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Barry Jenkins

"Above all else, Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight is an exercise in cinematic subtlety. This may seem surprising, given that its subject matter screams certain inherent emotional charges and dramatic situations. But Moonlight excels in its ability to show heartbreak and triumph in simple cues: a missing TV, a clutched fist, a slightly elongated touch. With outstanding performances at its heart, the film finds its humanity through these understated flourishes. Most of the action takes place in curious stares, heads hung over dinner tables, and moments of confrontational eye contact. What follows is a comprehensive and vulnerable character study with a story that speaks louder than its major plot points alone ever could."

-JMZ (111 minutes/111 words)

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