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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.

2011, Paramount, 112 min, USA, Dir: J.J. Abrams

It is summer 1979, and middle-schooler Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) and his group of friends in small-town Ohio are shooting a Super 8 film when they witness a catastrophic train crash. The pre-teens suspect the crash may not have been an accident when unusual disappearances and unsettling events begin to beset the town, and Joe’s father, local Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), initiates a mission to uncover the truth. STAND BY ME meets Spielbergian sci-fi action in this coming-of-age gem from director J.J. Abrams (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, STAR TREK). With Elle Fanning.

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