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A Most Violent Year

Directed By: J.C. Chandor | 2014 | 2h 5m | Rated R

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500 71st St, Miami Beach (786) 207-1919

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In 1981 New York, a fuel supplier tries to adhere to his own moral compass amid the rampant violence, corruption and decay that threaten his family and his business.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR takes place in 1981, which, according to statistical data, is said to be the most violent year in the city’s history. This period for New York was rife with tumult and financial upheaval; it was just six years earlier that Manhattan defaulted on its loans and inspired the legendary New York Post headline after then President Ford refused a Federal bailout: “Ford to NYC: Drop Dead.” The violence in Chandor’s newest work reflects not only the physical threat contained in Manhattan but the relationship dangers faced by a young married couple Abel (Oscar Isaac) and Anna (Jessica Chastain), as both are forced to confront the shifting tides of violence as it relates to them and to the world outside their doors—especially after Abel’s own connection to inflicting pain become evident.

“Further clarifies what might be the most promising career in American movies: an urban-headed filmmaker attuned to economies of place and time, with an eye on the vacant throne of Sidney Lumet.”

“Just when we’re settling into the film being a Lumet-ian character-driven drama, Chandor will, on more than one occasion, organically segue to an adrenaline-packed truck chase that’s as exciting as any big action-movie moment of recent memory.”

“A tough, gritty, richly atmospheric thriller …”

“[Chandor] peels back the layers of his story and characters with the skill of an expert dramatist.”

“With his third feature, writer-director J.C. Chandor continues to cement a reputation for making distinctive, intelligent films of which no two are alike.”

“JC Chandor’s period crime drama is rigorous, resourceful and as smart as a whip.”

” ‘A Most Violent Year’ is a slow-burn drama about what kinds of compromises you’ll make in order to tell yourself you haven’t compromised.”

“A Most Violent Year proves Chandor is the real deal.”

“In its sober assessment of entrepreneurial drive, the movie’s underlying critique is timeless.”
– indieWIRE

“…the movie ticks and whirs with precision.”