By Tuesday Mahrle, August 2018 Issue.
In theaters Aug. 1 | R | 94 Minutes | Biography
Nico, 1988 follows Christa Päffgen aka Nico, lead singer of the cult band The Velvet Underground. Now close to 50 years old, she lives a quiet life in Manchester – a stark contrast to her ’60s glam days with Andy Warhol, drugs and life on the road. As her career deteriorates, her new manager convinces the singer/songwriter to go back on tour through Europe for her newest album. As she begins the journey, her demons return as she tries to rekindle a relationship with her estranged son and find herself again. Written and directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli, this biopic reveals a glimpse at the woman behind the icon.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
In theaters Aug. 3 | Not yet rated | 91 Minutes | Drama
This American-British film, based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film displays some of our biggest fears – which were heartbreaking childhood realities for others. Set in 1992, young Cameron Post is caught with another girl in the backseat of a car on prom night and is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy camp that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the center, Cameron must survive “de-gaying” methods, prayer groups and teachings to curb her unholy desires. Luckily, she finds her chosen family among the outcasts. The film tackles the societal question: Is homosexuality a choice?
Church & State
In theaters Aug. 10 | Not yet rated | 84 Minutes | Documentary
In 2013, a surprising federal court ruling legalized gay marriage in Utah. In a state where the Mormon church has a strong grip on local and state government officials, this should have been an impossible task. Church & State follows an inexperienced gay activist with the support of a tiny Salt Lake City law firm as they celebrate the triumphs, struggle through setbacks and start the movement that would ultimately help the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex unions nationwide.
The Little Stranger
In theaters Aug. 31 | Not yet rated | 112 Minutes | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. In the summer of 1948, he travels to Hundreds Hall, a place his mother worked when he was a young boy which he finds in a state of decline. As he tends to a patient in the Ayres family, it becomes apparent that and something evil is haunting the household that’s been owned and inhabited by the family for more than two centuries. While this film has no LGBTQ actors or characters, the movie is based off the only non-gay novel written by Sarah Waters.