Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Dr. Danny Cheng in "Code Black," a documentary about the emergency room at L.A. County/USC Hospital.
Dr. Danny Cheng in "Code Black," a documentary about the emergency room at L.A. County/USC Hospital. Long Shot Factory
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, the sad, the transformative, the banal, happen in real time. Because, for once, in the movies, time is real. With Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the parents. R

Code Black A riveting, you-are-there documentary about life and death in the underfunded and overwhelmed emergency room of Los Angeles County/USC Hospital, from the point of view of a group of passionate resident physicians. A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country - which should be all of us. No MPAA rating

A Most Wanted Man One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film performances is also one of his greatest - as the rumpled, chain-smoking chief of a covert antiterrorist unit in modern-day Hamburg. The actor lives and breathes the role, which sprang from the cool, labyrinthine imagination of John le Carré. A taut thriller, adapted from the 2008 novel, full of tradecraft and quiet terror, with a stellar supporting cast. R

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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