FILM REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire & Richard E Grant

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

John McCrea originated the part of Jamie in the Sheffield and West End productions of this musical and for us his appearance in the film’s most moving segment illustrates beautifully one of the piece’s themes about passing on the wisdom about gay life from 1 generation to the next.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Jamie songwriter Dan Gillespie Sells’ band The Feeling on tour next year
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FILM REVIEW: In The Heights starring Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera & Leslie Grace

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RELEASED: Preview 11 June 2021, across UK 18 June 2021

RUNTIME: 143 minutes

The sultry height of summer is the perfect time to see this much-delayed film version of the Tony Award-winning musical with a big heart celebrating community and the feeling of no place like home.

  • Read on for reasons including the many TV stars kicking up a storm in the supporting cast
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FILM REVIEW: Ammonite starring Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw & Gemma Craven

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Greenwich Picturehouse

WHEN?: Saturday 22 May (matinee)

RUNTIME: 120 minutes

Writer/director Francis Lee’s last film was the monsta-winning God’s Own Country and although the subject matter here is a world apart the themes of same sex love and the differences between the classes are still very much present and correct

  • Read on for reasons including how this features members of the monsta-winning God’s Own Country cast
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FILM REVIEW: Steelers – the world’s first gay rugby club

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RELEASED: Friday 16 April 2021

AVAILABLE: on Amazon Prime

RUNTIME: 80 minutes

There’s a universality about Australian journalist Eammon Ashton-Atkinson’s documentary film which he best expresses as being about finding happiness where you least expect it.

  • Read on for reasons including how sport can improve mental health and cross gender boundaries
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FILM REVIEW: Romeo & Juliet starring Josh O’Connor & Jessie Buckley

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: 9pm Sunday 4 April 2021

WHERE?: Sky Arts

RUNTIME: 90 minutes

When the National Theatre announced that Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley were set to star in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the venue in summer 2020, it was set to be 1 of the season’s highlights.

  • Read on for reasons including how a gay couple played by Fisayo Akinade and Shubham Saraf are crucial to the tragedy
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FILM REVIEW: Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine & Kristen Wiig

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

OUT: In UK from 13/1/21 via Premium Video-on-Demand (PVOD) rental

RUNTIME: 151 minutes

We’re here because we loved the 2017 film and 80s TV show – and not because this is the latest in the hugely successful Marvel or DC series which is one of the reasons currently why for us TV is more of an inviting prospect than cinema.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see this film in the UK now cinemas are closed
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FILM REVIEW: The Prom starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Keegan Michael-Key & Nicole Kidman

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: Netflix

‘Listen you bigoted monsters, just who do you think you are? Your prejudice and your repression won’t get past this Broadway star,’ sings Meryl Streep (pictured centre above) as two-time Tony Award winner Dee Dee Allen on a high school visit to champion a lesbian student unable to take her girlfriend to the prom.

  • Read on for reasons including how there are some 5* moments here to savour
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FILM REVIEW: The Boys In The Band starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto & Matt Bomer

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: from 30/9/20 on Netflix (certificate 15, running time 122 minutes)

Author Mart Crowley died in March before this film was released but did see its cast return to perform the play on Broadway on its 50th anniversary and later win a Tony for Best Revival.

  • Read on for reasons including how Parsons will no longer be typecast as Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory

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FILM REVIEW: Enola Holmes starring Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour and Henry Cavill

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Netflix

WHEN?: from 23//9/20

Stranger Things won our Best TV monsta in 2016 and its star Millie Bobby Brown convinces in the titular role as the 16-year-old younger sister of Sherlock Holmes not least because she is that age.

  • Read on for reasons including why this film’s complicated women including Fiona Shaw and Frances de la Tour are at its heart

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FILM REVIEW: How To Build A Girl starring Beanie Feldstein, Paddy Considine, Sarah Solemani, Alfie Allen and Emma Thompson

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: Amazon Prime

Our story opens in 1990s Wolverhampton where 16-year-old Johanna Morrigan is an aspiring writer and dreams of escaping her council estate for a life in London.

  • Read on for reasons including how Elastica and Manic Street Preachers feature

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