Direction: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%
Runtime: 111 minutes
Where to watch: Vudu, Prime Video, Apple TV
Moonlight is a poignant journey from childhood to manhood through the character Chiron, a reserved, gentle boy growing up in Miami and struggling to find his place in a world fraught with violence. Through Chiron's experience, the movie makes its audience contemplate race, sexuality, masculinity, and poverty, and does so without using melodrama or clichés. The struggle Chiron experiences is normalized in his world—there's no space in the film for hyperbole. In contrast, the most heartbreaking scenes are the ones where someone shows him love and compassion.