Three Great (and Different) LGBT Movies to Watch NOW

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(Left) Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson. (Right) Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska (Focus)
(Clockwise from left) Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska and Mark Ruffalo in ‘The Kids Are All Right.” (Focus)

The good news is there are a lot of LGBT movies out there these days. Big studio releases, indie films and, more than likely, a few titles that might not sound familiar. However, your best LGBT titles are right here with XFINITY On Demand, and we’ve rounded up a few titles that are must-sees (or must-see-agains).

Grandma“: Sage (Julie Garner) is a teenager who has found out she’s pregnant with her loser boyfriend’s baby. She goes to her Grandmother, Elle (Lily Tomlin), who isn’t the sweet old lady type of Grandma, but, instead, a raunchy, in-your-face lesbian who isn’t perfect, but is happy to help her granddaughter. Along the way, all the characters find out something about themselves and their relationships. Watch for Elle’s relationship with her daughter/Sage’s mother (Marcia Gay Harden) to be just as compelling as any other part of the film.

4th Man Out“: What happens when one of a quartet of bros reveals that he’s gay? That’s the starting point of this film, starring Evan Todd and “Arrow” star Parker Young, where Todd’s character, Adam, reveals early on that he’s gay, and his straight friends have to figure out how that’s going to change their friendship. There aren’t many films that can mine comedy out of how men relate to each other, especially in a time when being gay isn’t supposed to change anything. This indie film is a gem and will prove that men are men, whether they’re gay or straight. (Click here for my interview earlier this year with Young.)

The Kids Are All Right“: The film is about two lesbian moms (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) raising their kids (Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska), who happen to make a step to meet their biological father (Mark Ruffalo). A great character drama, everyone’s relationships are tested, but the undercurrent is that a family doesn’t have to be a mother and father, but can exist with any mix of people. Bening and the film won Golden Globes while Ruffalo, along with Bening and director/co-writer Lisa Cholodenko and co-writer Stuart Blumberg all grabbed Academy Award nominations.

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