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Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor has never done the obvious as a director. He first tackled dialogue-heavy ensemble drama about finances in Margin Call. Then, he directed a single man who remained practically silent in All Is Lost. His third film, the 1981-set A Most Violent Year, is another swerve, and another chance to strike gold with the Academy.

Starring fellow Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain and the nom-less Oscar Isaac, the film centers on a couple surviving one of the most violent years in New York City history. The trailer, released today, looks moody, intriguing, and dark. But most of all, it looks vicious.

Can a Most Violent film with such a late release date really make an impact in the Oscar race? It may be a light year, but we'd give Chastain and her incredibly GIF-able facial acting as good a shot as anyone at a Best Actress nomination. Watch the teaser trailer above if watching Chastain's face on repeat isn't enough.

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