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After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited15-year- old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
We’re looking forward to seeing this one on the festival circuit in a couple of weeks. The film goes on general release in »
- Paul Heath
In Manchester By The Sea, the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew.
The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester By The Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.
After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, »
- Michelle McCue
Manchester By The Sea follows a man (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to take care of his teen-aged nephew (Lucas Hedges). Amazon Studios paid $10 million to acquire the rights for this flick, so you're probably not going to see too much promotion for its limited theatrical release, but here's a trailer that delivers some serious... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Many films that play Tiff end up making appearances on the awards circuit, and sometimes you can just tell which ones are going to be making noise. Manchester by the Sea is one film premiering at Tiff that we’re confident will be a hit with critics and audiences alike.
The first trailer for acclaimed director Kenneth Lonergan’s latest film was just released, and it’s making us even more excited for Tiff (if that’s even remotely possible). Casey Affleck puts his Boston accent to good use as a man who is forced to move back to his small hometown and care for his teen nephew after his brother dies. This looks to be an emotional film, so stash »
- Amanda Wood
“You don’t want to be my guardian, that’s fine with me,” Lucas Hedges, who plays the spirited teen, tells Affleck’s character Lee Chandler.
The premise is that the beloved late brother (portrayed by Kyle Chandler) has made Affleck sole guardian of his nephew. Chandler is also forced to deal with a past that separated him from his now-estranged wife — played by Michelle Williams — and the community where he was born and raised.
The family drama debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, »
- Dave McNary
"If you really feel you can't take this on, you know... That's your right." Amazon Studios has debuted the first trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, a film many critics have been raving about since it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Set in Massachusetts, this very emotional drama stars Casey Affleck as an uncle who has to help take care of a teenage boy, played by Lucas Hedges, when his father suddenly dies. Affleck and Hedges both give awards-worthy performances, but there's so much more to this exceptional film. The cast includes Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan and Kara Hayward. This trailer doesn't give away too much, thankfully, but it does setup the story in an engaging way. I've seen the film and it's truly as great as everyone is saying. Here's the first official trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, »
- Alex Billington
Kenneth Lonergan is perhaps one of the most highly respected writer-directors working today – and yet his cinematic output is less than prolific. While he has penned a number of screenplays, the upcoming Manchester By The Sea is only his third time at the helm, after 2000’s You Can Count On Me and 2011’s Margaret. Arguably, a lot of that will be connected to the protracted legal battles that surrounded the edit and release of his second film – originally scheduled for release in 2007 – but thankfully, no such drama engulfed Manchester By The Sea.
The premise is simple – a man is faced with the task of caring for his teenage nephew after the death of his older brother – but being a Kenneth Lonergan film, we get much more than that. Using this sparse thread, the filmmaker weaves a rich tale that contemplates life, death, and everything in between, in a movie that »
- Sarah Myles
“If you really feel you can’t take this on, you know, that’s your right.” Here is the first trailer for Manchester by the Sea, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s portrait of a Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) who, after the death of his brother, is forced to return home to care for his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges). There he confronts the tragic past that separated him from his family and the Massachusetts fishing town where he was raised. But he isn’t interested in… »
Based on its trailer, audiences should believe the buzz surrounding “Manchester by the Sea.” The latest feature film and Sundance hit from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (“Margaret,” “You Can Count On Me”) has been on many critics’ early acting nominations shortlists for Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. It would mark the second and fourth Academy Award nominations for each actor, respectively. It’s the story of Lee Chandler (Affleck) who unexpectedly loses his brother, Joe (played by “Bloodline” Emmy nominee Kyle Chandler) and is made legal guardian of his nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Lee then moves back to his seaside hometown of North Shore to begrudgingly watch after Patrick, mourn the loss of his brother, and reconcile with his estranged wife, Randi (Williams). After its successful run at Sundance, the film will be distributed by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios, and is set to premiere at the height of awards season on Nov. »
Nary a critic had a bad word to say out of Sundance about Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea, and now there’s a trailer for the film about a Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) tasked with caring for his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges) after his brother (Kyle Chandler) dies. Of course that’s a simplistic way of describing what’s afoot here. After seeing it at Sundance, The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd wrote that it’s a “grand tragedy scaled down to everyday proportions—a film so overwhelmingly powerful that I spent most of yesterday afternoon’s world premiere screening either holding back tears or releasing them.”
This first glimpse offers a basic sketch of the plot, and a hint of the performances from Affleck, Hedge, and Michelle Williams, who is by all accounts astounding here. (Dowd said she has a “single shattering scene.”) Watch and »
- Esther Zuckerman
There may have been no title at this year’s Sundance Film Festival that earned quite as much love as Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester By the Sea, his follow-up to the bewilderingly good You Can Count on Me and Margaret — and, no less, only his third film since 2000. Fortunately, there won’t be (as has been the case with this writer-director) a several-years-long wait between production and release: Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions are releasing Manchester in less than three months’ time. Lo and behold, grief and acrimony have thus been condensed into the form of a trailer.
