"Is this the year's best movie?" NY Times

Showing Times

Wed 29 Mar 13:30

A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.

"To describe Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces."  To read more of this wonderful review from A O Scott in the NY Times, click here.

Our screening on Wed 29 Mar is a Screen Gems screening, using good film to bring people together in good company and with the opportunity for guided discussion afterwards.  We will be showing the Hard of Hearing version for this, which includes not only subtitles but also descriptions of all the soundtrack, such as *laughs*, *plane flies overhead*, etc.  This is a boon for some people but can be a distraction for others.


Film Information

111 mins

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