First Reformed

This drama about a Protestant minister (Ethan Hawke) in upstate New York has quite a bit to say about religious belief, environmentalism, grieving, alienation, rage, the power of love and the corruption of religion by money and power. Writer-director Paul Schrader does not condescend to belief, but is interested in launching discussions about what faith means and what actions best express it.

Watch out for: Some gore, mature themes, fleeting scatological references.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R

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