Check In: Boyhood (2014)
Boyhood. And motherhood, fatherhood & sisterhood. Gimmicks aside (& it is easy to forget these are the same actors seen through the years) this is a deeply felt movie about a single mother & itinerant father raising their children as they circulate through stepfathers, cities & friends. We focus on the boy of the title, & his attempts to make sense of his life. Occasionally the canvas is too broad, as the focus shifts between the four main characters, but there are still many tender moments, out camping, in middle school, saying goodbye to his mother that give this movie an universality and power.