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Exclusive: A closer look at the cast of 'A Most Violent Year'

11 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"A Most Violent Year" may not have cracked any of the Academy's categories…but so what? It's one of the best films of last year, a stylish ode to the oft-longed-for craftsmanship of the '70s with two of the year's most compelling performances from Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain (and nothing to sneeze at from their co-stars, to be sure). Isaac and Chastain studied acting together at Juilliard, and as director J.C. Chandor notes in the exclusive featurette above, they've pretty much known each other as long as their husband and wife characters in the film. That dynamic makes for fun fireworks on screen and the whole cast is really dialed in, from Albert Brooks' consigliere of sorts to David Oyelowo's dogged district attorney. Alex Ebert's emotive score (and amazing closing credits song), Bradford Young's jaw-dropping cinematography — it's a very rich cinema experience, and it's finally opening wide tomorrow. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'Sniper' Set to Three-Peat Over Super Bowl Weekend

29 January 2015 5:45 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

For the third weekend in a row, American Sniper is going to easily take the top spot at the box office. Even with the Super Bowl monopolizing attention on Sunday, Sniper should still easily add at least $30 million over the three-day period.Among the weekend's new releases, found footage time travel movie Project Almanac should provide decent counterprogramming for teen moviegoers, while Black or White and The Loft will be lucky to earn a combined $10 million.Through 13 days in wide release, American Sniper has already earned $213.4 million. This weekend, it expands to an additional 180 locations, which brings its total count to 3,885; that's a new record for an R-rated movie, ahead of the record that Sniper set last weekend.On fantastic word-of-mouth, the movie dropped a very light 28 percent last weekend. With tough competition from the Super Bowl on Sunday, a similar drop this weekend is out of the question. Still, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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A Most Violent Year – The Review

29 January 2015 2:56 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Despite its title, A Most Violent Year is not about St. Louis in 2015 but about New York City in its most crime-ridden year of 1981. Oscar Isaac stars as ambitious Colombian immigrant Abel Morales, who began his career as a truck driver for a heating oil biz run by a mobster whose daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain) he eventually married. Abel took over ‘Standard Heating Oil’, and grew it quickly – but too quickly in the eyes of his competitors. As the movie opens, Abel and his attorney (Albert Brooks) are on the verge of a big move – borrowing a million and a half dollars to buy two oil tanks in a prime area of Queens. With 30 days to secure the cash needed to close the deal, it’s a risky investment, but if all goes according to Abel’s plan, he will eventually be able to store and move fuel on a larger scale. »

- Tom Stockman

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Watch: 6-Minute 'A Most Violent Year' Documentary Visits The Violence Of 1981

29 January 2015 11:44 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While it didn't manage to snap up any Oscar nominations, a handful of other plaudits should be more than enough to convince you to check out "A Most Violent Year." Not to mention that it's coming from J.C. Chandor, one of the most fascinating and prolific filmmakers of the moment, and comprises a cast  including Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac and David Oyelowo. But if you have seen the movie —or maybe before you see it— perhaps it's best to understand the milieu against which it takes place. A24 has dropped a pretty nifty six-minute short documentary about New York City in the year 1981. It was the most violent year for the city on record, with more than 2100 murders. Yikes. Real New Yorkers recollect their memories of the time in this fascinating little peek into history, so give it a look. "A Most Violent Year" is now playing. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kit Harrington of Game of Thrones in New ‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ Trailer

29 January 2015 8:41 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Kit Harrington, the English actor best known for his role as Jon Snow in HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” leaps into the 21st Century in a new trailer for his upcoming movie “Spooks: The Greater Good.” And, we mean literally leaps. Last month, he was cast in Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” co-starring Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates. [...] »

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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

28 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »

- Steve Montgomery

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Jordan's Top Ten Movies of 2014

27 January 2015 7:45 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Fantastic Four' trailer takes its cues from Christopher Nolan

