“Nunes gives the movie its heart and its heft. She sustains a dressy, highfalutin and high- strung energy level, bearing gifts, making a flurry of costumes, jewelry, makeup — the armature of a street soldier in both show business and the sex wars. Characters like this traditionally entertain the dull characters until a moment of breakdown, Nunes knows a different truth: A Black woman’s stoicism amounts to an up-front awareness of hurt, disappointment, optimism and struggle.”