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Like in so many areas, Unitarian Universalists were ahead of the curve regarding this development in the religious world. Unitarian icon Theodore Parker put to poetry a view of religion that unites progressives of any denomination or faith:. Which brings me back to why I am not a UU? The answer is I would be preaching to the choir. When there is so much agreement between us that task on a regular basis would be quite difficult.
I have chosen the easier path. It is a piece of cake being a heretic amongst Anglicans. The idea of original sin has been around for a long time. It is rooted ultimately in our desire to explain evil. While natural disasters are traumatic and deadly, they are not evil unless it is true, as some believe, they are acts of God.
In that case God is evil. In nature, natural selection and survival of the fittest would be barbaric if performed by rational beings, but they are not, so they do not reach the bar of being evil. When a female praying mantis kills her mate by eating his head after copulation, it is not a pleasant thought for those of us with Y-chromosomes but it is not evil.
No, evil does not exist in nature. It exists only in human society. The ancient Jews tried to explain it in the story of Adam and Eve. Evil began in disobedience to God. His doctrine of Original Sin has probably caused more heartache and harm than any religious doctrine in church history. It is still doing so. Augustine believed that like blue eyes or skin colour the disobedience of Adam was passed on to each new generation. Therefore, each human is born in a state of sin — that is separate from God. The only cure was baptism.
Anyone who died before being baptised went to hell. This argument certainly gave the church some serious power. But the harm was greater than that. Regrettably it was a necessary evil for the propagation of the species. For Augustine that was the only legitimate purpose of sex. It was not a sinful act if for the purpose of procreation.
However, if you enjoyed it even when doing it for its sanctioned purpose it was a sin. Birth control was clearly a sin as procreation was no longer the goal. As procreation as the goal, sex outside of marriage and homosexuality never had a chance of being acceptable. Thanks to Augustine, Original Sin became the first sexually transmitted disease. Today we have the spread of AIDS, overpopulation, sexual dysfunction, and homophobia for which to thank him. But the greatest disservice of his doctrine was to keep Christians in a state of child-like dependence on the church and her sacraments.
But personally, my biggest beef with Augustine is that his ideas were taken up with a vengeance by the reformers, Martin Luther and John Calvin. There was nothing you could do to be the elect for God had already predestined who were the winners and who were the losers. Since the booby prize was an eternity burning in hell, people were quite focused about looking for signs that they were amongst the heavenly number.
To improve their odds they enjoyed scratching their neighbours off the list — justifying making them outcasts. One wonders how many lives have been made miserable; how much human potential for good has been stifled by such a negative and damaging view of our humanity?
This is where Unitarians enter the picture in the person of Michael Servetus. It will surprise you to know Servetus is best known as a unifier. No one I know did a better job of bringing the Roman Catholics and Reformers together. He so ticked both off with his antitrinitarian views and rejection of child baptism that these natural enemies colluded to get rid of him. Calvin set him up to be tried by the Inquisition and later, after Calvin had him executed, the Inquisition executed him again in effigy.
What is not usually focused on is that Servetus also rejected the doctrine of Original Sin and the entire theory of salvation based on it. He disagreed with Calvin that we are totally depraved. Instead he thought all of humanity susceptible to or capable of improvement and justification. Nor did Servetus describe, as did Calvin, an infinite chasm between the divine and mortal worlds. He held that God was present in and constituted the character of all creation.
This feature of Servetus' theology was especially annoying to Calvin. At his trial Calvin asked Servetus, "What, wretch! If one stamps the floor would one say that one stamped on your God? Servetus laughed and replied, "Can you doubt it? This is my fundamental principle that all things are a part and portion of God and the nature of things is the substantial spirit of God. It is one of the great ironies in religious history that all the movements of modern Unitaritanism honour Servetus, but all of them developed historically from the reformed tradition of John Calvin.
Our view of human nature seemed to improve after Servetus, thanks to the Enlightenment, for which Sertvetus served as a bellwether. Jean-Jacques Rousseau deserves the credit for changing western thought about our human nature. Instead of seeing us born of sin, we were born in freedom and in our natural state were neither good nor bad. It was not our nature but society that limited our capacity to reach our potential.
