“Beautiful, remarkable, heartbreaking”—our audience reactions of If Beale Street Could Talk

Last week, we were incredibly fortunate to host preview screenings of If Beale Street Could Talk to lucky audiences. Picking up Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards for Regina King’s performance, the film is based on James Baldwin’s novel about a woman in 1970s Harlem who scrambles to prove her fiancé’s innocence while carrying their first child.

It’s also writer-director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his 2016 Oscar winner Moonlight, and in his five-star review, our own Aaron Yap considered Beale Street “a stirring, compassionate, beautifully performed expression of communal struggle in 1970s Harlem.”

The film is now playing in cinemas nationwide (find times and tickets). Here’s what our preview audiences had to say.

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