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
Invisible Life (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Invisible Life" is a rich film that will reward patient viewers who love a juicy melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Cunningham (2019) Gary M. Kramer Cunningham's life and work are fabulously showcased. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
And Then We Danced (2019) Gary M. Kramer Galbakhiani's performance as an actor and a dancer is fantastic, and his goofy smiling at the thought of Irakli is infectious.... [A] heartfelt story of a young man's sexual awakening. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
Little Joe (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Little Joe" is all about perception and manipulation. While some viewers may feel underwhelmed, those who engage with this cunning film will appreciate its lofty ambitions. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Gary M. Kramer [A]mbiguity percolates through the entire film. While some of the obscurity may be frustrating, Reeder rewards viewers who make an effort to tease out the possible connections. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Gary M. Kramer [A] strong, important and engaging film. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Recorder" is a fascinating documentary and a testament to Stokes' indomitable character, as well as her firm belief that knowledge is power. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Charlie's Angels" is relentless in its effort to have fun. Viewers should not resist giving themselves over to its mindless pleasures. Banks injects the entire film with playfulness. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Frankie (2019) Gary M. Kramer Sachs suggests more than he tells, an approach that can be worthwhile for viewers who like to fill in the narrative gaps and backstories, but it can also muddle more than illuminate.... [I]t is hard not to want more from the characters or the story. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
() Gary M. Kramer [A] well-rounded portrait that shows the dignity and inroads being made by a minority community in Japan. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Pain and Glory" generates tremendous emotion as it unfolds. This is an exceptional film by a mature director who taps into his own pain in ways that create great art. His efforts are buoyed by Banderas's fantastic performance which captures that magic. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Buzz (2019) Gary M. Kramer Buzz is worthwhile, regardless of whether one supports or accepts them. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Where's My Roy Cohn" addresses all these points and more in its nimble 90-plus minutes. Tyrnauer's impressive film will not win Cohn any admirers, but it does help to better understand this controversial historical figure. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Judy (2019) Gary M. Kramer Judy dazzles during its musical numbers... [and] Zellweger throws herself into the title role and transcends playing Garland, never falling into camp, or mimicking the singer. She also captures Garland's mannerisms without making them seem fake. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Gary M. Kramer The emotion in her voice rips right through the viewers... This film will delight fans and renew appreciation for the singer who bemoans that her voice "has lost its colors. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Vita & Virginia (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Vita & Virginia" is ambitious but imperfect. It takes an interesting tale of queer literary history and teases out the spirit of the women's relationship, but not its heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Sword of Trust" is low-key comedy, but the offbeat characters and their strong rapport yield considerable delight. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
The Garden (1990) Gary M. Kramer "The Garden" is spellbinding throughout. Shot on Super-8, 16mm, and video, the film is both raw and sensual. Pleasure comes as vivid images wash across the screen and the audience... [A] heady mix of sadness and fury. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Third Wife (2018) Gary M. Kramer "The Third Wife" is as beautiful as it is subtle while considering ideas about purity and sin, passion and patriarchy. Mayfair has captured a bygone world with precision. Her film is truly exquisite. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
The Lavender Scare (2017) Gary M. Kramer "The Lavender Scare" is quite chilling as it illustrates these horrifying moments in U.S. history. But Howard offers moments of optimism. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
5B (2018) Gary M. Kramer This documentary is ultimately life-affirming, showing the resilience of these unsung heroes committed to both a cause and a community - and their efforts to maintain dignity and care above all. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Papi chulo (2018) Gary M. Kramer Butler has created a feel-good film about the power of friendship to help someone cope with sadness. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
José (2018) Gary M. Kramer [A]chingly beautiful. Audiences feel every emotion as the lens...captures the grittiness of Guatemala City, the sweat of the men's bodies and the palpable sense of despair.... A rich, involving film, "José" is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Sauvage (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Sauvage/Wild" is compelling and moving - and much of that is because of the magnetic Maritaud. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Rocketman" features high-energy musical numbers and some bleak moments - which one expects from a story of Elton John's life. But even with all the fantasy elements in this look at the larger-than-life performer, the pure, emotional scenes stand out. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Booksmart" is a great teen comedy. Its message about knowing oneself - and others - is never preachy. Wilde delivers in a way that will leave viewers laughing. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
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