"Love Is Strange"
"Love Is Strange"

The dog days of summer are more or less here and with them comes a really fantastic slate of LGBT films that are heading somewhere we aren't used to too many LGBT films heading as of late: Into actual movie theaters, and not just for a film festival.  And given the fact that the past few years have seen such films struggle to make money in that context, it's all more reason for you to go out and see them. Especially because they are all very good:

The Dog (August 8th)

Director: Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren

Subject: John Wojtowicz
Why You Should See See It: John Wojtowicz was turned into something of an iconic figure when Al Pacino played him in 1975's "Dog Day Afternoon." In that film, Wojtowicz took a bank hostage in the hopes of raising money for his transsexual lover's sex change operation, hardly exaggerated the actual 1972 event, but only captured one piece of a much larger story. That's why its so great we have "The Dog," Alison Berg and Frank Keraudren's documentary about Wojtowicz in the years leading up to his death from cancer in 2006. A festival circuit hit since it debuted in Toronto last year, it's definitely one to see in theaters this month if you haven't already.

Watch the trailer below:

Love is Strange
(August 22nd)
Director: Ira Sachs

Cast: Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson
Why You Should See See It: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina's heartbreaking, complex and perhaps even career-defining performances in Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange" are about as good as it gets -- gay or straight -- this summer. As Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina), the two portray an aging gay couple who -- after finally getting the chance to tie the knot after 39 years together -- run into serious financial troubles when George is fired from his job at a Catholic private school when word gets out about his nuptials. This evolves into a nuanced, beautiful portrait of not only their love but the love of the many friends and family members around them, with Lithgow and Molina providing the centerpiece of an impressive ensemble (that includes Marisa Tomei and Cheyenne Jackson). Likely to remain one of our favorite films of 2014 when all is said and done.

Watch the trailer below: