In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history. A Most Violent Year is a 2014 American crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. The protagonist is Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of a small heating-oil company who is stressed by the competitiveness in the oil trade and his having to secure costly loans to expand his business. When his trucks start being hijacked, there is increased pressure for his drivers to arm themselves. The film premiered as the opening film of AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, and it was released theatrically on December 31, 2014. It garnered positive reviews, and J. C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, and Anna Gerb won the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.

Critic Reviews

'The underside of the American Dream is on display in A Most Violent Year, a drama about an immigrant trying to make his way to the top.' Toronto Sun 'Bradford Young's cinematography is awesome, transforming bleak wastelands and mansions into visions of light. It's as if we're seeing everything through the eyes of Morales, to whom America is beauty incarnate.' London Evening Standard 'Simmering with drama, A Most Violent Year is one of the best films yet from Isaac or Chandor, and that's saying something' One Room with a View

Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2015 Winner Critics' Choice MVP Award Jessica Chastain CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competition 2015 Winner Golden Eagle Narrative Content: Feature - Live Action A24 CinEuphoria Awards 2016 Winner CinEuphoria Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award IGN Summer Movie Awards 2014 Winner IGN Award Best Movie Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain
The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom. A Prayer Before Dawn is a 2017 drama biopic directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, written by Jonathan Hirschbein and Nick Saltrese and starring Joe Cole. It is based on the book A Prayer Before Dawn: My Nightmare in Thailand's Prisons by Billy Moore. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 19 May 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2018, by Altitude Film Distribution, and in the United States on 10 August 2018, by A24.

Critic Reviews

‘Midnight Express' meets 'Ong-Bak,' and that's a good thing.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘Once the audience adjusts to its rhythms, it exerts a powerful fascination.’ New York Magazine ‘Presented with an agitated camera and a bare minimum of subtitles, "A Prayer Before Dawn" adheres to neither the familiar beats of the boxing movie nor the claustrophobic machinations of the typical prison drama.’ New York Times

Awards

British Independent Film Awards 2018 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
UNSC Cadet Thomas Lasky must conquer his inner fears and join forces with super-soldier John-117 to take down a massive faction of the Covenant.

Prime-time Emmy nominee, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a military science fiction web series set in the universe of the Halo franchise. It was written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing, and directed by Stewart Hendler.

A United Nations Space Command (UNSC) cadet experiences a crisis of conscience before facing the Covenant on the battlefield, and draws inspiration from Master Chief while fighting for the future of mankind in this sci-fi action opus based on the hit X-Box franchise.

Awards

** Nominated for a prime-time Emmy **

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2013, winner of best sound editing

The Streamy Awards 2013, winner of best drama series, best editing, best production design and best cinematography

Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

Saints and Soldiers is a 2003 war drama film directed by Ryan Little and produced by Little and Adam Abel. It is loosely based on events that took place after the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge. The film stars Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Lawrence Bagby, and Peter Asle Holden as the four American soldiers trying to return Kirby Heyborne, a British soldier with vital intelligence, to the Allied lines.

The Washington Times called the film, "one of the sharpest and most compelling entries of the early 'Mormon cinema' era". The New York Times wrote that the film's, "impressive cast of largely unknown actors and meticulously researched film tells its story with quiet conviction."

Critic Review

'It has the strengths and the clean lines of a traditional war movie, without high-tech special effects to pump up the noise level.' Chicago Sun Times

'Thoughtful, engaging World War II movie has battle violence.' Common Sense Media

Awards

Gloria Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award and Winner of the Jury Award

Heartland International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Crystal Heart Award and Winner of the Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature

Ojai Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Best Narrative Feature

Sacramento Festival of Cinema 2003 Winner of the Audience Award

San Diego Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award

Temecula Valley International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Viewer's Choice Award for Best Feature Film

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