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A scene from 'Southside with You'

WATCH LIST: July/August 2016

By Observer Staff


Southside with You
DIRECTED BY RICHARD TANNE, STARRING TIKA SUMPTER AND PARKER SAWYERS
(Miramax)


Lunch, a movie, a shared ice cream cone: all elements of a perfectly normal first date. It’s the people — and their desire for change, struggles with identity and shared values — that are extraordinary in Southside with You. Director Richard Tanne’s debut dramedy provides a glimpse into now-President Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter)’s first date in the summer of 1989. Aug. 26

Four Testaments: Sacred Scriptures of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism
EDITED BY BRIAN ARTHUR BROWN
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

A companion to the award-winning Three Testaments anthology of Abrahamic religions, Four Testaments gathers four historically pivotal sacred texts — Tao Te Ching, Analects, Dhammapada and Bhagavad Gita — into one volume. Seeking to foster interfaith empathy and understanding, the full scriptures are paired with insightful essays by notable religious scholars. July 13

Equity
DIRECTED BY MEERA MENON, STARRING ANNA GUNN, SARAH MEGAN THOMAS AND ALYSIA REINER
(Sony Picture Classics)


Most film depictions of Wall Street are as gendered as its workforce: brash, crass and cast almost exclusively with men. Reflecting a different experience in Equity, director Meera Menon tells the story of Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), a senior investment banker. When Bishop is caught up in a scandal with a new company’s stock market launch, she has to fight through layers of politics and corruption. July 29

Being Human in God’s World: An Old Testament Theology of Humanity
BY J. GORDON MCCONVILLE
(Baker Academic)


What makes us who we are? Biblical scholar and theologian J. Gordon McConville explores this question using the Old Testament’s ideas about our species — that we’re “embodied” and “earthed.” He shows how the first half of the Bible contains powerful wisdom for every aspect of our lives: politics, emotion, work, spirituality, the church and more. Aug. 1




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