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Now showing at Electric Picture House Market Street,Wotton-under-Edge,Gloucestershire GL12 7AE 01453 844601

  • Boyhood
  • NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The Grand Seduction

Boyhood 3 stars

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Drama about a boy's coming of age, shot over 12 years with the same crew and cast. When we first meet Mason Jr, he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia and precocious older sister, Samantha. Errant father Mason Sr takes the children ten-pin bowling and dispense pithy words of wisdom. As Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor to a bad marriage to one of her students.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastPatricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.
  • DirectorRichard Linklater.
  • WriterRichard Linklater.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration166 mins
  • Official sitewww.boyhoodmovie.tumblr.com
  • Release11/07/2014

In 2002, filmmaker Richard Linklater had a dream. The celebrated Texan director of Dazed And Confused and Before Sunrise, whose mother and father separated when he was seven, wanted to make a drama that realistically captured the bonds between parent and child. He announced his intention to create a close-knit family of cast and crew, who would reunite every year to shoot new scenes that accurately reflected the physical and emotional changes of the young stars.

Seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane was cast in the lead role and Linklater chose his then eight-year-old daughter Lorelei to portray the central character's older sister. The result is a directorial doozy of dazzling ambition and scope that falls short in terms of pacing and compelling narrative arcs.

From a technical perspective, Boyhood is a staggering achievement - a testament to Linklater's determination that could have fallen apart at any point in the past 12 years. From the fragments of each annual get-together, the writer-director has fashioned a naturalistic slideshow of the awkward transition from childhood to adulthood that will doubtless garner an Oscar nomination and a deluge of critical plaudits.

When we first meet Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane), he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and precocious older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), who keeps him awake with her rendition of Britney's Oops!... I Did It Again.

Errant father Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke) takes the children ten-pin bowling and the boy pleads for the introduction of safeguards to keep his ball out of the gutter. "You don't want bumpers - life doesn't give you bumpers," his old man counsels.

Major pop culture and political events including the publication of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Obama's presidential campaign allow us to date each chapter as Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager.

En route, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor (Marco Perella) to a bad marriage to one of her students (Brad Hawkins), with occasional appearances from Mason Sr to dispense pithy words of wisdom.

By the very nature of its creation, Boyhood unfolds in fits and spurts, some more interesting than others. Coltrane starts the film as a cheeky cherub, who is slightly wooden in front of camera, but he grows in confidence and stature.

Arquette has surprisingly scant screen time considering she is primary care giver and the final edit runs close to three hours, while Hawke could almost have walked off the set of Before Midnight, given his character's penchant for rambling introspection.

It's easy to be blinded by the glorious gimmick that initiated Boyhood but if you judge Linklater's film purely on what made it to the screen, it's a fascinating yet flawed experiment.

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Thursday 18th September 2014

NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire 3 stars

Filmed live at the Young Vic in London, Benedict Andrews's critically acclaimed staging casts Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in Tennessee Williams's New Orleans-set drama about the fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her torment at the hands of her brutish brother-in-law Stanley.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Special
  • CountryUK
  • Duration180 mins
  • Official sitentlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk
  • Release16/09/2014 (selected cinemas)

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Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Grand Seduction 3 stars

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Tickle Cove resident Murray French hopes to persuade a company to build a factory on the island. However, the factory owners need proof that the island has a resident doctor. So Murray and his neighbours woo disgraced medic Paul Lewis to their coastal idyll, with a view to persuading the doctor to stay. The islanders secretly listen to Paul's telephone conversations so they can transform Tickle Cove into Paul's perfect new home.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Romance
  • CastGordon Pinsent, Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban.
  • DirectorDon McKellar.
  • WriterKen Scott, Michael Dowse.
  • CountryCan
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Don McKellar directs this English language remake of the charming 2003 comedy La Grand Seduction, transplanting the chicanery from a tiny village on the north coast of Quebec to the equally picturesque surroundings of Newfoundland. Tickle Cove is a proud fishing community, which has been in gradual decline since the heydays when every man in the village headed out to sea to earn his keep. Village resident Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) is determined to halt the decline and he hopes to persuade a company to build a factory on the island. However, there is a stumbling block: the factory owners need proof that the island has a resident doctor. So Murray and his neighbours woo disgraced medic Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) to their coastal idyll, with a view to persuading the doctor to stay forever. The great and the good of Tickle Cove secretly listen to Paul's telephone conversations with his partner Helen (Anna Hopkins) so they can glean valuable insights to his favourite foods, drink and pastimes. Armed with this inside information, the village folk transform Tickle Cove into Paul's perfect new home. However, Kathleen (Liane Balaban), who runs the post office, urges caution, fearful of the consequences if Paul discovers the truth about the underhand scheme.

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Wednesday 17th September 2014
Thursday 18th September 2014
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