Manchester by the Sea starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler is reviewed by Alonso Duralde (TheWrap and Linoleum Knife podcast), Matt Atchity (http://www.RottenTomatoes.com), and Christy Lemire (http://www.ChristyLemire.com).
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In Manchester by the Sea, the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. In his first film since 2011's acclaimed Margaret, Lonergan once again proves himself a powerful and visionary storyteller as he seamlessly weaves past and present together, crafting a tension-filled tale that deftly eschews sentimentality in favor of penetrating emotional insight and deeply affecting human relationships. Manchester By the Sea is written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret). The film stars Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights," Zero Dark Thirty), Lucas Hedges (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Gretchen Mol (The Notorious Bettie Page, Rounders) and C.J. Wilson (The Intern, "The Americans"). Producers are Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, the Bourne franchise), Kimberly Steward (Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People), Chris Moore (The Adjustment Bureau, Good Will Hunting), Lauren Beck (Junkyard Dogs, From the Future with Love) and Kevin J. Walsh (The Way Way Back, War of the Worlds). Director of photography is Jody Lee Lipes (Trainwreck, Martha Marcy May Marlene). Editor is Jennifer Lame (Mistress America, Paper Towns). Composer is Lesley Barber (The Moth Diaries, You Can Count on Me). Production designer is Ruth De Jong (The Master, The Tree of Life). Costume designer is Melissa Toth (Adventureland, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Executive producers are Josh Godfrey (Transcendence, Mirror Mirror), John Krasinski ("The Office," The Hollars), Declan Baldwin (Still Alice, Captain Fantastic) and Bill Migliore (Leaves of Grass, Thanks for Sharing). Co-producer is Ryan H. Stowell (Puncture, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"). Associate producer is Katie Pastore (He's Just Not That Into You, The Bourne Ultimatum).
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