Movie Review: A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

A timely, stylish, and thought-provoking film that attempts to be more than a Godfather retread.  It mostly succeeds.  The heating oil business is a lot like the mafia.  A Most Violent Year would like you to believe that, similar to the mafia, you have to be ruthless and corrupt to get ahead in legitimate business.  The film takes place in New York City, 1981.  A year that has gone on record as the most violent year in New York City.  There’s a feeling of nostalgia that permeates the film.  Not just it being a period film, but the story as well.  Business transactions are done in shadowy rooms, “business” is a dirty word, and there’s a meeting of the dons.  Like Michael Corleone, Abel Morales (Oscar Issac) is trying to grow his business legitimately, but is being thwarted by forces inside and outside his family. Read More…

Also, new reviews this week: Dumplings and This Is Where I Leave You.

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