‘A Most Violent Year’ Due April 7

photo for A searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history; the gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay. The film follows Abel Morales (Isaac), the hard-working owner of Standard Oil, an up and coming heating oil company, as he fends off simmering rivalries, attacks on his family, hijackings of his trucks, an investigation by an uoward mobile assistant D.A. and loan sharks while he climbs up a morally crooked ladder of success. Vitals: Director: J.C. Chandor. Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Peter Gerety, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Morenoy. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 125 min., Crime Drama, Box office gross: $4.604 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Commentary with writer-director J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, “Behind the Violence” featurette, “A Conversation With Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac” featurette, “The Contagious Nature of Violence: The Origins of a Most Violent Year” featurette, deleted scenes, “Inner City Crew” outtakes, “We Can Cure Violence” public service announcement.

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