The biggest Supermoon in 70 years may have astronomers flocking to their telecscopes this weekend, but a far more luminous object has cinephiles flocking to their arthouses as Moonlight continue its expansion in its 3rd week of release.
A24 was wise to ensure this much-buzzed festival darling got distributed to the public sooner rather than later. The mid-to-late October window may not have turned out to be such a good bet for Searchlight's Birth of a Nation (half a year was obviously too long for that film to sit without the worm turning), but it was perfect timing for a small film that needs time to ferment in viewers' minds before they become overwhelmed by the November-to-January rush.
This is to say nothing of the stunning performances. All three versions we see of Chiron (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders & Trevante Rhodes) are beautifully interpreted, while special mention go to Naomie Harris as his drug/guilt-addled mother and Mahershala Ali as the closest thing to a father figure in his childhood. Nominations for those two seem likely at this stage.