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Escape the election with Moonlight, King Cobra, and the return of Gaga.



Advocate editor Yezmin Villarreal calls Moonlight "the year's best film" and describes it like this: "Moonlight -- in theaters Friday -- is a coming-of-age film about a gay black youth, Chiron, growing up in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, which was affected by the rise of crack cocaine and the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Chiron is not only struggling with the boys at school who incessantly bully him but is also dealing with a drug-addicted mother and coming to terms with his attraction to men."

Don't miss this important film, directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Trevante Rhodes.

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Lady Gaga, Joanne

Icon Gaga is getting rave reviews for her fifth album, Joanne (named for her beloved aunt). Rolling Stone calls the album her best work since Born This Way -- OK, but there was only ArtPop in between these two albums -- with songs more thoughtful than specifically dancefloor-ready. Gaga's country side is definitely expressed in Joanne, with "A-YO" and "Sinner's Prayer." Gaga, unlike many of her pop contemporaries, knows her way around a guitar; see her belting out "A-YO" in Nashville below.

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King Cobra

The lurid tale of Brent Corrigan's early porn career -- and the murder of a producer instrumental to Corrigan's success -- is the focus of the film King Cobra, out now. Written and directed by Justin Kelly and starring Garrett Clayton as the twink poster boy, King Cobra garnered controversy after Corrigan refused to take part in the film, saying it stretched the truth on the 2007 killing of Bryan Kocis. Regardless, the film looks like a juicy piece of pulp fiction and costars James Franco and Christian Slater.

(RELATED: King Cobra Reminds Us; In Gay Porn, People Are Still Dying)

Celebrating Five Years of the GLBT History Museum

Netflix's Black Mirror

In case you've been in the dark, Black Mirror is a popular British anthology series in the style of The Twilight Zone. Each episode offers a glimpse of a bizarro version of our own world: and it's absolutely terrifying. Season 2 of the series premieres this weekend on Netflix, and it's already being praised for its "thought-provoking, tech-heavy, binge-worthy looks at both our futures and our fears," as described by USA Today. The nightmares center around technology in particular, including plotlines related to the horrific downsides of social media, cyber security, and drones. It also boasts star power from actors like Bryce Dallas Howard, Mackenzie Davis, and more. Watch the trailer below.


RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Reunion

It's been a tempestuous season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. Adore Delano fled the competition after scathing critiques from the judges. Phi Phi O'Hara spoke out against the producers, whom she accused of editing her as a villain. And the talented Alaska Thunderfuck took the crown -- an episode after she offered to bribe her fellow contestants in order to avoid elimination. All of this and more will most certainly be discussed in the reunion show of the Logo reality drag competition, which has enjoyed its best ratings to date. Will Phi Phi O'Hara show up? She swore she wouldn't, but you never know what will pop out of Ru's box. Watch it Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Logo and VH1.

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NewFest is presenting the best of LGBT cinema from home and abroad now through Tuesday in New York City. The festival opened last night with the much-buzzed-about The Pass (above), starring Russell Tovey of Looking fame, and tonight it presents the early German gay love story Different From the Others, but there's much more to see, in both documentaries and narrative films. Among the many notable docs are Check It, about a gay and trans street gang in Washington, D.C.; Free CeCe, on a trans woman who killed in self-defense and ended up in a men's prison; Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America; and Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. Narrative films that come highly recommended include surreal Polish comedy Baby Bump, a favorite at Outfest and the Venice Film Festival; Berlinale prize-winners Don't Call Me Son, about a young bisexual man discovering the circumstances of his birth, and Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo, a love story told in real time; Girl Gets Girl from Spain, which grew out of a popular web series; and closing night film Lovesong, director So Yong Kim's study of longtime friends, played by Jena Malone and Riley Keough, whose relationship may turn to romance. Find the full schedule here.

Self-Portrait 11.20.15 NYC

TransNation Festival

The TransNation Festival honors the trans experience with a film fest and the Queen USA pageant this weekend in Los Angeles. The film festival, curated by Transparent co-producer Zackary Drucker, includes a sneak preview of the new film More Than T by Silas Howard, the Los Angeles premiere of the short Diane From the Moon, starring Mya Taylor; the documentary MAJOR!, about the life and times of transgender elder and activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy; and a screening of the rarely seen 1968 pageant documentary The Queen, with an appearance by Flawless Sabrina. Screenings will be at Cinefamily. The pageant, to be held Saturday at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, will be emceed by Candis Cayne and Curly Velasquez, and will include performances by the Prancing Elites, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, and the Mariachi de Arcoiris de Los Angeles. Judges include Caitlyn Jenner, Alexandra Billings, Kelly Osbourne, Angelica Ross, and many more. The entire festival benefits the Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood's Nicole Murray Ramirez Scholarship Fund, and St. John's Well Child and Family Center's Transgender Health Program. Get all the details here.

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