He saw in nature the idyllic state and each human as a ripening seed bursting with creative genius and potential within it. It was a heady time for progressive Christians who played a major role in ending slavery, promoting suffrage and education, and fighting poverty and disease. But then came two world wars with the Holocaust and Hiroshima, and neo-orthodox theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.
Original Sin was back on the table. Niebuhr may be someone you have heard of, but probably know little about. Yet, few have influenced modern thought more about the nature of humankind. He was initially a product of the Social Gospel movement. His first parish was in Detroit where he took on Henry Ford and the dehumanising impact of the assembly line. He was an anti-war pacifist and a socialist until the beginning of WWII, when he began to reformulate his theology, which he tempered with his political experiences.
Reclaiming Original Sin was the antidote. In at Edinburgh University in a series of lectures entitled The Nature and Destiny of Man he articulated his views. They began with the proposition that the nature of humankind is to be selfish and impulsive. He thought Original Sin was as good a way of putting it as any other. I should also mention me. Many of my seminary faculty were his students and my ethics exam for ordination required analyzing his famous work, Moral Man and Immoral Society. He certainly nurtured my passion for both theology and politics. They were both worlds he was equally comfortable in.
So let me turn to politics to make my point that Original Sin is alive and well and an idea progressives need to come to acknowledge. One of the curses of those who profess new ideas or repackaged old ones is you have little control over how they are used or distorted. The hope is you die before you find out as Niebuhr did. They assumed that the vast majority of people, if treated decently and given decent living conditions, will respond by being decent people. For them, order and stability were not as important as human growth, creativity, and transformation.
The key to a better world is not strength and dominance, but sharing and cooperation. They assumed — or at least hoped — that the long-term trend of history is leading to that better world, a view that is rooted in the biblical hope for redemption. They liked it so much they extended it beyond people to nations. This premise leads them to the conclusion that religion is supposed to control those impulses in individuals and nations to preserve the social fabric.
However, due to moral relativism and secular humanism, religion is failing in its mission. America must find the moral will to control a world full of selfish and impulsive nations, with force if necessary. Their world is a jungle where evildoers, who are all around, must be hunted down and destroyed.
Our might and being on the side of God will bring order and security to the world. Today even Americans can see what most of the rest of the world saw from the beginning, that Iraq and the theology that got us there are a disaster. No one is anymore secure. But in that recognition there is a new opportunity. In America, failure is bringing together strange bedfellows.
Liberals never thought war was the way to go. All people everywhere are in the image of God. They were the first to arrive. Conservatives have now met them there. Many conservatives now acknowledge where they went wrong was not understanding that all nations, even the US, like all people, are marked by Original Sin. What happens now is up to the progressives and the conservatives. Up to now they have played a blame game. Each side has had easy targets. The right has had anyone that disagreed with them.
Dividing the world into good guys versus bad guys is a myth that will never resolve our serious, planet-threatening problems. We are all responsible for the problems and we are all responsible for resolving them. Blaming others for their existence is just our instinctual way of avoiding the responsibility. I think the first step might be for you and me to open ourselves to the possibility that Niebuhr was right, Original Sin exists. What we have to accept is that we are separated, for ultimately that is what the myth of Original Sin is about.
It is not a doctrine, but an existential reality. Our separation is not from the God you may or may not believe in. It is not from society. It is not from nature. Original Sin is our separation from one another. Recognising that truth is not an occasion for blaming others and ourselves as selfish and impulsive. I suspect that particular human characteristic has had a lot to do with the survival of the species in the past, just as it is a threat to it in the future. It points us in the direction of our salvation.
Martin Luther King, Jr. No one can be written off as a monstrous evildoer, sinful beyond redemption. We would not demonize a bin Laden or Saddam — or a Bush or Cheney. We would recognize that when people do bad things, their actions grow out of a global network of forces that we ourselves have helped to create. Now that we know what salvation is, how do we achieve it against the forces of Original Sin. I doubt personal enlightenment, as good as it is, will do it. Force only generates fear and bitterness and its successes are at best short term.
