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‘Boyhood’ boffo box office (no, really)

The “Boyhood” story is not over. Indeed, it seems to be just getting started.The exceptionally well-reviewed movie (with a 99 percent rating at Metacritic) by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater took in nearly $1.2 million over the weekend of July 18 to 20 in just 34 theaters. Considering both the number ...

‘A Most Wanted Man’ finds Hoffman in a grim thriller

A grim little thriller in the John Le Carré tradition, “A Most Wanted Man” will also unfortunately be known as one of the final movies starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.Were Hoffman still around, this would be easy to regard as a perfectly solid-to-good picture, a bit of workaday place-holder between “The ...

Film listings, July 25 - July 31

OPENING FRIDAY“A Most Wanted Man”Grade: B+, reviewed page 32“And So It Goes”Grade: C, reviewed page 34“I Origins”Grade: C, reviewed page 33“Lucy”Grade: B, reviewed page 31“Wish I Was Here”Grade: C-, reviewed page 35NOT REVIEWED“The Fluffy Movie.” PG-13. A comedy concert film that captures the on-stage performance and inspirational success story of ...

There’s no ‘there’ to ‘Wish I Was Here’

Has it really been 10 years? Are things so different now? Are we? Is Zach Braff’s new “Wish I Was Here” a spiritual sequel to “Garden State,” his 2004 directorial debut? Answer key: yes, yes, maybe, kind of but not really. Uncertainty and transition, the exploration of fumbling emotions and ...

‘And So It Goes’ offers fuzzy goodness, but it’s not great

Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in “And So It Goes,” a love-the-last-time-around romp that’ll give its target audience the warm fuzzies. Diane Keaton dons one stylishly kicky outfit after another — hats included — trills “La di dah,” or words to that effect, and all is ...

‘Origins’ looks good, but story is dodgy

In Mike Cahill movies, bad things happen to good people, and other good people are guilt-ridden as a result. But the human connections and the spare sci-fi logic that characterized “Another Earth,” Cahill’s ethereal romantic dramatic debut, are muddied in his second feature, “I Origins.” It is, in fact, logic ...

Will this be the summer of ‘Boyhood?’

“Boyhood,” which is getting the best reviews of any movie this year, is also doing well at the box office. It opened last week in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles before expanding this weekend to Austin and other cities, and it grossed $359,000, for a theater average ...

Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ captures a life in real time

Why, yes, you should believe the hype.“Boyhood” is a monumental achievement of guts, nerve and thoughtful craft, one of the sharpest films about Texas and Texans ever made and easily one of the year’s most important movies.Shot in 39 days on 35 mm over 12 years after a year of ...

Lil’ Dipper, voiced by Julie Bowen, left, and Dusty, voiced by Dane Cook, in a scene from “Planes: Fire & Rescue.”

‘Planes’ sequel rises above the first installment

Planes: Fire & Rescue” is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, “Planes,” which was so story-starved it would have given direct-to-video a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up.The sequel’s story is about something — Dusty the racing plane learns to be a S.E.A.T., a Single ...

Film listings, July 18 - July 24

OPENING FRIDAY“Boyhood”Grade: A, reviewed page xx“Planes: Fire & Rescue”Grade: C, reviewed page xx“The Purge: Anarchy”Grade: D, reviewed page xx“Sex Tape”Not screened in time for print review. See review online at Austin360.comNOT REVIEWED“Persecuted.” PG-13. 91 min. An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to ...

Violence in ‘Purge’ almost seems boring

The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco’s 2013 sleeper hit “The Purge” was not that American society had resolved its crime/ inequality/ population problems with an annual free-pass-for-murder purge. It was that this night came home to roost on isolated, gated suburbanites, ostensibly liberal people above this annual bloodletting, immune to ...

‘Sex Tape’ doesn’t sync

The high-concept comedies spawned by “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” need to start using birth control. Judd Apatow’s landmark film rightfully ushered in a new era in comedy, but it has also inspired a now sizable cottage industry of thin movies (“The Hangover,” ”The Five-Year Engagement,” ”Bad Teacher,” ”Horrible Bosses,” ”The Other ...

Ethan Hawke and writer-director Richard Linklater on the red carpet for the movie “Boyhood” during South by Southwest.

Linklater explains his unusual filming strategy in ‘Boyhood’

It’s the laugh at the end of “Boyhood” that Richard Linklater loves. Not one in the movie, but one from the folks watching it. “There’s something in the audience that has been building up for so long,” he says. “There’s such a release when you get to the end.” It’s ...

The 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” starring Tommy Lee Jones, was intended as a critique of the Western, but audiences saw what they wanted to see — a reinvigoration of the genre.

‘Boyhood’ … and the changing image of Texas

On the one hand, there’s James Dean, somewhere between terrified and thrilled, running from a black gold gusher, oil jetting out of the ground like a sign from God, which it sort of is. On the other, there are some folks wandering around a midsize city, conspiracy nuts and goof-offs ...

Film listings, July 11 - July 17

OPENING FRIDAY“Coherence”Grade: B-, reviewed page 31“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”Grade: A-, reviewed page 26“Le Chef”Grade: B, reviewed page 30“Life Itself”Grade: A-, reviewed page 28NOW PLAYING“22 Jump Street.” Grade: B+. R. 112 min. After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt ...

‘Le Chef’ a dainty taste of French farce

The French culinary comedy “Le Chef” is not to be confused with the more substantial Jon Favreau farce “Chef,” in theaters at the same time. “Le Chef” is a 2012 French film. But “Le Chef” is nothing to complain about. It’s merely a souffle, where “Chef” is more of a ...

‘Coherence’ relies on gimmick, but it’s still interesting

As the small-scale puzzler “Coherence” brings four well-appointed couples together for a dinner party on the night of a rare astronomical event, the prevailing expectation of writer-director James Ward Byrkit’s film is that something disruptive will happen beyond the usual relationship tensions: exes in the same room, professional jealousy, snarky ...

‘Life Itself’ offers empathetic look at late movie critic

Critics review films, sometimes they even appear in films, but films are not made about them. Roger Ebert, however, did things his own way, and “Life Itself,” a fine and moving new documentary that tells his story, shows us how and why he stood out. Starting with his Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

This weekend’s 'Boyhood' screenings, and Rooster Teeth hits a goal

It may be opening in selected cities today and in Austin on July 18, but there is a very special Austin Film Society celebration of Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” happening Sunday. The movie, which has been getting the sort of press one associates with a moon landing, will screen ...

‘Apes’ aims for distinctive look and feel

A troop of men in skin-tight motion-capture suits darted across a sparse set inside a Manhattan Beach studio on a late October morning. A grid of more than 50 cameras recorded their movements as they grunted and screeched their way toward a gray platform where Andy Serkis crouched. The 49-year-old ...

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