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Let us now praise John Goodman – more specifically, John Goodman in his latest Coen incarnation. As in four of the brothers’ previous movies, Goodman provides a greatly enlivening gale-force gust amid the airless precision that is “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Goodman’s on screen for only, what, five minutes? But what a five minutes. He plays a jazz musician named Roland Turner. Turner is a mass of agitated flesh sitting in the back seat of a sedan being driven from New York to Chicago. Driving duties are divided between Oscar Davis, as the title character, and Garrett Hedlund, as an urban cowboy type named Johnny Five.