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Reviews for May 30, 2014

Age of Uprising

Directed by Arnaud des Pallières


Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Released by Music Box Films.
Opens at Cinema Village.

Documentary Round-Up

      The warm albeit intellectually underwhelming, tedious and overlong doc Before You Know It centers around the life of three gay seniors, namely, Dennis Creamer, Robert Mainor and Ty Martin. Mainor owns a venue in Texas where drag queens come together and freely perform shows for entertainment. Creamer used to be married to a woman before coming out of the closet and now lives in a gay retirement home in Oregon. Martin runs a program called SAGE which stands for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders. Director PJ Raval, for the most part, focuses on the human element of GLBT seniors thereby tugging at your heartstrings. Yes, the footage of the three seniors allows you to get to know them backstage, so-to-speak, and learn about what it was like growing up. They're honest, articulate and interesting. However, what about including a female GLBT senior instead of just 3 male ones? Raval squanders an opportunity to delve deeper into the roots of modern homophobia and gay rights, especially that of same-sex marriage, a topic which The Case Against 8 mines very thoroughly and compellingly while leaving you not only moved but also enlightened; this doc only achieves the latter. These seniors are the "small picture", but what about the "big picture"? At a running time of 110 minutes, Before You Know It could have used a little trimming because it does drag occasionally. It opens at the Quad Cinema.

We Are the Best!

Directed by Lukas Moodysson


Number of times I checked my watch: 0
Released by Magnolia Pictures.
Opens at Angelika Film Center and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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