MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
2016, Amazon Studios, 135 min, USA, Dir: Kenneth Lonergan

The third feature from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (YOU CAN COUNT ON ME) offers a refreshingly real look at the unsung struggles of everyday life. After the death of his brother, Massachusetts handyman Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck, never better) is named guardian of the man’s teenage son (Lucas Hedges), forcing him to return to the coastal town where tragedy had scarred him years earlier. Costarring Michelle Williams. “The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama.” - Justin Chang, Variety.


THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
2007, Warner Bros., 160 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Dominik

This poetic portrait of hero worship gone bad has attracted a cult following for good reason – it’s one of the best Westerns of the last 30 years. Young Robert Ford (Oscar nominee Casey Affleck) is thrilled when he finally gets to ride with legendary outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt). But this new member of James’ gang soon is disillusioned by the difference between the man and the myth. Featuring Oscar-nominated cinematography by Roger Deakins, music by Nick Cave and strong supporting performances by Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner and Sam Shepard.


OUT OF THE FURNACE
2013, Relativity Media, 116 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

The gritty new thriller from director Scott Cooper (CRAZY HEART) stars Christian Bale as Russell Baze, a steel mill worker in a declining Rust Belt town. When his younger brother (Casey Affleck) runs afoul of a crime ring and vanishes, local police prove ineffectual, and Russell embarks on a dangerous quest for justice. The top-flight cast includes Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.


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