Culture Club

What to Watch: Scheming strippers, post-apocalyptic punk and men untucked

This Close

Stepping out on a movie date this weekend? Netflix and chillin? Whatever your entertainment needs, we got your back (and hopefully your mind) with Queerty’s weekly “Culture Club” column with some of the highlights of new releases, streaming shows, classics worth revisiting, and what to drink while you watch.

The Step-Out: Hustlers

Attention Showgirls fans: prepare to get your fix in an actual good movie. Hustlers follows the true (!) story of a group of exotic dancers who, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, fight back against robber baron stock traders by using feminine wiles to filch them. Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) continues her winning streak with an athletic and emotional performance, while Jennifer Lopez reminds the world that for all her tabloid fodder she can act in a role that allows her dramatic range and the opportunity to show off her outstanding dancing skills. Out actress Trace Lysette, Cardi B. and Lizzo all have fun supporting turns in a heist movie all about friendship.

In cinemas September 13.

The Historic: Where’s My Roy Cohn

Out documentarian Matt Tyrnauer (Scotty & The Secret History of Hollywood) strikes again with his most accomplished and ambitious film to date. Tyrnauer turns his lens to the caustic—if legendary—lawyer Roy Cohn, who for years worked as a far-right wonk that helped to send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair through judicial impropriety, ended careers by outing queer men and women, and helped a skeezy real estate huckster named Donald Trump rise to fame. The twist: Cohn was gay himself, which he denied right up until his own death from AIDS. Tyrnauer gets some remarkable access, including interviews with Cohn’s family and longtime boyfriend that help lend an understanding to one of history’s most mysterious figures. He also does the impossible: making Cohn at least somewhat pitiful, if both contemptible and pathetic.

In theatres September 20. 

The Stream: Riot Girls

Speaking of horror movies, director Jovanka Vuckovic swears up and down that her queer, post apocalypitic adventure film—in which everyone dies of a strange disease at age 18—is not a horror film. She could have fooled us; by turns thrilling and darkly funny, Riot Girls centers on the genderqueer punk heroine Scratch (Paloma Kwiatkowski) as she hand her girlfriend Nat (Madison Iseman) lead a band of resistance fighters against the villainous Jeremy (Munro Chambers), a former football star-turned-dictator in a small Canadian town. In essence, Riot Girls plays like a cinematic graphic novel, mixing horror and comic book conventions with Heathers-type digs at high school culture. We think it’s about damn time the world had a punk lesbian action hero, and Riot Girls offers a great one in a very entertaining story.

Streams on iTunes & Amazon.

The Leg Uncrosser: All Male, All Nude

Speaking of strippers, gay actor/director Gerald McCollouch untucks his latest project this week, which will likely leave viewers doing the same. All Male, All Nude takes a documentary look at some of Florida’s most extreme strip clubs, which cater to a gay male audience. Packed (excuse the phrase) with ample full-frontal nudity and writhing, muscular bodies, the film sheds light on the lives and work of erotic male dancers with jaw-dropping frankness. Call it a compliment to Hustlers..and one with an even stronger sexual charge.

Streams on Amazon.

The Underrated: This Close

Season 2 of the Sundance series arrives this week, and totally won us over with its mix of humor and drama. This Close follows the mishaps of besties Kate & Michael played by series creators Shoshanna Stern & Joshua Feldman, both of whom are deaf. As Kate struggles with a flagging career in PR, Michael copes with a tumultuous relationship with longtime boyfriend Ryan (Colt Prattes) and substance abuse. With an extended cast that includes Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, Margaret Cho, Nyle DiMarco, Marcia Cross and Steven Weber, the show plays like a more grown-up version of Will & Grace, yet somehow manages to be just as funny and endearing. More than that, we developed a massive crush on Feldman for his charm and irresistible smile.

Airs on the Sundance channel September 12. Also streams on Sundance Now.

The Sip: Pink Stripper

In honor of Hustlers and All Male, All Nude, we offer up this week’s libation: the Pink Stripper, a vodka citrus martini designed to have you shedding clothes and grinding with or without a pole

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 2 parts pink lemonade

Mix in a martini shaker over ice. Shake and serve in a martini glass.