Rocketman was a box-office smash this year, and may very well follow Bohemian Rhapsody’s path to Oscars gold. But there are still plenty of queer movies hitting your local cineplex in the coming months. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 that we can’t wait to see before the year draws to a close.
The ITV series—which followed the lives of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in an Edwardian country home at the turn of the 20th century—aired on PBS in the United States and ran for six seasons. Now, nearly four years later, the Crawleys are back for a movie sequel. Also returning: Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier), who is head butler at the lavish estate—and judging from the trailer, not the only queen at Downton.
Where’s My Roy Cohn?
The new documentary from Matt Tyrnauer (Studio 54, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood) details the life of Roy Cohn, the closeted high-profile lawyer who was an aide to Senator Joseph McCarthy and later a mentor to Donald Trump. He was also a closeted gay man who died of AIDS complications in 1986.
Starring Renée Zellweger as the ultimate gay icon, Judy doesn’t chronicle Garland’s entire life like the classic TV miniseries Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, but instead focuses on her final months as she prepares for a sold-out London concert run in the late 1960s. Based on Peter Quilter’s play End of the Rainbow, the film was adapted for the screen by The Crown writer Tom Edge and directed by Rupert Goold.
Pain and Glory
For his new semi-autobiographical film, Pedro Almodóvar reunites with his frequent collaborator Antonio Banderas, who plays an aging director based on the Spanish auteur. Banderas already won Best Actor at Cannes for his portrayal, and the movie will represent Spain in next year’s Oscars competition for Best Foreign Language Film.
The latest from gay director Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Love Is Strange) stars Isabelle Huppert as a famous French performer with a big secret. When she asks her family to join her for a trip to Portugal, drama is close behind. Also starring Marisa Tomei and Greg Kinnear.
All the women, who are independent! The classic TV series gets yet another big-screen reboot, this time with Elizabeth Banks as director and Kristen Stewart as one of the crime-fighting leading ladies. Bonus: Its theme song features the powerhouse trio of Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, and Ariana Grande. Destiny’s Child, who? (JK.)
Will Elsa finally get a girlfriend? Will the sequel produce another blockbuster gay anthem like “Let It Go”? Will Olaf finally chill TF out? So many questions will need answers when the next chapter of Frozen invades the box office like a song-filled snowstorm this holiday season.
Queen & Slim
In the latest collaboration from queer writer Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas—who teamed up for the brilliant Master of None episode “Thanksgiving”—a black couple is on the run from the law after killing a cop in self-defense. Waithe is also a producer for the film, which stars Jodie Turner-Smith as Queen and Daniel Kaluuya as Slim.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The new period piece from Tomboy and Girlhood director Céline Sciamma has been hailed as one of the best films of the decade, earning raves along the festival circuit since its Cannes premiere earlier this year. In it, an 18th-century French painter (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of a woman (Adèle Haenel) without her knowing it. As she observes her by day to paint her portrait at night, the pair form an intimate bond. Color us intrigued.
No, you haven’t been sniffing too much catnip. This is really happening. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical casts A-listers like Jennifer Hudson (who won an Academy Award for her role in the big-screen version of Dreamgirls), Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Sir Ian McKellen as tuneful felines. See ya at the movies, kitty girls!