Saturday, December 20, 2014

Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke attend the ´Boyhood´ New York Premiere after Party at Museum of Modern Art on July 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke attend the 'Boyhood' New York Premiere after Party at Museum of Modern Art on July 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Frank A road movie, a rock-and-roll movie, a movie about creativity, the nature of identity, the fickleness of social media, and about a a guy who walks around wearing (and never removing) a giant, cartoony papier-mâché head. Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal star. R

Boyhood Richard Linklater's unassuming masterpiece follows a Texas kid (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from grade school to college dorm, reconvening cast and crew a few weeks every year for 12 years, and its carefully observed series of small moments take on quiet, metaphoric power. The faces and features of the actors - children and adults - change, and good stuff, bad stuff, the funny, sad, transformative, banal, happen in real time. Because, for once in the movies, time is real. With Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the parents. R

Calvary Brendan Gleeson stars as a good priest in a bad world - in the beautiful West Country of Ireland - in John Michael McDonagh's stormy whodunit, or, more accurately, who's-gonna-do-it. A furiously dark, funny look at the nature of faith, and the nature of man. R

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