Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Inside Llewyn Davis So what if it didn't get the Oscar nominations it deserves - it stars a guy named Oscar. Oscar Isaac, that is, as a hard-luck troubador on the folk scene of early '60s Greenwich Village. The Coen brothers' sublime odyssey to nowhere is a tale of artistic struggle, and of the crushing beauty that can be wrested from a song. With Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman - and with many a dark, twisted laugh along the way. R

Kids for Cash A no-nonsense, no-stone-unturned documentary about the scandal that rocked Luzerne County in 2009, in which a pair of judges pocketed millions after they helped facilitate the opening of a privately owned juvenile detention center. A center where one of the judges proceeded to send literally thousands of youths who stood before his bench - some of them charged with no more than classroom pranks. Chilling, powerful. PG-13

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated From indie artists and the toon factory at Disney, from Japan and Belgium, from a children's book adaptation to a noirish tale of a feral child, a satisfying and stimulating selection. No clunkers here. No MPAA rating