Boyhood movie poster

Would it really have made that much difference had Boyhood been filmed over a period of three months with a range of actors playing the leads at various stages of their lives as opposed to a 12-year shoot that affords its cast the relatively unheard of luxury of literally aging before our eyes? Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) are the product of good people (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) who couldn’t make their love work. Much of the film’s appeal stems from it’s structured commitment to chronicling growth without relying on improvisation as a crutch. Richard Linklater’s casual hand at storytelling, dealing out reel after reel of naggingly forthright enlightenment, turns this simple tale of a mother trying to do best for her kids into something worth every second of the time it took to produce. With Marco Perella, chilling as Dad #2, a Jekyll & Hyde type who tends bar in the laundry room. 2014.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386

Wednesday, September 17

11:10am, 2:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:05pm

Thursday, September 18

11:10am, 2:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:05pm

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904

Wednesday, September 17

3:40pm, 7:40pm

Thursday, September 18

3:40pm, 7:40pm

Friday, September 19

3:30pm, 7:45pm

Saturday, September 20

11:45am, 3:30pm, 7:45pm

Sunday, September 21

11:45am, 3:30pm, 7:45pm

Monday, September 22

3:30pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, September 23

3:30pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, September 24

3:30pm

Thursday, September 25

3:30pm, 7:45pm

Reading Carmel Mountain

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Wednesday, September 17

11:20am, 2:45pm, 6:15pm

Thursday, September 18

11:20am, 2:45pm, 6:15pm

Friday, September 19

11:00am, 6:30pm

Saturday, September 20

11:00am, 6:30pm

Sunday, September 21

11:00am, 6:30pm

Monday, September 22

11:00am, 6:30pm

Tuesday, September 23

11:00pm

Wednesday, September 24

11:00am, 6:30pm

Thursday, September 25

11:00am, 6:30pm

Reading Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Tuesday, September 16

9:35pm

Wednesday, September 17

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, September 18

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:35pm

Friday, September 19

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Saturday, September 20

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Sunday, September 21

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Monday, September 22

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, September 23

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, September 24

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, September 25

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734

Wednesday, September 17

11:25am, 6:25pm

Thursday, September 18

11:25am, 6:25pm

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