Weekend Movies: Poor reviews for “Furnace,” great reviews for “Llewyn Davis”

It’s not cleaning up at the early awards presentations, so the acclaim for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the Coen Brothers’ brooding, dark comedy set in the early 1960s folk music scene of Greenwich Village, hasn’t been rapturous or universal. But reviews have been overall, positive. Oscar Isaac may have his breakout role.

“Out of the Furnace,” Scott Cooper’s follow-up to “Crazy Heart,” an all-star Steel Country story of brothers, blood and bare-knuckle brawling, looked as if it was going to collect mostly good reviews. Then reality set in and this muddled mess has settled into middling notices.

I rather liked “Twice Born,” with Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch in a romance set against the Serbian/Bosian war. Overlong, but surprising twists finish it off. Poor reviews for that one.



About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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