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Gay fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford’s sophomore feature, “Nocturnal Animals,” is a doozy of a movie — both stylish and spellbinding. A nude dancer in the opening credit sequence is eye-catching. So too are the sleek exteriors and interiors of the residence shared by the elegantly dressed Susan Morrow (Amy Adams), an art-gallery owner, and her husband Hutton (Armie Hammer).

“Moonlight,” opening Nov. 4 at the Ritz East, is Barry Jenkins’ extraordinary film adaptation of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” A key sequence in the film has two teenagers experimenting with their sexuality on a moonlit Miami beach.

Celebrated film critic, professor and author B. Ruby Rich — she coined the term “new queer cinema” — visits the Philadelphia area for three events this month.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Swarthmore College, Rich will present a talk entitled, “The Public and the Private: Queer Cinema in the Age of Streaming.” In a recent phone interview, Rich explained her interest in how society is consuming cinema via Netflix and Amazon Prime and on personal devices.

“Hollywood Beauty Salon,” screening 7 p.m. Oct. 10 (National Metal Health Day) at International House, is a largely observational documentary about a Germantown program by and for people in recovery for mental-health issues. Gay filmmaker Glenn Holsten chronicles more than a dozen men and women who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as they try to live meaningful lives and show — as one subject says — “they are more than just their diagnosis.”

The Kelly Writers House will host the second meeting of the recently formed Trans & Gender-Nonconforming Youth Creative Writing Group Oct. 8. The monthly writing group is open and free of charge for youth ages 14–22 who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming, and meets on the second Saturday of each month during the University of Pennsylvania academic year.

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