A Most Violent Year ★★★½

Oscar Isaac gives the best Al Pacino performance in 20 years.

being a gangster ain't easy, but it sure is *easier.*

this is the platonic ideal of a 3.5 star movie. solid, low-octane morality play about the compromises of the american dream (and as familiar as that sounds) that was a few precious drafts away from mattering. not sure if Chandor has a great movie in him, but he definitely could deliver some great moments.