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Watch: Jessica Chastain & Oscar Isaac Chase The American Dream In New Featurette For ‘A Most Violent Year’

26 November 2014 12:52 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

What’s not to love about “A Most Violent Year”? It’s an ‘80s-set moral crime drama that stars Oscar Isaac — who’s seemingly on his way to becoming a household name with roles in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” — Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo, arguably the three greatest actors of their generation, who all seem poised for A-list greatness. Then there’s director J.C. Chandor: he arrived immediately with his economic crisis drama “Margin Call” and then seriously upped the ante with the left turn of “All Is Lost,” an existentialist action drama on the high seas that was Robert Redford’s best performance in eons. So what's "A Most Violent Year" about? Here’s part of the synopsis that describes yet another new bold direction for the filmmaker, an interesting take on the American Dream, compromise, and the cost of doing business in »

- Edward Davis

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Alex Ebert Scores A24’s A Most Violent Year – Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac Star In New Poster And Featurette

26 November 2014 9:24 AM, PST | | See recent news »

A striking new poster featuring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac is here for A Most Violent Year. The two chase the American Dream in the latest featurette for director J.C. Chandor’s upcoming film.

Watch the trailer Here.

Directed and written by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call), A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. Also starring David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, and Albert Brooks, the gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay.

Golden Globe winning composer/singer/songwriter Alex Ebert scores A24’s dark crime drama. Ebert returned to work with Chandor following the success of their previous collaboration, All Is Lost.

With a sound indicative of era, Ebert’s score uses piano, »

- Michelle McCue

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Horrible Bosses 2 movie review: the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad sequel

24 November 2014 1:24 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s not funny, only its villains speak truth, and its putative heroes are now the horrible bosses… though the movie doesn’t seem to realize that. I’m “biast” (pro): enjoyed the first movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s disconcerting when this happens: My reaction to a sequel is so powerfully diametrically opposite my reaction to its progenitor that it makes me wonder if I entirely misread that first film. (This has happened before.) Horrible Bosses 2 left such a rancid taste in my mouth that it left me reconsidering the fact that I kinda liked Horrible Bosses. Was I wrong back in 2011?

But I rewatched Bosses, and no: It’s a pretty good — not great, but pretty good — black comedy with a little bit of something to say about the desperation of the Great Recession »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Watch: Jessica Chastain Demands Respect in First 'A Most Violent Year' Clip

13 November 2014 9:32 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The first clip from writer/director J.C. Chandor's 1981-set crime drama "A Most Violent Year" (whose title is a bit of a misnomer) has landed.  Jessica Chastain plays cigarette-wielding, master manipulatrix Anna Morales who in this clip attempts to distract David Oyelowo's stern detective while her husband Abel, played by Oscar Isaac, stashes evidence of their wrongdoings in the backyard. They're ringleaders of a criminal oil enterprise in New York but now their world is beginning to crumble. J.C. Chandor's slickly made but uneven followup to "Margin Call" and cause célèbre "All Is Lost" is the best Oscar shot for Chastain, who acts the hell out of this spiky role opposite an iconic Oscar Isaac. Oyelowo, meanwhile, floored audiences this week in "Selma" at AFI Fest, where "Most Violent Year" also premiered. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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AFI 2014 Film Fest: Opening Night Report By Mark Cerulli

11 November 2014 4:04 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

(Photos copyright Mark Cerulli. All rights reserved.)

By Mark Cerulli

Last Wednesday, the red carpet was rolled out on Hollywood Boulevard, the paparazzi were out in force and the Spiderman and Wonder Woman impersonators had been pushed aside, at least momentarily, for American Film Institute’s annual film festival.

Cinema Retro was in da house for writer/director J.C. Chandor’s new crime drama, A Most Violent Year, this year’s opening night selection. The director introduced his third film onstage at the Dolby Theater, joined by his distinguished cast and crew, including Jessica Chastain and Dp Bradford Young. Chandor also pointed out where he was sitting when his screenplay for “Margin Call” (which he also directed) lost out to Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris” in the 2012 Oscar race.

