Rated R · 104 minutes · 2013

Dark comedy, Drama
The 1961 Greenwich Village folk music scene is the rich setting for the latest Coen brothers triumph, the brilliant Inside Llewyn Davis. Featuring a knockout performance from Oscar Isaac as the title character, and the usual topnotch writing and directing from brothers Joel and Ethan, it’s easily one of the year’s best films. The movie, loosely based on the life of late folk singer Dave Van Ronk, follows Llewyn as he surfs couches with somebody’s orange tabby in tow, sporting a pretty bad attitude after the loss of a friend. Carey Mulligan plays the married woman he may’ve impregnated, and she does beautiful things with reserved rage. John Goodman is stellar as a jazz musician in the back seat of a car Llewyn travels in as he heads to Chicago for the audition of his life. The cast is full of rich Coen characters played by the likes of Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver and Max Casella. Isaac and the cast do their own guitar playing and singing, with Isaac being especially impressive during his solo numbers. As with all Coen movies, this looks amazing, and features great laughs mixed with the somber tones. I couldn’t love these guys more.

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Official Site: insidellewyndavis.com/us/splash
Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Producer: Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Robert Graf, Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Abraham, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Serralles, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Alex Karpovsky


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Chicago Reader The Coen brothers grow up The Coen brothers grow up with Inside Llewyn Davis. by J.R. Jones 12/18/2013
North Coast Journal Intelligence Delving into the hearts of men by John J. Bennett 01/16/2014
Connect Savannah Review: Inside Llewyn Davis In the best film of 2013, Oscar Isaac plays a folksinger in 1961 New York who's just waiting for that big break. by Matt Brunson 01/08/2014
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Creative Loafing Atlanta Inside Llewyn Davis tells a honest story of decent music The Coen Brothers repeat themselves to great success by Wyatt Williams 12/12/2013
Inlander Folk it Up The Coen Brothers strike again with Inside Llewyn Davis by Ed Symkus 12/19/2013
Style Weekly Tangled Up in Blues Movie Review: "Inside Llewyn Davis" looks at the sharp, cold divide between talent and genius. by Nicholas Emme 12/10/2013
The Coast Halifax Inside Llewyn Davis Surprise! He's a folk dick. by Tara Thorne 12/26/2013
Charleston City Paper Inside Llewyn Davis uses its music — and its characters — to explore grief and mourning Like many Coen brothers' films, this one is a kind of odyssey — and a more literally Homeric one than anything outside of O Brother, Where Art Thou? by Scott Renshaw 01/08/2014
Colorado Springs Independent Counting down 2013's 15 finest films Some of these never played in local theaters, so you'll need to fill out your Netflix queue. by Scott Renshaw 01/01/2014
Indy Week The early days of the Greenwich Village folk scene in Inside Llewyn Davis The film's fun is connecting its fictionalized characters to real-life inspirations by Neil Morris 01/08/2014
Memphis Flyer Inside Llewyn Davis by Chris Davis 12/19/2013
North Coast Journal Highlight Reel The best movies of 2013 by John J. Bennett 01/09/2014
Portland Mercury That Darn Cat! The folk music and furballs of Inside Llewyn Davis. by Ned Lannamann 12/18/2013
Colorado Springs Independent The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis nails the tone of a proper period piece Oscar Isaac turns in a breakout performance. by Daniel Barnes 12/18/2013
Arkansas Times Song cycle with a sad sack Coens' latest is a gem. by Sam Eifling 01/09/2014
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Inside Llewyn Davis Ken Korman says the Coen brothers' latest deserves every accolade it's gotten, and then some by Ken Korman 12/23/2013
NUVO Movie review: Inside Llewyn Davis It's a tragedy leavened with humor drawn from the Cosmic Joke. And that's enough for us. by Ed Johnson-Ott 01/07/2014
Gambit Review: Inside Llewyn Davis Ken Korman says the Coen brothers' latest deserves every accolade it's gotten, and then some by Ken Korman 12/23/2013

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