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Tuesday, Jan. 6, starts off on a good foot with the releases of “Boyhood” and “Get On Up.” Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at Release dates are subject to change.

★★★★  Boyhood (R): Filmed over a period of 12 years, Richard Linklater’s latest film shows a Texas family literally growing up on camera, as their precocious child, Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane), navigates the perils of first grade through high school. “The result,” says reviewer John Hartl, “is the year’s most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre.” Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and the director’s daughter, Lorelei Linklater, co-star.

★★★½  Get on Up (PG-13): Tate Taylor’s film biography of James Brown, aka the Godfather of Soul, “is unexpectedly buoyant; it skims over a life as if tunefully improvising, touching just the right note here and there,” says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. Chadwick Boseman plays Brown, aging in the film from his late teens to his 70s. “Though the singing voice we hear is Brown’s, the rest is a tour de force for Boseman, who transforms himself into a skinny, slippery dance machine.”

★½  Left Behind (PG-13): The Christian faithful begin disappearing all over the world in this remake, starring Nicolas Cage.

★½  No Good Deed (PG-13): Idris Elba plays an escaped convict who, after a car wreck, stumbles to the door of a woman (Taraji P. Henson) with two tiny kids, a husband out of town and a suspicious nature.

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