Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date:
October 28, 2016 - Toronto
November 4, 2016 - Montréal, Vancouver
November 11, 2016 - Calgary, Victoria, Halifax, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa
DVD: February 28, 2017
Blu-ray: February 28, 2017
Digital: February 28, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.40
based on 324 votes and 50 reviews
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Cast: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali


Set in Miami, Moonlight follows the story of a young boy named Chiron through three phases of his life. As a kid, he is nicknamed Little (Alex Hibbert) and lives with his drug-addicted mother (Naomie Harris). He is seen running away from school bullies and meets drug dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali), who mentors him and invites him into the home that he shares with his girlfriend Theresa (Janelle Monae).

As a teenager, Chiron (Ashton Sanders) continues to be bullied at school. He questions his sexuality as he spends time with Kevin (Jharrel Jerome). Ten years later, Chiron, now referred to as Black (Trevante Rhodes), is a changed man on the outside. He looks tough but is still the same emotional kid. Old feelings come back when he reunites with Kevin (Andre Holland).

Director: Barry Jenkins
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Dede Gardner, Adele Romanski, Jeremy Kleiner
Screenplay: Barry Jenkins
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  • 1 star "Because there are so many garbage movies currently playing I took a chance on this one. Hey, it won Best Picture. It has to be good, right? Wrong. Slow, boring, gratuitously far fetched (come on, who questions a 6 yr old on his sexuality? No one!) bad acting - this turkey has it all. REALLY BAD. The Academy gave this Best Picture if only because they felt they had no choice but to pick a movie, any movie. Mission accomplished. Unless you are hopelessly sympathetic to all things gay (I am not; I could care less) AVOID AT ALL COST! For those who gave this dog 5 stars ( or more than 1) - grow up. Its no one's fault you were born confused. But misrepresenting this as 5 star is wrong on so many levels. Shame on you."
  • 5 stars "Coming of age is even harder when you are gay, black and your mom is a crack addict, but Chiron finds unlikely help in Liberty City i the 90's, Miami's toughest section. Wonderful acting and sensitive in its look at homosexuality where it is least tolerated."
  • 5 stars "I liked the brilliance of the director's creation of intimacy. I loved the characters. I loved the casting and acting. The only thing I had trouble with was believing that the last actor in the grown-up phase of the protagonist's life was the same physical person as the younger actors in the boy's earlier life. You just have to forget the physical differences. I think one of the greatest scenes was the young man and his mother,her honesty in acknowledging her neglect of him. this was a compassionate and intimate movie with great character portrayals and emotional depth.."