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    BOYHOOD

    Dir. Richard Linklater, USA, 2014, 164 min., R, DCP
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    Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of childhood and adolescence as seen through the eyes of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before and is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to family life.

    "Even after seeing the film three times, I haven’t fully figured out why it has maintained such a hold on me, and why I’m eager to see it again. There are many reasons to love movies, from the stories they tell, to the beautiful characters who live and die for us. And yet the story in BOYHOOD is blissfully simple: A child grows up. This, along with the modesty of its physical production — its humble rooms, quiet moments, ordinary lives — can obscure Mr. Linklater’s ambitions and the greatness of his achievement" —Manohla Dargis, New York Times
    
    "BOYHOOD makes us feel euphoric about movies, about their mystery, their power, their ability to move us to laughter and tears. It's an unassuming masterpiece." —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    
    "Perhaps the most amazing thing about BOYHOOD is that it draws no attention to its own lofty ambitions...Linklater simply allows viewers to eavesdrop and watch, unnoticed...But within that simple premise, Linklater discovers multiple emotions and meanings, the film equivalent of a world in a drop of water." —Ann Hornaday, Washington Post