Jenkins delivers a powerful love song

17th February, 2019
KiKi Layne and Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk

Love is cheap in the cinema, particularly at this time of year. Everyone either has it or wants it, or instinctively knows the formula to be applied to find it in 90 minutes. Movie love is a carnival prize; the reward for figuring out a simplified equation. Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk knows better. The first English-language adaptation of a James Baldwin novel, and Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight, this gorgeous, intimate...

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