WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
An uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Unknowing he is to be the guardian and struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distance himself from his past.
Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a janitor in Quincy living in a one-room place with no friends and a serious attitude problem. His brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) who lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea dies leaving behind a rebellious 16 year old (Lucas Hedges). In his will he appoints Lee as his guardian--but Lee can barely take care of himself. What to do?
There are some good things about this film. It looks beautiful (it was shot on location), has great acting by the entire cast and has a pretty good script. Where this drops the ball is the ridiculously slow pace (there's no need for this film to run over two hours) and an overly familiar story. There are many scenes that go on for far too long and introduce characters and situations that add nothing to the story. This movie seems to think it's saying something deep and meaningful but it's not. This story has been done before and this movie adds nothing to it. The ultimate resolution was so utterly predictable I actually got insulted. There are a few affecting moments but they're lost in this dull mess. Also Michelle Williams is here but (despite being second billed) she's hardly in it. She does have an incredible scene with Affleck towards the end that has Oscar written all over it. It's frustrating because there's a really good movie here but the overlength works against it.
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