Gay City News

Gay City News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brandon Judell, David Ehrenstein, David Noh, Gary M. Kramer, Steve Erickson
Rating Title/Year Author
The World to Come (2020) Steve Erickson The World to Come plays like a well-made but familiar genre piece. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Supernova (2020) Steve Erickson Supernova very movingly accepts the reality of a looming collapse that no road trip can run away from. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
Two of Us (2019) Steve Erickson Two of Us avoids the temptation of romanticism. Rather than hearts and flowers, it does its best to bring forward the story's dark intensity. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Your Name Engraved Herein (2020) Gary M. Kramer Liu's film is heartfelt. He deftly captures the bromance that develops between the two teens. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
Film About a Father Who (2020) Steve Erickson Sachs refuses to pass judgment on a man who was neglectful and selfish. The film's spectators probably won't be so reluctant. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
MLK/FBI (2020) Steve Erickson Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life tells a much larger story about American attitudes towards race, sex, and celebrity, even if most of this was hidden at the time. That's one of the major takeaways from Sam Pollard's documentary MLK/FBI. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Another Round (2020) Steve Erickson Early on, the camerawork reflects a subtle spirit of dissatisfaction. When they're drinking moderately, it smooths out and the cinematography becomes more colorful. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
To the Ends of the Earth (2019) Steve Erickson To the Ends of the Earth tries too hard to be a profound character study, and the strain shows, while the over-extended length and reliance on vibe also become a drag. It ends up as less than meets the eye. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Born to Be (2020) Gary M. Kramer "Born to Be" is overwhelmingly an uplifting documentary because of Ting's compassion and his success with his clients. His work deserves to be celebrated, and this galvanizing documentary showcases him well. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Ham on Rye (2019) Steve Erickson Jumpy even when most interested in people and bored with conventional storytelling, Ham on Rye succeeds splendidly as a mood piece. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
The Mouth of the Wolf (2009) Steve Erickson Far from being a major work, and it's not clear how well it might stand on its own...But once again, American film releases have slowed down enough to let us backtrack and fill in the gaps. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Martin Eden (2019) Steve Erickson Marinelli's performance convincingly takes us through a character whose life is always a work in progress. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Steve Erickson ...the sheer joy of performance comes through most of all, despite a much stronger suspicion now than in 1984 that we're racing down a road to nowhere. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Antebellum (2020) Steve Erickson Bush and Renz have a gift for visual style on the most basic level, but no idea when it might be inappropriate. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
The Mole Agent (2020) Steve Erickson It's hard to resist Sergio's charm. But he's acting in a story whose exact mixture of fiction and documentary is hard to parse. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Route One/USA (1989) Steve Erickson Route One/ USA plays like an eccentric synthesis of Wim Wenders and Frederick Wiseman... EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Lingua Franca (2019) Gary M. Kramer Sandoval may have an agenda, but "Lingua Franca" nicely shows how Alex, a straight, white, cisgender male, gains awareness and develops compassion for an undocumented Filipino trans woman. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Steve Erickson ...parts of the film are extremely uncomfortable viewing. But it implicitly raises the question of what we should do with our lives today if "no future" is a reality... EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Shakedown (2018) Steve Erickson The grainy look adds an immersive texture to the film... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
The Killing Floor (1984) Steve Erickson The Killing Floor devotes careful attention to this country's history of unionization, using Custer as a stand-in for audience members who might not know much about the subject. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
Top of the Heap (1972) Steve Erickson Made at the height of blaxploitation, Top of the Heap contains a few of its elements, but it's essentially an art film influenced by the French New Wave. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
Emma Mae (1976) Steve Erickson Hayes initially oversells Emma Mae's shyness and naivete, but her emotional journey is very believable, reflecting her awakening to the stacked deck against African Americans. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Steve Erickson Bloody Noses, Empty Pockets is filled with a mood of prickly solidarity, and even a utopian depiction of the bar as a cross-section of America... EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Bungalow (2002) Steve Erickson Unfortunately, almost everything about Bungalow is half-formed. But it's satisfying to have the opportunity to see a major director's starting point. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Proud (2020) Gary M. Kramer A series that is largely engaging and provocative.... It can - and should - be watched in one sitting. When it ends...most viewers will want more. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
