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Russell Crowe plays a man chosen by God to build a boat for the innocent in the new movie "Noah."

WATCH LIST: March 2014

By Observer Staff


In this big-budget epic by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Russell Crowe plays Noah, a man chosen by God to build a boat for the innocent before a flood destroys the world. With battles, beards and angel warriors, it’s sure to be a thrilling apocalyptic scrape, though not particularly faithful to the biblical telling. March 28

Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis
BY TIM TOWNSEND (HarperCollins)

At the end of the Second World War, Lutheran army chaplain Rev. Henry Gerecke was recruited to tend the 21 Nazi leaders awaiting trial at Nuremberg, Germany. Based on extensive research and personal accounts, the book explores Gerecke’s relationships with the accused, as he struggled to minister to men responsible for so much horror. March 11

Let the Fire Burn

In May 1985, a feud between the city of Philadelphia and the radical black liberation group MOVE turned deadly when police dropped explosives onto a MOVE rowhouse. The resulting blaze killed 11 people and destroyed 61 homes. Using only archival interviews and news coverage, the documentary brings new insight to a forgotten clash between government and citizens. On DVD and Netflix March 24

The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery
BY SARA DAVIDSON (HarperCollins)

At 85, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, wanted to teach people how to “not freak out about dying” as they entered the December of life. He contacted journalist Sara Davidson, and for two years they met every Friday, together finding tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness and joy at any age. March 25

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