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3. Moonlight

Moonlight is the story of a young man named Chiron, who grows up on the streets of Miami. You might be tempted to write off Moonlight as another riff on Boyz in the Hood, but you’d be wrong. Barry Jenkins’ sprawling tale recounts three periods in Chiron’s life, as a boy, a teen, and then finally as a hardened drug dealer struggling with his own sexuality. Reviews of the film have called it gripping, brutal, and emotionally nuanced in a way that few films can match.


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