Known for his inventive indie films, Richard Linklater “Boyhood” takes aim at the mainstream, with his adaptation of the best-selling book, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”

The Oscar-nominated director from Austin cast Cate Blanchett in the lead role, a choice that fans of the book had long predicted and hoped for. It’s a return to greatness for her after a long line of disposable mainstream roles. The two-time Oscar-winning actress has found her niche playing complicated female roles that are often maniacal, self-focused and thoroughly captivating.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. Visit texasartfilm.com.

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