I think the answer lies in Original Sin itself. You are certainly aware of the fires burning in Southern California. I know the area well and have at least one friend who has lost his home. Having lived there I know that wildfires are inevitable at this time of year. If not arson, accidents or lightening will ignite them and the desert wind will whip them into an inferno.
While water helps put them out, it is fire, ironically, that helps prevent them or limit their damage. By doing controlled burns when weather conditions are less risky, many homes and lives have been saved. Literally they fight fire with fire. I would like to suggest that the same strategy would work with Original Sin to form the beloved community King sought and which the Sixth Principle describes, a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
We must begin to focus on satisfying our self-interests, by understanding that they will never be met unless the self-interests of all are met as well. Thoreau , 14 volumes, ed.
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Torrey and F. The Long Road to Justice. The road to a place called justice is long, dusty, and windy. For those who like to arrive quickly it is very frustrating, and they often turn back. Others stop en route, to mend a tyre or share some lunch, weighing whether to carry on. Friends and enemies alike criticise those who take the road to justice. Travellers often say the same thing over and over again. A group gathered, and have continued to gather for the past 33 years. They became known as the Auckland Community Church. The mere fact that homosexual Christians exist, are welcome in a church, and structure their own worship, was enough to cause offence to many in the wider Church and society.
Slowly, painfully, the obstacles to justice have been removed. These pieces of legislation in essence were about giving the homosexual neighbour the same dignity and rights that the heterosexual majority expect. All of the legislation passed along with significant opposition from conservative Christians. Society has changed largely because our common knowledge has changed.
Slowly the insights from the medical and psychological communities, beginning in the s, have filtered through into popular consciousness. For me as a parent I cringe when I read of the injustice and stupidity of trying to get left-handed children to operate right-handedly. Two of my four children are left-handed and in the not-so-distant past would have been subjected to correction programmes. As I remember the history of trying to change those who are labelled different, I feel again my anger at the injustice and torment suffered by many gay and lesbian people in behavioural correction programmes.
Such programmes still exist around the world. In the Anglican Church, while legislatively silent, there has come a gradual recognition that society is changing and the Church must too. A number of clergy who in the past would have kept their sexual orientation quiet have bravely come out. Some of those who have come out have same-sex partners.
Some are vicars, archdeacons, and bishops. Yet the forces of conservatism remain very strong. I cannot name one same-sex couple in New Zealand living in a vicarage, deanery, or bishopscourt. I can name experienced and talented clergy who have been refused employment opportunities because a parishioner or two have objected to their sexual orientation.
I can name people who have had their desire to be ordained stifled because of their orientation. Currently the Anglican world is gripped by fear. It fears that if it permits justice — the dignity and rights of being treated as an equal — to gay and lesbian Christians it will ostracize those of a conservative persuasion, particularly the huge number of Christians in the central African Provinces. It values the unity of the Church more than the rights of its people.
The status quo is of course a choice, and it is a choice for perpetuating centuries of injustice against gay and lesbian people. It is a choice to live in fear of being disapproved of by vocal conservatives. It is a choice to erect barriers of exclusion. The Bible has long been used as a barrier to prevent gay and lesbian people feeling beloved of God and welcome in the Church.
Using verses in particular from the books of Leviticus and Romans Church authorities have condemned homosexuality. However scholars in the s and s looked again at the texts. They found that none of the passages addressed the permissibility of consensual committed love in a same-sex relationship. Rather most of the passages were concerned about the violation of hospitality, rape, and pederasty.
The texts were written within a patriarchal culture obsessed with purity. It tried to regulate for example what went into and out of the body, the latter including menstrual fluid and semen. Wasting semen was a crime whereas sleeping with multiple wives, concubines, and prostitutes was not. These scholars also noted that Jesus made no reported comment on homosexuality. He was though critical of the patriarchal family, and what that institution did to those it rejected. He also talked about the importance of love and how we treat one another.
Conservative scholars have tried to counter these arguments. In short they argue that because the Bible is silent on committed same-sex relationships does not mean it permits them. The Bible endorses a heterosexual perspective, albeit within an ancient patriarchal context that most today would not want to wholly replicate. They think the Church needs to be very careful in how far it deviates from the literal words of various biblical texts. In the end, I believe, it comes down to us making a choice. We can choose to follow a God who wants us to conform to one particular way of being human, as defined by heterosexual norms.
