‘First Reformed’ Review: Paul Schrader Delivers a Searing Meditation on Faith and Despair

Leave it to Paul Schrader to make a movie that examines broken faith and then attempts to make sense of the destruction. His newest movie, First Reformed, is a profound, powerful, and deeply disturbing look at what happens when faith is challenged, broken, and reconstructed with madness and despair. It’s not an easy movie by any stretch, but it’s constantly compelling thanks to Schrader’s tight, fearless screenplay and Ethan Hawke giving an Oscar-worthy lead performance. There are no easy answers in First Reformed, but that’s part of the reason why you won’t be able …

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