‘Tangerine’ (Dec. 2)
Sean Baker’s indie had great timing. When it came out this summer, it was a film starring trans performers as trans characters that was released at a time when acceptance of transgender people had finally hit the mainstream. But it had more going for it than topicality. Unlike a lot of the LGBT indies of the ’90s, it wasn’t a mere lesson in acceptance. In fact it took the normalcy of its protagonists — sex workers played by sparkplug Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and wallflower Mya Taylor — as a given. It was thus freed to kick back and plow through a very funny farce that was brisk, dirty and serious when it finally, in its last moments, needed to be.