By Barry Jenkins

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2016-10-21
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Actors: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert
  • Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 197 wins & 239 nominations.
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
122,516 Ratings

Moonlight Description

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, 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. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.
Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of African-American, gay 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 Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than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 of its problems when he reaches his difficult teen years when peer pressure affects what he and many of his peers do, unless he follows Juan's advice of truly making his own decisions for himself.
The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Mick St. John is a captivating, charming- and immortal- private investigator from Los Angeles who defies the traditional blood-sucking norms of his vampire tendencies by using his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living. In a life-altering twist of fate, Mick was "bitten" 60 years ago by his new bride, the seductive Coraline. Forever 30 years of age, Mick's as handsome and charismatic as the day he was "turned," and he eschews others of his kind who view humans only as a source of nourishment. With only a handful of like-minded confidantes for company, including the eternally young, wealthy and mischievous Josef, a hedge fund trader who relishes his uniqueness, Mick fills his infinite days protecting the living. But one night years ago, a single act of kindness changed Mick when he saved a young girl's life, making him want to be a better vampire. Now their paths cross again and Mick develops a distinctive bond with Beth Turner who has grown into a beautiful, ambitious Internet investigative reporter. Reconnecting with her unleashes feelings Mick knows he can't pursue without exposing the part of him that would make him a monster in Beth's eyes. As Mick lives between two realities, fighting his adversaries among the undead and falling in love, he discovers the mysteries and pleasures that a valuable life has to offer.

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Moonlight Movie Reviews

  • What?

    Not understanding why this was even in the Oscar running, other then the content. Hacksaw Ridge was a way better film!
  • Not Worthy of Oscar

    This is a very small, well-acted movie that will not be rememeberd after 2017. La La Land was by far the best film of 2016.
  • What's the Point?

    I live in Miami. Do not understand point of film. Not very deep or thought provoking. Filmmaker used effects Woody Allen used before (black delays between scenes) to add "artsy" feeling. Does not work in commercial "product". Left movie with "so what?" feeling.
  • I'm still bitter.

    A beautiful film, but not as beautiful as La La Land.
  • Moonlight will shine bright

    this movie has touched me it is a beautiful story that needed to be told I appreciate the people in it who is telling the story there's a important message. I think we all should know about life, love and being human...That we are all made by God and that we need to be compassionate and full of mercy towards others without judgment and hate to look at things on a different perspective of life that life is really beautiful and to love the life god made for us all.
  • A terrible movie

    There is something seriously wrong with the Academy if they chose this as Best Picture of 2016. I understand that the Academy has been criticized for not giving awards to minority pictures, and this pictures features blacks and gays, but if the Academy gives their Best Picture award to a patently horrible movie, people may feel burned and stop paying attention to what the Academy says. For my own part, I expected a film that has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 97% and a winner of Best Picture to have been good. The fact that it by any measure is horrible has left me scared to buy any more movies on iTunes. How can I trust any ratings anymore? Clearly they are all written by bots. About the film: The picture is about a black boy growing up in Miami who gets bullied by the kids at school. His mother is a crack addict who steals from him. The couple who rescues and befriends him is a drug dealer. Everyone is this picture is an odious person. The protagonist himself does not seem to be able to form any interesting thoughts, or even any thoughts at all. After about an hour of this nonsense, the protagonist ends up on a beach, doing nothing. A male friend comes by and asks what he is doing. Nothing. Surprise. Then, inexplicably, they start kissing and having sex. This must be where the Academy decided that if they gave this picture and Oscar, that the gay and black communities would both leave them alone for a few years. This was also the point where I decided to turn the movie off.
  • Great Movie

    The movie is pretty good. It is a very serious lgbtq movie which is a nice change of pace from all the other lgbt movies that only show stereotypes. It is hard to relate to the character which makes it a little boring for me but it gets its message through. Definitley would watch again.
  • Dont buy the HYPE.

    This movie was definetly not oscar worthy. Moonlight is a pretty good movie for what it is, an independent film. The cinematagrophy is beautiful and well shot, the use of classical music used throughout the film i thought was brilliant, the acting in the film was very solid and believable, so with that said. Moonlight fails where its most important, the plot. Through out the whole movie the story builds up leading the viewer to feel like something is about to happen, but then cuts off into a new scene in the future with alot of the story inbetween left unexplained. Moonlight was a good movie, as far as it being up for an oscar my belief is it only got nominated because there is a big LGBT movement and it involves 2 gay black men which is considered "brave" to show in the big screen. SInce there is so much attention in our cultrure now about gay people and black lives matter, i can see why moonlight got nominated for an oscar but it is definetly not because of the films actual plot.
  • Overrated and boring

    Title says it all
  • Expected alot more; Good though.

    J Craig Lynch
    Can't say Moonlight was deserving of rave reviews based on cinematic depth. With that said, the storyline was extremely original and there is no other movie I've seen quite like it. If you're looking for strength in timeline accuracy then allow room for some fault. All-in-all, it had very strong and colorful artistry throughout.

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