10 Best Movies We Saw at Toronto Film Festival 2016

A modern musical, a First Lady biopic, a gunfire free-for-all and the glory that is 'Moonlight' — our picks for the best of the 2016 fest

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'Moonlight'

This elliptical ballad of yearning and coming-of-age in poverty-stricken Miami officially announces director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) as a visionary talent. In three acts, the filmmaking shows the boyhood, teen years, and adulthood of Chiron, a sensitive African-American man figuring out how to reconcile his budding homosexuality with his turbulent, less-than-tolerant surroundings. Jenkins renders this portrait of the black experience and unrequited love with boundless empathy, extending generosity to each and every struggling character. In the words of Frank Ocean — an undeniable point of comparison in his tenderhearted queer masculinity — we all try. CB

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