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Best: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake
Why: Perhaps the funniest Coen Bros. film since "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Davis" features a star-making performance by Oscar Isaac trying to find a way to make his folk singing talents an actual career in the New York circa 1961. It features an incredible ensemble including Mulligan, Goodman, Timberlake, Adam Driver and F. Murray Abraham (how is it possible he hasn't been in a Coens movie before?). The fact it won the runner-up prize featuring Academy mainstays Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Nicole Kidman tells you everything you need to know about how it will be received stateside this Fall.
- Gregory Ellwood