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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA [2016]

If there was an award for dreariest film of the year, then writer/director Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea would be the front-runner for such an accolade.
After his brother dies, a troubled man is forced to return to his hometown to take care of his mourning nephew, where his tragic past creeps up with no remorse.
The film's biggest strengths are it's acting talent, with Casey Affleck & Lucas Hedges taking center stage with what I feel is the best onscreen chemistry of 2016.  The actors are only as good as their material and there's plenty of mesmerizing scenes and dialogue to keep the audience captivated.  It is a bit slow in moments but no matter what you can't help but keep drawn into the films devastation.

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