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  293. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2014
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  300. 12 Years a Slave
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  306. La Grande Bellezza/ The Great Beauty
  307. Her
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  310. Lone Survivor
  311. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  312. Saving Mr Banks
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  314. Short Term 12
  315. The Wind Rises/ Kaze Tachinu
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  317. 20 Feet from Stardom
  318. Apres Mai/ After May
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  320. August: Osage County
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  324. Carrie
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  332. Homefront
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  344. Blancanieves
  345. Captain Phillips
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  352. Fruitvale Station
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  360. Mr Pip
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  364. Patrick
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  370. The Act of Killing
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  383. Lasseter’s Bones
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  390. Renoir
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  433. Epic
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  442. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  443. The Lone Ranger
  444. Man of Steel
  445. Metro
  446. Monsters University
  447. Now You See Me
  448. One Mile Above/ Kora
  449. Only God Forgives
  450. Pacific Rim
  451. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  452. Reality
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  455. The Way, Way Back
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  457. Still Mine
  458. To the Wonder
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  460. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
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  464. Camille Redouble/ Camille Rewinds
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  467. The Great Gatsby
  468. The Hangover Part III
  469. Jagten/ The Hunt
  470. Mud
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  473. Snitch
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  476. Adventures in Zambezia
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  478. Chasing Ice
  479. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  480. The Company You Keep
  481. Drift
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  483. Side Effects
  484. Promised Land
  485. Prince Avalanche
  486. Parde (Closed Curtain)
  487. Paradies
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  489. Night Train to Lisbon
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  492. Maladies
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  543. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2013
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  550. The Impossible
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  558. The Silver Linings Playbook
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  560. This is 40
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  562. 360
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  564. All the Way Through Evening
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  569. Back to 1942
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  575. Dredd
  576. End of Watch
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  582. The Hobbit, an unexpected journey
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  614. Sound of My Voice
  615. Taken 2
  616. To Rome with Love
  617. Trouble with the Curve
  618. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  619. The Words
  620. Wuthering Heights
  621. Wunderkinder
  622. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
  623. On the Road
  624. Looper
  625. Damsels in Distress
  626. Holy Motors
  627. Arbitrage
  628. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  629. Lore
  630. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  631. Bait
  632. Hotel Transylvania
  633. The Watch
  634. Resident Evil: Retribution
  635. Barrymore
  636. Being Venice
  637. The Bourne Legacy
  638. Bully
  639. The Expendables 2
  640. Hope Springs
  641. Kath and Kimderella
  642. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  643. Monsieur Lazhar
  644. Moonrise Kingdom
  645. Total Recall
  646. Your Sister’s Sister
  647. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  648. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
  649. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2012
  650. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  651. The Sapphires
  652. Hysteria
  653. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  654. The Door
  655. Not Suitable for Children
  656. In Darkness
  657. Magic Mike
  658. The Dark Knight Rises
  659. The King is Dead!
  660. You Instead
  661. The Amazing Spiderman
  662. Where do we go now?
  663. The Three Stooges
  664. I Am Eleven
  665. Polisse
  666. Ted
  667. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  668. Snow White and the Huntsman
  669. Take This Waltz
  670. That’s My Boy
  671. Rock of Ages
  672. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  673. Brave
  674. Marley
  675. The Cabin in the Woods
  676. The Innkeepers
  677. Margaret
  678. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  679. Elena
  680. Prometheus
  681. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  682. Friends with Kids
  683. Get the Gringo
  684. Game Change
  685. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  686. Men in Black 3
  687. Empire of Silver
  688. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  689. The Dictator
  690. Swerve
  691. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  692. Careless Love
  693. Dark Shadows
  694. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  695. Iron Sky
  696. Trishna
  697. W./E
  698. 21 Jump Street
  699. Act of Valor
  700. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  701. The Avengers
  702. Battleship
  703. Cafe de Flore
  704. The Deep Blue Sea
  705. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  706. The Footnote
  707. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  708. Hotel Lux
  709. The Hunger Games
  710. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  711. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  712. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  713. The Lady
  714. Le Havre
  715. The Lucky One
  716. Mirror, Mirror
  717. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  718. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  719. The Raid
  720. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  721. The Rum Diary
  722. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  723. Safe
  724. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  725. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  726. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  727. Spud
  728. This Must be the Place
  729. Tomboy
  730. The Woman in Black
  731. Wish You Were Here
  732. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  733. The Five-Year Engagement
  734. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  735. The Wrath of the Titans
  736. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  737. Any Questions for Ben?
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  740. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  741. Buck
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  745. A Dangerous Method
  746. The Devil Inside
  747. Gone
  748. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  749. Project X
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  764. J. Edgar
  765. Killer Elite
  766. Like Crazy
  767. Man on a Ledge
  768. My Week with Marilyn
  769. Retreat
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  771. Trespass
  772. The Vow
  773. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  774. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  775. Barbara
  776. Bel Ami
  777. Captive
  778. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  779. Cherry
  780. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  781. Dollhouse
  782. Don 2: Don Must Die
  783. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  784. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  785. Flowers of War
  786. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  787. Gnade/ Mercy
  788. Haywire
  789. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  790. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  791. Keep the Lights on
  792. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  793. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  794. Meteora
  795. My Brother the Devil
  796. Postcards from the Zoo
  797. Rebelle/ War Witch
  798. A Royal Affair
  799. Shadow Dancer
  800. Tabu
  801. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  802. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  803. White Deer Plain
  804. Wilaya
  805. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
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  807. Too Big to Fail
  808. The Descendants
  809. Arietty
  810. Autoluminiscent
  811. Hugo
  812. The Muppets
  813. Young Adult
  814. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  815. The Adventures of Tintin
  816. Waste Land
  817. Happy Feet Two
  818. We Bought a Zoo
  819. Dolphin Tale
  820. Albert Nobbs
  821. Courageous
  822. New Year’s Eve
  823. Restless
  824. The Tall Man
  825. The Skin I Live In
  826. Tower Heist
  827. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  828. Another Earth
  829. The Iron Lady
  830. Jack and Jill
  831. Melancholia
  832. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  833. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  834. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  835. Yes Madam, Sir
  836. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  837. Breaking Dawn Part I
  838. Attack the Block
  839. The Debt
  840. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  841. The Ides of March
  842. Immortals
  843. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  844. The Inbetweeners
  845. Moneyball
  846. Puss in Boots
  847. Toomelah
  848. Machine Gun Preacher
  849. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  850. Arthur Christmas
  851. Shark Night 3D
  852. L’Amour Fou
  853. Country Strong
  854. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  855. Surviving Georgia
  856. Cedar Rapids
  857. Our Idiot Brother
  858. In Time
  859. The Cup
  860. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  861. Contagion
  862. What’s Your Number?
  863. The Three Musketeers
  864. Midnight in Paris
  865. Higher Ground
  866. The Thing
  867. Project Nim
  868. Footloose
  869. Take Shelter
