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Scene from "The Monuments Men"

WATCH LIST: February 2014

By Observer Staff


The Monuments Men
DIRECTED BY GEORGE CLOONEY, STARRING GEORGE CLOONEY, MATT DAMON AND CATE BLANCHETT
(Fox 2000 Pictures)

The Monuments Men is a Second World War drama with a dollop of high culture and more than a few flecks of Hollywood glitz. George Clooney directs and stars in the film, which depicts a top-secret detail of American soldiers tasked with plucking stolen art from Nazi hands and returning the masterpieces to their previous owners. Feb. 7 

The Amish: Shunned
DIRECTED BY CALLIE T. WISER (Five O’Clock Films)

What’s it like to grow up Amish in America, and then leave the faith for good? The Amish: Shunned, the latest offering from PBS’s flagship documentary series American Experience, highlights the struggles of seven people who chose exile over carrying on their families’ traditions. Their testimonies are punctuated by those of Amish men and women who remain loyal to their centuries-old way of life. Feb. 4

The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World — February 1964
BY BILL EPPRIDGE, EDITED BY ADRIENNE AURICHIO AND DANIEL MELAMUD (Rizzoli)

Fifty years ago this month, Life magazine asked photographer Bill Eppridge to snap photos of the Beatles’ first U.S. visit, a whirlwind trip that included the band’s storied appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. This new book contains dozens of Eppridge’s unpublished pictures of the Fab Four, shot at the very moment Beatlemania ignited North America. Feb. 4

From Teilhard to Omega: Co-Creating an Unfinished Universe
EDITED BY ILIA DELIO (Orbis Books)

From Teilhard to Omega examines the works of paleontologist, philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Fusing scientific inquiry and devout Catholicism, Teilhard, who died in 1955, made connections between evolution, human consciousness and the Divine — drawing the ire of the Vatican on numerous occasions. John F. Haught, Ursula King and other scholars contribute essays. Feb. 10

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