• Wes Singleton

First Reformed, B+

Rated R, 105 minutes

One of the most intriguing, thought-provoking films of the year comes from Paul Schrader (writer of "Taxi Driver") and stars Ethan Hawke of "Boyhood" as a Protestant pastor who begins to question his life after he counsels a local environmentalist couple (Amanda Seyfried and Phillip Ettinger).

Provocative, dark and unsettling, it will challenge your thoughts on religion and helping others in our society. It's not for everyone, and the ending doesn't really seem to fit, but it's worth a look for another solid Hawke performance as the flawed priest who has some real problems of his own. And, where else will you find a dark, independent film about religion featuring... comedian Cedric the Entertainer. Yes, he's here (and does a nice job) in a serious role as a colleague of Hawke's character.