IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Director: Barry Jenkins
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo
Plot: A young couple in love try to make a life for themselves while going through pregnancy and being accused of a crime he didn't commit
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
Director Barry Jenkins has proven once again that he can make outstanding, award-worthy films that are also accessible to the average movie-goer. His films are beautiful, important, and timely, but they never feel overdone, or pretentious, or self-congratulating.
This film is an emotional ride all the way through. There are moments where you feel first love, there are moments where you feel things that you want to go away. It's a captivating film with scenes where you wish you could turn away, but it is so good you can't.
The acting is easily some of the best of the year. Regina King is getting a lot of awards buzz, but KiKi Layne's performance is just as moving and powerful. I'm surprised she isn't getting more awards attention.
This is a slow-moving story, but it never feels like it gets too slow. The pacing is perfect. It gives just enough time to sit in each scene and really take in all of the beauty and meaning. This is a master class in dramatic film.