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Moonlight (2016)

R | | Drama | 18 November 2016 (USA)
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A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
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Little (as Alex Hibbert)
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Teresa
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Herman 'Caheei McGloun ...
Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McCloun)
Kamal Ani-Bellow ...
Portable Boy 1
Keomi Givens ...
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Eddie Blanchard ...
Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen ...
Gee
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Mr. Pierce
Patrick Decile ...
Terrel
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Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$402,075 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$15,786,234 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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Both director Barry Jenkins and writer Tarell Alvin McCraney's vision was pretty clear and singular in that both men grew up in the same Liberty City neighborhood of Miami with mothers who had both struggled with drug addiction. Roughly 80% of the film was shot on location here, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the United States. Initially the production was apprehensive about safety issues until the word got out that Jenkins was from the neighborhood - then everything changed for the better. The locals couldn't have been more welcoming and cooperative. Naomie Harris has said that she'd never felt so appreciated and at ease on a film set during the shoot. See more »

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Paula: I need some money.
Chiron: For what?
Paula: That's my business! Don't you ask me no shit like that!
Chiron: [mumbling] I don't have any money.
Paula: No, no, don't lie to me boy! I'm your mama! That bitch over there ain't no kin yeah? I'm your blood! Remember?
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Paula: I ain't feeling good. I need something to help me out.
Paula: [sobbing] Come on baby. Come on baby.
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CELL THERAPY
Written by Robert Barnett, Khujo (as Willie Knighton), Cameron Gipp, Ray Murray (as Raymon Murray), Sleepy Brown (as Patrick Brown), Rico Wade, CeeLo Green (as Thomas Callaway)
Performed by Goodie Mob
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An outstanding gem - cinematic art at its best
22 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film grips you from the very beginning. Its not an easy film to watch as it portrays the struggles many black men face growing up in marginalized neighborhoods. Its survival everyday. And for the main character, it becomes evident from the very beginning that his struggles will be augmented due to the difficult predicament he was born into.

But this film does have a human and universal story that everyone will be able to relate to. The message, no matter where you come from, you can always overcome your adversities and turns things around. There is always an opportunity waiting for you, With that said, there is the reality of the surrounding. You are the product of your environment. The film does bring this point home many times. This film has had Oscar buzz and it is definitely worthy of it. The performances were powerful and raw. If this film gets a chance, this could prove to be the little independent that could because its humanity is way beyond the scope of cinematic art any studio could possibly finance. This film has a vision. You will find the filmmaker does not relent or compromise what he's willing to say. Highly recommended.


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