MIRRORMASK Graphic novelists Neil Gaiman (screenwriter) and Dave McKean (director) combine their talents to create a dazzling, imaginative in the film “MirrorMask.” Helena (Stephanie Leonidas), a 15-year-old girl in a family of circus entertainers, often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight with her parents, her mother (Gina McKee) falls dangerously ill and Helena is convinced she is to blame. She dreams she is in a strange, doomed land with opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants, and only she can restore the balance. Landmark Sunshine.
THE AGGRESSIVES No surprise that Daniel Peddle’s film should turn away crowds at queer venues everywhere, including SRO at New York’s New Festival, San Francisco’s International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest in Los Angeles he New Festival here made a mistake by programming the film in its smallest theater space on the first day of the festival, a weekday, at 5 o’clock. Much to the festival’s surprise, more than 200 unhappy people were turned away from its only screening of the film. NewFest apparently misjudged the potential audience for this provocative peek inside the black, lesbian, butch-identified culture invisible to most of the white queer world. The documents the lives of six very different women, each of whom identifies herself with the concept of aggressives. Quad Cinema. (Jim Fouratt)
AFTER INNOCENCE This compelling documentary depicts the stories of the exonerated—innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA proved their innocence. The film focuses on the stories of seven men. All were sent to prison, some for decades, and some confined on death row, all for crimes they did not commit. The film reveals the emotional hardships these men face, when they are released with little or no support or rehabilitation from the system that put them behind bars.Opens Oct. 21at the Quad Cinema.