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All Day and a Night

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Tragic, brutal crime tale; racial politics, cursing, drugs.

Movie R 2020 121 minutes
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When brutality and violence have purpose, as they do in this distinctive first movie from director Joe Robert Cole, it may be hard to watch, but it's definitely worth seeing. Ashton Sanders, memorable in his role as teen Chiron in 2016's Oscar winner Moonlight, again delivers a nuanced, graceful performance as Jahkor. He has much to play -- conflicting emotions, softness, fury, and fortitude, sometimes all in one scene -- and he does it skillfully. The consistently excellent Jeffrey Wright doesn't falter either; he embodies both ferocity and hopelessness. Featured players are solid. It's not a new story, but it's an important story well told. Cole, who also wrote the script, can be forgiven for some structural issues because his desire for authenticity and his refusal to completely give up on the easily abandoned are so strong. All Day and a Night is an auspicious directorial debut.

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