Plot: A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano and his relationship with the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti.
Our Take: This movie focuses in on Dickie Moltisanti, a character who loomed large over all six seasons of “The Sopranos,” and if there’s a TV universe that could actually benefit from an prequel, it’s the world that gave us Tony Soprano and James Gandolfini. Michael Gandolfini, James’s son, plays young Tony, while the underrated Alessandro Nivola is in the lead role as Dickie. — Arno
Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.