Best Movies by Farr

Moonlight

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What's it About

In the crime-riddled housing projects of Miami, young Chiron (Hibbert, and later Sanders and Rhodes) is neglected by his crack junkie mother (Harris) and bullied by other kids for being small and “different”. The local drug dealer Juan (Ali) and his girlfriend (Monae) take the boy under their wing, and as he grows up Chiron comes to realize that he is gay. As a grown man, Chiron revisits the mother he had lost to drugs and pieces together the fragments of his life.

Why we love it

Adapted from an autobiographical stage piece by Tarell McCraney, Jenkins infuses his own personal experience into this luminous, illuminating study of childhood turning to manhood. Among a stellar cast, Ali’s arresting performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor statuette. This urgent, deeply political document of growing up black in America is a moving, poetic portrait that garnered eight Oscar nominations and three wins, including Best Picture.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"