Inside Llewyn Davis

He’s kind of a bastard.

The folk singer portrayed here by Oscar Isaac has talent, yes, but he also has a habit of burning bridges everywhere he goes.

Prickly when it comes to his music, he refuses to compromise his dreams of being a major star, but is all too willing to shaft those who are helping him along the way.

Possessing no filter, or at least no desire to use it if he does, it’s a wonder he only gets beaten up once as events play out.

But that beat-down is a dilly, so maybe we’re covered.

 

BlacKkKlansman

Fight the powers that be.

Spike Lee delivers an often-hilarious, yet righteously-angry film which shines a spotlight on a tale from the ’70s, while connecting that decade’s fight to the present world.

John David Washington plays the real-life Ron Stallworth, a Black cop who infiltrated the KKK by posing as a white man on the phone.

Tweaking notorious racist jackass (and future presidential candidate) David Duke, the undercover brother dances with danger, always aware he has little support from his fellow cops.

It’s a bold, bracing film, another memorable salvo from a director never afraid to fire the big guns.

Logan Lucky

James Bond really let himself go.

Daniel Craig has a good ol’ time dropping the posh super spy act and slumming it as a good ol’ boy convict with a checkered past and a certain set of skills.

As safecracker Joe Bang, the current 007 drawls like a man who lives on sweet tea, and helps brothers Channing Tatum and Adam Driver plan a takedown of the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.

The laughs are huge, with the robbery, later dubbed “Ocean’s Seven-Eleven” by local newshounds, both elaborate and completely bonkers.

Just a good time from start to finish.

The Dead Don’t Die

“Damn it, Mallory. Even dead, you reek of chardonnay. Cheap chardonnay.”

Jim Jarmusch has made a career of going his own way as a writer/director, and this irony-laced zombie comedy, featuring Bill Murray and Adam Driver as unique small-town cops, is no different.

At various points, characters reveal they’ve read the script or recognize the background music as the movie’s theme song.

Then there’s Tilda Swinton’s sword-wielding alien warrior, finding her moment of Zen as she carves a path through town.

We’re frequently reminded “This isn’t going to end well,” but, if you love loopy, we might agree to disagree.