8 Best Queer Films of 2014

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"Leonardo, a blind teenager living in Sao Paulo, yearns to see the world, but manages to fall in love with a happy-go-lucky new boy in school instead." - Previous review

The Normal Heart

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"The powerful film, adapted from the 1985 play by Larry Kramer, joins the best of the genre -- Longtime Companion, Parting Glances, An Early Frost, Philadelphia, the shattering documentary Silverlake Life -- as a monument to the lives lost." - Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

Love Is Strange

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"What lends it spirit is the performances, both major and minor, and (director Ira) Sachs's determination to dramatize same-sex love not as groundbreaking, but as securely rooted -- rent control and all -- in common ground." - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Stranger by the Lake

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"An absorbing and intelligent exploration of queer desire spiced up with thriller elements after one of the studly nudists goes missing." - Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

Lilting

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"I cannot think of another film that so bracingly explores the unpredictable, sometimes painful ways a coming-out—or, more accurately here, a not-coming-out—can refract through the lives surrounding the person who is in, while managing to treat everyone involved with gentleness and empathy." - J. Bryan Lowder, Slate

Pride

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"This rah-rah-union, rah-rah-gay-rights, boo-hiss–Maggie Thatcher ensemble comedy-drama is a dazzler, one of those perfectly engineered crowd-pleasers..." David Edelstein, Vulture

The Imitation Game

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"A deep, absorbing look into the mind of a natural born outlier. You can’t help but walk out of the theater feeling as though you’ve just seen one of the more important stories about one of the more important people — gay or straight — of our time." - Randy Shulman, Metro Weekly

The Case Against 8

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"Even knowing the outcome, watching 8... is like watching a well-scripted legal thriller." - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle