Out gay actor Ben Whishaw co-stars in the canny sci-fi drama “Little Joe,” opening Dec. 6 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse. Set in the biotechnology world, the film follows Alice (Emily Beecham) and her colleague Chris (Whishaw), who have genetically engineered a special breed of plant. Nicknamed “Little Joe,” the plant promotes happiness if it receives love. Alice and Chris are optimistic that their project will make people’s lives better.

In the queer-tinged “Knives and Skin,” the disappearance of 15-year-old Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley) sends shockwaves throughout the community. Moreover, although Carolyn’s body is seen periodically throughout writer and director Jennifer Reeder’s mystifying film, the emphasis is less about what happened to Carolyn, and more the strange behavior of Carolyn’s friends, family members and her friends’ family members.

Out gay director Todd Haynes’ new film, “Dark Waters,” is a chilling true story about the unprecedented legal case Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) built against DuPont for poisoning the residents of the town of Parkersburg, West Virginia for decades.

Mark Elias is the co-writer and star of the naughty, queer-themed cautionary tale, “Golden Boy,” an independent feature film now available On Demand. Elias, who grew up in Philadelphia — his parents moved to the city’s suburbs when he was three months old — plays James, a young man struggling in Los Angeles.

Is a reboot of “Charlie’s Angels,” necessary? When it features out actress Kristen Stewart along with up-and-comers Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, the answer is mostly yes. This entertaining, globe-hopping action film, opening in area theaters Nov. 15, is never subtle, but it isn’t trying to be.

“Latter Day Jew” is a witty, breezy, but also serious documentary produced by out Philly native Todd Shotz about H. Alan Scott, a 35-year-old gay Mormon who converts to Judaism and prepares for his Bar Mitzvah. The film will screen Nov. 16 at the Suzanne Roberts Theater as part of the Jewish Film Festival.

Out gay director François Ozon’s exceptional drama, “By the Grace of God,” recounts the church’s recent child abuse scandal in Lyon. The film, which opens Nov. 8 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, chronicles the efforts of several victims of pedophile priest Bernard Preynat (Bernard Verley), bringing the situation to light and demanding accountability from the Catholic church.

Chet Catherine Pancake lives with their partner and child at Black Oak House — also the art gallery Pancake curates. The quaint but roomy West Philadelphia row home is across the street from Malcolm X Park and often adorned with drawings from Pancake’s daughter.

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