This God stands opposed to the direction of Western democracies as they seek to acknowledge the human rights of all their citizens. There are a number of biblical passages and preachers that will endorse this choice. Or we can choose to follow a God who in the name of love breaks through the barriers of prejudice and leads us on the road to justice.
There are a number of biblical passages and preachers that will endorse this choice too. Making a choice regarding biblical texts and moral direction is nothing new. The 16th century reformer, John Calvin, a man not known for his liberal tendencies, was faced with a problem. Whereas originally these texts were framed to stop the poor falling into debt-slavery, they were in the 16th century preventing people from borrowing to finance enterprise. Calvin reasoned that although these verses made sense when they were written, times and understandings had changed, and the texts needed to be ignored.
Further he regarded the moral principle of equity as taking precedence over these biblical texts. In other words Calvin, the great pioneer of Protestantism, and champion for many modern-day conservatives, blatantly disregarded the clear teaching of Holy Scripture and gave preference to the principle of equity. We need to have the courage of Calvin today to set aside biblical prohibitions that stand in the way of people flourishing.
This was the same courage that Jesus showed in setting aside biblical texts regarding the Sabbath, women, lepers, tax-collectors, dining, and adultery. We need to choose which road to travel. There is a narrow conservative road that requires conformity to one understanding of Scripture and faith. This road denies that any other road is Christian. Then there is a broad highway littered with churches and bishops that is designed to keep everyone happy. In the name of unity dissension must be avoided. It is risk-averse. It tries to be tolerant.
On this road unity does not precede justice, but follows it. On this road the Bible does not precede truth, but serves it. This is the road that I and many of my predecessors have chosen. And we still have a long way to go. October 21, A widow, living in poverty, with no resources save her voice, petitions a wealthy and powerful judge. She wants justice where justice has been denied. She cries out to the judge. The judge treats her as a nuisance and ignores her. Poverty is not just something that happened in the first century, in Palestine.
It is something that happens in every century and in every place. If our left arm was freezing or malnourished we would do something about it. We would do something about it because our whole body would be affected by the state of our arm. The judge in the story is not a God-fearing man. He might live in a nice house, say nice words to his friends, have gone to good schools, and looks after for his own family, but he cares not one iota for those who are poor. God embraces the whole community, and cares especially for the least.
To ignore the least is to ignore God. He cared about one thing and one thing only: himself. Others think the judge was just a right sod. The judge in our story is a caricature of heartless and powerful bureaucracy that is more concerned with its own needs rather than the needs of others. Every society creates institutions that administer the social and structural apparatus of the state. These bureaucracies, staffed largely by competent and well-meaning people, have minimal effect on the lives of the well-fed and relatively affluent citizenry. Their power is huge. Bureaucracies in time cultivate cultures that reward what they perceive to be efficiency, and therefore consciously or subconsciously prefer dealing with matters that are straight-forward, easy to understand, and resolvable.
Negative assumptions will be made about you. So despite individual goodwill from a staff person the poorer you are the harder it is for the bureaucracy to relate to you as an equal. For those who work for a bureaucracy there is an ongoing need to de-institutionalize your mind. To keep yourself compassionate you need continual training in understanding others — particularly those who feel foreign to you. You need to develop a spirituality that embraces the whole of human existence, that sees all life intertwined, and understands management, justice, and care to be inseparable.
For at the end of the day to believe in the equality of all people is an act of faith, not a reflection of reality. One of the amazing things in our story of the judge and the widow is that the woman did relate to him as an equal. Instead she uses strong and direct language, as one would with an equal. If the judge is obstinate, she is doubly so. If the judge is determined to ignore, she is more than determined to be heard. She is persistent, insistent, in her call for justice to be done.
She may have a hunger pain in her stomach, but she is for the judge a right pain in the neck. It is highly unlikely that she physically assaulted him. Rather it is an indication that the judge is losing perspective. He is interpreting her assertiveness as aggression. He is hearing her call for justice as an injustice against his own person. He is magnifying the threat to himself. The great irony of the story is that the mighty judge who fears neither God nor cares less about what others think of him comes to fear a lowly widow, the weakest member of society.
