Release Date:  Limited release on November 18, 2016, expanding in December.

Plot Summary: After the sudden death of Joe Chandler, his younger brother Lee is made legal guardian of his son. Lee returns to his hometown and has to deal with both his separated wife Randi and the community of North Shore.

Director:  Kenneth Lonergan

Starring:  Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Reason for being an Oscar Contender:  Premiered on January 23rd in the World Premier section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Some are already calling Casey Affleck a lock for a Best Actor nomination. Currently has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.  

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