Boyhood (R)

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Boyhood

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Tue Jan 21

Looking at it one way, Boyhood represents a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries: To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (Bernie, Before Midnight) received agreements from several performers—including his eight-year-old daughter, Lorelei—to shoot a movie with them over 12 years in dribs and drabs. Teenage voices drop, waists thicken and, in one turn nobody could have predicted, moppet Ellar Coltrane, playing the younger child of a divorced couple, develops into a magnetically internal student and heartbreaker.

Cool as it sounds, this long-game gimmick doesn’t automatically guarantee profundity. Linklater, the least pretentious and most relaxed of American filmmakers, would probably say so himself. But amazingly, depth is what he achieves, by letting the years play out in an uninterrupted three-hour flow, and lingering on moments that most films would cut for pace. Boyhood feels unprecedented in its intimacy; the process is quietly radical (with a hat tip to François Truffaut’s 20-year Antoine Doinel series that began with The 400 Blows in 1959), but the unassuming script even more so. We’re introduced to the clan in impressionistic bursts. Olivia (Patricia Arquette), a single mother heading back to college, preps her kids for relocation to Houston, while cool dad Mason (Ethan Hawke) shows up in a muscle car on weekends for trips to the bowling alley.

You root for their reconciliation, but the plot has other plans, bringing on a procession of new boyfriends for Olivia, most notably a college professor who becomes a vicious alcoholic (Marco Perella). Hawke’s character, meanwhile, drops the attitude and the wheels, eventually marrying a sweet conservative from a religious family. Both Arquette and Hawke turn in understated portrayals of long-term compromise, Linklater steering them to the kind of parental wisdom that can only develop over time.

Just as vividly, the kids experiment with various musical phases (Britney Spears to Bright Eyes) and small acts of rebellion, growing into independent thinkers. Is Boyhood the most nuanced home movie of all time? Not quite, and calling it that would diminish Linklater’s achievement. Better to say that it retrains us to let go of melodramatic expectations and simply let life unfold, a remarkably sophisticated ambition. To some degree, that’s what Linklater has been doing with his Before Sunrise trilogy, created over an 18-year period. But Boyhood has a scope that’s more thorough and epic. Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.

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Release details

Rated:

R

US release:

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Duration:

166 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Richard Linklater

Screenwriter:

Richard Linklater

Cast:

Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane, Marco Perella

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AMC Loews 19th Street East 6

890 Broadway, (19th St and 20th St), New York, 10003 Show map/details

  • Address:

    AMC Loews 19th Street East 6 890 Broadway
    New York
    10003

  • Cross Street:

    19th St and 20th St

  • Venue phone:

    888-262-4386?

  • Transport:

    Subway: N, R to 23rd St (Broadway); 6 to 23rd St (Lexington Ave)

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    1. AMC Loews 19th Street East 6
      • 890 Broadway
        New York
        10003
      • 888-262-4386?
      • 40.738495,-73.989955
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BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Ave, (between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St), Brooklyn, 11217 Show map/details

  • Address:

    BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave
    Brooklyn
    11217

  • Cross Street:

    between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St

  • Venue phone:

    718-636-4100

  • Venue website:

    bam.org

  • Transport:

    Subway: B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave–Barclays Ctr; G to Fulton St

  • Price:

    $13; seniors, students (Mon–Thu only) and children (weekdays) $9; BAM Cinema Club members $8

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    1. BAM Rose Cinemas
      • 30 Lafayette Ave
        Brooklyn
        11217
      • 718-636-4100
      • bam.org
      • 40.68645,-73.977703
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  • Thu Oct 2:

    • 5:10pm
    • 8:20pm
  • Fri Oct 3:

    • 2:20pm
    • 5:30pm
  • Sat Oct 4:

    • 2:20pm
    • 5:30pm
  • Sun Oct 5:

    • 2:20pm
    • 5:30pm

Allwood Cinemas 6

96 Market St., Clifton, 07011 Show map/details

  • Address:

    Allwood Cinemas 6 96 Market St.
    Clifton
    07011

  • Venue phone:

    973-778-9747

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    1. Allwood Cinemas 6
      • 96 Market St.
        Clifton
        07011
      • 973-778-9747
      • 40.8457,-74.1621
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  • Thu Oct 2:

    • 12:00pm
    • 7:25pm
  • Fri Oct 3:

    • 12:00pm
    • 7:15pm
  • Sat Oct 4:

    • 12:00pm
    • 7:15pm
  • Sun Oct 5:

    • 12:00pm
    • 7:15pm
  • Mon Oct 6:

    • 12:00pm
    • 7:15pm
  • Tue Oct 7:

    • 12:00pm
    • 7:15pm

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave, (at 3rd St), New York, 10014 Show map/details

  • Address:

    IFC Center 323 Sixth Ave
    New York
    10014

  • Cross Street:

    at 3rd St

  • Venue phone:

    212-924-7771

  • Venue website:

    ifccenter.com

  • Transport:

    Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St

  • Price:

    $13.50, IFC members $8.50, seniors and children 12 and under $9.50

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    1. IFC Center
      • 323 Sixth Ave
        New York
        10014
      • 212-924-7771
      • ifccenter.com
      • 40.731107,-74.001406
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  • Thu Oct 2:

    • 11:30am
    • 2:35pm
    • 6:00pm
    • 9:15pm
  • Fri Oct 3:

    • 11:50am
    • 2:50pm
    • 6:05pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Sat Oct 4:

    • 11:50am
    • 2:50pm
    • 6:05pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Sun Oct 5:

    • 11:50am
    • 2:50pm
    • 6:05pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Mon Oct 6:

    • 11:50am
    • 2:50pm
    • 9:20pm

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway, (at 62nd St), New York, 10023 Show map/details

  • Address:

    Lincoln Plaza Cinemas 1886 Broadway
    New York
    10023

  • Cross Street:

    at 62nd St

  • Venue phone:

    212-757-2280

  • Venue website:

    lincolnplazacinema.com

  • Transport:

    Subway: A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th St–Columbus Circle

  • Price:

    $13, seniors and children $9

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    1. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
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  • Thu Oct 2:

    • 12:00pm
    • 3:00pm
    • 6:15pm
    • 9:25pm

Nitehawk Cinema

136 Metropolitan Ave, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave), Brooklyn, 11249 Show map/details

  • Address:

    Nitehawk Cinema 136 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn
    11249

  • Cross Street:

    between Berry St and Wythe Ave

  • Venue phone:

    718-384-3980

  • Venue website:

    nitehawkcinema.com

  • Opening hours:

    Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am

  • Transport:

    Subway: L to Bedford Ave

  • Price:

    Average main course: $12. AmEx, Diner's Club, Disc, MC, V

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    1. Nitehawk Cinema
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  • Thu Oct 2:

    • 4:00pm
    • 10:00pm

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