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Film review: “Boyhood” is a true coming-of-age story

Director Richard Linklater’s latest project, “Boyhood” — in which Linklater follows the same cast of actors over 12 years — is perhaps the contemporary film that most lives up to the name of its coming-of-age genre. From the director of the “Before Sunrise” trilogy comes a tale with the poignancy of growing up in real time handled with the understated sincerity of its title.

Actor-director Zach Braff talks “Wish I Was Here”

Director and actor Zach Braff made waves in 2004 with his directorial debut and soon-to-be-cult-classic, “Garden State.” Now, Braff is back with his Kickstarter-funded “Wish I Was Here.” The film follows struggling actor Aidan Bloom (Braff) and his efforts to navigate his rocky relationship with his wife Sarah (Kate Hudson); support his children, Grace (Joey King) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon); care for his cancer-stricken father, Saul (Mandy Patinkin); and come to terms with his own spirituality. We talked with Braff during a roundtable about the subjunctive mood, Kickstarter and the purpose of film.

Director Matt Wolf gives an insider report on his new film “Teenage”

Director Matt Wolf has made waves recently with “Teenage,” a documentary about the birth and development of youth culture from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. The film, which showed at festivals ranging from BFI London to Tribeca, opens today in Berkeley and San Francisco. Wolf spoke with us about generation gaps, activism and the creation of “living collage.”