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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

Lucy
ATTENTION
Lucy - A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain's incredible powers.
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The Strange Little Cat
DEVOTION
The Strange Little Cat - A vivid and wonder-inducing example of everyday spirituality during one day in the life of a family in a Berlin apartment.
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Calvary
FAITH
Calvary - An impressive morality play about an Irish Catholic priest forced to suffer for the sins of others.
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Finding Fela
JUSTICE
Finding Fela - A poignant documentary about the great Nigerian singer and songwriter whose music speak out for justice.
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Happy Christmas
LOVE
Happy Christmas - An appealing comedy filled with authentic everyday life scenes revolving around marriage and siblings.
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Magic in the Moonlight
LOVE
Magic in the Moonlight - A delightful romantic comedy with enchanting performances by Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
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Very Good Girls
LOVE
Very Good Girls - A difficult yet rewarding summer for a teenager getting ready to leave for college.
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Rabindranath Tagore
MEANING
Rabindranath Tagore — The Poet of Eternity - A uplifting tribute to the polymath Rabindranath Tagore, a truly extraordinary Indian poet and philosopher.
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A Master Builder
QUESTING
A Master Builder - A soul-stirring screen adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's brilliant novel about pride, ruthlessness, erotic power, and loss.
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Child of God
SHADOW
Child of God - A horror film that challenges us to never exclude anyone from our hearts.
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Recent Releases

 
I Origins
LOVE
I Origins - A spiritual movie about the eyes, science, reincarnation, and the great mysteries of life.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
PEACE
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - A post-apocalyptic story that revolves around the moral leadership of a peace-making ape and the heart-centered actions of a good man.
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Land Ho
QUESTING
Land Ho! - A wonderful and quirky film about two quite different seventy-somethings and their adventures during a trip to Iceland.
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Planes Fire and Rescue
QUESTING
Planes: Fire & Rescue - Entertaining animated sequel in which the superstar crop duster learns to deal with disappointment and put others ahead of himself.
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Alive Inside
TRANSFORMATION
Alive Inside - An extraordinary documentary about the healing power of music as medicine for the soul.
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Boyhood
YOU
Boyhood - One of the best and most memorable films ever made about the art of improvisation as a path of wisdom, creativity, and personal renewal.
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Me and You
YOU
Me and You - A coming-of-age drama about a boy whose dream of being alone is shattered when his older half-sister brings him back to messy reality.
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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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The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
 
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.
30 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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