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The Coens’ Masterful INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Comes to Slaughter Lane

The celebrated filmmakers look at the '60s Greenwich Village folk scene.

The Coens’ Masterful INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Comes to Slaughter Lane

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is a film that belongs near the top of the greatest creations to come out of the minds of the Coen brothers.

As two of the greatest filmmakers working today the duo have set the bar so high for themselves with films like BLOOD SIMPLE, RAISING ARIZONA, FARGO, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and many more that it almost becomes impossible for them to even reach, let alone exceed expectations.

Their latest film is a gentle, nuanced portrayal of the fictional Village folk singer Llewyn Davis. Looking at their titular character as a true artist, a lost soul and an unflappable asshole the Coens make a character that's complex yet relatable. They put into a world of Greenwich Village in the '60s, a place that feels more like a mythic creation than an actual time and place. That's even truer in the hands of the Coen brothers as they paint their film with their usual surreal brushstrokes that make everything close to, but not quite, the reality we live in.

Then there's the music. the beautiful, heartfelt playlist of folk songs performed by its cast throughout that help make the film soar.

The overall experience is a film that is touching, but not sentimental; classic, but wholly original; funny, but melancholy. We should expect nothing less from the Coens.

Now you can see INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS at Slaughter Lane. You can get your tickets now!

***And, for the screening this Sunday, 1/12 at 3:30pm those in attendance will have a chance to win a copy of the film's soundtrack on vinyl!***

Here's what critics are saying about INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS:

"It’s a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie’s nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"The warmest picture [the Coens] have ever made...it's possibly their best." -Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

"Bleak, funny, exquisitely made...goes its own way and becomes a singular experience, one of their best films." -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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