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Inside Llewyn Davis
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a transporting cinematic experience with a churl at its center, and how you feel about the movie may depend on how you feel about the churl. As you’ve probably heard by now, the film represents the Coen brothers’ affectionately jaundiced recreation of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the late 1950s and early ’60s, viewed through the eyes of a minor musician (played without a trace of self-pity by Oscar Isaac) whose career has had trouble clearing the runway.
Shot in lovely desaturated colors by Bruno Delbonnel and graced with a score of chestnuts curated or newly recorded by T Bone Burnett (“O Brother, Where Art Thou”); supporting players include Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, and a placid marmalade cat.
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