DARK WATERS
2019, Focus Features, 126 min, USA, Dir: Todd Haynes

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm, in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in an area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner (Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight - one that will not only test his relationship with his wife (Anne Hathaway), but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood. With Bill Pullman.


FIRST REFORMED
2018, A24, 108 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s gripping thriller tackles 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.


CAROL
2015, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, USA, Dir: Todd Haynes

Two very different women fall in love in 1950s New York in this striking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt. As a woman stuck in a loveless marriage and a young department store clerk, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara vanish into their respective roles with an intriguing balance of desire and caution. “CAROL’s lush but controlled visual look is completely intoxicating. This is filmmaking done by masters, an experience to savor.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


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