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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.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.