STRAPPED (LMAC, p.m.)Ben Bonenfant stars as a hustler with no names/many names who spends a dark and stormy night in an apartment building.
He can’t find a way out but he finds one trick after another and gets to demonstrate his versatility, only getting performance anxiety when a client wants to kiss him.
Check other details and ticket info.(All reviews are by Steve Warren unless otherwise noted.)YOU SHOULD MEET MY SON (LMAC, p.m.)A terrific second half redeems the first half in this comedy about a Birmingham widow (Jo Anne Mc Gee) who tries to find a bride for her son (Stewart Carrico) until she finds out he’s gay.
Can she adapt her matchmaking efforts or will he change to please her? Writer-director Keith Hartman, a former Atlantan, will attend.
VIOLET TENDENCIES (LMAC, p.m.)Mindy Cohn (“The Facts of Life”) plays Violet, New York’s “oldest living fag hag,” while Jesse Archer completes a trilogy (with “Slutty Summer” and “A Four Letter Word”) as slutty Luke, one of Violet’s many gay friends. )TICKED-OFF TRANNIES WITH KNIVES (LMAC, p.m.)You can get away with murder by spoofing bad movies, especially the kind made for drive-ins in the ‘70s, as writer-director-editor Israel Luna does in this “Death Wish”-type vigilante revenge fantasy. Bubbles Cliquot (Krystal Summers) hooked up with the wrong straight guy, Boner (Thomas Zembrod), a redneck who freaked when he discovered her genitalia.
Two of the girls get killed and the others get even as Luna emphasizes thrills over fun and lets several scenes run far too long. (LMAC, p.m.)Here’s a repeat of the “mistaken identity caused by fake online profile picture” plot from last year’s “Eating Out: All You Can Eat.” This one has a good setup and two appealing leads (Nicholas Downs and David Loren), but it goes to absurd lengths to keep them apart after establishing them as soulmates.
A lot of the same material was covered similarly in “Norman, Is that You? While “Riot Acts” successfully explores unconsidered viewpoints at the intersection of gender expression and musical performance, the documentary is detrimentally light on actual performance.
— Bo Shell UNDERTOW / CONTRACORRIENTE (LMAC, 7 p.m.)“Brokeback Mountain” meets “Ghost” in “Undertow,” a romantic fantasy from Peru that’s an accomplished first feature for writer-director Javier Fuentes-León.If you’ll be bothered by the trannies both giving and receiving violence, this isn’t for you. The comic complications that come between them aren’t funny and the Big Lie that causes such drama over a breach of trust is no big deal. (LMAC, p.m.)The title should tell you everything you need to know about this old school comedy, including whether you’ll like it or not.Still, it’s a potentially wonderful gay date movie. Lainie Kazan overworks her Jewish mother shtick, smothering John Lloyd Young (a Tony winner for “Jersey Boys” who’s surprisingly bland on screen), who’s partnered with Jai Rodriguez. THE ADONIS FACTOR (LMAC, 4 p.m.)Following his last documentary, “The Butch Factor,” director Chris Hines explores gay male body image. RIOT ACTS: FLAUNTING GENDER DEVIANCE IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE (LMAC, p.m.) Trans musicians discuss inspiration and gender identity.The macho fishermen of a poor village dislike visiting artist Santiago (Manolo Cardona), except for Miguel (Cristian Mercado), who loves Santiago but is married to Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), who is soon to give birth to their son.A tragedy changes things for the better, for a time, as Fuentes-León manages a difficult balancing act by taking potential sitcom material seriously in a realistic setting.Matthew Martin plays what amounts to an amalgam of Bette Davis and her character, Baby Jane, with J.