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.

Out gay writer and director Ira Sachs’ new drama, “Frankie,” is lovely but also a pretentious concoction of Europudding. Opening Nov. 8 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, the film is set in in Sintra — a backdrop as beautiful as the international cast of actors. “Frankie”’s elegiac tone suggests Sachs has been listening to melancholic Portuguese fado music.

Matthew Lynn is the out gay showrunner for the new series, “The Third,” now available on DVD and VOD. The six-part first season has the married couple Carl (Corey Page) and David (Ryland Shelton) bring Jason (Sean McBride) into their relationship. It’s not just a fling; these three men soon move in together. But as good as their sex is, problems develop, from jealousies to more significant insecurities about being part of a “triad” relationship.

Back in March 2018, out gay actor-turned-filmmaker Gerald McCullouch premiered his documentary, “All Male, All Nude” — about the Atlanta strip club, Swinging Richards — at Philadelphia’s QFlix. Now McCullouch is back with the sequel, “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons,” about a Wilton Manors, Florida strip club that caters to gay men. The film is currently available on VOD and DVD.

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival unspools Nov. 7-17 at venues around the city. This year’s program spotlights two queer features, a shorts program that reflects Asian and Asian American LGBTQ life and three films by out gay and queer directors.

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