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Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) reunites with the directors of Daybreakers for another jaunt into genre. This time Hawke and the Spierig brothers are tackling time-travel with their next film, Predestination. Hawke plays a “temporal agent” – a professional time-traveller – whose job it is to go back and forth through time, changing history to save lives. His next target is the mass murder of 11,000 people by a terrorist called “Fizzle Bomber.”
For more Ethan Hawke, see our list of his top five roles from slacker to Sunrise. »
- Sasha James
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Running Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Release Date: July 18, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: The story of a boy’s maturation, shown over the course of twelve years.
Who’S It For? Fans of films about life (yeah, I said it).
Filming the development of a boy’s life over the course of twelve years, Boyhood uniquely captures the wonder of how a person blossoms from the origins of a simple human being. The life of young non-actor Ellar Coltrane, and the character he plays, vividly expresses the way in which we are influenced by the lives of people around us through the gradual passage of time.
Divided into year-long chapters that start its main character at the age of six and leave him when he goes to college, Boyhood follows Coltrane’s character Mason as he, his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, »
- Nick Allen
I don’t know about you, but as long as Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) is in a movie, talking as quickly as a Gilmore Girl on espresso, I will enjoy it. It helps that his next film, Boyhood, is written and directed by Richard Linklater, who brought the Before Sunrise trilogy into fruition with Hawke and his co-star Julie Delpy. All of this, partnered with the overwhelmingly positive critical response, has us exceedingly impatient to see Boyhood, a film twelve years in the making.
For more Ethan Hawke, see our list of his »
- Sasha James
Chicago – Director Richard Linklater is a great American storyteller. In 2002, he embarked on a filmmaking journey that would be twelve years long, and conceived a fictional tale of a boy as he ages from age six to 18. Using the same actors over all those years, the result is the epic and philosophical “Boyhood.”
The power of “Boyhood” is embraced by the boy’s life cycle – portrayed by Ellar Coltrane through the ages. The ups and downs of his short but eventful existence is experienced as he grows during the 12 years. The basis for his perspective is forged through the difficulties of his estranged parents, two stepfathers and his mother’s dogged determination to keep everything together for him and his sister (portrayed by Richard Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei). Patricia Arquette (Mom) and the venerable Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke (Dad) are around for the whole ride, and there is a poignancy »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Richard Linklater says making "Boyhood" was "unlike any film ever," and it's hard to disagree with him. Plenty of movies have spent more than a decade stuck in turnaround, but there's nothing in the history of fiction film to match the unique process of "Boyhood," shooting several days each year for 12 years and then turning the results into a poetic and deeply moving look at how time changes us in ways we both do and don't see (If the title weren't already taken, "Boyhood" could easily have been called "Life Itself.") Since its late-breaking debut at Sundance, Linklater's sprawling but intimate story has been met with near-universal praise, and continued a winning streak that, after "Bernie" and "Before Midnight," is rivaled only by the early threepeat of "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused" and "Before Sunrise." The title "Boyhood" implies a certain perspective, but one of »
- Sam Adams
As I promised I would do for premium listeners, what follows is my full interview with Boyhood director Richard Linklater, which I posted in text form last Monday. Linklater and I discuss his new film, you'll get to hear my mispronounce Ellar Coltrane's name not once, but twice before Linklater corrects me and more, most of which made my final interview, but a few snippets that didn't. At the beginning of the interview you'll hear us discussing the Before franchise of films as we got started based on a conversation I had with the local publicist as to which was the best film to begin with as well as about five minutes at the end where he tries to locate the small church from Before Midnight on Google Maps on my phone. We never found it... Note: If you are not yet a subscriber, there are still a couple »
- Brad Brevet
Ethan Hawke and Richard Linkalter must have a great relationship. Since the actor starred in Linklater's film Before Sunrise back in 1995, the pair have teamed up for two Before sequels and a handful of other projects (The Newton Boys, anyone?). They've also spent every summer for the past twelve years together.
Each summer, Linklater has reunited a cast and crew to film the movie Boyhood, which hits theatres this Friday. The fictional film documents the life of a young boy as he grows and matures from age 5 to 18. Hawke and Patricia Arquettestar as the parents of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in this unique and original film, who have watched the young star grow in front of their eyes, both on and off screen.
