com, Volume 2, Issue 29, September 21, 2018