  870. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  871. The Whistleblower
  872. Monte Carlo
  873. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  874. Submarine
  875. The Eye of the Storm
  876. Fire in Babylon
  877. Tabloid
  878. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  879. Red State
  880. Real Steel
  881. Johnny English Reborn
  882. The Hunter
  883. Fright Night
  884. Abduction
  885. 13 Assassins
  886. Guilty Pleasures
  887. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  888. Colombiana
  889. Zookeeper
  890. Final Destination 5
  891. The Change-Up
  892. Face to Face
  893. Win Win
  894. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  895. Horrible Bosses
  896. Hobo with a Shotgun
  897. The Help
  898. Conan the Barbarian
  899. Chalet Girl
  900. Beastly
  901. Priest
  902. The Woman
  903. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  904. Friends with Benefits
  905. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  906. Jane Eyre
  907. Big Mamma’s Boy
  908. Cowboys & Aliens
  909. Green Lantern
  910. Senna
  911. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  912. The Illusionist
  913. The Conspirator
  914. Love Crime
  915. Captain America, the First Avenger
  916. Precious Life
  917. Bad Teacher
  918. The Eagle
  919. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  920. Mars Needs Moms
  921. Stake Land
  922. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  923. Meek’s Cutoff
  924. Cars 2
  925. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  926. Kung Fu Panda 2
  927. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  928. Larry Crowne
  929. The Trip
  930. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  931. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  932. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  933. Mozart’s Sister
  934. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  935. All Good Things
  936. Crazy on the Outside
  937. The Tree of Life
  938. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  939. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  940. Super 8
  941. Blame
  942. Bridesmaids
  943. Little White Lies
  944. Here I Am
  945. X Men: First Class
  946. The Tunnel
  947. Babies
  948. The Hangover Part II
  949. Carlos
  950. Oceans
  951. Angele et Tony
  952. Soul Surfer
  953. Julia’s Eyes
  954. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  955. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  956. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  957. Burke and Hare
  958. Water for Elephants
  959. Hanna
  960. Source Code
  961. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  962. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  963. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  964. Your Highness
  965. Thor
  966. Something Borrowed
  967. Snowtown
  968. Scream 4
  969. Rio
  970. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  971. Le Quattro Volte
  972. Paul
  973. Oranges and Sunshine
  974. Murundak
  975. Main Street
  976. Mad Bastards
  977. The Lost Bladesman
  978. Insidious
  979. Incendies
  980. The Human Resources Manager
  981. Get Low
  982. Catfish
  983. Arthur
  984. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  985. Hop
  986. Sucker Punch
  987. Potiche
  988. Goethe!
  989. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  990. Limitless
  991. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  992. A Heartbeat Away
  993. The Lincoln Lawyer
  994. The Reef
  995. Red Riding Hood
  996. The Company Men
  997. Battle Los Angeles
  998. Just Go With It
  999. Howl
  1000. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  1001. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  1002. Ausente (Absent)
  1003. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  1004. Come Rain, Come Shine
  1005. Coriolanus
  1006. Dance Town
  1007. The Devil’s Double
  1008. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1009. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1010. The Future
  1011. Griff the Invisible
  1012. The Guard
  1013. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1014. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1015. Late Bloomers
  1016. Margin Call
  1017. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1018. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1019. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1020. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1021. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1022. Our Grand Despair
  1023. Pina
  1024. El Premio (The Prize)
  1025. Romeos
  1026. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1027. Swans
  1028. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1029. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1030. True Grit
  1031. Unknown
  1032. Utopians
  1033. Vampire
  1034. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1035. Wind and Fog
  1036. Yelling to the Sky
  1037. The Rite
  1038. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1039. Rango
  1040. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1041. The Way Back
  1042. Wasted on the Young
  1043. Secretariat
  1044. Season of the Witch
  1045. No Strings Attached
  1046. Never Let Me Go
  1047. Nenette
  1048. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1049. Inside Job
  1050. I Am Number Four
  1051. Hall Pass
  1052. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1053. Conviction
  1054. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1055. The Adjustment Bureau
  1056. Rabbit Hole
  1057. Hereafter
  1058. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1059. Barney’s Version
  1060. The Green Hornet
  1061. The Next Three Days
  1062. Ramona and Beezus
  1063. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1064. The Mechanic
  1065. How Do You Know
  1066. The Romantics
  1067. 127 Hours
  1068. Black Swan
  1069. The Fighter
  1070. Burlesque
  1071. The Dilemma
  1072. Takers
  1073. Stone
  1074. Arctic Blast
  1075. Out Of The Silence
  1076. Helen
  1077. Morning Glory
  1078. Yogi Bear
  1079. Korkoro
  1080. Unstoppable
  1081. Tangled
  1082. The Tourist
  1083. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1084. Gulliver’s Travels
  1085. Little Fockers
  1086. Love and Other Drugs
  1087. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1088. The King’s Speech
  1089. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1090. Somewhere
  1091. Desert Flower
  1092. Tron: Legacy
  1093. Megamind
  1094. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1095. Devil
  1096. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1097. The Last Exorcism
  1098. Due Date
  1099. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1100. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1101. Beneath Hill 60
  1102. Monsters
  1103. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1104. Machete
  1105. Sisters of War
  1106. Wild Target
  1107. Skyline
  1108. The American
  1109. Winter’s Bone
  1110. The Loved Ones
  1111. Paranormal Activity 2
  1112. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1113. The Social Network
  1114. Gainsbourg
  1115. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1116. You Don’t Know Jack
  1117. Life as We Know It
  1118. Made in Dagenham
  1119. Red
  1120. Let Me In
  1121. The Town
  1122. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1123. Copacabana
  1124. La Danse
  1125. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1126. The Clinic
  1127. Eat Pray Love
  1128. Buried
  1129. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1130. Dinner for Schmucks
  1131. The Least of These
  1132. The City of Your Final Destination
  1133. Sagan
  1134. Summer Coda
  1135. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1136. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1137. I’m Still Here
  1138. The Other Guys
  1139. The Last Airbender
  1140. Easy A
  1141. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1142. Despicable Me
  1143. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1144. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1145. Salt
  1146. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1147. Piranha 3D
  1148. Vampires Suck
  1149. Matching Jack
  1150. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1151. Cairo Time
  1152. Peepli [Live]
  1153. The Expendables
  1154. Second Hand Wedding
  1155. Splice
  1156. Step Up 3D
  1157. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1158. The Special Relationship
  1159. South Solitary
  1160. Killers
  1161. Leaving (Partir)
  1162. Inception
  1163. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1164. Boy
  1165. The Waiting City
  1166. Knight and Day
  1167. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1168. The Runaways
  1169. Predators
  1170. The Karate Kid
  1171. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1172. Toy Story 3
  1173. New York, I Love You
  1174. The A-Team
  1175. Get Him to the Greek
  1176. Accidents Happen
  1177. L’Affaire Farewell
  1178. Animal Kingdom
  1179. City Island
  1180. Le Concert
  1181. I Love You Too
  1182. The Kings of Mykonos
  1183. Letters to Juliet
  1184. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1185. Mother and Child
  1186. Shrek Forever After
  1187. Valhalla Rising
  1188. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1189. Abel
  1190. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1191. Another Year
  1192. Aurora
  1193. Biutiful
  1194. Blue Valentine
  1195. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1196. Carancho
  1197. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1198. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1199. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1200. Fair Game
  1201. Hahaha
  1202. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1203. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1204. The Housemaid
  1205. Kaboom
  1206. Life, Above All
  1207. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1208. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1209. My Joy
  1210. La Nostra Vita
  1211. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1212. Octubre
  1213. Outrage
  1214. Poetry
  1215. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1216. Robin Hood
  1217. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1218. Route Irish
  1219. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1220. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1221. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1222. Tamara Drewe
  1223. Tournee (On Tour)
  1224. The Tree
  1225. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1226. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1227. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1228. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1229. Tooth Fairy
  1230. Sex and the City 2
  1231. The Losers
  1232. Rec 2
  1233. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1234. Gentlemen Broncos
  1235. Cop Out
  1236. 4.3.2.1.
  1237. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1238. A Room and a Half
