Manchester by the Sea
Two of this week's three films will no doubt end up in my top films for the year 2017. And with the year barely underway, that's a big call! Both feel their subject matter deeply, and are brilliantly acted and directed. The third is also a terrific entertainment, with yet another great Matthew McConaughey performance.Manchester by the Sea
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Length: 137 min
|© Universal- deep emotion is generated by top performances|
Lonergan is a writer/director who really gets to the nitty-gritty of human pain and love. This is an exquisite slow-burn film, that lets its plot, its emotional layers and the depths of each main character unfold gradually and gracefully. Affleck and Hedges work strongly together, their characters battling loss and fear of what the future holds, with top-notch support from Michelle Williams as Lee's ex-wife Randi. With umpteen well-deserved nominations, and a Golden Globe for Affleck as Best Actor, this is already one of 2017's finest films for me.
5 - Unmissable!
Director: Peter Berg
Length: 133 min
|© Roadshow - Wahlberg really lifts the bar in his performance|
4.5 - wholeheartedly recommended!
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Length: 115 min
|©StudioCanal - McConaughey and Ramirez play |
an amazing pair of characters, mining for gold in the
wilds of Indonesia.
3.5 - recommended!