Richard Linklater's third film Before Sunrise (1995) was an exceptional twentysomething romance, more thoughtful than most and with just the right touch of romantic fancy and longing. It could have ended there, but nine years later, Linklater and his two stars, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy created a sequel, Before Sunset. This one was more urgent, with real life creeping in around the romantic longing; characters had more of a history, and more regret. I chose it as the second best movie of 2004, and one of the ten best movies of the decade. Nine more years have passed, and here is Before Midnight. It's certainly a contender for the year's best film, but in the larger picture, these movies have now become something for the ages.