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52nd New York Film Festival

100 Best Transformational Movies (pdf file)

Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2014 (So Far)

Latest Film Releases

1,000 Times Good Night
JUSTICE
1,000 Times Good Night - A sensitive drama about the challenges idealists and people of great passion face within the family circle.
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The Heart Machine
LOVE
The Heart Machine - A thought-provoking psychodrama about the misuses of technology in affairs of the heart.
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Life of Riley
LOVE
Life of Riley - A French comedy of manners in which various couples try to cope with middle-age disappointments and mediocre marriages.
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Birdman
MEANING
Birdman - Some fresh takes on midlife crises, celebrities in America, and the wild popularity of the social media.
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Watchers of the Sky
PEACE
Watchers of the Sky - An extraordinary documentary about a heroic peacemaker who coined the term "genocide" and fought to bring those responsible for mass killings to trial.
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Recent Releases

 
Awake
BEING PRESENT
Awake: The Life of Yogananda - A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living.
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The Good Lie
COMPASSION
The Good Lie - An emotionally warm and immensely appealing story of the immigrant experience of some survivors of the 1980s genocide in Sudan.
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
JOY
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Entertaining family film based on the classic children's book about dealing with difficulties with optimism.
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The Blue Room
SHADOW
The Blue Room - A chilling and creatively structure French murder mystery tale.
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Gone Girl
SHADOW
Gone Girl - A brilliantly directed and well-acted psychological thriller.
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Kill the Messenger
SHADOW
Kill the Messenger - A drama made memorable by a Jeremy Renner's mercurial performance as the passionate investigative journalist Gary Webb.
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Whiplash
TEACHERS
Whiplash - A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.
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The Judge
TRANSFORMATION
The Judge - Drama about the transformation of a smart and slick Chicago defense lawyer during a visit to his small Indiana hometown.
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St. Vincent
TRANSFORMATION
St. Vincent - A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.
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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
100 Best Transformational Movies (pdf file) We've curated a list of our favorite films in this spiritual genre. We hope you will use it when making your own movie viewing selections and share it with your friends and family.
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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