Review: In ‘A Most Violent Year,’ the capitalist as gangster

December 31, 2014 8:43 PM

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In his exciting first three films, writer-director J.C. Chandor, the son of a Merrill Lynch investment banker, has proven to be a canny, clear-eyed studier of capitalism, sensitive to its strivers and alert to its ethical storms.

His debut, “Margin Call,” plunged into the board rooms of a Wall Street firm in crisis. He followed that with “All Is Lost,” a metaphorical survival film about a man (Robert Redford) literally wrecked by the global economy.

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