27 January 2015 6:58 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Not everyone loved Interstellar, but want to know who really did? Director Josh Trank and/or the team that cut the first trailer for his Fantastic Four reboot. Like the early teasers for Interstellar, our re-introduction to the Marvel superhero team is framed by shots of rural dirt-roads and a clever mechanic (Michael B. Jordan) who joins scientists for some adventure into the final frontier. Jamie Bell plays baseball—America's pastime!—and Kate Mara gives Jessica Chastain a run as a laser-focused government brain. The clip even has its own Michael Caine, a narrator who establishes the existential stakes. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Second Opinion – A Most Violent Year (2014)

25 January 2015 7:01 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

Watching A Most Violent Year I couldn’t help but think of some of the truly great artists from 1970’s American cinema. Men such as Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin, Al Pacino, Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond were instrumental in the films I grew up watching as ‘serious’ movies once I was aware of film making as an art form and not just as spectacle. The fact that I’m opening this review by mentioning these legendary artists tells you all you need to know about how I strong I feel about director J.C. Chandor’s third film. »

- Gary Collinson

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A Most Violent Year Review

25 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino, Peter Gerety, Jerry Adler, Annie Funke

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 125 minutes

Synopsis: During the cold winter of 1981, an honourable and ambitious immigrant is forced to fight and protect his business and family from the corruption and unscrupulousness sweeping New York City.

 

Margin Call’s J.C Chandor continues to prove how masterful he is at balancing understated boldness with restrained menace in his latest film A Most Violent Year. The film’s metaphoric contradictions will have you transfixed from the get go: attentively attuned to the thrilling, fast-paced action one second and then… Bam! You’re frustrated beyond belief because the pace of this gripping film is so sluggishly steady it’ll have you begging the screen ‘C’mon – give me something’! It’s The Godfather in warm yellow tones, but not. It’s about principled capitalism, »

- Sacha Hall

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Sundance: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actor Michael Shannon Airs His Beef With Video on Demand (Video)

24 January 2015 5:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The VOD business model disincentivizes theaters and hurts filmmakers, the ’99 Homes’ star tells TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman

Same-day video-on-demand releases undermine theatrical sales, actor Michael Shannon told TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on Saturday during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

“Then none of the theaters want to pick the movie up, because they’re like, ‘Why are we going to show your movie if you’re just going to let everybody watch it at home?'” Shannon said, citing a film he presented at the festival in 2014 as an example.

“I had a movie here last year that »

- Deborah Day

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Celebrity Big Brother Live Eviction watched by 2.2 million

24 January 2015 4:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction was seen by an average audience of 2.29 million (9.6%) on Channel 5 yesterday evening (January 23).

Down by more than 600k on last Friday's live show, the latest episode was seen by a further 348k (2.0%) on Channel 5+1.

An average audience of 995k (6.3%) watched Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side from 10-11.30pm.

Channel 5 also secured 336k (1.6%) for Race to the Pole at 7pm, followed by 879k (3.9%) for Ice Road Truckers at 8pm.

With an average audience of 5.82 million (25.3%), BBC One's live coverage of the Fa Cup fourth-round match between Cambridge and Manchester United was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

It was preceded by The One Show, which entertained 4.5 million (22.2%) at 7pm.

With guests including Gary Lineker, Jessica Chastain and McBusted, The Graham Norton Show rounded the evening off with 3.42 million (24.8%) at 10.35pm.

Over on ITV, Benidorm entertained 4.03 million (16.9%) at 9pm, while The Martin Lewis »

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Interstellar Arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack March 31 With Authentic IMAX Film Cell

23 January 2015 3:53 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hailed as “the most exhilarating film this century”, director Christopher Nolan’s “must-see masterpiece” (New York Post) Interstellar makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand March 31, 2015, from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD March 17, 2015.

A breathtaking filmmaking achievement, Interstellar has been named one of the Top Ten movies of the year by Rolling Stone, Esquire, theNew York Post and more, and has received five Academy Award nominations including Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Score. Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey1 stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. The film also stars Academy Award-winners Anne Hathaway2 and Michael Caine3 and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain4 and »

- Michelle McCue

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'Interstellar' DVD and Blu-ray Releases March 31

23 January 2015 9:50 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hailed as "the most exhilarating film this century", director Christopher Nolan's "must-see masterpiece" (New York Post) Interstellar makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand March 31, 2015, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD March 17, 2015.

