First Reformed

Opens Friday, May 25
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1hr 53mins // directed by:Paul Schrader // featuring:Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer // CC, Assisted Listening

From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

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.

CRITICS PICK: "It is the portrait of a soul in torment... an assertion of order in the face of chaos." — A.O. Scott, New York Times


"A fascinating meditation on inner turmoil in which doing the right thing can lead down many wrong directions." — Eric Kohn, indieWire