J.C. Chandor’s third film, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, is a solid American crime drama that harkens back to an old Hollywood style of slow burn storytelling. But what is great about the film is not just the satisfying feeling that you’ve watched a very good film when the end credits start to roll, but that the film’s story lingerings with you (in a good way) weeks after seeing it–that’s a mark of a great film! The film is set in 1981 during New York City’s most violent year. Oscar Isaac, who gives a solid performance, plays Abel Morales, an immigrant trying to ethically live the American Dream by building a business and raising a family while battling corruption. Jessica Chastain as Abel’s wife and Albert Brooks as Abel’s lawyer both give good performances.