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Every Sunday, Bishop Carlton Pearson—evangelical megastar, brilliant orator, and television host with millions of followers—preaches the fundamentalist gospel to six thousand supplicants at his Higher Dimensions Church. He’s the pride and joy of his spiritual father, Oral Roberts, and the toast of Tulsa. One day, rattled by an uncle’s suicide and distraught by reports of the Rwandan Genocide, Pearson receives an epiphany. Suddenly it’s crystal clear—God loves all humankind; everyone is already saved, whether Christian or not; and there is no hell. But these ideas are heretical, violating sacrosanct doctrines.

The next Sunday, when Pearson unveils this theology of inclusion to his flock, shock waves sweep the enormous hall. Church leaders and members begin to defect in droves, and his empire topples. Based on the true story of a controversial and courageous man of God, Come Sunday elegantly and respectfully captures the authentic texture and tone of Pearson’s devout world, never resorting to hyperbole. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s tour-de-force performance embodies the effusive charisma and grounded humility of a character with everything to lose, yet even more to gain by heeding his convictions.

Sun. 1/21, 6:30 p.m., Eccles, PC
Mon. 1/22, 9:00 a.m., Eccles, PC
Wed. 1/24, 9:30 p.m., Wagner, SLC
Fri. 1/26, 9:30 p.m., Ray, PC
Sat. 1/27, 9:15 p.m., Grand, SLC

YEAR 2017

CATEGORY Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 106 min

COMPANY Netflix

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Joshua Marston

Joshua Marston’s first film, Maria Full of Grace, won an Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and received an Academy Award nomination for best actress. He has since directed The Forgiveness of Blood, Complete Unknown (which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), and several television episodes. Marston received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and earned an MA in political science from the University of Chicago and an MFA in filmmaking from New York University.