In Theaters

State Like Sleep


Openly gay actor Luke Evans plays a shady nightclub manager and murder suspect in this neo-noir about a Belgian TV actor (Michiel Huisman) whose mysterious death-by-gunshot is investigated by his photographer wife (Katherine Waterston). Also on VOD. (January 4, The Orchard)

Escape Room


A group of strangers, including one played by Nik Dodani (Murphy Brown, Atypical), find themselves trapped in a series of elaborate death trapped rooms and scenarios that they can only escape by solving puzzles. Judging from the spoiler-fied trailer, it doesn’t look too good for our Nik! Be careful, queen! (January 4, Sony)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

We Are Thr3e


A drunken night between beguiling bartender Sebastian (Juan Manuel Martino), divorced web designer Ana (Flor Dragonetti), and accountant Nacho (Charly Etchevers) opens the door for a polyamorous relationship in this Argentinian drama. (DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

Bent


The 1997 film adaptation of Martin Sherman’s landmark play about homosexuals during the Holocaust stars Clive Owen as Max, a hedonistic gay man who fails to flee Germany as the Nazis take control and ends up in the Dachau concentration camp, where he finds a connection with another gay inmate, Horst (Lothaire Bluteau). Ian McKellan co-stars as Max’s gay uncle, and Mick Jagger appears as a cross-dressing cabaret performer. (DVD, Film Movement)

Hell Fest


Non-binary scream queen Bex Taylor-Klaus co-stars in this slasher film about a group of crazy college kids at a Halloween carnival where the scares and kills are real. (DVD, Lionsgate)

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution


The 1980s birthed an energetic LGBTQ punk movement in music, performance, art, film, and zines. This documentary by director Yony Leyser features interviews with many of its figureheads and torchbearers including Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Kathleen Hanna, Beth Ditto, and Justin Vivian Bond. Bonus: John Waters also contributes his two cents! (DVD, Altered Innocence)

The Purge: Season 1


This TV spin-off of the film franchise about an alternate-reality U.S., where all crime is legal for one night a year, features a queer love triangle involving a couple, Rick (Colin Woodell) and Jenna (Hannah Emily Anderson), whose former third, Lila (Lili Simmons), is still crushing hard on Jenna. (DVD, Universal)

TV/Streaming

My Lottery Dream Home


Out HGTV design star David Bromstad hosts this reality series about lottery winners on the hunt for their dream homes, back with a second batch of season 5 episodes. (January 4, HGTV)

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.

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