‘What’s the Deal?’ With ‘A Most Violent Year': Chemistry Between Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain Works Wonders (Video)

J.C. Chandor delivers his best movie yet with this ’80s crime drama that recalls the films of Sidney Lumet

J.C. Chandor’s latest film “A Most Violent Year” premiered Thursday night at AFI Fest, where it struck a chord with TheWrap‘s film reporter Jeff Sneider.

The film, which A24 releases on New Year’s Eve, harkens back to the classic crime dramas of Sidney Lumet.

In addition to the fantastic lead performances from former Juilliard classmates Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, who have excellent chemistry together as a New York couple trying to expand their heating oil business, Sneider was very impressed with Bradford Young’s cinematography and Alex Ebert’s score.

Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo and Alessandro Nivola co-star in the film, but it’s Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno who steal several scenes along with former HBO stars Christopher Abbott (“Girls”) and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”).

Watch the video for Sneider’s take on the movie and his admiration for young distributor A24.