Fortunately, this Goodman isn’t hard to find

John Goodman as the bowling buddy of The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”
John Goodman as the bowling buddy of The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”Merrick Morton/Gramercy Pictures

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Let us now praise John Goodman – more specifically, John Goodman in his latest Coen incarnation. As in four of the brothers’ previous movies, Goodman provides a greatly enlivening gale-force gust amid the airless precision that is “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Goodman’s on screen for only, what, five minutes? But what a five minutes. He plays a jazz musician named Roland Turner. Turner is a mass of agitated flesh sitting in the back seat of a sedan being driven from New York to Chicago. Driving duties are divided between Oscar Davis, as the title character, and Garrett Hedlund, as an urban cowboy type named Johnny Five.

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