FIRST REFORMED: Starts Friday, June 22nd

Viewing: June 22, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Paul Schrader
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

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Running Time: 108 minutes108 MIN
R Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Ethan Hawke is better than ever in Paul Schrader’s tense eco-thriller

Eric Kohn
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