A breathtaking filmmaking achievement, Interstellar has been named one of the Top Ten movies of the year by Rolling Stone, Esquire, the New York Post and more, and has received five Academy Award nominations including Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Score. Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. The film also stars Academy Award-winners Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Mommy’ Review: Xavier Dolan’s Latest Wavers Between Powerful and Exasperating

23 January 2015 9:02 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s hard not to empathize with this troubled teen and his equally mercurial mother, but the writer-director undercuts his characters by wallowing in classist squalor

The artist shows us the world and demands that we face its injustices and explore our own role in perpetuating them. The brat, meanwhile, sulks in his room and grumbles, “The world sucks, man.”

Writer-director Xavier Dolan wears both hats in his latest film, “Mommy,” which wavers between gritty, poignant drama and a wallow in how much it sucks to be poor and to wear unattractive clothes. (It’s the same kind of classist »

- Alonso Duralde

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Update: Interstellar available to pre-order on Blu-ray, released March 31st

23 January 2015 8:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we reported that Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi epic Interstellar was available to pre-order at online vendor Amazon, but today Paramount Home Entertainment has officially announced the release of the film on March 31st on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, with a digital release on March 17th.

The Blu-ray release for Interstellar is set to include a cell from an original 70Mm IMAX print of the film in addition to three hours of bonus content, details of which you can view below, as well as a look at the artwork for the release.

–The Science of Interstellar — Extended cut of the broadcast special.

–Plotting an Interstellar Journey — Discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs.

–Life on Cooper’s Farm—Bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie.

The Dust—Learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Jessica Chastain Would "Absolutely Love" To Be In A Star Wars Movie

23 January 2015 8:27 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Jessica Chastain has been on many a fan's wishlist for a variety of different roles for quite a long time, but, unless you count Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, she's yet to make the leap into a big tentpole/Cbm type property -- no matter how much she may want to. Chastain has previously expressed her desire to play a superhero after turning down a couple of comic book movie roles that she didn't think were up to much, but it turns out she's just as interested in Star Wars. Digital Spy asked her about it since her friend and A Most Violent Year co-star Oscar Isaac will be seen piloting an X-Wing in The Force Awakens, and she responded very positively to the idea. So Disney/Lucasfilm, I think I speak for everyone when I say: get this woman in a future Star Wars film. The relevant chat comes in »

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SAG-o-Metrics: Predicting the Acting Oscars Based on SAG Nominations (Infographic)

23 January 2015 5:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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A Most Violent Year review: Oscar Isaac in brooding crime drama

23 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jc Chandor; Screenwriter: Jc Chandor; Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: 15

It's often the case that period stories can tell us more about our current society than those set in the present day. In his first non-contemporary script, writer-director Jc Chandor probes at urgent ideas about gun control and proportional response within the framework of a brooding, meticulous crime drama.

In the grim winter of 1981, statistically one of the most crime-ridden years in New York's chequered history, principled oil entrepreneur Abel (Oscar Isaac) is trying to forge a righteous path amidst the chaos. His oil trucks are being hijacked at gunpoint, attracting the kind of attention he doesn't need from the district attorney (David Oyelowo), and he's on the brink of losing a crucial real estate deal thanks to his snowballing misfortune.

The idea of man wrestling with forces beyond his control is common throughout Chandor's work, »

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Movie Review – A Most Violent Year (2014)

22 January 2015 12:03 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

How far do you go to chase your American Dream while all around you is being torn asunder in the most violent year in the history of the greatest city in the world? For Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis), an immigrant who has worked his hands to the bone to become the city’s premium purveyor of oil, he will go as far as being decent and upstanding will take him. Along with his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain, Interstellar), they have worked their way to the top, but despite Abel’s best intentions of keeping his business clean, »

- Scott J. Davis

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