While this would have created a smile on the faces of the audience and maybe on our faces today, we need to remember not the judge who finally acquiesced but the widow who finally prevailed. Will we persist in the pursuit of justice for those in poverty?
Or will we be rebuffed by the reasonable sounding arguments of those who wish to maintain the status quo? Will we see our spiritual and physical health interwoven with the health of all members of society, and do something about it? At its best our society is one great patchwork quilt. Some patches have been discarded as useless, smelly, or ill-fitting. Our task, the task of all, widows and judges, church goers and rough sleepers … is to sew it back to together.
And the thread is Aroha. Nine to One Odds. October 14, Back in a book entitled Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein became a cult classic overnight. It was controversial because of its challenge to the standard mores of the day particularly regarding sexuality and gender. Today it hardly raises an eyebrow.
Its popularity is due primarily to identification with being a stranger in a strange land. Kiwis with their fondness for having an Overseas Experience are quite familiar with the feeling, but even those who have not had an OE know the experience of feeling out of place in their own land. It is often forgotten that people from around the world died that day and the world grieved with us. When Bush ignored this to justify a pre-emptive, immoral war and then was re-elected, I never felt more alone in an alien land.
We have numerous options at such moments in our lives. And we might not always choose the same one each time we face it. Sometimes our inclination is to separate ourselves from it; sometimes, to attack it; sometimes, to adapt to it; and sometimes, to embrace it. For instance, in my own journey from strange land to stranger land, I began by fighting back against the administration politically. When that failed, my choice was to make a statement by leaving a country whose ideals I admired, but whose behaviour appalled me. In coming here I was once again a stranger in a strange land.
I thought I spoke the language. I only understood every third word at the interview. I knew I had embraced her back last Sunday. While watching the first 30 minutes of the rugby World Cup game against France I realised I kind of knew what was going on and was actually getting excited. My journey is not an unusual one, especially for people of any faith perspective. In one way or another every faith perspective calls its adherents to be in the world and not of it. Part of it, yet separate. But how to deal with the differences between our faith and our culture is not always clear.
He tells them to resist those who tell them to be separate from the Babylonians. They argued for separation, for soon God will return them to their homeland. Jeremiah argues for adaptation. He says prepare for the long haul. Continue living. Marry, have children, enjoy your grandchildren. Trust that eventually Jerusalem will be rebuilt. It will not happen in your lifetime. In the meantime live. He did not mean, of course, that Jews should embrace Babylonian beliefs and religious practices.
They should remain faithful to their God. But they could do so even in a foreign land. As it turned out the Jews did establish in Babylon a community that remained for centuries a major centre of Jewish thought and life. After Babylon fell to Persia, a few in the Jewish community did return to Palestine and rebuilt Jerusalem. Most however stayed. Jeremiah turned out to be wrong about the Jews not embracing many aspects of their new land. That is revealed in Genesis, as most of it was written during the Babylonian captivity. Parts of it adapt Babylonian myths such as the story of the flood.
His call to be in the world but not of it has worked well for Judaism throughout its history of living in mostly hostile Christian lands. The Christian story of how to be a stranger in a strange land has been a little different and not as positive. The first generation of Christians took the position of the false prophets Jeremiah rails against. This shows up in the role of women. In the early church they had a role in its leadership. However, it became clearer to second and third generation Christians that it might be awhile before Jesus established his reign on earth.
They began to see it as necessary to accommodate themselves to the patriarchal culture and women soon heard that they should be silent in church. By the fourth century Christians were quite good at adapting to and embracing the culture. Power became its focus. After Rome fell, this appeared to have been a good strategy. For the next years the church was the culture. Post-Reformation, post-Enlightenment, post-Darwin this is no longer the case. Power has slipped away and we are once again strangers in a strange land.
We once again have to decide whether to attack or adapt, separate or embrace the culture. You may have noticed that Christians are not of one mind as to the appropriate strategy. As the turmoil in the Anglican Communion reveals, there are deep divisive differences. Conservatives in the Communion, thanks to the large number of African Anglicans, are by far the majority.
