Moonlight (15)



Drama (2016)
111mins US

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer(s): Barry Jenkins
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Chiron is nicknamed Little because of his diminutive stature. He escapes the abuse of his drug addict mother Paula, and finds an unlikely friend in local crack dealer Juan and his girlfriend Teresa. They become surrogate parents to the boy as he musters the courage to stand up to local bullies and comes to terms with his attraction to his best friend Kevin.

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Moonlight (15)

Based on the stage play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, writer-director Barry Jenkins' tender coming-of-age drama finds hope, compassion and salvation in the darkest places. Moonlight glimpses abuse, regret and desire from the perspective of an African American boy struggling to come to terms with his sexuality against a backdrop of crime and punishment in Miami, Florida. Neatly bookmarked into three chapters which capture the central character at different points in his life, it is an extraordinary film of naked emotion, broken dreams and deep longing that upends stereotypes and speaks loudest in agonising silences between tortured characters...

Moonlight. Copyright: Altitude Releasing. Caption: Mahershala Ali and Alex Hibbert star in Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. All Rights Reserved.Cinematographer James Laxton's bold choices - saturated colours, stark lighting - are echoed in the use of subtly different film stocks for each chapter; one brings out the actors' rich skin tones, another imbues each frame with a blue tinge. These choices are subtle, but demonstrate meticulous thought behind even the most simple shot of two characters in deep discussion, wrestling with demons of their shared past. Naomie Harris scorches every frame as a drug-addicted mother, whose lip-curling cruelty propels her wounded son into the surrogate care of her own dealer. Scenes of her taking money from her boy to feed her habit wrench at the heart, nicely offset by later scenes when she acknowledges the damage she has wrought. "You ain't gotta love me," she tearfully tells her boy, "Lord knows, I didn't have love for you when you needed it."

Twelve-year-old Chiron (Alex Hibbert) is one of the smallest boys in his year and an obvious target for bullies. Any beatings pale next to the pain inflicted by his mother Paula (Harris), who is a slave to her drug habit. Her neglect drives Chiron into the arms of dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monae), who try to provide a stable home environment as he contends with growing pains. As Chiron grows into an awkward 16-year-old (now played by Ashton Sanders), the lad recognises his attraction to his best friend Kevin (Jharrel Jerome). Many years later, Chiron (now played by Trevante Rhodes), drives to the diner where Kevin (now played by Andre Holland) waits tables in order to purge the poison. "For a long time, I tried not to remember...," confesses Chiron to the only man he ever loved.

Moonlight is a wondrous collaboration between a director at the height of his powers and a cast willing to lay themselves emotionally bare for their art. Naturalistic performances from the three actors who play Chiron are exemplary, and Oscar nominees Ali and Harris age gracefully between each polished act. Every anguished syllable of dialogue glistens with authenticity, holding us spellbound as a curious boy becomes a damaged, yet gentle man.

- Sam Cannon

Moonlight. Copyright: Altitude Releasing. Caption: Mahershala Ali and Alex Hibbert star in Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 17th March
To Thursday 23rd March

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh Cinema
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrick Cineplex
- Castlebar, Mayo Movie World Castlebar
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hawkhurst, Kino Hawkhurst
- Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge Picture House
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Ipswich Film Theatre
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Lostwithiel, Church Rooms
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, AMC Great Northern
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northallerton, The Forum
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Rye, Kino Rye
- Sandwich, Empire Cinema
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stornoway, An Lanntair Arts Centre
- Street, Strode Theatre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 24th March
To Thursday 30th March

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chesterfield, Pomegranate Theatre
- Christchurch, Regent
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hereford, Richard Booth's Bookshop
- Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Lerwick, Mareel
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Malvern, Malvern Theatres
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Northallerton, The Forum
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penistone, Paramount Cinema
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Scarborough, Stephen Joseph Theatre
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stowmarket, Regal Theatre
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Street, Strode Theatre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
- Thame, The Players Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester


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