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Film: ‘Weekend’ goes beyond the one-night stand

'Weekend' at Landmark Theatres

As a card-carrying romantic, I’ve sometimes made the mistake of trying to extend a lovely one-night stand into something more than it was meant to be. Perhaps the embarrassment I’ve felt when these situations didn’t work out made me sensitive to sophomore filmmaker Andrew Haigh (“Greek Pete”) doing the same thing to his characters in “Weekend,” which opens Nov. 25 for a one-week engagement at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Love in the movies happens on a grand scale in major studio films and more intimately in independent films. But love always happens, or what’s the point?

That’s the point of “Weekend,” which is definitely small and independent. But is it about love? You may not know, even when it’s over, but you’ll want it to be.

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LGBT movies abound at local theaters this month

LGBT films continue to screen in Atlanta after Out on Film

Out on Film is over but LGBT films abound in theaters this month. This week “Love Crime” opens at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas and “We Were Here” at the Plaza. Next week sees the openings of “Gun Hill Road,” “Dirty Girl” and “3,” and Oct. 28 brings “Toast.”

“Love Crime” opens with Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas) being flirtatious with her assistant, Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier, awesome!), giving her wine and gifts. Neither woman is exclusively lesbian because both sleep with men — the same man (Patrick Mille as Philippe) in one instance, though not at the same time. Isabelle even asks Philippe what Christine’s like in bed.

Things turn deadly, but you’re better off not knowing what to expect. Just let the story unfold deliciously, because you’re in the capable hands of the late Alain Corneau, channeling Alfred Hitchcock.

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Something for everyone at 24th annual Out on Film fest

Out on Film

From musicals to documentaries, comedies to romance, there’s something for every film taste and every stripe in the LGBT rainbow at this year’s 24th annual Out on Film festival.

Out on Film launched Sept. 28 with a pre-event screening of “In the Eye of the AIDS Storm,” and officially kicked off Sept. 29. The festival runs through Oct. 6.

All-access festival passes cost $115 and are available on the Out on Film website. Individual tickets are also available for each show.

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Exhibit highlights 25 years of international AIDS advocacy posters

Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters

In the three decades that AIDS has wreaked havoc on gay and straight communities around the globe, activists and governments alike have turned to posters as a tool for education about prevention, treatment and the need for compassion.

‘Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters,’ a new exhibit which opens Oct. 1 and runs through the end of the year at the Museum of Design Atlanta, makes a powerful statement about the disease and different approaches to curbing it.

“Because these posters come from every continent, what is most striking about them is the variety. Some are provocative and some are not,” says Laura Flusche, MODA associate director.

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Out on Film releases full schedule for Atlanta LGBT fest

Out on Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival, today announced the complete line-up for this year's festival. More than 50 films from around the world will be shown during the eight day festival.

“We are thrilled at what we consider to be one of the strongest line-ups in Out On Film history, with award-wining films, lots of premieres, guests and plenty of local flavor,” said Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film, via a media release.

Organizers previously announced a double feature -- “The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley” and “Going Down in La-La Land” -- will open the week-long festival while “Judas Kiss” will close the week.

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Meet the yodeling lesbian twins rocking New Zealand

The Topps

Had k.d. lang not broken out of Alberta with her early band, the Reclines, she might today be Canada’s equivalent of New Zealand’s Topp Twins: a national treasure little known in the rest of the world. But k.d. would still only be one lesbian, not two.

“The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls,” Leanne Pooley’s little documentary that could, is spreading their fame a bit wider, winning awards at numerous film festivals, both LGBT and mainstream. The film opens July 29 at Atlanta’s Midtown Art Cinema for a one-week run.

Besides singing original songs in traditional country style, Jools and Lynda Topp poke gentle fun at various types, from socialites (Dilly and Prue) to randy middle-aged men (Ken and Ken), through comic characters they’ve developed. They used their characters in a successful TV series for four years but still insist, “We’re not really comedians. We’re singers that are funny.”

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Margaret Cho’s ‘Cho Dependent’ to debut at Out on Film

Part-time Atlanta resident and full-time funny woman Margaret Cho will debut her concert film “Cho Dependent” at Atlanta's Out on Film Festival. The film features footage taken from Cho's last tour and was filmed at Atlanta's Tabernacle in December 2010.

During Cho's comedy routine, she discusses her stint on “Dancing with the Stars,” living in Atlanta while filming “Drop Dead Diva,” her support for LGBT equality and more.

“Having ‘Cho Dependent” as part of our schedule is extremely exciting, to say the least,” says Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film, in a media release issued today. “Margaret Cho is a long-time icon in the LGBT community, someone who has always stood by us and supported us. She’s also one of the funniest people on the planet. Margaret spends a lot of her time in Atlanta these days and the concert was filmed here, so there is a wonderful symmetry about being able to debut it.”

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‘Beginners’ is moving film about older gay father, son

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in

Writer/director Mike Mills’ father did something bold at the age of 75: After his wife of 45 years passed away, he came out of the closet as gay. That autobiographical story is the basis of the new film “Beginners,” opening next week in Atlanta.

In the film, the bombshell revelation comes from the mouth of Hal (Christopher Plummer) to his surprised son Oliver (Ewan McGregor).  Hal isn’t interested in being quietly gay either: He wants to go out and find a new partner, even as he battles illness.  How he goes about leading his life eventually parallels the relationship of Oliver, who has romantic issues of his own, has with an actress (Melanie Laurent) with her own baggage.

Although Mills based the film on his own family circumstances, it isn’t a mirror image.

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‘Corpus Christi’ film about gay Jesus screens today at Atlanta Film Fest

James Brandon was raised Catholic in St. Louis, "the Catholic capitol of the world."

"My mom said after my confirmation she had done her part as a mother and I could do what I want. I said, 'I'm done.' Clearly [Catholicism] did not go with my own beliefs."

So it may come as a surprise that he is now the lead in the play "Corpus Christi" that portrays a modern day Jesus living in Texas that is now being made into a feature documentary that screens for the first time ever to a public audience at the Atlanta Film Fest today at 2:15 p.m..