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2014 will be the second year in a row to host the premiere of a highly-anticipated Richard Linklater movie. Last year it was Before Midnight, which continued the story told in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

This year, the film is Boyhood, the ambitious and unusual film that Linklater shot over the course of more than a decade. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. The festival describes it as follows: “Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.” Read More »

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Angie’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014

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2013′s given us all it has to offer at this point, but 2014 is just around the corner with a whole new slate of promising films. The movies I’m most looking forward to are all over the map, running the gamut from provocative arthouse flicks to big-budget superhero movies. After the jump, check out the ten titles that have me giddy with anticipation for the next twelve months.

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There are long-gestating films that take forever to make due to complications and circumstance. Then there’s the rare one that takes years by design.

Richard Linklater has been making Boyhood since 2002. The film isn’t delayed or in trouble or anything like that. Boyhood is designed to chronicle the growth of a boy from age 6 to his last year of high school at 17 or 18. Ellar Salmon plays the boy through the entire film, because Linklater has shot the movie essentially in sequence, creating new scenes each year since ’02 as Salmon grew.

Ethan Hawke plays the boy’s stepfather and Patricia Arquette his mother. There are similar projects to this one — Paul Almond and Michael Apted’s Up series qualifies — but no dramatic narrative quite like Boyhood. We’ve known about the film for a long time but didn’t know when we’d be able to see it. Now, Hawke says it should hit next year, in 2014. Read More »

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Richard Linklater gets lots of love for his smaller movies like Dazed and Confused, Before Midnight, Bernie and Waking Life. Rightfully so. But one of his films that is sometimes overlooked is also, by far, the biggest grossing film of his career. That would be 2003′s School of Rock.

Written by Mike White and starring Jack Black, the film follows a slacker who poses as a substitute teacher, then turns his class into a world-class rock band. It’s one of those crowd-pleasing films that don’t really exist anymore; I dare you to turn it off if it’s ever on cable. The film’s 10 year anniversary is coming up in October and, to celebrate, Odd City Entertainment has commissioned artist NE to immortalize the film in screenprint. It’ll be exclusively available at an Austin-based anniversary screening of the film.

Check out the poster, and how to get tickets, below. Read More »

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Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have an easy, familiar chemistry on screen; it’s no wonder their third pairing, Before Midnight, stands out as one of the best films of the year so far.

Now the two have been recruited (along with their offscreen cinema partner Richard Linklater) to take part in a “don’t talk or text” PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain. The result is great, as it features the two perfectly in character as seen in the Before films, but also because it plays with the fourth wall and expresses some of the vitriol that many audience members feel when someone else is being inconsiderate in a movie theater. Read More »

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To steal a line from The Most Interesting Man in the World, Richard Linklater doesn’t always make sequels, but when he does, he makes some of the most vital sequels a film lover could ask for. One of those, Before Midnight, is about to slide into theaters this weekend with with almost unanimously positive reviews. Not bad for the second sequel to a movie that few thought needed a sequel in the first place.

Now the director reveals that he’s making plans to shoot a “spiritual sequel” to another of his hits, Dazed and Confused, this fall. Additionally, he reveals that Growing Up — his 12-year-long effort about childhood and adolescence — could hit theaters as soon as 2014. The next couple of years are gonna be a pretty sweet time for Linklater fans. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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A Walk in the Woods / Richard Linklater

After trying for the better part of a decade, Robert Redford may finally be able to bring Bill Bryson‘s travel memoir A Walk in the Woods to the big screen. Richard Linklater has just signed on to direct the project, which boasts a recent draft from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo. Redford remains attached to produce and star as Bryson, opposite Nick Nolte as Bryson’s friend Stephen Katz. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Before Midnight is perhaps the most unlikely sequel you’ll see this year, and it is very much a film you should see. Director Richard Linklater reunited with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to revisit the characters they created in Before Sunrise (1995) and to whom they first returned in Before Sunset (2004). The result is among the best films released in 2013 so far. For this third film, the trio ended up in Greece, where they crafted a story about the stage of a romantic relationship that has moved far past the first blooms of love.

If you don’t want to know anything about how Hawke and Delpy’s characters are seen together once more, don’t even watch this trailer. Not that it gives away too much, but there are some basic story points it can’t help but reveal. So if you’d like to go in truly cold, just wait for the May release date. For those open to knowing a bit about where Celine and Jesse are today, check out the footage below. Read More »

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