Mahershala Ali, still fresh off his prior win in this category, performs utter miracles with the role of jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley.
The film’s action boasts some of the most sturdy, coherent direction to mark a giant-scale blockbuster in some time.
With its fine-tuned comic timing and feeling of constant action, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is downright invigorating.
Peter Farrelly respects the severity of the characters’ social context while ensuring that Green Book never steps outside its protagonists’ relationship.
Roxanne Roxanne’s actors allow writer-director Michael Larnell’s familiar material to sing.
Moonlight’s unlikely success hopefully implies that the world has yet to slide entirely down a rabbit hole of unbridled bigotry.
Mahershala Ali’s performance self-effacingly articulates the humanity of a man that so many in our country would like to pretend is non-existent.
Taraji P. Henson triumphantly articulates the pained dignity of Katherine Johnson’s pent-up frustration.
What tends to right Moonlight, even when Barry Jenkins’s style drifts into indulgence, is the strength of its actors.
The acting in Moonlight elevates the clichés of Barry Jenkins’s script into something approaching lived truth.