  1239. Psych 9
  1240. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1241. Furry Vengeance
  1242. Four Lions
  1243. The Backup PLan
  1244. Iron Man 2
  1245. Revanche
  1246. The Last Song
  1247. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1248. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1249. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1250. The Joneses
  1251. Dogtooth
  1252. Centurion
  1253. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1254. Cherrybomb
  1255. Date Night
  1256. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1257. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1258. City of Life and Death
  1259. Cemetery Junction
  1260. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1261. Dear John
  1262. Repo Men
  1263. Crying with Laughter
  1264. Boogie Woogie
  1265. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1266. Shelter
  1267. The Infidel
  1268. Whip It
  1269. I Know You Know
  1270. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1271. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1272. Shank
  1273. How to Train Your Dragon
  1274. Clash of the Titans
  1275. Remember Me
  1276. Kick Ass
  1277. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1278. The Blind Side
  1279. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1280. The Bounty Hunter
  1281. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1282. The Spy Next Door
  1283. Sons of Cuba
  1284. Salvage
  1285. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1286. House of the Devil
  1287. Green Zone
  1288. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1289. Shutter Island
  1290. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1291. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1292. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1293. Chloe
  1294. Battle for Terra
  1295. The Wolfman
  1296. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1297. Valentine’s Day
  1298. Solomon Kane
  1299. Powder Blue
  1300. The Crazies
  1301. Case 39
  1302. Anonyma
  1303. Alice in Wonderland
  1304. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1305. Ondine
  1306. Micmacs
  1307. Legion
  1308. Leap Year
  1309. From Paris with Love
  1310. Extraordinary Measures
  1311. Everybody’s Fine
  1312. Crazy Heart
  1313. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1314. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1315. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1316. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1317. Bal (Honey)
  1318. David Wants to Fly
  1319. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1320. En Familie (A Family)
  1321. Father of Invention
  1322. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1323. Greenberg
  1324. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1325. The Kids are All Right
  1326. The Killer Inside Me
  1327. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1328. My Name is Khan
  1329. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1330. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1331. Please Give
  1332. Red Hill
  1333. Shahada (Faith)
  1334. Son of Babylon
  1335. Submarino
  1336. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1337. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1338. Invictus
  1339. The Book of Eli
  1340. Astro Boy
  1341. Youth in Revolt
  1342. Up in the Air
  1343. Tony
  1344. A Single Man
  1345. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1346. Holy Water
  1347. Exam
  1348. It’s Complicated
  1349. 44 Inch Chest
  1350. Nine
  1351. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1352. Ninja Assassin
  1353. Daybreakers
  1354. Armored
  1355. Edge of Darkness
  1356. Motherhood
  1357. Brothers
  1358. Breathless
  1359. Bran Nue Dae
  1360. All About Steve
  1361. The Princess and the Frog
  1362. Talentime
  1363. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1364. Extract
  1365. Shrink
  1366. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1367. Diamant 13
  1368. Old Dogs
  1369. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1370. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1371. Sherlock Holmes
  1372. The Lovely Bones
  1373. Prime Mover
  1374. The Brothers Bloom
  1375. Avatar
  1376. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1377. The Other Man
  1378. Post Grad
  1379. Unmade Beds
  1380. Where the Wild Things Are
  1381. Planet 51
  1382. Only When I Dance
  1383. Nowhere Boy
  1384. The Merry Gentleman
  1385. Me and Orson Welles
  1386. The Girlfriend Experience
  1387. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1388. The Descent: Part 2
  1389. Cracks
  1390. The Box
  1391. Nativity!
  1392. Paranormal Activity
  1393. Law Abiding Citizen
  1394. Bunny and the Bull
  1395. Machan
  1396. The Boys are Back
  1397. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1398. Glorious 39
  1399. A Serious Man
  1400. Examined Life
  1401. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1402. Harry Brown
  1403. Amelia
  1404. 2012
  1405. The Fourth Kind
  1406. An Education
  1407. A Christmas Carol
  1408. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1409. The Cove
  1410. The Horseman
  1411. Jennifer’s Body
  1412. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1413. Saw VI
  1414. Coffin Rock
  1415. Dead Man Running
  1416. Stone Bros.
  1417. Disgrace
  1418. My Year without Sex
  1419. This Is It
  1420. Blessed
  1421. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1422. Cedar Boys
  1423. Beautiful Kate
  1424. 9
  1425. Pontypool
  1426. Couples Retreat
  1427. Halloween II
  1428. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1429. Zombieland
  1430. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1431. The Informant!
  1432. Pandorum
  1433. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1434. Surrogates
  1435. The Invention of Lying
  1436. Whiteout
  1437. Sorority Row
  1438. The Soloist
  1439. Management
  1440. Julie & Julia
  1441. Jack Said
  1442. Gamer
  1443. The Firm
  1444. Fame
  1445. Dorian Gray
  1446. The Crimson Wing
  1447. Creation
  1448. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1449. Blind Dating
  1450. Away We Go
  1451. Adventureland
  1452. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1453. District 9
  1454. (500) Days of Summer
  1455. The Red Baron
  1456. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1457. Shorts
  1458. Funny People
  1459. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1460. A Perfect Getaway
  1461. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1462. The Final Destination
  1463. Dance Flick
  1464. Bandslam
  1465. Aliens in the Attic
  1466. Orphan
  1467. Adam
  1468. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1469. Home
  1470. The Ugly Truth
  1471. G-Force
  1472. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1473. Land of the Lost
  1474. Crossing Over
  1475. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1476. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1477. The Limits of Control
  1478. The Hurt Locker
  1479. Villa Amalia
  1480. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1481. The Proposal
  1482. Just Another Love Story
  1483. Charles Dickens’ England
  1484. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1485. Bist (Twenty)
  1486. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1487. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1488. Swinki (Piggies)
  1489. Goodbye, Solo
  1490. Moon
  1491. Martyrs
  1492. The Informers
  1493. Lake Tahoe
  1494. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1495. Frozen River
  1496. Cold Souls
  1497. Bruno
  1498. Red Mist
  1499. Public Enemies
  1500. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1501. Shirin
  1502. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1503. My Sister’s Keeper
  1504. Sunshine Cleaning
  1505. Rudo y Cursi
  1506. Sin Nombre
  1507. Year One
  1508. The Last Thakur
  1509. The Last House on the Left
  1510. Doghouse
  1511. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1512. Telstar
  1513. Gigantic
  1514. Red Cliff
  1515. Helen
  1516. The Hangover
  1517. O’Horten
  1518. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1519. Sex Drive
  1520. Terminator Salvation
  1521. Tormented
  1522. Sugar
  1523. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1524. Max Manus
  1525. Last Chance Harvey
  1526. The Hide
  1527. Awaydays
  1528. Angels & Demons
  1529. Fighting
  1530. Drag Me to Hell
  1531. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1532. Endgame
  1533. Obsessed
  1534. Viva
  1535. French Film
  1536. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1537. Visage
  1538. Vincere
  1539. Vengeance
  1540. Up
  1541. The Tsar
  1542. The Time that Remains
  1543. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1544. Tales from the Golden Age
  1545. Taking Woodstock
  1546. The Silent Army
  1547. Samson & Delilah
  1548. Un Prophete
  1549. Precious
  1550. Police, Adjective
  1551. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1552. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1553. Mother
  1554. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1555. Manila
  1556. Looking for Eric
  1557. Jaffa
  1558. Kinatay
  1559. Irene
  1560. Inglourious Basterds
  1561. Independencia
  1562. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1563. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1564. Fish Tank
  1565. Eyes Wide Open
  1566. Enter the Void
  1567. Demain des L’Aube
  1568. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1569. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1570. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1571. Bright Star
  1572. L’Armee du Crime
  1573. A L’Origine
  1574. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1575. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1576. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1577. Good
  1578. Coraline
  1579. Star Trek
  1580. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1581. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1582. Is Anybody There?
  1583. Momma’s Man
  1584. Shifty
  1585. Seraphine
  1586. Villa Jasmin
  1587. Snow (Snijeg)
  1588. Four Nights with Anna
  1589. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1590. Wrong Rosary
  1591. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1592. Skin
  1593. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1594. Scratch (Rysa)
  1595. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1596. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1597. Crank: High Voltage
  1598. The Empty Nest
  1599. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1600. Rain
  1601. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1602. State of Play
  1603. Observe and Report
  1604. Outlander
  1605. Hassan and Morkos
  1606. Departures (Okuribito)
  1607. Dansen (Dancers)
  1608. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1609. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1610. In the Loop
  1611. Not Easily Broken
