Ben Kingsley as a college professor; Penelope Cruz as the younger woman who seduces him. I think it sagged a bit in the middle, and I found the negative portrayal of men annoying. But the leads were well-cast and the film made good use of classical music. With Dennis Hopper. Based on a novel by Philip Roth.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Oscar Isaac as a struggling folk musician in 1961 NYC. Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake as his friends and colleagues. There are some funny lines and the plot kept my attention. It might be a bit slow-paced for some viewers, but I give it a casual thumb up. With John Goodman and F. Murray Abraham.
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as the title characters. Directed by Robert Altman. Music by Leonard Cohen. A gambler opens a brothel in a mining town, and partners with a madam. A bit boring in parts. The ending was well-played. With Keith Carradine. Based on a novel by Edmund Naughton.