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Russell Crowe in "The Water Diviner."

WATCH LIST: APRIL 2015

By Observer Staff

The Water Diviner
DIRECTED BY RUSSELL CROWE, STARRING JAI COURTNEY, OLGA KURYLENKO AND RUSSELL CROWE
(eOne Films)


Russell Crowe makes his feature directing debut in this epic adventure about an Australian farmer’s quest to find his three sons. Four years after they went missing during the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli in the First World War, their father (played by Crowe) travels to Turkey in hopes of learning the truth about their fate. April 24

Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes
BY EMILY URQUHART
(Harper)

The snow-white hair of newborn Sadie Jane causes a stir in the maternity ward. When the baby is diagnosed with albinism three months later, her mother, author Emily Urquhart, sets out to trace the cultural history of the rare genetic condition, from the story of Noah’s birth through to present-day attacks on people with albinism in East Africa. April 1

Woman in Gold
DIRECTED BY SIMON CURTIS, STARRING HELEN MIRREN, RYAN REYNOLDS AND DANIEL BRÜHL
(eOne Films)


Now in her 80s, Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) seeks to reclaim a famous painting of her aunt by Viennese artist Gustav Klimt that was stolen from her family by the Nazis. With the help of her young lawyer and a sympathetic journalist, she squares off against a resistant Austrian government. April 3

Pray Like a Gourmet: Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul
BY DAVID BRAZZEAL
(Paraclete Press)


If your prayer routine was a meal, would it be a frozen dinner or a multi-course banquet? With wit and insight, author David Brazzeal encourages us to savour our devotions and banish the bland. Joining a love of prayer with a fondness for French dining, he serves up a feast of ideas that will inject flavour and freshness into spiritual practice. April 28


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