Although the film’s setting – the cutthroat world of home heating oil doesn’t sound exciting, it provides the backdrop for Abel Morales, »

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10 Producers to Watch: Robert Ogden Barnum

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barnum has spent the past decade bridging finance and independent film, having worked with the likes of Benaroya Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. But it’s in recent years that he’s fully come into his own, partnering with Cassian Elwes last year to create e2b Capital, and boasting a slate that includes Kevin Costner starrer “Black and White,” Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way” and Paul Bettany’s “Shelter.”

Barnum first turned heads as a producer of J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call,” and partnered with the director again for last year’s “All Is Lost.” Yet per-  haps the most audacious project of his career is one that’s just starting to kick into gear: the long-

mooted biopic “Miles Ahead.”

“I’ve been doing this long enough that I’d seen the Miles Davis project a couple of times,” Barnum says. “I’d read the script, »

- Andrew Barker

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Why AFI Opener 'A Most Violent Year' Isn't an Oscar Contender

10 November 2014 12:49 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

New York writer-director J.C. Chandor shot like a cannon out of Sundance 2011 with Wall Street talk-fest "Margin Call," which landed him an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, followed by success d'estime "All Is Lost" in 2013, with solo movie star Robert Redford. So expectations were high for "A Most Violent Year." But sometimes early success breeds too much confidence. The most crucial tightrope act when considering a release plan is to realistically figure out what you've got. A24 landed the movie, which was backed by Participant Media, but finally catered to the director's strongly stated desire to follow a prestige fall release plan. Telluride did not pursue an early cut of the film--it might not have been finished in time anyway--which after a few more months in the editing room finally went to AFI Fest for opening night.  The trouble with an award-season release is that scrutiny is more intense. As Tom Brueggemann suggests in his weekend. »

- Anne Thompson

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A Most Violent Year | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

7 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Year of Living Stressfully: Chandor Returns with Slow-Boil Scald

Baby, it may be cold outside, but the climate’s sure changing in J.C. Chandor’s flashback to 1981 New York City in A Most Violent Year, the director’s third and most iniquitous portrayal yet of humans struggling for survival or ascension among the ranks. Following the success of his talky yet effective 2011 debut, Margin Call, a slick examination of the viperous tendencies amongst Wall Street’s elite and the 2008 crash, and 2013’s Robert Redford against the elements flick All Is Lost, Chandor extends his dexterity to a period piece that’s already drawn comparison to the heyday of Lumet and the underrated familial dramas of James Gray. With a little luck, Chandor’s title won’t be treated to the same ambivalence as Gray’s films tend to be, but in line with his previous two titles, it’s an equally difficult, »

- Nicholas Bell

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'A Most Violent Year' World Premiere Kicks Off AFI Fest

7 November 2014 10:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Writer-director J.C. Chandor's crime-drama A Most Violent Year kicked off the American Film Institute's AFI Fest with its glitzy world premiere Thursday night in Hollywood. In front of the crowd at the Dolby Theatre, Chandor reminisced about the last time he was in that space — for the 2012 Oscars. "The last time I was in this room, I was sitting right there and lost to Woody Allen," referring to the Academy Awards where he lost the original screenplay award for Margin Call to Allen's Midnight in Paris. Chandor took a deep breath. "Let's hope it

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- Nicole Behnam

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Gets A Most Enthusiastic Send-Off Into Oscar Race – AFI Fest

7 November 2014 10:41 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Pointing to a specific seat in the front orchestra section of the vast Dolby Theatre before Thursday’s AFI Fest opening-night world premiere of his new film A Most Violent Year, writer-director Jc Chandor said “the last time I was in this room I was sitting right there and I lost to Woody Allen. Let’s hope it goes a little better tonight.”

