Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

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By Laurie Coker

Rating: A

It could have been easy for actor Casey Affleck to fall under the shadow of his brother Ben, and for a time, it looked like he might, but in his latest film Manchester by the Sea, Affleck demonstrates why we should stand up and take notice. The tone of Manchester by the Sea might be bleak, but Affleck’s performance is one of the best and brightest of the year. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s tale of one man’s struggle to find his way radiates from the screen in mesmerizing hues of gray, touching on life in a way that, while depressing, is revealing of the themes of grief, obligation. and denunciation. Read more »

Review: MOANA

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By Laurie Coker

Rating: A

Disney has done it again and this time the sun shines brightly on Moana, a delightful inspiring animated feature showcasing the vocal talent of Dwayne Johnson and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho a Hawaiian native who steals the show with her magnificent singing. Boasting four directors and a host of screenwriters, Moana captures audiences’ hearts the way Frozen did and so many other Disney films do, placing it keenly in my top ten films for the year. Read more »

Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

In life, people have their crosses to bear.  For some, the burdens and pain from their past add such a tremendous weight that they simply cannot handle any more responsibilities in their lives, including the responsibilities and demands that come from family and attachments.  Such is the life of character Lee Chandler in Manchester by the Sea.  Writer/director Kenneth Lonnergan’s new film presents a beautiful, but heartbreaking and sometimes, agonizing portrait of a man destroyed by some of life’s toughest blows. Read more »

Movie Trailer: THE SHACK

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From the Producer of Life of Pi & The Blind Side

Starring Academy-Award winner Octavia Spencer, Sam Worthington and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw 

See the First Look at

THE SHACK

Based on the New York Times Bestseller

Source: Lionsgate

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. Read more »

Movie Trailer: THE COMEDIAN

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Source: SonyPicturesClassics

An aging comic icon, Jackie (Robert De Niro), has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences. Read more »