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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.


Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2014

100 Best Transformational Movies (pdf file)

Latest Film Releases

Song One
CONNECTIONS
Song One - An emotionally rich drama about the healing powers of music.
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Black Sea
JUSTICE
Black Sea - A parabolic film about a middle-aged man who decides to fight back after being reduced to being a nobody.
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Human Capital
LOVE
Human Capital - A vivid portrait of the decadence of the wealthy.
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Northern Borders
LOVE
Northern Borders - The coming-of-age of a patient and resilient boy during his stay with his eccentric grandparents in Vermont.
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Miss Hill
PLAY
Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter - A documentary on the brilliant career of modern dancer and teacher Martha Hill.
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Red Army
PLAY
Red Army - A crowd-pleasing documentary about the adventures of the Soviet national ice-hockey team.
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Life Inside Out
TRANSFORMATION
Life Inside Out - A touching story of mother and her son who discover that music is a healing balm.
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Recent Releases

 
Valley of Saints
CONNECTIONS
Valley of Saints - A young man in transition reframes his vision of home.
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Selma
JUSTICE
Selma - A stirring and enlightening movie about civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his crusade for equality.
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Beloved Sisters
LOVE
Beloved Sisters - An alluring performance by Hanna Herzsprung as a passionate, creative, and accomplished woman who is used to getting what she wants.
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Inherent Vice
X-THE MYSTERY
Inherent Vice - A jaunty screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's comic 2009 novel about the demise of the hippie era of free love and pot-happy endings.
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A Most Violent Year
ZEAL
A Most Violent Year - An immersive drama about a businessman who stays calm in the midst of a dreadful series of setbacks.
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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.

Spirituality and Film
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The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
 
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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