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American Heretics examines the social responsibilities of the American church in a nation—and religion—fractured along political lines. Race, history, and social justice intersect in a region of Oklahoma where a group of progressive Christians led by Dr. Rev. Robin Meyers are working to challenge the legacy of the Christian right, which emerged as a powerful voting bloc in the 1980s. Jeanine and Catherine Butler co-directed. Monica Film Center (also playing at the Playhouse 7), 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, Fri., Aug. 9, various showtimes; $9-$12. (310)-478-3836.

Also opening this week:

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Brian Banks, The Kitchen, Dora and the City of Lost Gold, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, One Child Nation, American Heretics, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, After the Wedding, Dying to Survive, Ecco, Every Time I Die, Jabariya Jodi, Light of My Life, Nektronic, The Peanut Butter Falcon, This Changes Everything, The Tracker