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  • Review: 'Boyhood' ★★★★

    Review: 'Boyhood' ★★★&#9733
    By the midpoint of writer-director Richard Linklater's gentle marvel "Boyhood," the round-faced young Texas boy played by Ellar Coltrane has become a lanky, plaintive teenager. Already an hour or so of screen time has floated by. Linklater made the film with a core group of actors over a 12-year period, starting with the kids played by Coltrane and Linklater's daughter, Lorelei Linklater, at ages 7 and 9, respectively.
  • Richard Linklater on 'Boyhood,' the 'Before' Trilogy and the Luxury of Time

    Fittingly enough for a film about a long, unhurried process of discovery, it wasn't until near the wrap of production that Richard Linklater decided he would call his 16th feature "Boyhood." That was in the summer of 2013, more than a decade after he...

    The Films of Richard Linklater: Ranked From Best to Worst

    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...

    Michael Phillips on 2013 screenplays up for Oscars

    Michael Phillips on 2013 screenplays up for Oscars
    Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...

    Screenwriting guru Robert McKee on this year's Oscar contenders

    Screenwriting guru Robert McKee on this year's Oscar contenders
    Moviegoers who saw the twisty, Charlie Kaufman-penned meta-film "Adaptation" will recall that a hammy, tough-talking screenwriting guru named Robert McKee guided one of the characters to writing a cliche-ridden script that sold for an exorbitant amount of...