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
Rojo (2018) Steve Erickson Unlike El Movimiento, however, the plot of Rojo has a meh quality even at its most dramatic. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Ray & Liz (2018) Steve Erickson Billingham isn't interested in pretty images, but he does create striking ones. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Chambermaid (2018) Steve Erickson These moments have a political resonance, but no obvious message. The Chambermaid stays away from a facile, conservative version of humanism, where a filmmaker serves up poor people's lives for a middle-class arthouse audience to pity. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Diamantino (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Diamantino" is a fun, thrilling ride. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Steve Erickson The film grasps for political subtext in a lazy, secondhand way. In the end, its zombie apocalypse is quite cozy. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The Raft (2018) Steve Erickson If the Acali's voyage was an experiment that happily failed the expectations of its creator, The Raft brings the hybrid documentary back from festival cinema cliché. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Netemo sametemo (2018) Steve Erickson The story remains fairly banal, and neither the direction nor performances lift it above. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Steve Erickson For a film about the Manson family, the most surprising thing about Mary Harron's Charlie Says is that it's actually pretty bland EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Steve Erickson Full of a postmodern self-referentiality that feels smart but goes nowhere. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Us (2019) Steve Erickson Peele knows how to make a straightforward horror film. The middle section of Us uses jump scares and sudden stabs of music. But it's closer to Michael Haneke's Funny Games than Jaws, despite the T-shirt Jason wears. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Steve Erickson A solid film that burns slowly but evenly, Ash Is Purest White doesn't break any new ground. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Da xiang xi di er zuo (2018) Steve Erickson An Elephant Sitting Still" heats up to a series of amazingly blunt, cruel confrontations. Hu didn't hold back about the essential selfishness and spiritual emptiness of the world he depicts. But his film isn't nihilistic. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Sorry Angel (2018) Gary M. Kramer Lean into the offbeat rhythms of out gay writer/ director Christophe Honoré's sophisticated new film "Sorry Angel" and absorb all its romantic splendor....This melancholy romance will surely draw many into the deep emotions conveyed. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Steve Erickson I'm not sure that ultimately there's much to Birds of Passage other than being a well-made gangster film that attempts to approach its subject from an unusual perspective... Fortunately, there are more valuable qualities... EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Steve Erickson It could've been made by a talented but uninspired director influenced by Farhadi. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Image Book (2018) Steve Erickson Like most major art, The Image Book is greater than the sum of its parts. It's also deeply mysterious: anyone who claims mastery over it after one viewing is lying. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Touch Me Not (2018) Steve Erickson [Touch Me Not] finally expresses a real vision of physical and emotional liberation after two hours of words and images grappling gingerly but almost obsessively with the subject. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Vice (2018) Steve Erickson The reliance on cheap shots would be more justifiable if the film had enough artistry to make its rage hit home. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Wedding (2018) Gary M. Kramer Films like "The Wedding," written and directed by Sam Abbas, often get overlooked because they are made on a shoestring with an unknown cast. But this auspicious feature debut by the Egyptian-American Abbas demands attention. It's a gem. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
The Charmer (2017) Steve Erickson It would've been easy for The Charmer to tell a simplistic story about an Iranian immigrant... Instead, The Charmer explores Esmail and Sara's differences, presenting a world where his code-switching never stops. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Boy Erased" is a clunky redemption tale that tries too hard to be crowd-pleasing and as a result glosses over the issues at stake, particularly for the vulnerable teens who suffer at quack science's hands. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Les garçons sauvages (2017) Gary M. Kramer "The Wild Boys" is full of inventive and imaginative elements, which counterbalance the lack of plot.... Mandico focuses on creating a heady, dreamlike atmosphere that is both beautiful and disturbing. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Tyrel (2018) Gary M. Kramer [A] compelling comedy-drama that, like all of the filmmaker's work, will get under a viewer's skin. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Of Fathers and Sons (2017) Steve Erickson Every scene in Syrian director Talal Derki's Of Fathers and Sons is carefully placed to make a point. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Steve Erickson The film is a decidedly mixed bag, feeling thoroughly confused, but ultimately it manages to honor Mercury's talent. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Life and Nothing More (2017) Steve Erickson Life and Nothing More both captures an American reality and pulls it apart to make a point, without dishonoring the people whose lives it's based on. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Bitter Melon (2018) Gary M. Kramer Mendoza adroitly sneaks in other messages, such as thoughtful discussions of both racism and effeminacy in the gay community. The cast is uniformly strong with Schneider particularly appealing as Declan, the perhaps-not-so-moral center of the family. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
