Boyhood

Now showing
in Woodstock 
Sept 1 - 4
Mon 7:30
Tues closed
Wed-Thur 7:30
*Ends Thursday
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Richard Linklater)
R / 163 mins.
 
Rare is the opportunity to see a cast age naturally over the span of a single film. Ambitiously, Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Waking Life, Slacker) filmed this intimate domestic epic on and off since 2002, following Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from first grade through his first year of college.
The result is a deeply moving story made up of unlikely moments. Structured like a series of short films, each covering one of those 12 years, we watch as the characters grapple with life’s joys, compromises, and discoveries. Watching Coltrane age in real time along with co-stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and scene-stealing Lorelei Linklater, we see deeper into their characters. For instance, Olivia (Arquette) is shown early on reading the first Harry Potter novel to her children, and in due time we watch as they eagerly line up at midnight to purchase the sixth volume. Like the best fiction, Boyhood conveys greater truth about coming to terms with the world at large, and the cumulative impact of seeing something resembling a life unfold over the course of one film is overwhelming. A humanist heartwarmer, the film celebrates getting through life’s muddles as a heroic achievement. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
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Land Ho!

In Woodstock 
Sept 5 – 11
Fri – Sat 5:45 8:00
Sun 3:45 6:00
Mon – Thur 7:30
(Iceland, USA / 2014 / Directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens)
R / 95 mins.
A gently elegiac road comedy about two aging buddies vacationing in Iceland, Land Ho! is a bawdy, bittersweet ode to friendship’s lasting joys and life’s inevitable regrets.
When two ex-brothers-in-law decide to re-unite on a road trip through Iceland, their plan is to sample the best hotels and finest restaurants in Reykjavik before moving on to the scenic countryside, with its hot springs and hiking spots. Both 60-something men, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) doesn’t seem to mind his age much at all, as he openly flirts with any woman who comes within orbit and freely spends his considerable wealth, while Colin (Paul Eenhorn) is more introspective, perceptive, and weary of the inevitable. As the duo bid farewell to the city, our sense of their individual lives deepens appreciably. We learn about their failed marriages, their relationships with their children, and their professional setbacks. Catching two elderly men in a state of vibrant emotional and existential bloom, Land Ho! is instantly likeable and ultimately loveable.
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