Magazine
Latest Issue
Special Reports
Latest Special Report

“Dynamic and strikingly sincere”: The best films this summer

Forty-two years after "Taxi Driver," Paul Schrader directs his own script about another loner wrestling with evil

By Francine Stock   July 2018

First Reformed

Released on 13th July

Forty-two years after his first original screenplay (Taxi Driver for Martin Scorsese), Paul Schrader directs his own script about another loner wrestling with evil. This time, though, it’s a priest (lean and thoughtful Ethan Hawke) who must confront the crisis of a young environmentalist as well his own failing faith. Money, terrorism and eco-armageddon are debated in this unashamedly wordy drama, which still remains dynamic and strikingly sincere. It might be a tribute to Robert Bresson’s classic Diary of a Country Priest but its…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with our newsletter, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

More From Prospect