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FRANK VS. GOD (2014) (not rated)

July 21, Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley, 243 Albany Avenue, Kingston

In this thought-provoking comedy drama, David Frank (Henry Ian Cusick) has all but given up on everything. Unable to move past the grief of losing his wife, the formerly successful Orlando, Fla., corporate lawyer spends days in his bathrobe with his only real companion, his bulldog Brutus. One day, after driving to visit his cancer-stricken niece, he learns of a tornado emergency near his house. Racing home to save Brutus, David is stopped by police for speeding and watches helplessly as a funnel cloud sucks up his house and Brutus. Then, adding insult to injury, he learns his homeowner’s insurance policy won’t cover the loss because the disaster was an “act of God.” Furious and desperate, David says someone has to pay. Then it hits him: God should pay the damages. He sues God, naming representatives of different faiths as co-defendants. But as the case progresses, David’s crazy, radical stunt becomes a deep and soulful journey. Winner of five festival awards. “Deals with issues of God and existence in a humorous and artfully endearing way.” — Ginny Prior, The (San Jose, Calif.) Mercury News. “One of my favorite films thus far in the movie year.” — Claudia Mundy, Patheos.