  1612. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1613. Let the Right One In
  1614. I Love You, Man
  1615. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1616. Dragonball: Evolution
  1617. 17 Again
  1618. Fast and Furious
  1619. Tony Manero
  1620. Race to Witch Mountain
  1621. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1622. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1623. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1624. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1625. The Boat that Rocked
  1626. I Can’t Think Straight
  1627. The World Unseen
  1628. Religulous
  1629. The Uninvited
  1630. Little Ashes
  1631. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1632. Knowing
  1633. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1634. Traitor
  1635. Genova
  1636. The Damned United
  1637. Duplicity
  1638. Diminished Capacity
  1639. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1640. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1641. The Age of Stupid
  1642. Flash of Genius
  1643. Bronson
  1644. Hush
  1645. The Great Debaters
  1646. The Young Victoria
  1647. Wendy and Lucy
  1648. Watchmen
  1649. Reverb
  1650. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1651. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1652. The Burning Plain
  1653. American Teen
  1654. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1655. Yarwng (Roots)
  1656. The Crew
  1657. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1658. Push
  1659. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1660. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1661. The International
  1662. New in Town
  1663. The Unborn
  1664. Franklyn
  1665. Cadillac Records
  1666. Hotel for Dogs
  1667. Friday the 13th
  1668. Gran Torino
  1669. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1670. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1671. An American in New York
  1672. Ander
  1673. Beast Stalker
  1674. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1675. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1676. Cheri
  1677. The Countess
  1678. Deutschland 09
  1679. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1680. End of Love
  1681. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1682. Forever Enthralled
  1683. Gigante
  1684. Happy Tears
  1685. John Rabe
  1686. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1687. Katalin Varga
  1688. Letters to the President
  1689. London River
  1690. Mammoth
  1691. The Messenger
  1692. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1693. My One and Only
  1694. Pedro
  1695. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1696. Rage
  1697. Ricky
  1698. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1699. Storm
  1700. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1701. Welcome
  1702. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1703. Notorious
  1704. The Pink Panther 2
  1705. The Spirit
  1706. The Square
  1707. Bottle Shock
  1708. Bolt
  1709. JCVD
  1710. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1711. Valkyrie
  1712. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1713. Henry Poole is Here
  1714. The Broken
  1715. Battle in Seattle
  1716. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1717. Tokyo Sonata
  1718. The Punisher: War Zone
  1719. Who Killed Nancy?
  1720. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1721. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1722. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1723. Lucky Miles
  1724. Marley and Me
  1725. Gabriel
  1726. Bride Wars
  1727. Monkey PUzzle
  1728. Doubt
  1729. Frost/Nixon
  1730. Defiance
  1731. Revolutionary Road
  1732. Roman de Gare
  1733. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1734. Seven Pounds
  1735. Transsiberian
  1736. Garbage Warrior
  1737. Yes Man
  1738. The Grocer’s Son
  1739. Slumdog Millionaire
  1740. The Reader
  1741. Far North
  1742. Bedtime Stories
  1743. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1744. Newcastle
  1745. Fugitive Pieces
  1746. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1747. The Wrestler
  1748. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1749. Twilight
  1750. The Tale of Despereaux
  1751. Milk
  1752. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1753. Australia
  1754. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1755. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1756. Faintheart
  1757. Dean Spanley
  1758. Trade
  1759. The Stone of Destiny
  1760. Nordwand (North Face)
  1761. Love and Honour
  1762. Inkheart
  1763. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1764. Choke
  1765. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1766. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1767. The Secret Life of Bees
  1768. Quarantine
  1769. Summer
  1770. Julia
  1771. Four Christmases
  1772. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1773. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1774. Transporter 3
  1775. The Girl in the Park
  1776. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1777. Bonneville
  1778. The Children
  1779. The Express
  1780. Lakeview Terrace
  1781. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1782. Body of Lies
  1783. The Oxford Murders
  1784. Flawless
  1785. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1786. The Warlords
  1787. Easy Virtue
  1788. Fine, Totally Fine
  1789. Max Payne
  1790. Pride and Glory
  1791. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1792. Choking Man
  1793. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1794. Scar 3D
  1795. W
  1796. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1797. Quantum of Solace
  1798. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1799. Incendiary
  1800. Of Time and the City
  1801. Le Ring
  1802. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1803. Rumba
  1804. Saw V
  1805. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1806. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1807. Eagle Eye
  1808. Igor
  1809. The Rocker
  1810. Free Jimmy
  1811. Young @ Heart
  1812. La Zona
  1813. Rachel Getting Married
  1814. Bigga than Ben
  1815. Vinyan
  1816. Nights in Rodanthe
  1817. City of Ember
  1818. Mirrors
  1819. Brideshead Revisited
  1820. Mutant Chronicles
  1821. The House Bunny
  1822. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1823. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1824. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1825. Tropic Thunder
  1826. 88 Minutes
  1827. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1828. Good Dick
  1829. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1830. Rocknrolla
  1831. Redbelt
  1832. Righteous Kill
  1833. The Foot Fist Way
  1834. Death Race
  1835. Bangkok Dangerous
  1836. Appaloosa
  1837. The Women
  1838. Taken
  1839. Eden Lake
  1840. Babylon AD
  1841. Live!
  1842. Burn After Reading
  1843. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1844. Disaster Movie
  1845. Myrin (Jar City)
  1846. Partition
  1847. The Strangers
  1848. Step-Brothers
  1849. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1850. Puffball
  1851. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1852. The Wackness
  1853. Wild Child
  1854. Shoot on Sight
  1855. Daylight Robbery
  1856. El Cantante
  1857. Somers Town
  1858. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1859. Get Smart
  1860. Ben X
  1861. College Road Trip
  1862. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1863. Man from Plains
  1864. Three and Out
  1865. Vexille
  1866. Angel
  1867. The Clone Wars
  1868. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1869. The Karamazovs
  1870. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1871. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1872. CJ7
  1873. Make it Happen
  1874. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1875. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1876. The Love Guru
  1877. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1878. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1879. Married Life
  1880. Cass
  1881. Blindsight
  1882. Paris
  1883. Before the Rains
  1884. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1885. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1886. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1887. The Dark Knight
  1888. Baby Mama
  1889. Meet Dave
  1890. WALL.E
  1891. Donkey Punch
  1892. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1893. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1894. Mamma Mia
  1895. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1896. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1897. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1898. Mad Detective
  1899. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1900. Kung Fu Panda
  1901. In Memory of My Father
  1902. Adulthood
  1903. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1904. My Winnipeg
  1905. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1906. Prince Caspian
  1907. Hancock
  1908. Wanted
  1909. Cassandra’s Dream
  1910. The Ruins
  1911. The Edge of Love
  1912. The Waiting Room
  1913. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1914. The Happening
  1915. The Incredible Hulk
  1916. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1917. Teeth
  1918. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1919. The Escapist
  1920. Kamikaze Girls
  1921. Persepolis
  1922. Mongol
  1923. Ostrov (The Island)
  1924. Taxi to the Darkside
  1925. Balls of Fury
  1926. Mad Money
  1927. Anamorph
  1928. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1929. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1930. Sarkar Raj
  1931. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1932. Caramel
  1933. Prom Night
  1934. Superhero Movie
  1935. Chemical Wedding
  1936. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1937. Sex and the City
  1938. Timber Falls
  1939. 24 City
  1940. Adoration
  1941. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1942. Afterschool
  1943. Los Bastardos
  1944. Blindness
  1945. The Chaser
  1946. Che
  1947. Un Conte de Noel
  1948. Delta
  1949. Il Divo
  1950. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1951. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1952. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1953. Gomorrah
  1954. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1955. Hunger
  1956. Johnny Mad Dog
  1957. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1958. Linha de Passe
  1959. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1960. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1961. My Magic
  1962. Ocean Flame
  1963. Versailles
  1964. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1965. Palermo Shooting
  1966. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1967. Serbis
  1968. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1969. Soi Cowboy
  1970. Surveillance
  1971. Synecdoche, New York
  1972. Tokyo!