With almost 30 years of acting under his belt, Hawke has treated us to everything from sci-fi and real-life dramas such asAlive, to Shakespearean adaptations and comedies like Reality Bites which define a generation. »
- Rachel West
Today’s film is the 1985 short Woodshock. A documentary covering the 1985 incarnation of the Woodshock music festival, the short is co-directed by Lee Daniel and Richard Linklater. Over the course of a career spanning nearly 20 years, Linklater has amassed critical and commercial acclaim for numerous features, including Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Waking Life, and School of Rock. His newest feature, titled Boyhood, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Richard Linklater has had quite an illustrious career so far, spanning the iconic stoner comedy Dazed And Confused to emotionally touching movies like Before Sunset and Before Midnight, but no project meets the ambition of his latest cinematic triumph - Boyhood. Wanting to capture every essence of adolescence during the maturity of one lucky actor, Linklater met with his cast and crew for a few weeks each year for twelve years and developed a story about one child’s exploration into manhood from the humble beginnings of a wide-eyed toddler. Yes, this is a project over 12 years in the making – and it’s undoubtedly worth the wait.
There’s something about growing with actor Ellar Coltrane and actress Lorelei Linklater (yes, Richard’s daughter) that ensures a strong connective bond, harkening back to our very own childhood experiences. Every phase is captured, from rebellious times to more mature glances of puberty, »
- Matt Donato
‘Boyhood’ movie review: Richard Linklater has created ‘conceptually brilliant new film’ (photo: Ellar Coltrane in ‘Boyhood’) Director Richard Linklater once said, “The most unique property of cinema is how it lets you mold time, whether it’s over a long or a very brief period.” Indeed, time — and our relationship to it both philosophically and practically — has been an ongoing theme in Linklater’s work over the course of his now lengthy career, and it is once again at the center of the writer-director’s conceptually brilliant new film, which took more than twelve years to nurture: Boyhood. When we first meet Mason (Ellar Coltrane), he’s six years old and living with his mother (Patricia Arquette) and sister (Lorelei Linklater, the filmmaker’s daughter) in a small town in Texas; his dad (Ethan Hawke) is a better-than-average weekend-warrior of an absentee father. Mason is a quirky kid with an »
- Tim Cogshell
Justin Chang: Andrew, if you’ll allow me a brief (sort of) digression before we get down to business: A few nights ago, as part of our foolhardy mission to rank the films of Richard Linklater, I watched “Waking Life” for the first time since I’d seen it at a college screening in 2001. Back then, we were both sophomores at USC (though we didn’t know each other at the time), and presumably of the ideal age and mindset to groove on the film’s kaleidoscopic visuals and similarly trippy discourse. I recall having been more bored than seduced at the time, though I’m happy to say that my very different reaction following this second viewing — which began around midnight, all the better to cultivate the optimal bleary-eyed dream state — was enough to move “Waking Life” a few notches up my own list.
At a certain point late into the movie, »
- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker
Yes, the current cinematic landscape is filled with giant, towering transformers that can handily destroy large swaths of both Chicago and China, super-intelligent apes leading a revolt against humanity, and dueling, computer-generated dragons. But the most epic film of the summer, maybe the entire year, is entering into limited release this weekend, available only in boutique cinemas or art house theaters. And that movie is "Boyhood."
This is a movie that has literally been filming for 12 years. Writer/director Richard Linklater, previously responsible for "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock," would gather his actors once a year and film for a few days, with the ultimate goal of chronicling how a young boy grows up. But this isn't some stodgy documentary; this is a fictionalized account of adolescence that is full of very dramatic moments.
