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The Cohen brother's new film,  "Inside Llewyn Davis," looks at folk music's heyday in Greenwich Village through the mishaps of an aspiring musician. Photo: CBS Films

The Coen brother’s new film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” looks at folk music’s heyday in Greenwich Village through the mishaps of an aspiring musician played by Oscar Isaac (above). Photo: CBS Films

With the temperatures dipping outside, now is a great time to spend a few hours indoors watching one the movies whose name you will no doubt hear dropped around the punch bowl at your next holiday party. This week, we recommend going to see Inside Llewyn Davis. The film’s premise is one plenty of people are familiar with, as it follows the life of a young folk singer making his way around Greenwich Village (yellow tabby cat in hand) in 1961–think Bob Dylan living at The Chelsea Hotel. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, who also wrote the screenplay, Inside Llewyn Davis delivers an all-star cast of both actors who sing and singers who act, including Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake (for whom the success of the film might do something to soothe all those Grammy snubs). Even Mulligan’s husband, Marcus Mumford of the English folk rock band Mumford and Sons contributes to its score. The Village Voice called the film “cockeyed humanism at its best,” and we’re inclined to agree with them.

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