  1973. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1974. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1975. Tulpan
  1976. Two Lovers
  1977. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1978. La Vie Moderne
  1979. Waltz with Bashir
  1980. What Just Happened?
  1981. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1982. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1983. The Black Balloon
  1984. Charlie Bartlett
  1985. Shutter
  1986. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1987. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1988. Cashback
  1989. XXY
  1990. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1991. Honeydripper
  1992. Un Secret
  1993. The Air I Breathe
  1994. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  1995. The Eye
  1996. Speed Racer
  1997. What Happens in Vegas
  1998. Stop-Loss
  1999. [Rec.]
  2000. Iron Man
  2001. Manufacturing Landscapes
  2002. Made of Honour
  2003. Doomsday
  2004. In Bruges
  2005. Pathology
  2006. Street Kings
  2007. One Missed Call
  2008. P2
  2009. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2010. Nim’s Island
  2011. 21
  2012. Leatherheads
  2013. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2014. Deception
  2015. Fool’s Gold
  2016. Gone Baby Gone
  2017. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2018. The Mourning Forest
  2019. Boarding Gate
  2020. Death Defying Acts
  2021. Ballast
  2022. The Visitor
  2023. Smart People
  2024. The Mist
  2025. The King of California
  2026. Funny Games U.S.
  2027. Son of Rambow
  2028. Awake
  2029. How She Move
  2030. My Brother is an Only Child
  2031. Drillbit Taylor
  2032. First Sunday
  2033. The Go Master
  2034. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2035. The 11th Hour
  2036. Meet the Spartans
  2037. Lars and the Real Girl
  2038. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2039. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2040. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2041. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2042. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2043. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2044. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2045. Avril
  2046. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2047. Children of Glory
  2048. Out of the Blue
  2049. Miss Austen Regrets
  2050. Assembly
  2051. The Cottage
  2052. Beaufort
  2053. 10,000 BC
  2054. Vantage Point
  2055. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2056. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2057. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2058. Garage
  2059. Fade to Black
  2060. The Accidental Husband
  2061. The Baker
  2062. The Bank Job
  2063. The Bucket List
  2064. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2065. Mister Lonely
  2066. Rambo
  2067. Semi-Pro
  2068. Untraceable
  2069. Waz
  2070. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2071. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2072. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2073. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2074. Standard Operating Procedure
  2075. Sleep Dealer
  2076. Restless
  2077. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2078. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2079. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2080. Lemon Tree
  2081. Lady Jane
  2082. Katyn
  2083. Kabei - Our Mother
  2084. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2085. Jerusalema
  2086. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2087. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2088. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2089. Fireflies in the Garden
  2090. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2091. Elegy
  2092. Dream Boy
  2093. Derek
  2094. Corroboree
  2095. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2096. Boy A
  2097. Be Kind Rewind
  2098. Balikbayan Box
  2099. Black Water
  2100. Jumper
  2101. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2102. There Will Be Blood
  2103. Juno
  2104. Definitely, Maybe
  2105. The Forest of Death
  2106. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2107. The Water Horse
  2108. Time to Die
  2109. The Matrimony
  2110. Penelope
  2111. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2112. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2113. Margot at the Wedding
  2114. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2115. Over Her Dead Body
  2116. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2117. Cloverfield
  2118. Battle for Haditha
  2119. The Savages
  2120. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2121. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2122. Clubland
  2123. The Final Winter
  2124. Footy Legends
  2125. The Good Night
  2126. Kokoda
  2127. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2128. September
  2129. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2130. St Trinians
  2131. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2132. Underdog
  2133. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2134. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2135. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2136. Dan in Real Life
  2137. PS I Love You
  2138. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2139. Romulus, My Father
  2140. Rogue
  2141. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2142. I Am Legend
  2143. Closing the Ring
  2144. The Man in the Chair
  2145. The Game Plan
  2146. The Bet
  2147. 27 Dresses
  2148. As It Is In Heaven
  2149. Arctic Tale
  2150. Youth without Youth
  2151. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2152. Weirdsville
  2153. My Kid Could Paint That
  2154. Infinite Justice
  2155. Chromophobia
  2156. Anna M
  2157. Bella
  2158. The Bee Movie
  2159. He Was a Quiet Man
  2160. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2161. 30 Days of Night
  2162. Brick Lane
  2163. Enchanted
  2164. A Very British Gangster
  2165. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2166. I’m Not There
  2167. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2168. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2169. Talk to Me
  2170. Rescue Dawn
  2171. Shrooms
  2172. Fred Claus
  2173. Hitman
  2174. This Christmas
  2175. August Rush
  2176. You Kill Me
  2177. Stellet Licht
  2178. Silk
  2179. Into the Wild
  2180. The Lookout
  2181. Good Luck Chuck
  2182. Beowulf
  2183. I Served the King of England
  2184. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2185. Redacted
  2186. The Magic Flute
  2187. American Gangster
  2188. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2189. Lions for Lambs
  2190. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2191. Once
  2192. Black Sheep
  2193. Nancy Drew
  2194. Mr Brooks
  2195. The Last Legion
  2196. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2197. The Invasion
  2198. Razzle Dazzle
  2199. Interview
  2200. Stardust
  2201. Rendition
  2202. Ratatouille
  2203. The Nines
  2204. In the Valley of Elah
  2205. The Hunting Party
  2206. Eastern Promises
  2207. The Dark is Rising
  2208. The Darjeeling Limited
  2209. Daddy Day Camp
  2210. Blame it on Fidel
  2211. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2212. Rocket Science
  2213. Shoot ’em Up
  2214. Mr Woodcock
  2215. Across the Universe
  2216. Halloween
  2217. Sleuth
  2218. Death at a Funeral
  2219. Syndromes and a Century
  2220. Lust, Caution
  2221. It’s a Free World
  2222. War
  2223. The Nanny Diaries
  2224. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2225. Control
  2226. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2227. Feast of Love
  2228. The Heartbreak Kid
  2229. Hot Rod
  2230. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2231. The Kingdom
  2232. The Brave One
  2233. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2234. In Memoria di Me
  2235. Takva
  2236. Superbad
  2237. Le Serpent
  2238. Michael Clayton
  2239. Irina Palm
  2240. Georgia Rule
  2241. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2242. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2243. Atonement
  2244. 3:10 to Yuma
  2245. No Reservations
  2246. Death Sentence
  2247. 1408
  2248. December Boys
  2249. 2 Days in Paris
  2250. Year of the Dog
  2251. Buy it Now
  2252. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2253. Hallam Foe
  2254. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2255. Sugarhouse
  2256. Waitress
  2257. Seraphim Falls
  2258. Lady Chatterley
  2259. Knocked Up
  2260. Evening
  2261. Eagle vs Shark
  2262. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2263. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2264. Sparkle
  2265. Bratz the Movie
  2266. Ecoute le temps
  2267. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2268. Marigold
  2269. Copying Beethoven
  2270. Surf’s Up
  2271. Rush Hour 3
  2272. License to Wed
  2273. Happily N’Ever After
  2274. Wind Chill
  2275. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2276. Tales from Earthsea
  2277. Gandhi my Father
  2278. Evan Almighty
  2279. The Hoax
  2280. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2281. Transformers
  2282. In the Land of Women
  2283. The Walker
  2284. The Simpsons Movie
  2285. Disturbia
  2286. Daratt
  2287. Macbeth
  2288. The Priestess
  2289. The Lark Farm
  2290. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2291. Hairspray
  2292. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2293. Screamers
  2294. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2295. The War on Democracy
  2296. Die Hard 4.0
  2297. Dead Silence
  2298. The Flying Scotsman
  2299. Hostel 2
  2300. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2301. Shrek the Third
  2302. Grow Your Own
  2303. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2304. Lucky You
  2305. Captivity
  2306. PTU
  2307. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2308. Water
  2309. Vacancy
  2310. Are We Done Yet?
  2311. Frankie
  2312. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2313. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2314. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2315. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2316. Messages
  2317. Black Gold
  2318. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2319. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2320. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2321. The Tiger’s Tail
  2322. Oceans 13
  2323. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2324. The Chumscrubber
  2325. The City of Violence
  2326. The Hitcher
  2327. We Own the Night
  2328. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2329. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2330. Triangle
  2331. Terror’s Advocate
  2332. Tehilim
  2333. La Soledad
  2334. Sicko
  2335. Secret Sunshine
  2336. Savage Grace
  2337. Paranoid Park
  2338. No Country for Old Men
  2339. My Blueberry Nights
  2340. Munruyangabo
  2341. A Mighty Heart
  2342. The Man from London
  2343. Import/Export
  2344. Go Go Tales
