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10. Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen brothers’ tale of a struggling folk musician in the Greenwich Village of 1961 nails the period with such extraordinary vividness that it’s a shock to realize the film’s authenticity is threaded with Coen-esque snark. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a gifted singer, but he’s also a morose, sad-sack jerk, with no idea that the folk scene he’s trying to succeed in has already passed him by. The Coens spin their own special brand of nostalgia shorn of romance, and if the result teeters on the misanthropic, the movie is also, in its cynical and haunted way, indelible.
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December 20 2013 — 12:00 AM EST