AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 7-13: BOYHOOD

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BOYHOOD posterOpening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Boyhood, an audacious film from writer-director Richard Linklater that was filmed over 12 years with the same cast. This groundbreaking film stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane, who literally grows up on screen, and Lorelei Linklater as his sister. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play their parents. The passage of time is captured through snapshots of family life—birthdays, vacations and family dinners—with a soundtrack that spans the recent past with tunes from Coldplay to Arcade Fire. This film offers a unique portrait of growing up that opens a door for personal introspection unlike any film before. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Anne BrodieBoyhood is audacious and fascinating. I loved observing the changes in the characters over time which sparked intense meditation on life itself.

MaryAnn Johanson: My pick is Boyhood because there hasn’t been a more audacious movie made in maybe never.

Leba Hertz: I am selecting Boyhood because it’s Richard Linklater and he always delivers.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of July 7-13, 2014:

July 9
– Closed Curtain (NY)

July 11
– A Long Way Down (limited)
– Affluenza (limited)
– Boyhood (limited)
– Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
– Land Ho! (NY, LA)
– Made in America (limited)
– Rage (limited)
– Road to Paloma (limited)
– Underwater Dreams (limited)


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