Philadelphia Gay News

Philadelphia Gay 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): Gary M. Kramer
Rating Title/Year Author
Aniara (2018) Gary M. Kramer Viewers, like the characters aboard the transport ship, may find themselves waiting, patiently or with resignation, for it to all come to an end. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Ask Dr. Ruth" may not provide all the answers about its subject, but White's film does raise questions about how we think and talk about sex. He has made a polite documentary that demystifies Westheimer. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Gary M. Kramer Perry's film emphasizes the madness not the music, which can be frustrating, but "Her Smell" seems designed - even from its title - to exasperate. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Gary M. Kramer [A] cheeky queer thriller. Not only is director/co-writer Yann Gonzalez's tongue planted firmly in cheek - his film features comic porno humor - but he also takes some real chances, most of which pay off. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Giant Little Ones (2018) Gary M. Kramer [A]n ambitious, over-stuffed drama about queer teen sexuality.... "Giant Little Ones" certainly tackles important issues, but it does it in a clumsy manner that dilutes the impact of its messaging. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Gary M. Kramer "The Favourite" is decadent fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Gary M. Kramer [Any]drawbacks will be forgotten once Mercury takes the stage at Wembley and delivers an electrifying performance. "Bohemian Rhapsody" redeems itself by letting the music speak volumes. And Malek's show-stopping concert performance makes the film sing. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is mostly a good time about bad behavior. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Diamantino (2018) Gary M. Kramer This bonkers film features body-altering genetic procedures, evil twins, political satire and - cuteness overload! - giant, fluffy puppies. The parts may be greater than the whole, but "Diamantino" is a wild and truly original film. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2017) Gary M. Kramer The film effectively captures the magic of this magnetic, charming and flirtatious figure in the fashion industry. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2018
Lizzie (2018) Gary M. Kramer The feminist suppositions made in the film are not uninteresting, but one wishes they were delivered a bit more forcefully. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
McQueen (2018) Gary M. Kramer While "McQueen" may be a mix of hagiography and cautionary tale, the film - like the designer's shows - generates real emotions. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Gary M. Kramer Van Sant doesn't milk Callahan's story for uplifting moments of inspiration, though there are some of those. Instead, he tells a story about self-love and self-worth that enlightens as it entertains. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Ideal Home (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Ideal Home" offers a droll spin on queer family values. It may not be deep, but it is frequently quite funny. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
The Gospel According to André (2017) Gary M. Kramer Out gay fashion editor and writer André Leon Talley has an infectious personality that is on full display - along with his fabulous, inimitable style - in a rollicking documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Disobedience (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Disobedience" provides a didactic lesson in choice and free will. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
Lean on Pete (2017) Gary M. Kramer Haigh may try to jerk tears from viewers throughout this bleak but tender drama, but "Lean on Pete" never feels manipulative. Audiences will likely be as attached to this bittersweet film as Charley is to his horse. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
Love, Simon (2018) Gary M. Kramer For the most part, this film is as affable and amiable as its title character.... It may wear its good intentions on its sleeve, but this feel-good film has no reason to feel ashamed about doing that. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
The Party (2017) Gary M. Kramer A deliciously bitchy black comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Gary M. Kramer If viewers buy into the lovers' May-December relationship, "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" is an affecting romantic drama. Cynics, however, should steer clear. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
Souvenir (2016) Gary M. Kramer Defurne's film is highly stylized with vibrant colors and modern interiors. The incomparable Huppert gets to sing a few songs and model some fabulous dresses, but it is her sly, expressive performance that really dazzles. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2018
Strong Island (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Strong Island" is both confessional and confrontational.... Yance's storytelling style is particularly shrewd and compelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2018
The Shape of Water (2017) Gary M. Kramer While viewers may have to suspend disbelief for some of the film's plotting and action, the dazzling combination of romance, fantasy and satire is highly satisfying. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Gary M. Kramer French screenwriter (and frequent director) Céline Sciamma excels at making coming-of-age films. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017) Gary M. Kramer Boasting a fantastic soundtrack of '80s hits... [and] a commanding performance by Theron, "Atomic Blonde" delivers visceral kick-ass action with tremendous panache. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2017
Whose Streets? (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Whose Streets?" will certainly appeal to viewers interested in social justice, activism and accountability. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2017
Patti Cake$ (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Patti Cake$" certainly lets its freak flag fly, but that's a good thing. This tough but tender film is a surefire crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2017
The Assignment (2016) Gary M. Kramer So much of "The Assignment" is offensive. Rodriguez and Weaver both try to enhance the lousy material, but these fine actors deserve better than this lousy B-movie EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
Bar Bahar (2016) Gary M. Kramer The three lead actors are superb, creating characters who are tough and vulnerable in equal measure. Their stories tug at the heartstrings but never strain the emotions. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
The Cakemaker (2017) Gary M. Kramer "The Cakemaker" is an affecting story about love, loss and pastry. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Battle of the Sexes" adroitly captures the era and an event that still has importance for women and the LGBT community. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
Hazlo como hombre (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Hazlo Como Hombre" is a sweet bromantic comedy about (in)sensitivity. What's more, it ends with a terrific punchline that is sure to leave viewers smiling. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
Wonderstruck (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Wonderstruck" is a cinematic delight because Haynes creates images and set pieces that carry the story along silently. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
Mudbound (2017) Gary M. Kramer "Mudbound" generates considerable emotion in the scenes between the two men, and Hedlund and Mitchell have a terrific natural rapport. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017