Richard Linklater’s existential ‘Boyhood”

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Writer/director Richard Linklater is one of my favorite filmmakers, and Boyhood does not disappoint. It is a unique film, having been shot over 11 years using the same core actors. But viewers should know that Linklater, through his characters, will talk your ear off in the pursuit of existential meaning. Mason (Ellar Coltrane) is in the first grade and lives with his older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), and mother (Patricia Arquette). Mom is raising the kids mostly on her own, but their … [Read more...]

Questions In the Night: The Crises of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker

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 In the months and years following the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the crash of the fourth plane into a field in Pennsylvania, the CIA pursued Osama Bin Laden, the founder of the global terrorist network al-Qaeda who claimed responsibility for the events of September 11, 2001.At a secret “black site” an agent, Dan, interrogates a man named Ammar (Reda Kateb) suspected of having knowledge about Bin Laden and his network. A C … [Read more...]


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