If Beale Street Could Talk
2018 saw Moonlight director Barry Jenkins honored the source material of his second feature with a beautifully filmed adaptation while further strengthening his visual and narrative craft in IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. Based on James Baldwin's book, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is our next Rialto Recommends feature. The Chicago Sun-Times raved "This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film." While the Toronto Star exclaimed "Like a great bluesman, Moonlight's Barry Jenkins finds poetry in the lives of people struggling to surpass pain and cruel circumstances, often choosing beautiful images over words." While the Chicago Reader said "James Laxton's cinematography is even more richly hued than his work on Jenkins's Moonlight, and the sound design and Nicholas Britell's score add to the movie's brimming sensory pleasures." The Atlantic raved "Jenkins's If Beale Street Could Talk is a gorgeous, enveloping film -- and one of its most poignant triumphs is how vividly it captures the depth and complication of intimacy among its black characters." IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is streaming exclusively on Hulu and is available to rent for a modest fee from Redbox, Amazon, YouTube, GooglePlay, Vudu and others HERE.