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Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.


New Directors/New Films — 2014

Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2014 (So Far)

Latest Film Releases

Dolphin Tale 2
ATTENTION
Dolphin Tale 2 - A satisfying continuation of the story of the dolphin with a prosthetic tail that shows that animals have emotions and feel things deeply.
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I Am Eleven
HOPE
I Am Eleven - An entertaining and appealing documentary about the hopes, dreams, and fears of eleven year olds around the world.
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Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering
JUSTICE
Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering - Portrait of a thoughtful, articulate, and courageous whistle-blower.
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Rock in My Pockets
PEACE
Rock in My Pockets - A wild and weird animated feature about a Latvian grandmother who passes on her depression to others in the family circle.
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The Congress
TRANSFORMATION
The Congress - Intriguing story about what it would be like to live in a post-avatar world.
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My Old Lady
TRANSFORMATION
My Old Lady - A well-acted psychological drama revolving around a homeless American, an aged bohemian, and her angry daughter.
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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
X - THE MYSTERY
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them - One of Best Films of 2014 with its fresh insights into love, loss, marriage, and family life.
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Life of Crime
YEARNING
Life of Crime - A spunky character-driven caper flick based on a 1978 book by the late Elmore Leonard.
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Recent Releases

 
The Giver
LOVE
The Giver - A cogent morality play about love, memory, and what is needed for a full and rich life.
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Jealousy
LOVE
Jealousy - A French romantic drama about characters who are unlucky in love and unhinged by tumbleweed feelings of isolation and disconnection.
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Love Is Strange
LOVE
Love Is Strange - Moving drama about an aging gay couple forced to improvise when their life together in love is put in jeopardy.
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The One I Love
LOVE
The One I Love - A remarkable, creative, and thought-provoking drama about treasuring love and sustaining marriage.
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A Will for the Woods
REVERENCE
A Will for the Woods - An enlightening look at the Green Burial Movement and its ecological and spiritual dimensions.
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The Trip To Italy
YOU
The Trip To Italy - More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.
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Films Now Showing:
Spiritual perspectives on films now in theaters.
Spirituality & Film
How do you find spirituality in today's films? How can you make watching a film into a spiritual experience? Frederic and Mary Ann share their trade secrets.

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Special Features
Movies about Native Americans: A collection of 20 feature films and documentaries which give insights into Native American history, culture, tradition, and clashes with white America.
Movies about HIV/AIDS: A collection on movies that provide entry points into the meaning of the HIV/AIDS health crisis and opportunities for developing compassion and empathy for those affected by it.
Global Spirit: See our reviews and study suggestions for this series from LinkTV; many of the programs can be viewed online. Also, see the archive of live chats with guests on the series.
Manifesto for a Slow Movie Movement: A call for a return to intimate dramas where events unfold in the fullness of time.
10 Best Football Movies: A collection of our picks for the best football movies.
Movies about Dystopias: Movies that reflect the fears and excesses of contemporary societies.
Films for Black History Month: The spiritual perspectives of the 50 best films about African-Americans.
10 Spiritual Takes on Downton Abbey: How this television miniseries reveals us to ourselves.
Apes and Other Animals: See a collection of curated content for reframing our perceptions, attitudes, and actions to our fellow inhabitants of planet Earth.
Iranian Films Seen from a Spiritual Perspective: Links to our reviews of 29 films from or about Iran giving many windows into everyday life and the people's cares and concerns.
Movies about Miracles: See quotes about miracles and our selection of 16 movies about miraculous events in the lives of ordinary people
Playing with God: Movies reveal how mere humans respond when God comes calling.
Meditating on The Passion of the Christ: links to our review, a meditation based on the stations of the cross and scenes from the movie, and reviews of 30 books about Jesus.
Joan of Arcadia: our review of the late and very missed series, the most spiritually literate shows ever on TV, plus executive producer Barbara Hall's Ten Commandments of Joan of Arcadia
The Decalogue: Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski's masterpiece: ten one-hour films about the Ten Commandments is now on video/DVD.
Interviews
Lixin Fan:
Director of Last Train Home
Amir Bar-Lev:
Director of The Tillman Story
Philip Groning:
Director of Into Great Silence
Tim McCanlies:
Director of Secondhand Lions
Bahman Ghobadi:
Director of the Iranian film Turtles Can Fly
Film Galleries
Films about Ministers, Priests, and Nuns a gallery of 12 pictures with links to our reviews.
Films about Heaven, Angels, and the Afterlife a gallery of 12 pictures with links to our reviews.
What It Takes to Be a Survivor a gallery of lessons from Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Samsara a gallery of images from the highly acclaimed documentary.
Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer a gallery of 12 images from the movie.
Earth a gallery of images from this beautiful Disneynature documentary.
Films about Sisters a gallery of pictures with links to our reviews.
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion: images from the documentary about the plight of the Tibetan people
Into Great Silence: the documentary about the Cathusian monks of Grand Chartreuse
Films about Racism in America and the courageous people who have stood against it.
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