Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-04-10
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW Films feature mystery, superheroes and Cher
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

This summer Hollywood seems to have learned a lesson on producing overhyped blockbuster movies, films based on TV shows or just too many sequels. There are a few on the roster, though, with The Incredibles 2, A Hotel Transylvania 3 and another Mission Impossible flick to wade through.

The LGBT community has plenty to come out and see, with increasingly visible actors like Lena Waither in the blockbuster Ready Player One, released earlier this year.

In 2018, the community is already celebrating mainstream movie success with Love, Simon and Disobedience. ( Alex Strangelove looks to be the next on the list. )

Pride Month kicks off with Hairspray being screened in Millennium Park June 5 and continues with Kinky Boots on June 19 in collaboration with Filmmaker's Reeling LGBTQ International Film Festival ( at 6:30 p.m. ).

Meanwhile, inside the movie house, there are several flicks and movie festivals to take notice of in the upcoming months:


—Juggernaut Film Festival: Many lesbians had a crush on Beverly Crusher from the Star Trek: The Next Generation series played by Gates McFadden. She hosts the 6th Annual Juggernaut Film Festival presented by Otherworld Theatre Company June 2-3 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Music Box Theatre. With movies including Squee: Identifying as a Fangirl, a documentary exploring feminism, race, and sexuality, there's something for everyone.

—Chicago Underground Film Festival ( June 6-10 ): CUFF screens classics like John Waters' Hairspray and docs like Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records, which is about Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, the gay creators of a record empire. This festival will take place at the Logan Theatre.

—A Kid Like Jake ( June 1 ): Trans director Silas Howard takes on the school system as two parents discover their child, Jake, prefers Cinderella to G.I. Joe. Starring Claire Danes and Jim Parson, Octavia Spencer, and Amy Landecker, who Howard directed in Amazon's Transparent.

—Hotel Artemis ( June 8 ): stars Jodie Foster as The Nurse who runs a hospital for criminals with out actor Zachary Quinto ready to steal the show.

—Alex Strangelove ( June 8 ): Airing on Netflix, this is the story of Alex Truelove ( played by Daniel Doheny ) who meets gay Elliott from the other side of the tracks—and which sends his world into a tailspin. It's produced by Ben Stiller, so it could be hilarious.

—Ocean's 8: This is also being released on June 8. The Ocean franchise switches the genders, with an all-star and diverse cast including lesbian Sarah Paulson. A heist at the Met Gala? Count us in, but was a female director not available?

—Pride Film Festival Summer Shorts ( June 12 ): Pride Films and Plays presents a series of sexy films for the summer screened at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, with information at .

—Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ( June 22 ): The age-old story of dinosaurs being saved from a volcano that erupts on their island should pack movie houses around the world. Out actor B.D. Wong plays Dr. Henry Wu among a big name cast that again includes Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

—Believer: Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds and gay lead singer of the Neon Trees Tyler Glenn take on the Mormon church in this documentary while creating LOVELOUD, a music and spoken-word festival attended by the LGBT community. Debuts on HBO June 25.


—Ant-Man and the Wasp ( July 6 ): Audiences are still recovering from Avengers: Infinite War and, without missing a heartbeat, we get a new dynamic duo. But why is her name Hope? It's supposed to be Janet, dammit! We can let the little things go, I guess. Funnyman Paul Rudd, as Ant-Man, increases his brand.

—Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! ( July 20 ): The title says it all, as Mama Meryl is back for more "who's your daddy" business. Streep reprises her role as Donna, along with stars of the first flick, Christine Baranski and Amanda Seyfried. Are they going to let Pierce Brosnan sing ABBA again? At least we know new cast member Cher can carry a tune in a movie that turns back time.

—Puzzle ( July 20 ): The story about a housewife whose life changes after discovering she is good at putting together jigsaw puzzles is a primarily straight story, but look for Australian actor Liv Hewson ( who uses "they" and "them" pronouns ) in a small role.

—McQueen ( July 27 ): It's a documentary about the tortured life of openly gay British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.


—The Spy Who Dumped Me ( Aug. 3 ): Family Guy's Mila Kunis and SNL's first openly lesbian cast member, Kate McKinnon, team as longtime friends who have to save the world.

—The Happytime Murders ( Aug. 17 ): With family history up his sleeve, Brian Henson creates a world where puppets live together with humans and a murder mystery needs to be solved with the help of Melissa McCarthy. Is this another Roger Rabbit in the making?

—The Little Stranger ( Aug. 28 ): This movie is included on this list because it's the only non-gay novel from Sarah Walters and has a queer sense of style with the story of a dysfunctional family living in a decaying mansion.

—Crazy Rich Asians ( Aug. 17 ): It has been 25 years since a major Hollywood studio has released an English language film with a primarily Asian cast. Out actor Nico Santos plays cousin Oliver.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Wild Nights with Emily offers new takes on Dickinson myths 2019-04-18 - "Emily Dickinson wished to be published posthumously," says Mabel Todd ( Amy Seimetz ), the poet's editor, at one point in the new ...

Gay News

MOVIES Classic lesbian film stages re-'Bound,'and the stars weigh in 2019-04-17 - The popular 1996 film Bound is a lesbian centered crime thriller written and directed by the Wachowskis in their feature film debut. Jennifer ...

Gay News

Wild Nights with Emily screening through April 25 2019-04-17 - Wild Nights with Emily is a film about a little-known aspect of the iconic poet Emily Dickinson, starring Molly Shannon. In the ...

Gay News

'Moonlight,' 'Wonder Woman' part of summer film series 2019-04-14 - The Millennium Park Summer Film Series will offer a lineup of classic and recent movie selections on Tuesdays, June 4-Aug. 20, at the ...

Gay News

Millennium Park Summer Films to celebrate Year of Chicago Theatre 2019-04-12 - The Millennium Park Summer Film Series will offer a lineup of popular classic and recent movie selections on Tuesdays, June 4 through August ...

Gay News

Billy Masters 2019-04-09 - "Let's see how long I last."—Patti LuPone says of her latest venture—as a member of Twitter. Her first Tweet? "Contain me with only ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'A Star Is Born,' Image Awards, Adam Lambert, Celine Dion 2019-04-02 - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born soundtrack surpassed 1 million copies sold in the United States, noted. Star sold ...

Gay News

SPRING MOVIE PREVIEW Superheroes, festivals part of cinematic landscape 2019-03-27 - The box office is warming up for the big blockbusters expected this summer. Spring offers two months of fine flicks and film festivals ...

Gay News

WORLD Thailand feat, U.S. ambassador, MP assaulted, 'Game of Thrones' 2019-03-26 - Thailand, on March 24, elected filmmaker Tanwarin Sukkhapisit as its first transgender member of the House of Representatives, Gay Star News noted. It ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Daniels, 'Tales of the City,' Janelle Monae 2019-03-26 - The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus announced that Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will be honored with the Vanguard Award, and that ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.