Gay Guide to Summer Films

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This summer, like any other, will be loaded with big-budget action films and sequels, but for the discerning gay and lesbian moviegoer, a few films stand out as being especially promising.

Topping the list is the gay-gasmic “Sex and the City 2” which features everyone’s favorite quartet of over-dressed, cocktail-swilling ladies on an exotic trip to the Middle East. While they don’t bring peace to the region, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte do feature a combined 114 costume changes — with bonus points for a gay wedding at which Liza (“gasp”) Minnelli performs Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is Disney’s action extravaganza starring a splendidly buffed Jake Gyllenhaal and the gorgeous Gemma Arterton as a kick-ass princess. Based on a video game, the film features more epic action than story development, but it’s mindless, eye-candy fun.

“Salt” puts Angelina Jolie back into kick-ass hero mode as a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy. In a role that was initially written for a man (with Tom Cruise attached to star), Jolie is poised to become the biggest lesbian action icon since Xena: Warrior Princess.

Speaking of lesbians, “The Kids Are All Right” stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as lesbian mothers of two teenagers (“Alice in Wonderland’s” Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) who track down their anonymous sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo). This family dramedy has already generated major buzz as a must-see independent film.

“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” is a funny, moving and insightful documentary that follows the 77 year old comedy legend through an eventful year, as she battles the youth-obsessed entertainment industry to get back on top. Whether you know Rivers best from her Johnny Carson years or from the red carpet, you will come away with new respect for her after seeing this film.

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Adam Sandel is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, journalist and film critic living in San Francisco, California. He's the film writer for dot429 Magazine and is the host of the internet radio show "Happy Hour" on energytalkradio.com. adamsandel@yahoo.com adam@dot429.com

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