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  • Boyhood
  • LIAF: Programme 8: Shorts
  • NT Live: Medea
  • RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen Of Verona
  • The Keeper Of Lost Causes
  • Two Days, One Night

Boyhood 3 stars

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Drama about a boy's coming of age, shot over 12 years with the same crew and cast. When we first meet Mason Jr, he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia and precocious older sister, Samantha. Errant father Mason Sr takes the children ten-pin bowling and dispense pithy words of wisdom. As Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor to a bad marriage to one of her students.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastPatricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.
  • DirectorRichard Linklater.
  • WriterRichard Linklater.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration166 mins
  • Official sitewww.boyhoodmovie.tumblr.com
  • Release11/07/2014

In 2002, filmmaker Richard Linklater had a dream. The celebrated Texan director of Dazed And Confused and Before Sunrise, whose mother and father separated when he was seven, wanted to make a drama that realistically captured the bonds between parent and child. He announced his intention to create a close-knit family of cast and crew, who would reunite every year to shoot new scenes that accurately reflected the physical and emotional changes of the young stars.

Seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane was cast in the lead role and Linklater chose his then eight-year-old daughter Lorelei to portray the central character's older sister. The result is a directorial doozy of dazzling ambition and scope that falls short in terms of pacing and compelling narrative arcs.

From a technical perspective, Boyhood is a staggering achievement - a testament to Linklater's determination that could have fallen apart at any point in the past 12 years. From the fragments of each annual get-together, the writer-director has fashioned a naturalistic slideshow of the awkward transition from childhood to adulthood that will doubtless garner an Oscar nomination and a deluge of critical plaudits.

When we first meet Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane), he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and precocious older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), who keeps him awake with her rendition of Britney's Oops!... I Did It Again.

Errant father Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke) takes the children ten-pin bowling and the boy pleads for the introduction of safeguards to keep his ball out of the gutter. "You don't want bumpers - life doesn't give you bumpers," his old man counsels.

Major pop culture and political events including the publication of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Obama's presidential campaign allow us to date each chapter as Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager.

En route, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor (Marco Perella) to a bad marriage to one of her students (Brad Hawkins), with occasional appearances from Mason Sr to dispense pithy words of wisdom.

By the very nature of its creation, Boyhood unfolds in fits and spurts, some more interesting than others. Coltrane starts the film as a cheeky cherub, who is slightly wooden in front of camera, but he grows in confidence and stature.

Arquette has surprisingly scant screen time considering she is primary care giver and the final edit runs close to three hours, while Hawke could almost have walked off the set of Before Midnight, given his character's penchant for rambling introspection.

It's easy to be blinded by the glorious gimmick that initiated Boyhood but if you judge Linklater's film purely on what made it to the screen, it's a fascinating yet flawed experiment.

LIAF: Programme 8: Shorts 3 stars

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Shorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • Official site

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

NT Live: Medea 3 stars

Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre to assume the demanding title role in Euripides's powerful tragedy in a new version by Ben Power. This live broadcast from in London is directed by Carrie Cracknell with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.

Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre to assume the demanding title role in Euripides's powerful tragedy in a new version by Ben Power. This live broadcast from in London is directed by Carrie Cracknell with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.

RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen Of Verona 3 stars

Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy live from Stratford-upon-Avon. During a trip to Milan, best friends Valentine and Proteus fall head over heels in love with the same woman, the Duke's daughter Silvia. However, Proteus is already betrothed to his sweetheart Julia back in Verona and the Duke does not believe that Valentine is a suitable match for his only child.

  • GenreComedy, Romance, Special
  • DirectorSimon Godwin.
  • WriterWilliam Shakespeare.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration180 mins
  • Official siteonscreen.rsc.org.uk
  • Release03/09/2014 (selected cinemas)

Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct this live broadcast of the first full staging of Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy in Stratford-upon-Avon for 45 years. During a trip to Milan, best friends Valentine and Proteus fall head over heels in love with the same woman, the Duke's daughter Silvia. However, Proteus is already betrothed to his sweetheart Julia back in Verona and the Duke does not believe that Valentine is a suitable match for his only child so he keeps Silvia locked away from her ardent suitor. Rivalry between the two friends escalates out of control as they vie for Silvia's affection while contending with fierce outlaws.

The Keeper Of Lost Causes 4 stars

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When a stake-out goes disastrously awry, Detective Carl Morck is sidelined to the vaults of Department Q, home to cold cases, which require a quick read-through before they are signed off. The department's Muslim custodian, Assad, struggles to connect with his new boss but the two men eventually learn to trust one another when they re-open the investigation into the disappearance of controversial politician Merete Lynggaard.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Thriller, World
  • CastNikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter, Rasmus Botoft, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard.
  • DirectorMikkel Norgaard.
  • WriterNikolaj Arcel.
  • CountryDen/Ger/Sw
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Based on the novel by Jussi-Adler Olsen, this gripping Scandinavian thriller is the opening chapter of a series devoted to the investigations of Detective Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his plucky assistant Assad (Fares Fares), who are thrown together in tragic circumstances. When a stake-out at a suspect's residence goes disastrously awry and his good friend Hardy (Troels Lyby) is paralysed for life, Morck is removed from active duty to recuperate. When he eventually returns to work, Morck is sidelined to the vaults of Department Q, home to cold cases, which require a quick read-through before they are signed off. The department's Muslim custodian, Assad, struggles to connect with his new boss but the two men eventually learn to trust one another when they re-open the investigation into the disappearance of controversial politician Merete Lynggaard (Sonja Richter), who vanished without trace from a ferry five years ago and is presumed dead. The cops question Merete's emotionally unstable brother Uffe (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard) and learn that a man in a hooded coat was aboard the ferry on the fateful day that Merete disappeared.

Two Days, One Night 3 stars

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Sandra suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. In her absence, her colleagues discover they can cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and management proposes a 1,000 Euro bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant. When she returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her 16 co-workers, Sandra must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to persuade them to reject the monetary bonus and keep her on instead.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastPili Groyne, Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione.
  • DirectorLuc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
  • WriterLuc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
  • CountryBel/Ita/Fr
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne received rave reviews at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for this emotionally wrought drama, which features a tour-de-force lead performance from Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. Sandra (Cotillard) is a wife and mother, who works in a solar panel factory. She suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. In her absence, her colleagues discover they can cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and management proposes a 1,000 Euro bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant. When she returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her 16 co-workers, Sandra must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to try and persuade at least nine of them to reject the monetary bonus and keep her on instead. Many of these co-workers desperately need the proposed 1,000 Euro sweetener for their own families so Sandra faces an uphill battle to keep her job before the crucial vote on Monday morning.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Monday 1st September 2014
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Thursday 4th September 2014

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