If Beale Street Could Talk ★★★★★

This film very slowly and surely wrenches your heart and twists it around in your chest, but with such important purpose. Every actor in it is stellar in even the smallest of roles, but KiKi Layne and Stephan James are both so incredible. Their love felt so real and genuine and warm. It's what made the heartache so strong, along with the knowledge that this same thing happens constantly. The way Barry Jenkins balances the harsh truth with the strength of love at the end is powerful.

tw/cw: rape is talked about but never shown
nudity but barely
spousal abuse
There's one transphobic line that is truly my only issue with this film

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