Highly Suspect Reviews: Manchester By The Sea

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Casey Affleck plays Lee Chandler. He lives in Boston by himself in a crappy basement apartment, works as an on-call repairman for various apartment buildings, and seems to be very sad. Like, saddy sad. The saddiest sad that ever sadded. But why? That’s the question that Manchester by the Sea explores as he is called back to the titular town to deal with the sudden death of his brother and the unexpected responsibility his brother wanted him to take for being the caregiver of his teenaged son.

We get that by description alone this probably doesn’t sound…electrifying. But Chris, Richard and Beau agreed with many of the other critics here…this really is one of the best pictures of the year. But it’s a three-hankie pic.