Manchester sounds as if it’s worth the wait we’ve endured and the filmography into which it’s been placed, though the thing might not be an easy sit. As we said in our review, Lonergan’s picture is “a collection of moments both micro and macro, essential and seemingly superfluous, yet »
- Nick Newman
Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has bestowed since 1998.
This year’s honorees will be feted in the Oct. 4 issue of Variety, in conjunction with coverage of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 6 to Oct. 10. This marks the fifth year Variety has collaborated with the festival to present Actors to Watch.
“The Hamptons International Film Festival has had the privilege of honoring rising talent for over 15 years. We are thrilled to once again partner with Variety to recognize this group of 10 diverse, talented actors for the incredible work they have done in their careers,” says Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent. “As we have seen our previous honorees blossom over the years, »
- Variety Staff
The 2016 New York Film Festival line-up has arrived, and as usual for the festival, it’s an amazing slate of films. Along with the previously announced The 13th, 20th Century Women, and The Lost City of Z, there’s two of our Sundance favorites, Manchester By the Sea and Certain Women, as well as the top films of Cannes: Elle, Paterson, Personal Shopper, Graduation, Julieta, I, Daniel Blake, Aquarius, Neruda, Sieranevada, Toni Erdmann, and Staying Vertical. As for other highlights, the latest films from Hong Sang-soo, Barry Jenkins, and Matías Piñeiro will also screen.
Check it out below, including our reviews where available.
Directed by Ava DuVernay
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, »
- Jordan Raup
“Big Little Lies” actress Kathryn Newton is the latest edition to Martin McDonagh‘s starry “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Newton will play Angela, the slain daughter of an enraged Frances McDormand, TheWrap has learned. To motivate a police investigation of Angela’s rape and murder — led by lagging locals Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell — McDormand purchases space on three billboards outside her small town and stirs major controversy with their content. Also Read: Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges Join Martin McDonagh's New Movie (Exclusive) “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones round out the. »
- Matt Donnelly
Right before production kicks off, Martin McDonagh‘s highly anticipated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has improved a remarkably impressive ensemble. The Wrap report on the additions of Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, and Manchester By the Sea‘s Lucas Hedges, who are to play, in order: a man fancying the picture’s lead (Frances McDormand); said lead’s ex-husband; and said lead’s son.
As previously reported, Three Billboards concerns “a 50-year-old woman whose daughter is murdered and she goes to war with the police in her home town, because she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice.” Revealed in the newest update is a bit more about the plot: to shame Ebbing’s police, she “pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action.” Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell portray the sheriff and “hot-headed protégé,” respectively, while Caleb Landry Jones »
- Nick Newman
Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"), Lucas Hedges ("Manchester by the Sea") and Oscar-nominated John Hawkes have joined the cast of "In Bruges" director John Michael McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at Fox Searchlight and Film4.
Frances McDormand plays a mother whose daughter was raped and murdered. Furious the police haven't caught the killer, she pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action.
Hawkes will portray her ex-husband, Hedges her son, and Dinklage a local with a crush on her. They join Woody Harrelson who will play the sheriff and Abbie Cornish as his wife, Sam Rockwell as the sheriff's hot-headed protege, and Caleb Landry Jones is the billboard salesman.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The Wrap is reporting that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) have joined the cast of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the latest film from Martin McDonagh, direct of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
The trio join the previously announced Frances McDormand (Hail, Caesar!), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) and Seven Psychopaths stars Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell in what is shaping up to be a pretty stellar cast.
The film will see McDormand as “a mother whose daughter was raped and murdered. Furious that the police in Ebbing, Missouri, haven’t caught the killer, she pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action.”
Harrelson is set to play the local sheriff, with Rockwell his hot-headed deputy and Cornish his wife. Hedges stars as McDormand’s son, while »
- Gary Collinson
Martin McDonagh’s casting spree for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri continues today, with The Wrap revealing that the In Bruges director has plucked Game of Thrones stalwart Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes and Lucas Hedges to join the star-studded cast.
They’ll star opposite Frances McDormand, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones in the crime thriller, while McDonagh also paved the way for a mini Seven Psychopaths reunion after adding both Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.
Backed by Fox Searchlight and Film4, Three Billboards is a tense crime thriller at its core, revolving around one Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand). Struggling to come to terms with the alleged killing of her daughter – and, more specifically, the lack of police attention it garners – Hayes takes matters into her own hands and hires out Three Billboards to catch the eye of the local law enforcement and spur them into some form of action. »
- Michael Briers
A trio of excellent actors have been added to the cast of Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The Wrap has learned that Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes and Manchester By The Sea actor Lucas Hedges will star alongside Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones in McDonagh's new movie. The film will tell the story of a... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, “Manchester by the Sea” breakout Lucas Hedges and Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes have joined the cast of Fox Searchlight and Film4’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” TheWrap has exclusively learned. Martin McDonagh is directing the film, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones. McDormand plays a mother whose daughter was raped and murdered. Furious that the police in Ebbing, Missouri, haven’t caught the killer, she pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action. Also Read: 'SNL': Peter Dinklage »
- Jeff Sneider
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