The Price of Desire (2015) Gary M. Kramer There is much to be desired from this wan, stagy biopic. The period clothes and architectural and design details can be appreciated, but the aggressively soft-focus cinematography is as unsharpened as the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2020
Tu me manques (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Stunning and impactful.... "Tu Me Manques" becomes transcendent as it addresses how love and fear dictate our attitudes and behavior." EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Steve Erickson Meeropol might have made a better film had she expanded her focus beyond Cohn and delved further into her family's life. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
Tommaso (2019) Steve Erickson The two-hour length constantly threatens to run out of steam. Even so, it does a terrific job of synthesizing a cinema based on personal experience with the fantasy inherent to the medium. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Steve Erickson The level of access that Ree got is truly surprising. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
Fourteen (2019) Steve Erickson The film, especially through its editing, expertly invents a rhythm to depict the link between the two women's lives. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
Spaceship Earth (2020) Steve Erickson The eco-pessimism of some members of its team has been proven true, but they responded by creating a world where sustainability wasn't merely a slogan. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
On a Magical Night (2019) Gary M. Kramer "On a Magical Night" will enchant viewers open to the film's premise. The magic here is how Honoré provides deep insights into the nature of long-term relationships in the guise of a sexy, fluffy comedy. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
Circus of Books (2019) Steve Erickson "Circus of Books" describes the ways that retail stores can forge community, rather than just being capitalist outposts, and suggests what we've lost now that we're trapped at home - involuntarily now, but so often voluntarily. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
Lazy Susan (2020) Gary M. Kramer [T]he screenplay...is rarely inventive or inspired.... Or, to put it in terms the filmmakers might understand, it shouldn't be so indolent, idle, slothful, or l-a-z-y. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Steve Erickson If this sounds like a sermon, Hittman's film is far from it. It knows how to make its points subtly... EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Steve Erickson The characters in Sorry We Missed You feel conceived only to call attention to the horror of labor exploitation. This is the cinema of good intentions and meager achievements. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
The Whistlers (2019) Steve Erickson The first half hour holds out a great deal of promise that peters out by the end. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Vitalina Varela (2019) Steve Erickson Almost the entire film takes place at night, which contributes to its oneiric qualities. It also uses sound design to hint at a world undergoing destruction and rebuilding just out of our sight... EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
The Times of Bill Cunningham (2018) Gary M. Kramer With the release of Mark Bozek's affectionate documentary, "The Times of Bill Cunningham," fans can revisit this humble man who still feels like an old friend.... Bozek's film honors an original, whose work remains as influential as it is inspiring. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Steve Erickson Leslie Schatz's sound design is the true star of The Assistant. Kitty Green's film is at least as much an audio experience as a visual one. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
The Traitor (2019) Steve Erickson The Traitor has the same epic sweep [as The Godfather] and even includes a crime family called the Corleones, but [director Marco] Bellocchio avoids operatic excess, keeping emotion at a remove. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Les misérables (2019) Steve Erickson It's too bad that the results feel so compromised... EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Little Joe (2019) Steve Erickson It creates a beautiful world, but no matter how many ideas it throws up, they feel disconnected and do little to stir thoughtful reactions. The film could've benefited from getting high on a bit of Little Joe's pollen itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Midnight Family (2019) Steve Erickson Midnight Family is filled with an offhand beauty. Lorentzen walks a fine line. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Steve Erickson Knives Out is loaded with flashbacks, sudden revelations, and reversals. Its greatest pleasure lies in storytelling about storytelling, planting clues that pay off an hour later. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Atlantics (2019) Steve Erickson Atlantics doesn't have much interest in explaining itself, but its romanticism resonates long after the film ends. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Varda by Agnès (2019) Steve Erickson Even if it's flawed, it reveals [Varda's] constant re-invention. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Synonymes (2018) Steve Erickson It's willing to be a mess at times. But it also avoids becoming a simple synonym about Israeli or Jewish identity. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
In My Room (2018) Steve Erickson ...this film's strength lies in its combination of slipperiness and allegorical riches. The freedom it finds in the apocalypse extends to the spectator. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019