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Glenn Close (right) stars in "Albert Nobbs."

WATCH LIST: February 2012

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By Observer Staff

Albert Nobbs
Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, starring Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska (Trillium Productions/Mockingbird Pictures/Parallel Films)

Glenn Close co-wrote, co-produced and stars in this adaptation of a play she acted in 30 years ago in an off-Broadway stage production. The film tells the story of a 19th-century Irish woman who disguises herself as a man for decades in order to work as a butler. Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Aaron Johnson co-star. Feb. 3

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
By Diana Butler Bass (HarperCollins)

In her new book, author Diana Butler Bass describes how organized religion, with its prescriptive approach to faith, is giving way to grassroots spirituality, in which connection comes before belief. This transformation, she argues, is true to Jesus’ message, representing a vital Christianity grounded in service. Feb. 14

Ordinary Heroes: Celebrating United Church Women
Edited by Noelle Boughton
(United Church Publishing House)

The United Church Women’s organization celebrates its 50th anniversary with this book structured around the four pillars of the UCW purpose: wisdom, study, fellowship and service. Stories tell of caring for the less fortunate, of millions of dollars raised for the Mission and Service Fund, and of the strength and power of UCW women. Feb. 29

God(s): A User’s Guide
Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, Que.)

This museum exhibit, which opened in December, explores the differences and similarities in the beliefs, practices and symbols of the world’s major religions. Artifacts range from everyday objects used in contemporary religious rites to a portrait of Christ rendered in the characteristic style of the Tsimshian First Nation. Until Sept. 3

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