Making three films that followed the same characters over 18 years (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) wasn't ambitious enough for Richard Linklater, so he decided to tell the ultimate coming-of-age tale in Boyhood. Shot annually for twelve years, the film tracks the youth of a boy who's just six in the first scene, and eighteen in the last (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his divorced parents). Unique in cinema history, it's a time-lapse life story that weds the intimacy of home movies to the restless vision of one of America's most innovative and open-hearted filmmakers. —L.H.
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