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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.

Recent DVD/VHS Releases

 

A Will for the Woods
An enlightening look at the Green Burial Movement and its ecological and spiritual dimensions.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
An enlightening Danish documentary about one of the world's most famous and creative human rights activists.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Entertaining family film based on the classic children's book about dealing with difficulties with optimism.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice
A fascinating glimpse into the lives, habits, and philosophies of men and women who work in Antarctica.

Big Hero 6
A lively and creative animated film about a robot with heart, empathy, compassion, and gentleness.

Birdman
Some fresh takes on midlife crises, celebrities in America, and the wild popularity of the social media.

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.

Code Black
A sobering and idealistic call for more emergency room "mercy medicine" as an alternative to treating only paying patients.

Cyber-Seniors
A touching and humorous Canadian documentary about teenage mentor swho teach a group of elders how to use computers and the Internet.

Downton Abbey: Season 4
Another season of making choices between death and life, going forward or retreating to the past, and trusting others and keeping secrets by the upstairs family and downstairs staff in a 1920s British estate.

Downton Abbey: Season 5
A fifth season of the drama with the familiar themes of adaptation to the modern world and dealing with the many shades of love.

Elsa & Fred
Delightful comedy about how an enthusiastic elder draws her depressed 80-year-old neighbor back into the land of the living.

Finding Fela!
A poignant documentary about the great Nigerian singer and songwriter whose music speak out for justice.

First Cousin Once Removed
One of the best documentaries ever made on Alzheimer's which has been called the disease of the century.

Force Majeure
A top-notch Swedish psychodrama about a marriage besieged by the fallout from a scary but harmless avalanche.

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.

Gone Girl
A brilliantly directed and well-acted psychological thriller.

Goodbye to Language
The elder filmmaker's take on our world of separations and alienation.

Grantchester
British series about an Anglican clergyman who loves to solve crimes.

Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA
A well-done overview of the power, wealth, and political clout of the National Rifle Association.

Hector and the Search for Happiness
A snappy and satisfying adult parable about a therapist's quest to find the meaning of life.

Jimi: All Is by My Side
A quirky and appealing glimpse into the life and guitar virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix.

Kill the Messenger
A drama made memorable by a Jeremy Renner's mercurial performance as the passionate investigative journalist Gary Webb.

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.

Life's a Breeze
A terrific Irish dramedy about clutter, family solidarity, and an 80-year-old woman's response to a major gift she is given.

Lilting
An emotionally moving British drama about a young gay man's compassion.

Love Is Strange
Moving drama about an aging gay couple forced to improvise when their life together in love is put in jeopardy.

Lucy
A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain's incredible powers.

Men, Women & Children
A comedy of manners about youth and adults hooked on the Internet.

Monk With a Camera
The life and work of a Western abbot in a Tibetan monastery in India who serves as a bridge-builder.

My Winnipeg
An incredibly creative docu-fantasia that explores the memory, history, dreams, and myths of the director's Canadian hometown.

Nightcrawler
A gripping drama about a wily hustler who finds success as a freelance photographer of night-time car crashes and violent crimes

Olive Kitteridge
A caustic, angry and disappointed married woman challenges us to understand and appreciate the difficult people in our lives, seeing them as spiritual teachers.

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey
A documentary about a 450-mile pilgrimage through the Himalayas to spread the message of environmental compassion.

Pelican Dreams
A documentary on cherishing the beauty of an injured pelican and her journey back to the wild.

Rosewater
A cogent and clear-headed drama that will stir you to human rights advocacy.

Secret of Water
A meditative and luminous documentary about water, the source of all life and the bloodstream of the Earth.

Sister
Drama about a 12-year-old Swiss boy who struggles to survive and ward off his loneliness.

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.

Song One
An emotionally rich drama about the healing powers of music.

St. Vincent
A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.

The Circle
An entertaining and edifying portrait of the gay scene in Zurich from the 1950s to 2003.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
One of Best Films of 2014 with its fresh insights into love, loss, marriage, and family life.

The Great Invisible
A hard-hitting and illuminating documentary about one of the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

The Homesman
A spiritual pioneer drama about the mysteries of the heart and the paradoxes of the human adventure which cannot be explained easily.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I
A transitional time in the life of a leader-in-the-making played beautifully by Jennifer Lawrence

The Imitation Game
A great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and an illuminating portrait of the large role secrets can play in our lives.

The Immigrant
The harrowing story of a Polish nurse who struggles to survive and keep her soul alive in 1921 New York.

The Rewrite
A funny and charming portrait of a burnt-out, middle-aged screenplay writer

The Short Game
A snappy and crowd-pleasing documentary about eight players in the World Golf Championships for children 8 and under.

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.

The Tale of Princess-Kaguya
An impressive hallowing of play and laughter as the sources of a lightness of being.

The Theory of Everything
Touching story about a couple able to weather many challenges thanks to their partnership approach to marriage.

Tricked: The Documentary
A hard-hitting documentary exposing the cruel underworld of sex trafficking of teenage girls.

Two Night Stand
Two members of the Millennial generation trying to figure out the formula for intimacy.

Very Good Girls
A difficult yet rewarding summer for a teenager getting ready to leave for college.

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.

Whiplash
A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.

Wild
A soul-stretching movie about surviving in the wilderness, a solid mother and daughter relationship, and bringing out the best in yourself.

You're Not You
A poignant drama about a pianist stricken with ALS and her caregiver whose life is transformed during her time with her.