Brought to life by delicate work from writer-director Paul Schrader and elevated by a standout performance by Ethan Hawke, opening at The Ross on Friday, July 6, FIRST REFORMED takes a sensitive and suspenseful look at weighty themes. Mr. Schrader...is 71, and has had a long and varied career, but “FIRST REFORMED” nonetheless feels like a fresh discovery. More than that: an epiphany. –A.O. Scott, The New York Times It is an exquisite piece of filmmaking and also a blunt, pulpy instrument, a despairing, fully sustained howl of a movie that is easily this director's finest work in years. –Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times Paul Schrader offers one of the year's best movies-a faith-in-crisis powerhouse about a pastor -Ethan Hawke hitting a new career peak-who is politically awakened by an eco-activist and a new kind of love. –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone FIRST REFORMED is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, July 6 through Thursday, July 19. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated FIRST REFORMED R (for some disturbing violent images). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. 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.