Manchester by the Sea

Opens Dec 16, 2016

Celebrated playwright Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, This Is Our Youth) returns to filmmaking with this magnificent, ambitious study of Irish Catholic, working-class New Englanders dealing with a sudden loss. Delivering the best performance of his career, Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a taciturn Boston janitor who is startled by the news that older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) is dead of a heart attack. He returns home to Manchester, a Massachusetts fishing village, to attend Joe's funeral and sort through the aftermath. Of particular urgency is the custody of Joe's teenage son Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Lee is also forced to reckon with his separation from ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams).

"The funniest movie about grief ever made. But that's far from the only remarkable thing about it. This film contains multitudes of emotions, people and ideas, in such abundance that if you ask somebody to describe it, you should probably take a seat first. It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time." (Matt Zoller Seitz,