They long for the good old days when the church was the culture. They see the Enlightenment-shaped Western culture as a threat to be attacked and rejected. From my perspective it is a power trip wrapped in a cloak of being Scripturally faithful. Within this predominantly conservative Communion a minority of the faithful see benefits to adapting and even embracing the strange land we find ourselves in.
They reject that purity of belief is next to Godliness. They consider diversity a good thing and that all aspects of creation are endued with the divine not just Scripture. The American position that gays and lesbians are called to be fully a part of the church as anyone else does not fit their culture-shaped biases. Most Conservatives will not be attending Lambeth, the most visible sign of our being in Communion. They are busy creating new governance structures in their own image.
I will not rail at them like some 21st century Jeremiah. Ten lepers approach Jesus. They are the very definition of strangers in a strange land. They must by law separate themselves from society calling out that they are lepers when anyone draws near. They are unclean and forbidden to embrace the righteous.
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Jesus responds to their cries for mercy, not by giving them a handout as they expect, but by curing them. Nine of them rush off to the Temple to be certified as once again acceptable to the power structure. They can be forgiven their eagerness after being in such a hopeless state. But one, the Samaritan, returns to thank Jesus. He is transformed by the event and knows this is even better than not being a leper. He is healed, not just cured. Results R Two mismatched personal trainers' lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client. In the s, he is a broken, confused man under the hour watch of shady therapist Dr.
Eugene Landy. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family "playdate" becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on. Nightingale PG A lonely war veteran psychologically unravels ahead of an old friend's impending visit.
Monkey Kingdom G A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia. Cinderella PG When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters.
Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. The Age of Adeline PG A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. Good Kill R A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.
The D Train R The head of a high school reunion committee travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class and convince him to go to the reunion. Broken Horses R The bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence in the shadows of the US Mexico border gang wars. Redeemer R A former hit-man for a drug cartel becomes a vigilante to pay for his sins and find redemption.
Lords of London R A London gangster must confront his ruthless father's past in order to alter the gritty, abusive path that his life is spiraling down after a shakedown goes awry. Boulevard R A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life.
Face of an Angel Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect. Welcome to New York R Mr. Devereaux is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreamed of saving the world and who cannot save himself.
A terrified man. A lost man. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network. Where Hope Grows PG A baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to his personal problems is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store. Vendetta R A detective pushed beyond his limits will stop at nothing for vengeance. When his wife is killed by a criminal that he put away, Mason, a hard-nosed detective, deliberately gets arrested in order to get revenge.
While inside, Mason discovers a new criminal enterprise that those behind it would kill to protect. Strangerland R A family finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumors of their past. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. Match R As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 's New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit.
Unfriended R A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend. Barely Lethal PG A teenage special ops agent coveting a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.
Child 44 R A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Do You Believe? PG When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. She Loves Me Not NR A reclusive novelist struggles to find romance and meaning in his life despite disastrous and comedic circumstances.
She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him. The Longest Ride PG After an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. It Follows R A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter.
Goodbye to All That NR When his wife unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, well-meaning but oblivious husband Otto Wall finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood, where he searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty.
Absolution R When a contract killer Steven Seagal encounters a girl on the run from a mob boss Vinnie Jones with powerful political ties, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the government agency that hired him for the mission. Kill Me Three Times R Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment. The Lovers R An epic, sweeping and riveting tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents.
Maggie PG A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side. Alex of Venice R A workaholic attorney is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves. Danny Collins R An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a year-old letter written to him by John Lennon. Last Knights R A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.
While We're Young R A middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. Together, they plan the heist of their lives. Pound of Flesh R A man's heroic attempt to help a woman in distress ends up with him waking up the next day without a kidney and plotting his revenge. Survivor R A Foreign Service Officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit New York, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit.
Wild Tales R Six short stories involving distressed people. Unfinished Business R A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable - and unimaginable. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. Run All Night R Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
The Newsroom Season 3 TV-MA A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor. Welcome to Me R When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. The Lazarus Effect PG A group of medical students discover a way to bring dead patients back to life. Beyond the Reach R A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert. Bravetown R Josh is a lost soul with an extraordinary musical talent set on a journey to encounter what he was least expecting but undoubtedly needed most.
