• Dee Rees recently received praise for her Academy Award-nominated "Mudbound". Another good movie that she did is 2011's "Pariah", about a black teenager embracing her identity as a lesbian. Much of the movie is shot in a naturalistic style, creating an extra sense of realism. And this is one of the best examples of a true-to-life story. The characters, conflicts and dialogue are the real thing every step of the way (helped by casting unknown people in the roles). It reminded me of "Precious" and "Moonlight" in that respect.

    It's not a masterpiece, but the struggles faced by the characters allow the plot to unfold at a respectable pace, and the cast puts its heart and soul into the multidimensional characters. I recommend it.