July 25 - Aug 7
Daily: 3:30 &7

The newest film from writer/director Richard Linklater (Bernie; Before Midnight) is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. A lovely look at childhood, filmed across 12 years as the actors grew and aged, it has no precedent. A unique work in American cinema, shot in 39 days over the course of the 12 years, it’s an epic about the ordinary: growing up, the banality of family life, and forging an identity. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette are featured as Mason's parents with newcomer Lorelei Linklater (the filmmaker’s daughter) as his sister Samantha in a story that charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. Proving itself as a richly greatly rewarding experience, the film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. (R, 166 mins.)