OCTOBER 20-26

Heaven’s a Drag is the new name of a film that will be familiar to those who attended “Reel Affirmations” last year. Screened under its original name, To Die For, this 1994 British import returns to D.C. with flaws the new moniker can’t hide. Patronizingly conceived by its director as a ray of hope for lives touched by AIDS, the movie lurches frequently from comedy to pathos, none of it quite convincing. A gay version of Ghost, the story centers around what happens when Mark returns from death to his lover Simon, who never really loved him in the first place. Bright spots in the film—a few funny lines, a few genuinely sad (if manipulative) moments—can’t overcome the two-dimensionality of Simon, whose motivations are unconvincingly and distractingly tied to his father’s death. Gay viewers may appreciate the accurate picture of the London gay scene, but the recycled themes of death, promiscuity, and gay bashing are so common to gay film as to be cliché. (If viewers are searching for a British gay film, a much better choice is Postcards From America, which opens Oct. 23.) At the Biograph, 2819 M St. NW. (202) 333-2696. (John Cloud)