Barry Jenkin’s coming of age story, Moonlight, is fantastic and one of 2016’s best films. Moonlight is about a young boy, Chiron who grows up in the streets of Miami. The film almost parallels 2014’s Boyhood by showing us a life of a boy and not just one arc. We see three different actors play young Chiron. The film is beautifully shot and emotional raw. The first act is my favorite as we see Chiron growing up as a shy confused young man. He meets Juan, a drug dealer who is more of a father figure and friend, played by Mahershala Ali. Oscar season is upon us and you definitely need to check out Moonlight before the big night! 5/5.
Hidden Figures is a film that does everything a film needs to do right, except innovate or revolutionize film. These are not bad or even nessasary with these type of films. Hidden Figures cast and great moments hold up this film. I love films where I learn something new or see a story I had never heard, and Hidden Figures did just that ! Solid film go check it out if you have a chance.