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TO OCTOBER 22
The second weekend of the fifth annual D.C. gay and lesbian film festival features three movies that the fest’s organizers consider among its strongest offerings. Kathy Garneau’s Tokyo Cowboy adds another twist to the familiar culture-clash parable of a naive Asian (in this case, a young Japanese man) in search of the mythic North American West; when he arrives in Canada to visit childhood pen pal and former “cowgirl” Kate, he finds her living with a female lover (7 p.m., Oct. 20, Cineplex Odeon Embassy, 1927 Florida Ave. NW; 7 p.m., Oct. 21, AMC Courthouse Theater, 2150 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington). Eric Mueller’s stylish, sardonic World and Time Enough, pictured, follows a gay odd couple—a conceptual artist/temp worker and a man who’s a garbage collector both by vocation and avocation—as they try to find their place in the straight world and come to grips with their parents, both living and dead (9 p.m., Oct. 20, Cineplex Odeon Embassy; 9 p.m., Oct. 21, AMC Courthouse Theater). The most conventional of the three, Peter Reed’s Under Heat, is an America-screamer drama that chronicles an HIV-positive gay man’s return to his childhood home in the hopes of reconciling with his hotheaded brother and oddball mother (9 p.m., Oct. 21, Cineplex Odeon Embassy; 7 p.m., Oct. 22, AMC Courthouse Theater). Reel Affirmations programs available at all Washington Blade distribution sites. $7. (202) 986-1119. (Mark Jenkins)