Critic's Choice

Lance Goldenberg's festival picks.

Navigating the many options in a film festival can be a maddening, if enjoyable, challenge. Here are CL movie critic Lance Goldenberg's choices for each day of the festival, with one caveat: Inexhaustible movie consumer he may be, but even Lance hasn't previewed all of the 130 films in the fest. That means there are gems out there still to discover (or dogs still to disparage) — and since one of the singular pleasures of any filmfest is serendipity, why shouldn't you be the one to discover (or dis) them? Also, we didn't have space to include all the shorts programs, happy hours, after-parties et al., so for that info and everything else you need to know, check the festival's website,

Thurs., Oct. 5

Queens (Reinas)

7:45 p.m., Tampa Theatre. Gala street party at 6 p.m. on TECO Plaza in front of the theater.

Fri., Oct. 6

A Very Serious Person

7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre. Gala party at the Tampa Museum of Art, 9:15 p.m., $50.

Sat., Oct. 7

Cruel and Unusual

1:20 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Fat Girls

3 p.m., Tampa Theatre

20 Centimeters or The Gymnast

20 Centimeters, 7:15 p.m., Tampa Theatre

The Gymnast, 8 p.m., Channelside

Time to Leave

9:40 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Sun., Oct. 8

My Name Is Jackie Beat

3:45 p.m., Tampa Theatre

101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men

5:45 p.m., Channelside

Rice Rhapsody

7:45 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Mon., Oct. 9

Small Town Gay Bar

7 p.m., Tampa Theatre. Not previewed, but the buzz on this documentary is good. The "What is the future of Queer Cinema?" panel discussion takes place before the film at 5:30 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 10


9 p.m., Tampa Theatre and Muvico BayWalk. Again, not previewed, but a doc deemed important enough to be screening on both sides of the Bay.

Wed., Oct. 11


7:30 p.m., Muvico BayWalk

Broken Sky

9:00 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Thurs., Oct. 12

In Dreams Awake

7:00 p.m., Muvico BayWalk

Pick Up the Mic

9 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Another documentary with good buzz that I haven't previewed — this one about gays in hip-hop.

Fri., Oct. 13

Like a Brother (Comme un Frere)

9:25 p.m., Tampa Theatre


9:45 p.m., Channelside Cinemas

Sat., Oct. 14

Go West

1 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Whispering Moon

3:30 p.m., Channelside Cinemas

East Side Story

7:15 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Another Gay Movie

9:10 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Sun., Oct. 15

Puccini for Beginners

5 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Boy Culture

7:45 p.m., Tampa Theatre

Venues & Tickets

Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa

Channelside Cinemas, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa

Muvico BayWalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

Tickets may be ordered online at — click on "Tickets." They are also on sale at several outlets throughout Tampa Bay. For more information visit the website or call 813-879-4220.

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