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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 - 2015

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema - 2015

100 Best Transformational Movies (pdf file)

Latest Film Releases

Insurgent - A dystopian drama that salutes the heroism and compassion of a gifted young woman.
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White God
White God - A poignant Hungarian parable about the terrible things that can happen when there is no reverence for dogs as fellow companions.
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Man from Reno
Man from Reno - An evocative film noir set in San Francisco and a nearby small town.
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The Salt of the Earth
The Salt of the Earth - A monumental documentary on the remarkable photography of Sebastiao Salgado whose work reveals a deep reverence for life.
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Woman in Gold
Woman in Gold - A rousing drama about a Jewish refugee who is looking for closure on her terrible past and a young lawyer who matures spiritually.
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While We're Young
While We're Young - A middle-aged couple who are stuck-in-a-rut in their marriage and work yearn to build a richer and deeper life together in love.
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Metalhead - A deeply spiritual film about grief, forgiveness, and personal transformation: one of the most spiritually literate films of 2015.
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Secret of Water
Secret of Water - A meditative and luminous documentary about water, the source of all life and the bloodstream of the Earth.
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Recent Releases

Cinderella - A magical, emotionally affecting screen version of this classic fairy tale.
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - A delightful visit with old friends and a chance to see how they are faring
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3 Hearts
3 Hearts - A well-acted French film about the seventh sense of heart intelligence.
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Chappie - A techno thriller about the life of a sentient robot on the mean streets of Johannesburg
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Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine - A heartfelt documentary about homophobia, a brutal murder, and the legacy of a promising young gay man.
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Merchants of Doubt
Merchants of Doubt - A hard-hitting documentary exposing how a small band of right-wing zealots in spreading disinformation on climate change
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Seymour An Introduction
Seymour: An Introduction - A cogent and exquisite documentary about Seymour Bernstein, a classical pianist who has spent the last 30 years of his life passing on his wisdom and counsel to his students.
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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.

Spirituality and Film
Befriending Films
Film Awards
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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.
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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