Chandor was referring to the 2012 Oscar show, in which he was nominated for Original Screenplay for his first feature Margin Call. Although (unfairly I thought) overlooked by the Academy last year for his second film, All Is Lost — which at the very least should have snagged star Robert Redford a Best Actor nod but didn’t — I have a feeling he could perhaps find himself back at the Dolby in February in that same category where he duked it out with Woody.

More than one observer compared this dark, »

- Pete Hammond

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Review: J.C. Chandor's 'A Most Violent Year' Starring Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain

7 November 2014 9:02 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After his debut film "Margin Call" in 2011 and its very different follow-up "All is Lost" in 2013, writer-director J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" is a truly impressive film, one that takes all the concerns of his prior films — money, control, fate — and puts them on a canvas as big and bleak as New York in 1981. The resemblance to Sidney Lumet's work in the '80s is not accidental. Chandor is looking at human behavior, and society, and chose a dramatically and artistically appealing backdrop — and perhaps subconsciously hoped to remind us of when audiences would, and could, see films about real people in human conflict in actual cities at the theater. Like Lumet, it all seems to boil down to one question: What good is the American Dream if you can't sleep at night because of the things you did to achieve it? Played by Oscar Isaac — costumed »

- James Rocchi

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Review: A Powerful Morality Tale

7 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

J.C. Chandor started off as a promising but cold filmmaker. His first two feature films, Margin Call and All is Lost, showed us the nuts and bolts of those worlds, whether it be the life of a lost sailor or the strangest day at a Wall Street investment bank. In the latter case, the world was far more compelling than the characters, but he brought some of the humanity and nuance lacking in his directorial debut to All is Lost. Thankfully he’s cranked up the emotion even higher for his latest film, A Most Violent Year, which is a paradoxical title for this stirring drama. Much of the drama derives from the unsexy world of heating oil supply. This is not a gangster movie about drugs. This is not a gangster movie with shootouts. This is a gangster movie about a man, Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), who doesn’t want to be a gangster. To »

- Jack Giroux

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Daily | J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year

7 November 2014 1:46 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, set in the violent New York winter of 1981 and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, won't hit theaters until the very last day of this year, but it's just opened AFI Fest. Variety's Scott Foundas: "If Chandor’s promising 2011 debut, Margin Call, could loosely be described as a Wall Street transposition of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, A Most Violent Year seems to have been steeped overnight in a solution equal parts Sidney Lumet and Lumet’s consummate latter-day reinterpreter, James Gray." We're gathering a first round of reviews and we've posted the trailer. » - David Hudson »

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Review: Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac anchor peculiar and powerful 'A Most Violent Year'

7 November 2014 12:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York CIty, 1981, is a blasted moral hellscape against which a very primal struggle for survival unfolds in a very tense thirty days, all for the right to supply homes with heating oil. J. C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" is a powerfully told story, a thrilling surprise, and both Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain do remarkable work as a couple trying to close a deal that will turn their heating oil company into a much larger overall business, the deal they've been working their whole lives to prepare. This one particular month starts with them confident, convinced they're going to take things to the next level, and it unfolds with them increasingly unsure that they're going to pull it off. It is a movie about an entire city conspiring to test a marriage, and the way this one particular couple fights their way through. This is a great screenplay first and foremost. »

- Drew McWeeny

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AFI Fest Opener ‘A Most Violent Year’ Gives Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain a ‘Gangster Movie Road Map’

6 November 2014 9:18 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director J.C. Chandor's new movie “A Most Violent Year” is set in New York City in 1981, the most crime-ridden year on record — but he's premiering it far from those environs, at Hollywood's AFI Fest 2014 on Thursday night. “It's my first-ever Los Angeles premiere of any sort,” Chandor told TheWrap about the debut of film, which is being distributed by A24.  “And it's fitting, because this is a good old-fashioned Hollywood movie.” Chandor began his directing career with a talky movie about high finance, “Margin Call,” followed by a talk-free movie about sailing, “All Is Lost.” “A Most Violent »

