20 Best Movies Of 2016

3. Manchester By The Sea

Roadside Attractions

Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret) delivers his finest film to date with this emotionally shattering depiction of a man (Casey Affleck) returning to his hometown to care for his nephew following the sudden death of his brother (Kyle Chandler).

Casey Affleck gives an Oscar-worthy performance, easily the best of his career, in the central role, and though she has a much smaller part, Michelle Williams is also terrific as his beleaguered ex-wife.

Expertly balancing humanistic drama with surprising humour, this is a fierce, fine-tuned drama for those prepared to stomach some occasional divergences into shocking grimness. Ultimately, the rewards are worth the heartbreak.

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