Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Opens in July

Boyhood

Briefly: One of the best films of 2014 so far, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, will now get a release right in the middle of summer. IFC, which has backed Boyhood for over ten years, has given the film a July 11 release date. Linklater began shooting the film in 2002, and brought the cast together once a year to shoot a couple days between 2002 and 2013. The last shoot took place in October of last year, just a couple months before the film’s premiere at Sundance.

Boyhood stars Ellar Coltrane (above), with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater playing his parents and sister. While the film is primarily about the boy (eventually a young man) played by Coltrane, it really chronicles the shifting fortunes of a loosely connected family as they journey through more than a decade of life. [Variety]

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The edited-down film version of The Trip to Italy premiered at Sundance to good notes, but you probably don’t need to read reviews to know that Coogan and Brydon are going to deliver once more. You might recall that the first film was sold in part on the appeal of Brydon and Coogan dueling with Michael Caine impersonations; here you’ll see a glimpse of this sequel’s approach to Robert De Niro. (There are a good many other comic impressions in this film overall.) Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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If you adore films about people who are trapped in an enclosed space and forced to fight to the death, as the fates of their loved ones hangs in the balance, you probably went out of your way to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past weekend. If you then walked out of the theater disappointed because it wasn’t nearly bloody and gritty and grown-up enough, then Raze may be the film for you.

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