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A Most Violent Year, J. C. Chandor (2014)

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J. C. Chandor, lately of the awful Margin Call and, apparently, some movie I didn’t see where Robert Redford¬†has a boat accident, has made a near-perfect little movie here. Oscar Issac and Jessica Chastain are great, the Sidney Lumet frosted gray New York light makes you shiver, the story — small timers trying to thrive in the big city — is smart and tight. A little bit of gratuitous and heavy handed symbolism toward the very end, but it can be forgiven after two hours of such seamless storytelling and creamy mise en sc√®ne.

I’m interested to see what Chandor does next. His first three are pretty diverse!