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It Follows That Two Gays Matter

It follows that the must-see movie opening this weekend is a horror film that ties sex and death together in an unexpected way. Also suggested must-sees are documentary portraits of two different gay men: a debunker of fake psychics and a young man killed in a nationally notorious hate crime. Readers are particularly encouraged to check out the latter film as its screenings are limited.

An Honest Liar

Professional magician and world-renowned skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi has exposed such famous fakes and con artists as Uri Geller and Peter Popoff for 50 years. Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein’s film offers a biographical portrait of the master debunker’s career and life, which includes his coming out at age 81. But the discovery of a shocking revelation in Randi’s life forces viewers to reconsider their thoughts about the skeptic.

Opens March 20 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

It Follows

The Sundance 2015 horror sensation finally gets its theatrical release. David Robert Mitchell’s film conerns 19-year-old Jay, whose summer gets trashed after an innocent sexual encounter. She starts receiving odd visions and has the sense that an implacable force or person is constantly following her. Whatever it is that’s following Jay, it’s a homicidal shape-shifter invisible to everyone but its prey. And the only way to escape the curse is to sexually transmit it to some other unfortunate.

Opens March 20 at the AMC Metreon 16

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

David Trueba’s Goya award-winner is set in 1966 Spain. Antonio, an English/Latin teacher, is such a Beatles fanatic that he uses the band’s lyrics to teach English to his class. When the teacher hears that John Lennon is coming to Spain to star in How I Won The War, he decides to take a road trip to meet his idol. Along the way, Antonio picks up two runaways: an unwed mother and a teenage boy tired of being bullied for having long hair. Naturally, all three of them learn life lessons in the course of the trip.

Opens March 20 at the Roxie Theater

Lost And Love

Veteran Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau stars in this drama based on a true story. Lau plays Lei, a father whose 2-year-old son was kidnapped 14 years ago. His decade-plus journey to find his lost son brings him into contact with young mechanic Zeng, who’s trying to discover his lost past. As Lei and Zeng journey together, they discover that both their struggles are tied to China’s child kidnapping epidemic.

Opens March 20 at the AMC Metreon 16

Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine

Director Michele Josue creates a personal documentary about her childhood friend Matthew Shepard. Many Americans know of Shepard as the young college student murdered in Laramie, Wisconsin in a notorious homophobic hate crime. Josue’s film shows viewers who Shepard was before his death. That journey includes a desire to dress up as Dolly Parton at age 8 and travel to such places as Switzerland and Morocco. By the end, the viewer will understand once again why Shepard’s life mattered.

Opens March 20 at the AMC Metreon 16

Seymour: An Introduction

Director Ethan Hawke gives friend Seymour Bernstein the documentary treatment. Bernstein was a New York concert pianist who gave up a successful career to teach music. Now the veteran teacher shares personal anecdotes, words of wisdom, and other thoughts about art in this charming and inspiring film.

Opens March 20 at the Albany Twin Theater and the Embarcadero Center Cinemas

About the Author

I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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