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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

The Hunting Ground
JUSTICE
The Hunting Ground - A hard-hitting and disturbing documentary about the treatment of women who have been sexually assaulted on U. S. College campuses.
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Bluebird
MEANING
Bluebird - Drama about how a tragic incident in a working-class Maine town reverberates in the lives of six people.
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McFarland, USA
NURTURING
McFarland, USA - An exciting sports film that also stands as an emotionally rich depiction of community, sharing, and generosity.
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'71
SHADOW
'71 - A riveting film about a British solder adrift in 1971 Belfast, a dangerous war zone filled with zealous partisans of all types.
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Wild Tales
SHADOW
Wild Tales - Six parables about revenge in the face of injustice, power, stupidity, and betrayal.
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Queen and Country
YOU
Queen and Country - A sequel to Hope and Glory set in postwar England that proves to be an impressive coda to English writer/director John Boorman's illustrious career
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Recent Releases

 
Ballet 422
IMAGINATION
Ballet 422 - A documentary providing ample evidence of ballet as art form that puts on display the breathtaking beauty of bodies in motion.
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Lovesick
LOVE
Lovesick - A light-hearted romantic comedy about jealousy.
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Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
OPENNESS
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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Timbuktu
REVERENCE
Timbuktu - A spiritually powerful critique of Islamic fundamentalism and the havoc it causes in Timbuktu in 2012.
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The Rewrite
TRANSFORMATION
The Rewrite - A funny and charming portrait of a burnt-out, middle-aged screenplay writer
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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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