In Linklater's entrancing 'Boyhood,' everyday life provides all the drama needed

July 9, 2014 11:26 PM

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In Linklater's entrancing 'Boyhood,' everyday life provides all the drama needed

Early in "Boyhood," Richard Linklater's bracingly original, utterly enthralling new film about the passage of time through the lens of one boy's life, we find our characters at a real Houston Astros game. And, with the cameras rolling, wouldn't you know it — the Astros hit a home run.

How lucky, you think, that Linklater was able to incorporate a real-life homer into his scene. But as the film progresses — at its own relaxed, distinctive pace — you soon realize that virtually every scene is a little home run of its own. And luck has very little to do with it.

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