‘Moonlight’ shines in Friday Night Flix

Dec 02, 2017
Little (Alex Hibbert) takes his father figure (Mahershala Ali as Juan) where he can find one in “Moonlight.”

Belfast — Belfast Free Library's December Friday Night Flix is a “local rewind” of films that got their initial showing’s at the city’s downtown cinema. All films are screened free, Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room at the library, 106 High St. If heavy snow is falling at show time, the week’s film will be shown the next evening, Saturday, at 7 p.m.

The month's selections continue Dec. 8 with “Moonlight” (2016, USA), which won last year's Academy Award for Best Picture. Filmed in Miami, “Moonlight” is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story of a black gay teenager growing up (three different actors) in the midst of drugs and crime. The film made some Academy Award history as the first Best Picture with an all-black cast, the first LGBT film … and the second lowest-grossing film domestically. “Moonlight” runs 111 minutes and is rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence and language throughout. As is the series’ practice, it will be subtitled.

Still to come this month are: Dec. 15, “Loving” (2016, UK/USA); and Dec. 29, “Arrival” (2016, USA). There will be no screening on Dec. 22.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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