A Most Violent Year
First screened in January 2015
Director: J.C. Chandor. Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Jerry Adler, Glenn Fleshler, John Procaccino, Christopher Abbott, Peter Gerety, Ben Rosenfield, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Annie Funke, David Margulies, Ashley Williams, Pico Alexander, Elizabeth Marvel, Jason Ralph, Quinn Meyers. Screenplay: J.C. Chandor.

Twitter Capsule: aka Dog Day Entrepreneur. Soulsick drama in seasick hues, about rising and falling at once. Formally dazzling.

VOR:   Proof that class dynamics, moral quandaries, immigrant dilemmas, and urban histories can all be reached inductively, rather than forcing them onto characters, stories, and audiences. Savory and sturdy.

Photo © 2014 A24/Participant Media/FilmNation Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Best Picture; Best Actor (Isaac, tie); Best Supporting Actress (Chastain)

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