The Price of Everything (2018) Steve Erickson This film respects the potential for beauty and social reflection contained in art. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Sorry Angel (2018) Steve Erickson Honoré directs the film elegantly. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Steve Erickson Wiseman, now 88, is one of America's greatest living directors, but Monrovia, Indiana isn't one of his major films... Yet it shows him addressing crises of the moment. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Se rokh (2018) Steve Erickson Iranian director Jafar Panahi was a protégé of the late Abbas Kiarostami... Kiarostami's ghost hangs all over Panahi's 3 Faces, but rarely does Panahi make anything new from it. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Assassination Nation (2018) Steve Erickson The overtones of real-life violence feel like exploitation, not exploration. Ultimately, this film pretends to be quite ambitious but settles for secondhand moralizing and storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Prototype (2017) Steve Erickson It's hardly a conventional political film, but it is anything but removed from the world we live in. In that, it evokes Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's "Leviathan." EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
Bisbee '17 (2018) Steve Erickson "Bisbee '17" plays its funny games in a far friendlier and more accessible, but still pointed, way. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
Unsane (2018) Steve Erickson Force stems mostly from the intensity of Foy and Leonard's performances - he convincingly portrays a man with no idea how creepy he seems to others. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Jia nian hua (2017) Steve Erickson Zhou, in particular, gives a heartbreaking performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Cold Water (1994) Steve Erickson Cold Water uses rock music better than any film of its time - possibly better than any film ever made. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Zama (2017) Steve Erickson Lead actor Daniel Giménez Cacho's turn shows great empathy for the title character... [his] eyes are soulful and melancholy, often staring in the distance or at the ground. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Arábia (2018) Steve Erickson The directors prove they have a rare ability to make a flow of words really cinematic. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Revenge (2017) Steve Erickson It announces the birth of a stunning new directorial voice. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Steve Erickson Its trippy turn at first feels refreshing, then goofy: the fatalism and sense of doom underpinning the film are very hard to take as seriously. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Estiu 1993 (2017) Steve Erickson The four actors did extended improvisations as a family before the film shoot began and the chemistry they developed shows; they have a convincing intimacy together. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Gavagai (2018) Steve Erickson If one wants to see an inheritor to the mantle of Tarkovsky and Bergman, "Gavagai" is essential viewing. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
We the Animals (2018) Gary M. Kramer "We the Animals" is a tough story, but also life-affirming. It races along like a child going every which way before stopping in its tracks and landing an emotional wallop. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Gary M. Kramer Scotty Bowers, the film suggests, led a remarkable life. But at this late date, neither that life nor Bowers himself comes off as particularly remarkable. And that's a significant point all on its own. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Gary M. Kramer "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a somber drama that builds to a quietly powerful conclusion. In an age where gay conversion therapy still exists - and remains a threat to LGBTQ youth - Akhavan's film is as timely as ever EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Tranny F... (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Bixa Travesty" aka "Tranny Fag," is a bold film about the unabashed MC Linn da Quebrada, a transgender performer, as well as her friends and family. The concert scenes are fantastic, and da Quebrada's charisma extends off-stage as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Good Manners (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Good Manners" is a strange and wondrous fable. A Brazilian fantasy and stinging social commentary, it features motherhood, lesbian passions, and werewolf instincts, plus a few musical numbers thrown in for good measure. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Ta peau si lisse (2017) Gary M. Kramer "A Skin So Soft" walks a tightrope in how it presents the vanity of these guys, practically fetishizing them and asking viewers what makes these six men beautiful, erotic, or perhaps even grotesque. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
Love, Cecil (2017) Gary M. Kramer The film is a magnificent showcase for Beaton's work as well as his thoughts about style and his impressions of people EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018