  2345. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2346. Death Proof
  2347. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2348. Chacun Son Cinema
  2349. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2350. Breath (Soom)
  2351. Boxes
  2352. The Banishment
  2353. The Band’s Visit
  2354. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2355. Apres Lui
  2356. Alexandra
  2357. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2358. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2359. Lovewrecked
  2360. Conversations with Other Women
  2361. Like Minds
  2362. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2363. Dans Paris
  2364. 28 Weeks Later
  2365. Black Snake Moan
  2366. Spiderman 3
  2367. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2368. Goya’s Ghosts
  2369. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2370. End of the Spear
  2371. Goodbye Bafana
  2372. The Breed
  2373. This is England
  2374. The Painted Veil
  2375. The Last Mimzy
  2376. Next
  2377. Reno 911!: Miami
  2378. Straightheads
  2379. Away from Her
  2380. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2381. The Puffy Chair
  2382. Fracture
  2383. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2384. The Jesus Project
  2385. Half Nelson
  2386. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2387. The Reaping
  2388. Reign over me
  2389. Son of Man
  2390. Perfect Stranger
  2391. Edmond
  2392. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2393. Unknown
  2394. Shooter
  2395. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2396. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2397. One Night with the King
  2398. Wild Hogs
  2399. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2400. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2401. Meet the Robinsons
  2402. Sunshine
  2403. Blades of Glory
  2404. The Messengers
  2405. The Namesake
  2406. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2407. Stomp the Yard
  2408. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2409. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2410. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2411. Factory Girl
  2412. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2413. Catch a Fire
  2414. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2415. The Last Sineater
  2416. Catch and Release
  2417. Amazing Grace
  2418. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2419. I Want Candy
  2420. The Ultimate Gift
  2421. Premonition
  2422. Sherrybaby
  2423. Facing the Giants
  2424. Breach
  2425. Zodiac
  2426. Sheitan
  2427. The Astronaut Farmer
  2428. Outlaw
  2429. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2430. Norbit
  2431. Becoming Jane
  2432. The Good German
  2433. Gone
  2434. Kardia
  2435. Music and Lyrics
  2436. 300
  2437. Bamako
  2438. Hot Fuzz
  2439. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2440. Middletown
  2441. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2442. Alpha Dog
  2443. Material Girls
  2444. Inland Empire
  2445. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2446. The Number 23
  2447. Because I Said So
  2448. School for Scoundrels
  2449. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2450. Blood and Chocolate
  2451. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2452. Hannibal Rising
  2453. Epic Movie
  2454. The Reef
  2455. The Good Shepherd
  2456. Ghost Rider
  2457. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2458. Dreamgirls
  2459. Notes on a Scandal
  2460. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2461. Kenny
  2462. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2463. The Last King of Scotland
  2464. For Your Consideration
  2465. Irresistible
  2466. Little Red Flowers
  2467. The Illusionist
  2468. Freedom Writers
  2469. Smokin’ Aces
  2470. Ghosts
  2471. Venus
  2472. Flyboys
  2473. Ils (Them)
  2474. Suburban Mayhem
  2475. Gridiron Gang
  2476. Miss Potter
  2477. The Return
  2478. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2479. Charlotte’s Web
  2480. Flicka
  2481. Boytown
  2482. The Fountain
  2483. Bobby
  2484. 3 Needles
  2485. Last Train to Freo
  2486. Scoop
  2487. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2488. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2489. Flags of our Fathers
  2490. Night at the Museum
  2491. Rocky Balboa
  2492. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2493. Zoom
  2494. Kabul Express
  2495. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2496. Employee of the Month
  2497. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2498. Running With Scissors
  2499. Blood Diamond
  2500. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2501. Eragon
  2502. Deja Vu
  2503. Black Christmas
  2504. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2505. A Prairie Home Companion
  2506. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2507. Apocalypto
  2508. The Holiday
  2509. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2510. London to Brighton
  2511. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2512. Happy Feet
  2513. Jackass Number Two
  2514. Deck the Halls
  2515. The Covenant
  2516. Suburban Mayhem
  2517. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2518. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2519. Shortbus
  2520. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2521. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2522. Flushed Away
  2523. Stranger Than Fiction
  2524. Big Nothing
  2525. All the Invisible Children
  2526. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2527. Twelve and Holding
  2528. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2529. Breaking and Entering
  2530. Heroes and Villains
  2531. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2532. Casino Royale
  2533. Puritan
  2534. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2535. The Prestige
  2536. Waist Deep
  2537. Little Children
  2538. The Nativity Story
  2539. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2540. All the King’s Men
  2541. The Last Kiss
  2542. Saw III
  2543. Mischief Night
  2544. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2545. Sixty Six
  2546. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2547. Gypo
  2548. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2549. Peaceful Warrior
  2550. Driving Lessons
  2551. Wordplay
  2552. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2553. Idlewild
  2554. The Grudge 2
  2555. Stick It
  2556. New Police Story
  2557. Step Up
  2558. Infamous
  2559. The History Boys
  2560. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2561. Starter for Ten
  2562. Open Season
  2563. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2564. The Aryan Couple
  2565. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2566. A Good Year
  2567. The Guardian
  2568. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2569. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2570. Man Push Cart
  2571. Accepted
  2572. The Departed
  2573. Johanna
  2574. Life and Lyrics
  2575. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2576. Hoodwinked
  2577. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2578. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2579. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2580. Click
  2581. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2582. Keane
  2583. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2584. Hollywoodland
  2585. Clerks II
  2586. An Inconvenient Truth
  2587. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2588. Snow Cake
  2589. Little Miss Sunshine
  2590. The Wicker Man
  2591. The Devil Wears Prada
  2592. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2593. World Trade Center
  2594. The Black Dahlia
  2595. Children of Men
  2596. The Queen
  2597. The Sentinel
  2598. Crank
  2599. This Film is not yet Rated
  2600. The Benchwarmers
  2601. Over the Hedge
  2602. Severance
  2603. Adrift
  2604. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2605. You, Me and Dupree
  2606. Right at Your Door
  2607. Snakes on a Plane
  2608. Akeelah and the Bee
  2609. Harsh Times
  2610. A Scanner Darkly
  2611. John Tucker Must Die
  2612. Tideland
  2613. Monster House
  2614. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2615. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2616. Bee Season
  2617. Angel-A
  2618. Ellie Parker
  2619. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2620. Warrior-King
  2621. Alpha Male
  2622. Wilderness
  2623. The Night Listener
  2624. Lady in the Water
  2625. Nacho Libre
  2626. Tarfaya
  2627. Paper Clips
  2628. 11:14
  2629. Cars
  2630. Stay Alive
  2631. The Break-Up
  2632. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2633. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2634. Trust the Man
  2635. Miami Vice
  2636. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2637. Omkara
  2638. The Ant Bully
  2639. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2640. Ultraviolet
  2641. The Thief Lord
  2642. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2643. Fearless
  2644. Half Light
  2645. Hard Candy
  2646. Imagine You and Me
  2647. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2648. Dumplings
  2649. Curious George
  2650. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2651. Aquamarine
  2652. The Lake House
  2653. Thank You for Smoking
  2654. Superman Returns
  2655. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2656. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2657. Stormbreaker
  2658. An Unfinished Life
  2659. Love + Hate
  2660. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2661. Secuestro Express
  2662. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2663. Little Manhattan
  2664. Poseidon
  2665. Friends with Money
  2666. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2667. Forty Shades of Blue
  2668. Just My Luck
  2669. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2670. Reeker
  2671. Pretty Persuasion
  2672. King Kong
  2673. Ask the Dust
  2674. Wah Wah
  2675. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2676. RV
  2677. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2678. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2679. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2680. 2:37
  2681. Babel
  2682. The Caiman
  2683. Cronica de una Fuga
  2684. Fast Food Nation
  2685. Flanders
  2686. Climates
  2687. Indigènes
  2688. Jindabyne
  2689. Lights in the Dusk
  2690. Marie Antoinette
  2691. Paris je t’aime
  2692. Red Road
  2693. Southland Tales
  2694. Volver
  2695. Summer Palace
  2696. Ten Canoes
  2697. El Violin
  2698. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2699. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2700. Shooting Dogs
  2701. CZECH FILM REVIEWS
  2702. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006, SUPPLEMENT
  2703. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006
  2704. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 2006
  2705. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, JANUARY 2006

