By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com June 04 2010 6:35 AM ET
Killers: It should come as no surprise that the latest romantic comedy from Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl is getting trashed by critics (one even commented that if Lady Gaga herself turned up in the theater, there’d still be no reason to watch the film). Killers boasts a largely shirtless performance from Kutcher, which in and of itself is a reason to be curious, but reviews suggest gay director Robert Luketic manages to make the action film a sluggish bore with a lot of help from his leading lady, an “I’d rather be anywhere else”-looking Katherine Heigl.
Get Him to the Greek: Russell Brand is an acquired taste, but thanks to his caked-on eyeliner and gender-fluid ways, his turn as a Brit rock star being accompanied to a concert in Los Angeles by a record company intern will likely pack a few good gay laughs. Pink and Christina Aguilera pop up as themselves.
Splice: Gay favorite Sarah Polley and the always outspoken Adrien Brody star as scientists who make a mistake and try to protect it in Splice, a horror movie that has sat on the shelf for a couple of years but is getting surprisingly strong reviews.
Bionic by Christina Aguilera: We wish she would stop saying vaguely nasty things about Lady Gaga, but otherwise we have to respect Aguilera's choice of collaborators on her latest album, which include Sia, Ladytron, and the phenomenal Linda Perry. Lead single "Not Myself Tonight" was forgettable, but ballads like "You Lost Me" really show Aguilera's worth. Out Tuesday.
Sweet and Wild by Jewel: She's so beautiful and sweet, it's hard not to have a soft spot for the Alaskan songstress. Sweet and Wild is her second countrified album, which no doubt features influences from her bull-riding husband, Ty Murray. Out Tuesday.
Alice in Wonderland: Tim Burton lets his hallucinatory sense of whimsy overwhelm the story in his signature take on the Lewis Carroll classic, but a cast of gay faves, including Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, and especially Helena Bonham Carter — riotous as the Red Queen — help make this an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole.
Equality U: The personal struggles of a group of 33 young gay activists who embarked on the Soulforce Equality Ride, a nationwide tour of antigay college campuses, is chronicled in this straightforward, thoughtful documentary.
Hannah Free: Sharon Gless gives an award-winning performance in this searing drama — a hit on the LGBT festival circuit — as an ailing elderly woman fighting for the right to say to say goodbye to the dying woman she’s loved for a lifetime.
Nip/Tuck: The Final Season: One of television’s gayest shows gets a fittingly over-the-top send-off with the final season, which features the return of some of the show’s strongest characters (including Famke Janssen as transgender life coach Ava Moore) and introduces some new ones (Candis Cayne as a trans woman who wishes to become male again).