BOYHOOD: 4 stars. Richard Linklater’s unassuming masterpiece follows a Texas kid (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from grade school to college dorm, reconvening cast and crew (including Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the parents) a few weeks every year for twelve years, and its carefully observed series of small moments take on quiet, metaphoric power. The faces and features of the actors — children and adults — change, and good stuff, bad stuff, the funny, the sad, the transformative, the banal, all happen in real time. Because, for once, in the movies, time is real. 2 hrs. 46 R (profanity, sex, adult themes) — Steven Rea
CALVARY” 4 stars. Brendan Gleeson stars as a good priest in a bad world — in the beautiful West country of Ireland — in John Michael McDonagh’s stormy whodunit. A furious, darkly funny look at the nature of faith, and the nature of man. 1 hr. 40 R (violence, profanity, adult themes) — Steven Rea
A family guide to new movie releases:
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images
This month’s “young adults save the future” film franchise is “The Maze Runner,” an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there.
A teen boy (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up, screaming, on a freight elevator soaring up to a field, where it promptly drops its “greenie” or newby into a clatch of boys his own age. He doesn’t know his name or anything else other than the English language. But the other lads set him straight.