The Nativity Story

London, October 26, 2006 (Signis/Peter Malone) - On December 1st, 2006, most countries will see the release of The Nativity Story. It will roll out to other countries in the succeeding two weeks. It is a Mary story, an Advent and Christmas story which will appeal to ‘Christians in the pews’ and should have a helpful pastoral impact. As with The Passion of the Christ (though without the controversy), SIGNIS has prepared a comprehensive statement for its members and for anyone who would like to use part or all of it.

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"A year in the life of Mary which culminates in the birth of Jesus"

The Nativity Story is precisely that, a year in the life of Mary which culminates in the birth of Jesus, the visits of the shepherds and the magi to the stable, Herod’s brutal response in massacring the innocents and Joseph and Mary escaping to Egypt.

Most audiences will find a great deal to interest them, evoking their emotions concerning this story and its part in their religious memories, devotion and reflection on their Christian faith. It also offers a great deal of background to the infancy narratives of Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels for those who are not Christians.

Mary films

The Nativity Story , as a film, takes its place in quite a long list of films that portray Mary. While there are several films which focus on apparitions ( The Song of Bernadette , The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima , Gospa ) and films which have Mary as a character ( The Miracle ) as well as characters who parallel Mary’s story in some way ( Agnes of God ), the main film focus has been on Mary herself and her being the mother of Jesus.

A brief reminder of these films may be of interest, especially for comparisons with the treatment of Mary in The Nativity Story .

Mary appears in a number of the early silent films which dramatised the life of Jesus. They are now lost, although stills are often reproduced. Mary and the infancy stories were very popular as was her role at Cana and her being at the foot of the cross.

D.W. Griffith includes the sequence of the miracle of Cana in his 1916 biblical and historical epic, Intolerance . He also used a Mary image of the eternal mother rocking the cradle of children. Mary is also featured with reverence in many episodes of Cecil B. De Mille’s 1927 story of Jesus, The King of Kings .

From 1927 to 1961 when King of Kings was released - the first mainstream Gospel film in which Jesus spoke - there was an absence of Jesus films. This seems a strange phenomenon for such a long period which included the Depression, World War II and the early decade of the Cold War. By the early 1950s, with The Robe , Jesus was glimpsed or part of him was seen, like his lower legs and feet in the Crucifixion scene in The Robe or seen from the back in Ben Hur . Mary is seen as a crib like figure in the Bethlehem tableau.

It can be noted that independent Protestant film-makers, especially in the 1940s and 1950s had no hesitation in presenting Jesus as a fully seen and speaking character.

Four films from the period 1961-1971 really introduced the character of Mary to cinema. Irish actress, Siobhan McKenna played her in King of Kings and Dorothy McGuire in The Greatest Story every Told (1965). While they were full characterisations of Mary, the treatment tended to be of the very reverent and restrained kind. The danger with this kind of representation is that Mary seems to be something of a statue or painting come to life, but still the equivalent of a painting.

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"Mary has moved from devout and reverent Gospel figure to a flesh and blood character"

It was Italian directors who had most success in making Mary more of a flesh and blood character. As early as 1964, in Pasolini’s Gospel According to Matthew , the director cast a young girl for the nativity scenes and the flight into Egypt. She was not a professional actress and Pasolini wanted audiences to appreciate her youth and innocence and her response to what God was asking of her. When it came to the Passion sequences, he cast his mother. The weeping and wailing Mary at Calvary, rather Italian histrionic in style, was an older woman who had experienced life and suffered with her son. Roberto Rossellini also brought this Italian style to his 1971 The Messiah .

One of the most popular screen portraits of Mary is found in Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth (1977). With its large scope and eight hour running time for television, the director had plenty of time to show Gospel scenes at length. Olivia Hussey was Mary, both as a young girl and as a mature woman. Zeffirelli and his writer, novelist Anthony Burgess, spent a great deal of time on the infancy narratives, including an Annunciation where the presence of the angel Gabriel is suggested rather than seen as well as the grief of the Crucifixion.

Audiences on either side of the Atlantic had different reactions to the Monty Python’s Life of Brian , North Americans tending to find it too irreverent, even blasphemous, while the British enjoyed the style of its satire. Whatever the reaction, it was another perspective, not so much on the Gospel stories as on the way they were solemnly treated in biblical epics. Brian’s mother was a screeching harridan, upbraiding the Magi on their visit (where they hurried away to the real birth of the Messiah up the street) and urging the gullible crowds away from the grown-up Brian with the now famous words, "He’s not the Messiah, he’s just a naughty boy".

Post-Python, it meant that the Gospel stories would have to be made differently and not leave themselves open to satire.

The late 70s and early 80s saw the popularity of the telemovie and the mini-series. Two Mary films came out of Hollywood. The first dealt with the same period that The Nativity Story covers, Mary and Joseph (1979). Reviewed poorly, it nevertheless had quite some appeal for younger audiences who were able to imagine what her experiences must have been like for Mary (even though the protagonists were particularly American in look and sound). There was also The Nativity , focusing on this same period and the birth of Jesus (1984).

The only appearance of Mary on the cinema screen during the 1980s was in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). All the characters here are shown as down to earth and earthy, in keeping with the origin of the film as a novel by Nikos Kazantzakis rather than a Gospel. One interesting appearance in this film is Mary, along with other guests, men and women, at the Last Supper.

Again, the 1990s did not have so many Gospel films (except for local religious groups in different countries making their own films for localised audiences). The Italian, Mary, Daughter of her Son , dramatised the life of Mary as did the French Mary of Nazareth , by French director, Jean Delannoy (1995) which was a rather literal rendition of the Gospels with many sequences hurried because of the small budget. But, from 1999 there have been quite a number.

These include a film explicitly named Mary , made for CBS television in anticipation of the Millennium. Mary is portrayed with great reverence by Pernille August. At the same time, there was a Jesus for the Millennium with Jeremy Sisto giving an attractive performance as a very human Jesus yet one who conveyed his sense of divinity. Mary appears quite extensively in this film, very much present during the public life and ministry of Jesus. She was played by Jacqueline Bissett.

Mary appears in the animated The Miracle Maker , in the television film, Judas , where the Annunciation is explained verbally as Mary talks to Judas in her kitchen. The Canadian-made The Gospel of John includes the complete text of the Gospel with Mary appearing at Cana and at Calvary. The appearance is confined by the use of the actual text.

Which leads to Mary in The Passion of the Christ (2004). Mel Gibson’s take on Mary shows her as older, with an inner serenity that manifests itself in profound, emotional but restrained grief. There are brief flashbacks to the very human Mary, anxious as the child Jesus trips and falls, a playful scene at Nazareth as Jesus makes a table and he splashes her as she urges him to his meal. She is shown in the company of Mary Magdalene, especially at the scourging after which they attempt to mop up Jesus’ blood and at the foot of the cross. Not only are there echoes of the Pieta, but Gibson has a prolonged take of the silent, sorrowing Mary staring straight to camera.

In forty five years, Mary has moved from devout and reverent Gospel figure to a flesh and blood character. This is the context for The Nativity Story at the end of 2006.

