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Moody ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ features bisexual title character

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo now playing

The decision to remake “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” for American audiences will be debated endlessly and passionately, but if anyone is to bring the story of Lisbeth Salander to life in the multiplexes, mercifully it’s David Fincher. His take on the material is moody and unhurried, marked by a star-making performance by Rooney Mara as the ass-kicking, bisexual girl in question.

Stieg Larsson’s densely-plotted “Millennium series” spawned a trilogy of films, starring actress Noomi Rapace as the titular character. This version covers the same material from the first Swedish film, with tweaks here and there.

Here, Daniel Craig is Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who has just left the magazine he works for after he is sued for libel for an article he has written. Shortly after, he is hired by Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), the head of a large, powerful Swedish family, to find out what happened to his young niece Harriet 40 years ago. She disappeared – almost literally – from their home and he believes her murderer could have been in the family.

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A queer comedian celebrates release of DVD recorded live in her adopted hometown

Comedian Margaret Cho

Part-time Atlantan and full time entertainer Margaret Cho has certainly made her mark on our city. Not only does she film a television series here (she plays Teri Lee on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva”), but she also hones her stand up skills on a regular basis at the Laughing Skull Lounge.

When she recorded her new Showtime special and DVD, “Cho Dependent,” which was released on DVD on Nov. 21, she made certain it was in front of an Atlanta audience because she feels so strongly about her adopted hometown. We recently spoke with Cho, who just got back from a European tour, about the new DVD, her status as a queer and her love for Atlanta.

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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.