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First Reformed

Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Hardcore) writes and directs this ham-handed melodrama-cum-thriller which remixes the "angry white man" vibe of his previous films to odd effect. Ethan Hawke is a conflicted, drunken priest at a historic church in upstate New York. More of a guide to tourists than a spiritual advisor to his shrinking congregation, he jumps at the chance to help a young parishioner (Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia!) with a troubled husband. Turns out the hubby's a gung-ho environmental activist who wants very much to blow something up. Weirdly, our priest listens to all the internet-derived global warming statistics and decides maybe he should blow something up. Conveniently, the person paying for his church's upcoming 200th anniversary celebration owns one of the most polluting companies in America. Also, the priest is dying of cancer. Subtle this ain't. 113 minutes R.
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