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Blu-ray Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Is A Special Cinematic Achievement - Movies In Focus
Every year dozens of films are released to critical acclaim, with many of them failing to live up to their lofty expectations. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea scored a lot of pre-release buzz and went on to win a slew of awards (including Oscars for Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan and Best Actor and Casey Affleck). Manchester certainly lives up to its reputation, managing to be totally captivating and wonderfully acted. Moonlight and La La Land may have duked it out for Best Picture, but Manchester By The Sea is the real winner on a creative level. It’s not just the best film of the 2016/2017 awards season but also one of the best films of the last few years. Affleck plays Lee Chandler, a caretaker who must look after his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges) when his brother (Kyle Chandler) dies. Lee has to deal with all the complexities that this brings while also attempting to deal with the past which saw him leave the town where he grew up. Manchester By the Sea is a near flawless piece of filmmaking. Lonergan deals with a lot of heavy issues in his film, but he also manages to pack in [...]