Boyhood. Possibly the apogee of naturalistic filmmaking. There's not really a narrative plot, and there doesn't need to be one. The movie is long and slow, but never boring. The main cast is superb, with Ellar Coltrane doing exceptionally fine work for such a young actor. But the movie belongs to Patricia Arquette, who gives a truly great performance. If she doesn't win a boatload of awards, including an Oscar, there is no justice in Hollywood.
Just saw it. Wow, what a movie. I have never seen a film that so perfectly captures what it means to be a kid - especially a kid of my generation, ish. The main characters are 5 years younger than I am and way more addicted to video games, but those aren't the important details; the thing they get so right is the mind
of being a kid, how you see the world. And then they do it perfectly again for teenagerhood, and the laughable bullshit profundity of college students on shrooms. And at the same time that those two miracles are going on, there's the ongoing third miracle, the story of the parents, and what it's like being a mom, being a dad, having step-children you suddenly are obliged to care for.
I feel lucky to have seen a movie so wise, so empathetic. And yes, Hawke is superb, Coltrane is destined to be a memorable character actor, Richard Linklater's real-life daughter steals several of the early scenes, and Patricia Arquette...oh boy. You're right; her final scene better have clinched an Oscar. Not a nomination, an Oscar.