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Moving ‘Tomboy’ explores youth, gender

From the first shot of its ten-year-old protagonist, “Tomboy” is a study in gender identity and expectations.

Young Zoé Héran grounds the film with an amazing performance as the lead character, who moves to a new neighborhood and self-identifies to the local kids as Mikael, “the new boy in the building.”

But at home, Mikael is Laure, and writer-director Céline Sciamma (“Water Lilies”) includes a full-frontal shot of the female-bodied child emerging from the bathtub to show us the conflict between the character’s two identities.

Laure has an overworked father (Mathieu Demy), a very pregnant mother (Sophie Cattani) and a tres femme six-year-old sister, Jeanne (Malonn Lévana), with whom she’s very close. In many ways their new home represents a new beginning and we learn next to nothing about their old life.

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African-American teen coming out tale brings often-overlooked story to Atlanta big screen

New film 'Pariah' opens in Atlanta

The new film “Pariah” treads where few Hollywood features dare to go — detailing the coming out process of a young African-American lesbian.

“Pariah” stars Adepero Oduye as Alike, a poetry-loving 17-year-old living at home in Brooklyn with her parents, Audrey (Kim Wayans) and Arthur (Chris Parnell). Alike begins to realize she is a lesbian. Her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker) is already out and Alike starts to wonder what it would be like to have a girlfriend.
Director Dee Rees, producer Nekisa Cooper and actresses Oduye and Wayans were in Atlanta late last year to promote the film.

“Pariah” is based on a short film director Rees made in 2007, which in turn was influenced by a similar-themed feature.

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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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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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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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Out on Film announces opening, closing pictures

Out on Film announces opening and closing filmsOut on Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival, announced this morning a double-feature opening when the festival kicks off on Sept. 29. This year, “The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley” and “Going Down in La-La Land” will open the week-long festival while “Judas Kiss” will be the final film shown.

“We are very excited about opening Out on Film with a first – a film for the ladies and then a film for the men, although anyone can enjoy either one of our opening night films,” said Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film, in a press release issued today.

Casper Andreas, director of “Going down in La-La Land,” has shown films at Out on Film before, including “The Big Gay Musical” and last year's Audience Award winner for Best comedy “Violet Tendencies.”