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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The best movie of 2014 not up for an Oscar

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    Theatrical review. May be spoilers. I loved director/writer J. C. Chandor's earlier efforts ("All Is Lost" and "Margin Call") and what's not to like about Oscar Isaac ("Drive" and "Inside Llewyn Davis") and Jessica Chastain ("Interstellar" and "Zero Dark Thirty")? I couldn't wait to see this pseudo-mob movie. The marketing of this film isn't exactly honest in the respect of heightening the suggestion of mob enforcement and violence. And they make no secret that Chastain plays Anna Morales, a mobster's daughter who is married to Abel (Isaac), a Columbian-American. Together they have 2 kids and have just moved into their dream home. Abel conducts his business on the straight and narrow however. He wants to run his heating oil business in a legitimate way. The film is set in New York in 1981, a year of high crime in the city. A group of half a dozen companies compete for the business, and Abel's trucks and drivers have been targeted for hijacking. While he contemplates how to react (the union boss wants to arm the drivers), Able is also in the middle of a transaction where he will purchase an unused riverfront plant. It will dramatically increase his competitive position. After putting down $30 thousand, he has only a few days to come up with the balance. His banker has assured him of the money. In spite of his unusual honesty, Able is also under investigation for supposed crimes by an ambitious D. A. (David Oyelowo, "Selma"). It is if everything is coming at him at once, including a surprise late in the film from his beloved wife. Then one of his drivers gets into a gun fight defending himself, putting his loan in jeopardy. Albert Brooks plays Abel's consiglieri, Andrew Walsh, who runs interference where ever he can. I was a bit surprised that the film played straight with Abel's story and his faith in doing things honestly. In a perfect role for Isaac, he reminds of Al Pacino in Godfather II. Quiet, thoughtful and almost unassuming. While his methods differ from Michael Corleone, they both are smart, innovative and determined. Isaac and Chastain have great chemistry. The look of NYC is somehow propelled back in time, with a bit more grime and grit. Automobiles match the era, giving the film authenticity. In addition to Isaac and Chastain, watch for Elyes Gable in a supporting role as Julian, one of Able's drivers. He's terrific. This is the best film Oscar ignored in 2014 and I highly recommend it.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Most Terrific Film

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    This film is reminiscent of those great 70s masterpieces where everything and everyone is wrapped up in enigma and ambiguity. Oscar Isaac, who is proving himself as one of cinemas great chameleons, plays the straight arrow trying to make his way through twist and turns of urban corruption. Don't trust anyone, including yourself. The direction and production are pitch perfect. It's like they found this on some studio shelf and released it 40 years down the line.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing Pacino like performance

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    Oscar Isaac reminds me of a young Al Pacino in Godfather 1&2. Cool, calm, and collected. A mellow businessman making each move carefully and with supreme calculation. Nothing is done by accident and everything is thought out and well planned. The difference in Pacino and Isaac's character is that Michael Corleone wa dal ways in control. Isaac's character finds himself in matters that are beyond his control. This keeps him out of the loop a bit. This actor has a possible future in mob movies or as the head of an aggressive business that may operate outside of the law. Oscar Isaac gives an amazing performance which may be hard to beat by any other actor this year. Jessica Chastain also gives a high caliber performance as the not so innocent wife that will do anything to keep the family business afloat. The direction is stylish and reminiscent of gangster films of the 70s. The highest of recommends. 4 out of 4 stars

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A true organized crime prequel.

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    A great movie that is well paced and story driven. While the movie might slow down from time to time it is never boring. Always interesting and a true glance into the beginning of a reluctant organized crime boss and family. Both Jessica Chastain and and Oscar Isaac are brilliant. A real breakout role for Isaac who I am sure we will see much more of in the near future.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sometimes you have to fight for what you want

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    In a corrupt culture, a man who has built a business for himself and his family have to fight for the business and their livelihood as his trucks are getting hijacked and robbed of their oil. Oscar Isaac is a very tough and very bright man who will not let himself be run away by thugs pushing in on his business.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good...but was expecting more violence

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    I thought this movie was good, but the title leads you to believe one thing and u get another. I thought there was going to be a lot of action and gunfights...unfortunately there wasn't too much. Overall, I thought it was a good watch though, just don't let the title mislead you.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Oscar Isaac is great!!

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    If you like Martin Scorsese,Tarinto, or The Godfather this film is for you! Really enjoyed it. Great picture, great sound, tons of extras! A must buy

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice thriller

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    Set in "The most violent year in new york", this film does a great job at showing an honest man trying to make it through a corrupt world.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great movie

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    Bought A Most Violent Year On blu-ray after seeing it on the shelf. Really didn't know what to expect because I barely remember seeing trailers for it. I'm a Jessica Chastain fan and boy she didn't disappoint. This is a drama filled film that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Great casting job because the actors brought their best to the role.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solid Movie

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    This one really surprised me. I really did enjoy this story. Strong performances, great score, great story. Will be watching this one again.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great directing follow up

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    Wasn't so sure on the story but I did enjoy the directing and acting in a most violent year. Glad I bought this movie to share with friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    entretaining

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    Liked it a lot of suspense and drama, although there are parts in the movie that make no sense but over all it was an o.k. movie.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome Movie

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    This is a very "trashy" movie, but don't in the most compelling way possible. Great performances all around.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Didn't know what to expect...

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    ...but ended up with a GREAT flick. Totally got snubbed by the academy. And Jessica Chastain is on her A-game as always.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Well Acted Movie

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    Good movie that captures a moment in time not many people are familiar with. Excellent performances by the actors.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    OK movie

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    I know the movie is based on true events but it never gets out of 1st gear. The acting good. It's an OK movie

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Stylish movie

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    Good movie to watch. Couple of the characters were very interesting and put a twist to the ending.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good film, but not action filled

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    Good film with well developed characters, but not as action filled as the previews imply.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Bought for my husband

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    He really enjoyed it. While I don't go for this type of movie, I am sure others would enjoy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    JC Chandor's film is brilliant.

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    Chastain and Isaac soar in JC Chandor's fantastic film.

    I would recommend this to a friend