- Steve Pond

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Review: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac Chase the American Dream, by Hook or by Crook

6 November 2014 9:14 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

One good movie can be a fluke, and two can represent the fulfillment of early promise. Three thoughtful, provocative films in a row, however, demand that attention be paid. And “A Most Violent Year” heralds J.C. Chandor as one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today, particularly because his three films couldn't be more different. With his debut, “Margin Call,” he took us inside the inner workings of Wall Street 2008, showing us the looks on the faces of the Masters of the Universe as they realized, scant hours beforehand, that their entire financial empire was on the verge of »

- Alonso Duralde

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Film Review: ‘A Most Violent Year’

6 November 2014 8:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When “New York, New York” lyricist Fred Ebb wrote that immortal line, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” it’s doubtful he imagined the life-or-death stakes such sentiments take on in “A Most Violent Year,” an ’80s-era NYC crime drama in which just making it from one day to the next seems like a major accomplishment. In his third turn behind the camera, writer-director J.C. Chandor has delivered a tough, gritty, richly atmospheric thriller that lacks some of the formal razzle-dazzle of his solo seafaring epic, “All Is Lost,” but makes up for it with an impressively sustained low-boil tension and the skillful navigating of a complex plot (at least up until a wholly unnecessary last-minute twist). Like last fall’s “Out of the Furnace,” this solid, grown-up movie-movie is almost certainly too dark and moody to connect with a broad mainstream public or make major awards-season waves, »

- Scott Foundas

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New York City Crime Movies: 20 Movies You Need To Watch

6 November 2014 11:31 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are any number of reasons to be excited for “A Most Violent Year” which bows at the AFI Fest today prior to opening on New Year’s Eve. It’s Jessica Chastain’s next film after “Interstellar,” it’s Oscar Isaac’s most high-profile, meaty lead since “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and it’s director J.C. Chandor’s third film after the terrific, eclectic one-two punch of “Margin Call” and “All is Lost.” And there’s the absolutely fantastic-looking trailer (plus it's great; read our review). But there’s one final factor that has us anticipating it so hotly —the film is the latest addition to the canon of New York Crime movies, a genre that is so distinctive and so deeply knotted into the very fabric of modern American cinema that it has given us maybe ten or twenty of its irrefutably anointed classics. New York City is a »

- The Playlist Staff

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AFM: New Distributors Energize Indie Market

5 November 2014 10:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the seven major studios devoting increasing focus on tentpoles, the indie sector is seeing a welcome emergence of new distributors.

The biggest splash this year has come from 6-month-old Saban Films, which bought three films — John Travolta’s “The Forger,” Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” and Hayden Christensen’s “American Heist” — at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. That’s been a tonic to the volatile world of independent producers.

The label is looking for mid-range commercial fare and the occasional prestige title — such as “The Homesman,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, which it acquired at Cannes. It’s the first release from Saban Films, opening Nov. 14 as awards season gains traction, and should send a message to the industry.

“Releasing ‘The Homesman’ shows that we’re in this seriously,” Saban Films president Bill Bromiley says.

Another upstart making waves is Broad Green Pictures, which picked up “99 Homes,” starring »

- Carole Horst

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Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain have ‘A Most Violent Year’ in a new trailer

4 November 2014 6:11 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

No one could accuse writer-director J.C. Chandor of going an easily predictable route with his filmography to date. Margin Call, his 2011 feature debut that earned him an Oscar nomination, was an ensemble piece about the recent financial crisis, and he followed that with 2013′s All Is Lost, which only featured one actor (Robert Redford, giving a largely wordless performance). His new effort, A Most Violent Year, sees him venturing into period crime drama territory, with a story mostly centered on a husband and wife pairing played by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.

Co-starring David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Christopher Abbott, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Albert Brooks, A Most Violent Year is set in 1981 and concerns the ambitious immigrant head of an oil business clashing with the criminal underworld of New York City in 1981. One of the more appealing elements of the film’s second trailer, which you can view below, is »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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