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Search our database of more than 3,500 film reviews (features and documentaries). We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for more than three decades.

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Code Black
COMPASSION
Code Black - A sobering and idealistic call for more emergency room "mercy medicine" as an alternative to treating only paying patients.
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Cyber-Seniors
CONNECTIONS
Cyber-Seniors - A touching and humorous Canadian documentary about teenage mentors who teach a group of elders how to use computers and the Internet.
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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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Whiplash
TEACHERS
Whiplash - A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.
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Foxcatcher
YEARNING
Foxcatcher - A richly developed psychological drama about the fire of ambition in the lives of a gold-medal winning wrestler and a multimillionaire wrestling enthusiast.
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Recent Releases

 
Life Itself
IMAGINATION
Life Itself - A powerful, illuminating, and heart-affecting documentary about the long career of the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and his courageous battle with cancer.
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The Theory of Everything
LOVE
The Theory of Everything - Touching story about a couple able to weather many challenges thanks to their partnership approach to marriage.
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Birdman
MEANING
Birdman - Some fresh takes on midlife crises, celebrities in America, and the wild popularity of the social media.
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Watchers of the Sky
PEACE
Watchers of the Sky - An extraordinary documentary about a heroic peacemaker who coined the term "genocide" and fought to bring those responsible for mass killings to trial.
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The Tale of Princess Kaguya
PLAY
The Tale of Princess Kaguya - An impressive hallowing of play and laughter as the sources of a lightness of being.
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St. Vincent
TRANSFORMATION
St. Vincent - A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.
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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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Visions & Values Circles
Movies can be catalysts for personal storytelling, soulmaking, and spiritual formation. We've got resources for your "group," whether it's you and your partner or a small group meeting regularly to talk about films.

Starting a Values & Visions Circle
Types of Circles
Things to Consider
Program Planning
A Soulmaking Process
Tips for Using Movies for Soulmaking
Going It Alone

Visions & Values Guides
Use these brief guides to enrich your experiences of films, DVDs, and books. More guides will be online soon. See also the movies covered in Mary Ann's New Morning segments, as there are V&V Guides to many of them.

In America
The Terminal
Lost in Translation
Antonia's Line
Dead Man Walking
See an Index of all Values & Visions Guides online

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