'Love Is Strange' (August 22)
An older gay couple (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) decide to tie the knot — which ends up costing one of them their teaching job, their Manhattan apartment due to financial constraints and, eventually, any sense of stability in their relationship. Filmmaker Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) could have made a shrill indictment on the hypocrisy of society's attitudes towards gay marriage, or the sort of heartstring-assault movie that Lifetime would have happily embraced. Instead, he's given us a devastating, humanistic look at an autumnal relationship frayed by intolerance and tragedy. We suggest you bring several boxes of tissues. Seriously.