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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 of the Sea
QUESTING
Song of the Sea - An Irish folktale about facing our fears, embracing death and human frailty, walking in wonder and returning home as transformed beings.
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Winter Sleep
SHADOW
Winter Sleep - A Chekhovian drama about a rich and self-absorbed middle-aged man who needs to do some serious inner work.
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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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Mr. Turner
YOU
Mr. Turner - An extraordinary portrait of the last stages in the life and career of Joseph Mallord William Turner, the painter of light.
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Recent Releases

 
Monk With a Camera
ATTENTION
Monk With a Camera - The life and work of a Western abbot in a Tibetan monastery in India who serves as a bridge-builder.
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Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Being Present
Antarctica: A Year on Ice - A fascinating glimpse into the lives, habits, and philosophies of men and women who work in Antarctica.
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I
JUSTICE
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay &mdash Part I - A transitional time in the life of a leader-in-the-making played beautifully by Jennifer Lawrence.
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Big Hero 6
KINDNESS
Big Hero 6 - A lively and creative animated film about a robot with heart, empathy, compassion, and gentleness.
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Still Alice
LOVE
Still Alice - A caring and compassionate portrait of a linguistics professor stricken with early onset Alzheimer's. carried home into our hearts by Julianne Moore's mesmerizing performance.
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Wild
QUESTING
Wild - A soul-stretching movie about surviving in the wilderness, a solid mother and daughter relationship, and bringing out the best in yourself.
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The Imitation Game
SHADOW
The Imitation Game - A great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and an illuminating portrait of the large role secrets can play in our lives.
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The Homesman
X-THE MYSTERY
The Homesman - A spiritual pioneer drama about the mysteries of the heart and the paradoxes of the human adventure which cannot be explained easily.
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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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