'Boyhood' and 'Birdman' the best of the bunch to hit theaters this year

December 26, 2014 1:21 PM

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"Boyhood" is like the world's simplest movie magic trick and yet one so risky that almost no one else would ever attempt it. Director Richard Linklater assembled a fictional family - Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the parents and Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater as the children - and filmed them once a year for a dozen years.

His own daughter, Lorelei, wanted to quit along the way, but he persuaded her to press on, and the resulting 164-minute film is wondrous. In case you missed it on the big screen, it's due on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 6, which gives you plenty of time to do your Oscar homework.

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