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"A Most Violent Year"
Release Date: Dec. 31 (limited)
Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Pros: J.C. Chandor's work has been taken pretty seriously in the awards season so far. This one's hotly anticipated and offers great roles for two of the industry's current darlings, Isaac and Chastain. It will stand out for being completely different from the other players on the field, at least.
Cons: God bless 'em for acquiring challenging films, but A24 hasn't seen major awards success yet. And though it flirted heavily with the season, "All is Lost" was still left with a mere sound editing nomination at the end of the day (through no fault of Chandor, of course — it's hard when your star lead won't do much to promote the film).