Feeling like it's him against the world at first, his path is crossed by many people looking for their own fate, that in the end, his presence in their lives turns out to be of extraordinary importance. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
Project Almanac PG A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. Blindsided R A reclusive, blind photojournalist lives quietly in a New York penthouse, until a smooth but sadistic criminal looking for a hidden fortune enters her life.
In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency. Assassin's Game R When a team of assassins botches a hit, legendary hitman Vet Jones gets an ultimatum from his former boss - kill the target or his son dies. The Loft R Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies.
But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.
Cut Bank R A young man's life is unraveled after witnessing a murder that he filmed in his rural town of Cut Bank. Cymbeline R A gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. A drug kingpin is driven to desperate measures. Orange Is the New Black season 2 TV-MA The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.
Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. The Blue Room R A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing.
Now under investigation by the police and the courts, what is he accused of? Leviathan R In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr.
Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past - which is really the present. The Girl Is in Trouble NR A Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way.
Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. Mortdecai R Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.
Black or White PG A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. Black Sea R In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.
Miss Julie PG Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in , an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet to seduce her. Turner R An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J. Turner's life. The Pyramid R An archaeological team attempts to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid only to find themselves hunted by an insidious creature. A cop.
A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three Soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive. Lost River R A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance? The Babadook NR A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. The Wedding Ringer R Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.
Accidental Love PG A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D. Northern Borders NR 'Northern Borders' tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents' Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets.
It's and Austen experiences the farm as a place full of eccentric people, especially his stubborn grandparents whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. Initially feeling stuck in this fractured household, young Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to navigate and endure. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age-story, 'Northern Borders' evokes Vermont's wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment. The Barber R A barber comes into contact with two men fixated on what triggers evil. A father, whose life is destroyed in pursuit of a killer, and a son who is trying to prevent his father's obsession.
Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. The Boy Next Door R A recently cheated on married woman falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn. The Walking Deceased R When a police officer wakes up in a hospital to find out he is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, he will do anything to find his family, even sacrifice Twitter. Supremacy NR A just paroled white neo-nazi and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop and take an African American family hostage.
Meanwhile the supremacist leader who oversees his criminal empire from behind bars, is not happy. Inspired by real events. Walter NR A ticket-taker at the local cinema believes he is the son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name. Cake R Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken R The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual. Manny PG A man who overcame insurmountable odds to become one of the most loved and respected athletes of all time. From a starving teenager who fought to feed his family, to a Congressman working tirelessly to improve the lives of his people, Manny is a hard hitting feature length documentary film that explores the many triumphs and tribulations of Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.
I Really Hate My Ex R Three women kidnap their exes and hold them hostage until they get the answers they think they need in order for their hearts to be free. Batman vs. Robin PG While Damian Wayne struggles to cope with Batman's no-killing rule, he soon starts to believe that his destiny lies within a secret society known as, The Court of Owls. Maps to the Stars R A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho, his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi. You're Not You R A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver. Elite Force NR When an eclectic group of terrorists plot to attack the United States from within, it's up to a quasi-military special investigative unit to identify, infiltrate and neutralize the threat.
Shameless Season 4 TV-MA An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can. The Voices R A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date. Home Sweet Hell R Don Champagne seems to have it all but when his wife, Mona, learns of Don's affair with a pretty new salesgirl, Mona will stop at nothing to maintain their storybook life.
The Immigrant R An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island. The Burning Dead NR A sheriff must rescue an estranged family from a mountain during a volcano eruption and fight off a horde of lava-filled zombies brought to life by a curse.
Wild R A chronicle of one woman's 1,mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe. Outcast NR A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths. The Rewrite NR An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there. Wild Card R When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play Patricia C.
Wright's mission to help lemurs, the highly evolved creatures who arrived on Madagascar millions of years ago as castaways but are now highly endangered. Death Squad R The year is Into the Woods PG A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. Unbroken PG After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast G Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tinkerbell and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast.
