First Reformed
First screened in May 2018
Director: Paul Schrader. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Philip Ettinger, Cedric Kyles, Victoria Hill, Michael Gaston, Van Hansis. Screenplay: Paul Schrader.

Twitter Capsule: God Was Never Really Here. Impressive impact and integrity given its undisguised pilfering from deeper filmmakers.

VOR:   Ambitious with tone, theme, and technique, especially by standards of modern U.S. filmmaking, even if most of its playbook derives from European masters.



Photo © 2017 Arclight Films/Killer Films/
Fibonacci Films, © 2018 A24

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+


Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Hawke); Best Screenplay
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Hawke)
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Hawke); Best Original Screenplay
National Board of Review: Best Original Screenplay
Gotham Awards: Best Actor (Hawke); Best Screenplay

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