Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Latest in Theaters: Paris, Otto and the Muscles from Brussels

In addition to a Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque musical, there's a surprising surplus of films with gay content — both good and bad — in this week's new releases:
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera: This rock opera about futuristic organ trafficking (seriously; just watch the trailer) not only stars Paris Hilton and her leather boys, but also Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Anthony Stewart Head and Phantom of the Opera soprano Sarah Brightman.
  • Otto; or, Up With Dead People: For more on Bruce LaBruce's "gay zombie love story", see Chris' review.
  • JCVD: Washed up action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme plays ... washed up action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme in this meta crime caper.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The zoo crew (voiced again by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen, et al) is back in yet another DreamWorks animated sequel.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: The Holocaust is the setting for an unlikely friendship between the son of a German concentration camp commandant and a young Jewish inmate.
  • Soul Men: Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac (in one of his final films) are two estranged soul singers reuniting for one last performance. Also stars Sean Hayes and (no relation) Isaac Hayes (in one of his final films).
  • Role Models: Juvenile jokes and homophobic slurs abound in this so-called "comedy" starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Lynch (who should know better).
  • Gardens of the Night: Tom Arnold and Kevin Zegers play a gay couple who dabble in kidnapping and pedophilia. Nice.
  • The Alphabet Killer: Another Buffy alum, Eliza Dushku, stars in this serial killer thriller based on the infamous "Alphabet Murders" case.
  • The Guitar: Saffron Burrows is a terminal cancer patient who seeks the healing power ... of shopping.
  • The World Unseen and Loins of Punjab Presents: Stay tuned for Chris' reviews of these two films featuring gay and lesbian characters from India.
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