"Pancake Mountain" (
"The Fosters" (
Halfway through the first season, echoing changes in the Golden State (the show is set in San Diego), Polo and Saum's characters got married; that the series, like its fans, treats their same-sex status as being both worth noting and almost entirely beside the point is one of its strengths. Of course, not all the world evolves at the same pace. "The New Black," a documentary film by Yoruba Richen presented Sunday under the aegis of "The Independent Lens," looks at the relationship of the African American LGBT community to the black church, against the backdrop of the campaign to pass Maryland's Question 6, which legalized same-sex marriage in the state; opposition by (some) churches is made more piquant and poignant and paradoxical by historical (and even ongoing) questions of minority enfranchisement and equal protection under the law. The film is made largely of people speaking, to the camera and to one another, and -- though views differ, with one side claiming to know the mind of God and the other only its own collective heart -- most speak reasonably, sweetly, sympathetically. It's oddly civilized, given the national temper; the happy ending is still being written, but, still, it's being written.
"Rectify" (Sundance, Thursdays).