'A Most Violent Year': Excellent performances by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain fuel slow-burn drama (review)

January 29, 2015 2:14 PM

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – J.C. Chandor is an immensely gifted writer-director. His first two films, "Margin Call" in 2011 and "All is Lost" in 2013," were masterfully well-made and could not have been more different.

"Margin Call," with Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci, followed the unraveling of a Wall Street investment firm in the throes of the financial crisis and crackled with snappy dialogue. "All is Lost" featured almost no dialogue as Robert Redford battled the elements in a sinking boat perilously adrift i...

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