• From Russia with Love

    From Russia with Love

    ★★★★

    Lesbian subtext up the wazoo! Number 3 is iconic. That first scene when she vets the Russian Bond girl, it's very obvious. Not even subtext I guess.

  • God's Own Country

    God's Own Country

    ★★★★½

    A rugged young Englishman and a gentle Romanian migrant worker find intimacy atop the lonesome hills of Northern Yorkshire in “God’s Own Country,” Francis Lee’s quietly remarkable debut feature. Embittered by his isolated existence, Johnny (Josh O’Connor) softens upon meeting Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), who has much to teach him, and not just how to delicately breathe life into a newborn lamb. Such explicit scenes of daily farm life give the film documentary-like potency, elevating it far beyond conventional romantic drama — with no "I can't quit you" moment to speak of.

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    Perhaps it would be naively optimistic to hope for more from the first major studio movie about a gay teenager coming out, a significant milestone. Director Greg Berlanti and 20th Century Fox deserve kudos for giving gay kids a blockbuster romance of their own — complete with a first-kiss-atop-the-Ferris-wheel-finish. “Love, Simon” may reach across the aisle to the “totally normal” kids with a huge secret, but it reaches right over everyone else.

    “Love, Simon” deserves celebration as a groundbreaking achievement…