Manch­ester by the Sea

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Well de­serv­ing his best ac­tor Os­car, Casey Af­fleck is heart­break­ingly good as prickly, tru­cu­lent Bos­ton jan­i­tor Lee Chan­dler, who re­luc­tantly re­turns to his New Eng­land home town (the coastal Manch­ester of the ti­tle) to care for his teenage nephew (Lu­cas Hedge) af­ter the death of his older brother. This is a film about de­s­pair but it is not de­press­ing. Af­fleck’s mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance an­chors the film, but ev­ery sin­gle role is bril­liantly played, from Hedges’ awk­ward teen to Michelle Williams as Lee’s ex-wife. 2016, 15, 137MIN

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