Locals who love to laugh have been in a longtime embrace with ComedySportz Philadelphia, the competitive improvisational sketch-comedy troupe based on Sansom Street. The troupe celebrates its 25th birthday this weekend with two anniversary performances at the Mandell Theater at Drexel University.

“Maurice,” from out filmmakers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, is receiving a 4K restoration release at Ritz Theatres in honor of its 30th anniversary. A classic film in the queer-cinema cannon, this heartfelt adaptation of gay writer E. M. Forster’s posthumously published novel is set in the Edwardian era. “Maurice” depicts issues of sexuality and class as the title character (James Wilby) falls in love first with Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) at Cambridge, and later with Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves), the irresistible gamekeeper at Clive’s estate.

Gay writer/director João Pedro Rodrigues’ spellbinding drama “The Ornithologist,” opening at the Ritz at the Bourse, has Fernando (Paul Hamy) observing black storks along the Douro River in Northeast Portugal (by the border with Spain). After getting caught in some rapids, he encounters a pair of Christian Chinese hikers, Fei (Han Wen) and Ling (Chan Suan), as well as Jesus (Xelo Cagiao), a hunky deaf shepherd with whom he has a tryst, and a trio of topless female hunters (Juliane Elting, Flora Bulcao and Isabelle Puntel). The further Fernando gets on his journey, the more he discovers about himself.

Sophia Coppola’s spellbinding remake of “The Beguiled” opens in 1864 Virginia. Amy (an excellent Oona Laurence) finds Yankee Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) wounded beside a tree. She takes him back to the Seminary for Young Ladies, run by Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman). It is there where the pinched schoolmarm Edwina Dabney (Kirsten Dunst) teaches five young girls, including the coquettish teen Alicia (Elle Fanning).

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