But is this something that impenetrably artsy? Or something that is worth leaving the multiplex for? »
- Drew Taylor
An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a fan of Richard Linklater
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We’ve seen children grow up onscreen before. Ron Howard. Jodie Foster. All the Harry Potter kids. But not like this. Not in a single film. Richard Linklater had the audacious idea to shoot a story about almost the entire span of one boy’s childhood using the same actors over the course of a dozen years. Audacious because such a long production time — probably the longest ever in the history of cinema — comes with unique challenges. (The most dramatic one might be: What if one of your actors dies midway? Recasting would have ruined the beautiful authenticity the film aims for, and achieves.) Audacious because in retrospect, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Friday Am Update: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned an estimated $4.1 million from Thursday night shows beginning at 10 p.m. That's a significant improvement on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $1.25 million at midnight.Unfortunately, it doesn't compare favorably to recent releases. That number is less than half of the Thursday night openings for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Godzilla and Spider-Man benefited from 7 p.m. showtimes, though Transformers was essentially in the same position as Apes.Another unflattering comparison: on the same weekend last year, Pacific Rim scored $3.6 million from late Thursday shows. For the weekend, the movie wound up with just $37.3 million.Apes should still be safely over $50 million for the weekend. But the odds of it breaking out to over $75 million now look slim.Forecast: Coming off the slowest Fourth of July in over a decade, the »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is a masterpiece. Full stop. It's an effortless piece of humanist filmmaking we don't often see, particularly on these shores where the Hollywood machine has forever altered the concept of what a movie should be, where independent cinema is pushed to the fringes while soaring budget gambles dominate the status quo and the middle ground of American cinema is consistently eroded. "Boyhood" is, at last, I think, the film Linklater has been striving toward his whole career. It is his Truffaut film. When the director was making the press rounds last year for "Before Midnight," I sat down with him and star/co-writer Julie Delpy to discuss their journey with that story and those characters over the course of three films and 13 years. The expectation for more adventures in the life of Celine and Jesse had already set in, and Linklater joked that he would like »
- Kristopher Tapley
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a bit of an indie A-lister, though far from an unknown. It’s filmmaker Richard Linklater, a writer and director who has managed to consistently do things in a unique way and bring audiences along with him at the same time. As heralded as he already is (especially this week with Boyhood hitting theaters), he still sometimes seems underrated to me. For a man with a pair of Oscar nominations, he still manages to work decidedly outside of the box and still cultivate an audience. Even his studio outings have been memorable. Frankly, Linklater is one of a kind. Linklater has always done things his way, from his fly on the wall debut Slacker to Dazed and Confused to the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight). Throw in Boyhood and you have five near classics from one filmmaker, »
- Joey Magidson
The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
Director: Richard Linklater.
Synopsis: The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.
Boyhood is an ambitious piece of film-making, as it was made over twelve years with the same actors used for every stage. Richard Linklater, the man behind Before Midnight, Before Sunset and Before Sunrise, offers viewers the chance to experience the true journey of boyhood as the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, grows up before your very eyes.
In the film, Mason (Coltrane) and his family are forced to move a few times, deal with the acrimonious relationship of the divorced parents and new people who come along and join the family. There is the issue of girls to consider when he becomes old enough to care and that first time he tries alcohol and smoking a joint. There are also hilarious cultural references throughout the film, »
- Amanda Keats
It was just a couple of years ago, around the time of “Bernie," that we first ran our retrospective of the films of Richard Linklater. But in the brief period since, he’s made not one, but two films that feel like they, in fact, mark exactly the kind of caesura that should by rights have us looking back in assessment: Linklater’s last two titles deal in time passed and time passing and have slightly transformed the shape of his filmography, certainly bringing us to a newfound appreciation for his insight and intelligence, even though we were fans before. The first of the two was “Before Midnight,” the third film in the ‘Before’ trilogy which showed us Jesse and Celine a decade on from the events of “Before Sunset,” their new life stage reflected in very different pressures and concerns from those they’d shown before. But the true »
- The Playlist Staff
Richard Linklater on the set of BoyhoodPhoto: IFC Films If you're not yet familiar with Richard Linklater's new film Boyhood that's something you're going to want to remedy sooner rather than later. Filming began in 2002 when Linklater cast seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane as Mason and began work on a project that would take twelve years to complete. Coltrane stars as Mason as snapshots of the young boy's life were captured each and every year with Ethan Hawke playing his father who, before the film even begins, has divorced his mother (Patricia Arquette). Mason lives with his mother and sister (Richard Linklater's own daughter, Lorelei Linklater) and the film bounces through time as Mason goes from elementary school to his very first day in college. It's a film as unique as they come and another showcase for the writer/director that brought us films such as Dazed and Confused, School of Rock »
- Brad Brevet
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