Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Boyhood’ at Amherst Cinema; Ray Mason at Thirsty Mind

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The critics have gone batty over the Richard Linklater movie “Boyhood,” in which the director filmed the same actors for 12 years to tell the story of a boy as he grows from age 6 to 18. Words like “wondrous,” “visionary,” and “transporting” have been bandied about; the film has a 99-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m leery of all this hyperbole, but you can check out the movie yourself at the Amherst Cinema.


If there were a lifetime achievement award for local musicians, Ray Mason would surely be a top candidate, if not the hands-down winner. The venerable rocker, who has played in a host of bands over the years, including the Lonesome Brothers, has a solo show Aug. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thirsty Mind in South Hadley. No cover.