Vice R Bruce Willis stars in this Sci-Fi thriller about ultimate resort: VICE, where customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look like humans. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it. Annie PG A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Son of a Gun R JR busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia's most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch's gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.
Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb PG Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
The Captive R Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. The Humbling R A stage actor who is slowly losing his mind engages in a relationship with a sexually confused younger woman.
Ask Me Anything NR Beautiful, wild, funny, and lost, Katie Kampenfelt takes a year off before college to find herself, all the while chronicling her adventures in an anonymous blog into which she pours her innermost secrets. Eventually, Katie's fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge. Black November NR Inspired by true events, an oil-rich Nigerian community wages war against an oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed.
Rebels kidnap an American oil executive and demand that his corporation end the destruction. Watchers of the Sky NR Four modern stories of remarkable courage while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term 'genocide'. When the hospital moves to a swank new building, the rush fades and bureaucracy gridlocks the state-of-the-art facility, and the doctors are faced with the unexpected realities of life and death in a safety-net health-care system on the brink of overload. Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse PG When aspiring knight Gareth goes in search of a fallen comet rumored to contain gold, he is shocked to instead find the dragon Drago.
After Drago saves Gareth's life the two become intricately bonded, and must work together to defeat an evil sorcerer and stop his reign of terror. Along the way, Gareth learns the true meaning of being a knight in this fantasy action-adventure for the ages. Beyond the Lights PG The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Whiplash R FEATURED A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. The Master PG A martial arts expert opens a school and publishes self-help books to make a living.
But one day a youth is killed in a street fight after reading the self-help books, which leads to a violent feud between the expert and the victim's father. Day of the Gun NR An ambitious widow vows "There will be hell to pay" when a prominent Montana rancher puts up a barbed wire fence between their properties. Horrible Bosses 2 R Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. Sons of Anarchy Final Season TV-MA A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.
Green Street 3: Never Back Down R An old firm leader returns to Green Street for revenge after receiving a call that his little brother was killed, but is he able to cope with a new type of hooliganism and can he find his killer? Moon Monster Madness NR It's one giant step for dog-kind as Scooby-Doo and the Gang blast off for an epic, other-worldly adventure in this all-new original movie!
It's all gravity-free fun until a mysterious alien begins destroying the ship! As the ship breaks down, the crew is forced to land on Sly Baron's base Will the gang unravel this alien mystery? Will Scooby-Doo and Shaggy find snacks on the moon? Will Fred ever take his space helmet off?! Journey to the outer limits with Scooby-Doo to find out! The Tale of The Princess Kaguya PG Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady.
The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. The Homesman R Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.
Dying of the Light R When a devastating illness threatens to end Evan Lake's career in the CIA, he goes rogue to hunt down a terrorist who tortured him during a mission gone awry years ago. Vincent PG A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.
Dumb and Dumber To PG 20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption. Birdman R FEATURED A washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Rosewater R Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy. Force Majeure R A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran. Kill the Messenger R A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California.
Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. Felony NR An accident involving a young teenager sets off a chain of events that brings an Australian police officer's world crashing down. Addicted R A gallerist risks her family and flourishing career when she enters into an affair with a talented painter and slowly loses control of her life.
The 3 main characters are all elite guards for the palace. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their bond and apprehend him. But are they being lured into a larger conspiracy against their emperor? Hector and the Search for Happiness R A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. John Wick R An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them R One couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
The Best of Me PG A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. Ouija PG A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. When Atlantis attacks the Metropolis for the death of their king. But the Queen has different plans and requires the Justice League to find her lost son. But while they search for him, Atlantian troops; lead by Ocean Master, continue their assault. Who will win? America: Imagine the World Without He PG A story that questions the shaming of the US through revisionist history, lies and omissions by educational institutions, political organizations, Alinsky, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other progressives to destroy America.
The Identical PG Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock 'n' roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Judge R Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
The Remaining PG Friends gather at a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events forcing them to examine life, love and faith as they must choose between redemption and survival. The Book of Life PG Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Rudderless R A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.
Annabelle R A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. Life's a Breeze R Tells the story of a family as they search for a lost fortune around the streets of Dublin.
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