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‘Yossi’ brings gay Israeli love story back to Atlanta screen

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“Yossi,” director Eytan Fox’s 2012 sequel to his 2002 film “Yossi & Jagger,” returns to Atlanta Feb. 22 for a one-week run at the Midtown Art Cinema.

“Yossi” was among the top 10 films screened at Atlanta’s gay Out on Film festival in last October. It features Ohad Knoller returning as the title character.

The first film was a minimalist gay love story set in a camp near the Lebanese border. Young army officers Yossi and Jagger fall in love, but Yossi is unwilling to risk his military career by being out. Then Jagger is killed in a raid.

“Yossi” is set 10 years later. Yossi, now a cardiologist, is still mourning Jagger. Not yet 34 but already old, he’s as closeted as ever, but the word is out about him in the Tel Aviv hospital where he works.

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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival offers extensive gay track

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the city’s largest film festival as well as the second most attended festival of its kind in the world, kicks off Jan. 30 with an impressive LGBT track. Tickets are on sale now, and some screenings are already sold out.

The 13th annual festival runs through Feb.20. In all, more than 70 films will be shown over a three week period. Opening night this year will be held at the Cobb Energy Centre with the crowd-pleasing “Hava Nagila (The Movie).”

Subsequent screenings take place all over the city, including the Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16, Lefont Sandy Springs, Georgia Theatre Company Merchants Walk, Regal Cinema’s North Point Market 8 and the United Artists Tara Cinemas 4.

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Based on true story, ‘Any Day Now’ explores gay adoption

Any Day Now

This year ends on an especially high note for LGBT film with “Any Day Now” (Music Box Films), starring out actor Alan Cumming as Rudy, a gay West Hollywood man who must deal with a prejudicial and antiquated court system as he attempts to adopt a boy with Down syndrome in 1979.

Cumming gives the performance of his career and even has the opportunity to sing a couple of numbers in the movie. 

“Any Day Now” is written and directed by straight filmmaker Travis Fine, an Atlanta native, based on an original screenplay by George Arthur Bloom.

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‘Raid of the Rainbow Lounge’ explores Texas gay bar controversy

Raid on the Rainbow Lounge

When police raided a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar on June 28, 2009, it was just the beginning of angry City Council meetings, protests and rallies — and, eventually, healing and change.

“Raid of the Rainbow Lounge,” a documentary that chronicles what happened in Forth Worth following the police raid, premieres in Atlanta on Oct. 7 as part of Out on Film.

Director Robert Camina said he looks forward to bringing his film to Atlanta because of the similarities he sees in Texas raid and the one at the Atlanta Eagle, just 10 weeks later. Camina and Atlanta Eagle attorney Dan Grossman will join a panel discussion after the film.

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Out on Film thrives after 25 years

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World premieres, special guests and great lineups are just a few of the keys to the success of Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film fest, which celebrates its silver anniversary this year Oct. 4-11.

“First and foremost, I’m glad we’re still around. So many festivals, especially gay and lesbian festivals, are now gone or have to take a break,” says Jim Farmer, festival director of Out on Film.

When Out on Film began in 1987, it was managed and produced by the Atlanta Film Fest. In 2008, the Atlanta Film Fest decided it was time to give Out on Film “back to the community,” Farmer explains.

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Fall in love with movies at Out on Film

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Love is in the air at the 25th Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, Oct. 4-11 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema. I don’t know when I’ve seen so much romance in a queer festival.

There’s young love, old love, lesbian love, gay love, baby love, kinky love, married love, platonic love, coercive love, transformative love... Oh, there’s politics too, but that’s mostly confined to the documentary section, or woven in with the love stories.

All films (with exceptions noted) screen at Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta GA 30308).

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‘Steel Magnolias’ remake premieres on Lifetime

Steel Magnoilias

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “drink your juice, Shelby”? Sally Field fussing over Julia Roberts as M’Lynn and Shelby, respectively, in the 1989 Southern comedic tearjerker “Steel Magnolias,” of course.

The new remake, premiering at 9 p.m. Oct. 7 on Lifetime, unobtrusively updates the story and features a stellar cast of African-American actresses assuming the leads.

This version of “Steel Magnolias” is as much about sisterhood as it is about sistahood. Queen Latifah, who has developed into a natural actress, gives the performance of her career.