Film shot with same actors over 12 years shows Boyhood events

Each week, the Fountain Theatre is the location of a film you won’t see in other local movie theaters. The Fountain Theatre is one block south of the Mesilla Plaza at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe. Regular show times are evenings at 7:30, Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are regular $7, senior/student $6, member $5, child $5, and Wednesdays $5.

August 1 – 7: Locke (Director: Steven Knight, (85 minutes, English)

Locke (Tom Hardy), a construction foreman, gets behind the wheel of his BMW SUV and merges onto a motorway that will take him from Birmingham to London. That Locke has even decided to embark on this trip means he’s most likely
going to lose everything that ever mattered to him. Tom Hardy is so brilliant we readily watch him drive a car and talk on the hands-free phone for virtually the entirety of the film and it’s one of the more effortlessly intense and fascinating performances I’ve seen any actor give in recent memory. — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

August 8 – 14: The Empty Hours (Director: Aaron Fernandez Lesur, 101 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles)

On the coast of Veracruz, Mexico, 17-year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle’s small and cozy rent-by-the-hour motel. There all by himself much of the time, he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. There together with time to kill, Sebastián and Miranda begin to get
to know each other, and an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. — Strand Releasing

August 15 – 21: Life Itself (Director: Steve James, 115 minutes, English, free to

A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves in Life Itself , documentarian Steve James’ meticulous and intensely emotional portrait of the late Roger Ebert. Given unfettered access to Ebert during what turned out to be the last four months of the venerated critic’s life, James celebrates both the writer and the man, largely in Ebert’s own words. — Scott Foundas, Variety

BoyhoodAugust 22 – 28: Boyhood (Director: Richard Linklater, 166 minutes, English/ Spanish with English subtitles, 25th patron admitted free and small popcorn is 25¢ for all on the 25th day)

Shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years, Boyhood is an epic about the ordinary: growing up, the banality of family life, and forging an identity. Everything here has been seen in movies and on television countless times before — marital spats, a divorced dad trying to connect with kids he sporadically sees, teenagers acting out, parents having to let go — but perhaps never has the long arc of the journey from childhood to college been portrayed as cohesively and convincingly as Richard Linklater has done in a film. — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

August 29 – September 4: Ilo Ilo (Director: Anthony Chen, 99 minutes, Mandarin and Tagalog with English subtitles)

Brimming with love, humor and heartbreak, Ilo Ilo centers on the inseparable bond between a 10-year-old Singaporean boy and his Filipina nanny while the boy’s parents struggle to weather the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Director Anthony Chen is remarkably astute in his depiction of the class and racial tensions within such a household, his accessible style enabling the characters’ underlying decency and warmth to emerge unforced. Winner of the Camera d’Or, Cannes Film Festival. — Maggie Lee, Variety