The presentation of Mary

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"The screenplay offers substantial historical background to understand Palestine in these times"

There is very little detail about the life of Mary, especially before Jesus’ birth, in the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. We know that she is from Nazareth and was betrothed to Joseph who is later referred to as a carpenter. We read the stories of the annunciation, Mary’s visit to her pregnant cousin, Elizabeth, Joseph’s bewilderment and dream and his taking Mary as his wife, the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus in humble circumstances. Mary is described several times in Luke as "pondering all these things in her heart". While Luke evokes the story of Jesus’ presentation in the temple, his growing up in Nazareth and the journey to Jerusalem where he was lost and found, there is nothing else about Mary after the flight into Egypt.

The early Christian centuries saw imaginative speculation about Mary’s childhood, her betrothal and incidents in Jesus’ childhood. It is from these rather than scriptural writings that we learn names for Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne. There are the stories of the presentation of Mary in the Temple and fanciful stories of the choice of her husband: a story of Joseph’s rod, amongst all the other suitors’ rods, blooming into a lily. Another story involved a family helping Mary and Joseph on their way to Egypt and one of this family being Dismas who turned out to be the good thief on Calvary.

What writer Mike Rich has done with The Nativity Story is to set the historical scene, especially the tyrannical rule of Herod the Great, his heavy taxing of the people and his lavish building program. This establishes the situation of Roman rule in Palestine and the administration of Herod - offering the background to the census which requires Joseph to travel to Bethlehem.

Rich uses the opening of Luke’s Gospel with the prayer of Zachary in the Temple, Elizabeth’s unexpected pregnancy, Mary’s visit and the birth of the Baptist. This gives something of the religious background of the Judaism and religious practice of the time. What Rich does is to imagine what it was like to live in an impoverished Nazareth, find a language for Mary and her parents to communicate in, establish Joseph as a character and the plausibility of the betrothal. He uses the text from Luke, quite frequently verbatim, as well as Joseph’s dream from Matthew. The Magi story is an embroidering of Matthew and his references to Wise Men, stars and astronomy, and their coming from the East (with their costly gifts). The massacre of the innocents is also a Matthean story.

This means that the screenplay is a blend of biblical texts and scenes and some re-creation of period and what it might have been like in Nazareth. He has written his characters with empathy and insight so that these incidents are attractive and credible - though, as always, many will have particular reservations.

Biblical background

For an authentic portrait of Mary in her times, it is not simply historical background that is necessary but biblical background. This is where so many of the Mary presentations fail to give a rich portrait. Mary, Joseph, their relatives and friends and, of course, Jesus himself are the last figures of the Old Testament as well as being at the beginning of the New. This means that the Mary portrait needs to indicate aspects of the Old Testament as part of Mary’s religion and spirituality. The Nativity Story does this quite insightfully at times.

As has been noted, attention is given to the Temple rituals with Zachary’s turn as priest going into the Holy of Holies (with some Hebrew recited to remind us of the language of the bible). Later, Herod is present in the Temple for the ritual slaughter of a cow as part of a scapegoat ceremony for the removal of sins. When Joseph eats during the journey to Bethlehem, he prays a grace in Hebrew. This helps an Old testament atmosphere permeate the film.

Then there are explicit texts which are worth noting. The prologue is from Jeremiah highlighting the need for a saviour to come for salvation for the people. As regards the coming of the saviour, there is a very pleasing episode where a woman is teaching the scriptures to a group of children and Mary comes to deliver cheese. The teacher leads them in the text of God’s special presence on Horeb to Elijah. God is not in the fire. God is not in the wind. The children attest out loud that God is present in the gentle breeze. This recitation precedes Gabriel’s arrival and annunciation of God’s gentle incarnate presence. The text is later quoted by Elizabeth, and Mary joins in.

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"Joseph is presented as a three-dimensional character"

When Mary and Joseph arrive in Jerusalem, a street preacher is shouting texts (and is arrested and taken away). He is quoting the early chapters of Isaiah which herald the coming of a special saviour child. Herod is somewhat paranoid as regards threats to his throne and declares that it is a mistake not to take notice of prophecies. With the priests, and then with the Magi, he looks at the text from Micah about the saviour coming from Bethlehem. While the Magi are presented as more interested in details of astronomy, they are shown initially as studying ancient Hebrew texts and, on their way, they also quote from the book of Isaiah. This is the text which is the basis for stories of people from the East coming to Israel in search of the saviour.

Luke’s use of the Old Testament is a poetic use, weaving in strands and quotations from many of the books. Matthew is specific in naming prophecies that are being fulfilled and quoting them. One ’if only...’ would be that the screenplay had incorporated more of these to make the context richer. Where the screenplay excels is in its omission of Mary’s canticle, The Magnificat, from the Visitation story but making it the conclusion of the film. As the holy family go through the desert to Egypt, Mary proclaims many of the verses of the Magnificat (as the strains of Silent Night come up for the closing credits). With The Magnificat, the film ends on a biblical high.

Theology

The Nativity Story is not a theological work but it presents sound theology. The virginal conception of Jesus is clear from the way that the Annunciation is staged and the consequences for Mary and her reputation in Nazareth and Joseph’s dilemma as to what he should do about his betrothal and impending marriage. It is quite clear that the residents of Nazareth, including Mary’s close friends, girls her own age, take a very dim view of her pregnancy. We see Mary being stoned - although this is part of Joseph’s dream, it reminds us of the applications of the Mosaic law (remembering the story of the woman taken in adultery in John 8).

The Lukan narrative offers Elizabeth’s pregnancy as a sign for Mary. The film gives its full attention to the Zachary and Elizabeth story in Luke and Mary’s presence in her visitation for the last three month’s of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.

Jesus as saviour is to the fore in the film, especially with the allusions to Old Testament prophecy. Interestingly, this theme is emphasised in the Herod story, not only the discussion of the texts with the Magi but Herod’s initial reading of the texts that the Messiah from Bethlehem would be an adult. Hence his welcoming of the census. There is a sequence where Joseph is stopped and interrogated on his way to Bethlehem as the soldiers search for the alleged Messiah. It is only after the meeting with the Magi that Herod looks for a newborn child.

The more conventional presentation of the manger and the crib, with the visit of the shepherds and the gifts of the Magi, reinforce the perspective of the divinity of Jesus in conditions that are witness to his humanity.

Spirituality

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"Mary is a credible young girl who experiences God in an extraordinary way and allows this experience to shape her life"

It might be useful to make some distinctions between piety, devotion and spirituality, even if they overlap.

Piety is a simple religious appreciation of a mystery of faith. The Nativity Story offers a grounding for Marian piety though its style is not particularly pious. It is only the presentation of the Nativity itself, especially the manger sequences with their tableau of baby, mother and Joseph, the animals and the visits of shepherds and Magi and light beaming (rather too much like a celestial searchlight from the symbolic start) on the stable, that the film could be described as pious. These scenes are like a Christmas play, very different from the more down-to-earth scenarios that have preceded them.

Rather, the film offers more for devotion for believers. Devotion is more an attitude of mind and heart that is deeper than piety. Devotion means that there are consequences for belief, stronger understanding of the mysteries of faith and the overflow into prayer, whether it be the saying of prayers (the Rosary, of course, comes to mind) or a more wordless, meditative prayer.

Audiences interested in devotion to Mary should be well satisfied. Only at the nativity itself is she the Madonna. Prior to that, she is a credible young girl who experiences God in an extraordinary way and allows this experience to shape her life. She is ordinary in the best sense, audiences being able to identify with her and her experience, especially the months of her pregnancy and the journey from Nazareth. She is not presented as the moving equivalent of a statue or a holy card as was the case in some previous films. This Mary is real.

Audiences who have a devotion to Joseph will be very happy with this portrayal. Here is a vigorous young man, down-to-earth, puzzled but honourable. He is presented as a three-dimensional character, definitely not a statue. The scenes where he discusses with Mary what it will be like with Jesus and whether they will be able to teach him bring the reality of the incarnation alive in pleasant detail.

Spirituality is the foundation of piety and devotion. Spirituality is a way of life in prayer and action. The Nativity Story was not intended as a spiritual cinema work But much of it will work this way. Some devotions separate out particular aspects of Mary’s life. By telling a story of Mary in the year before Jesus’ birth, a credible story imagining what that year might have been like, the film gives us Mary as a person. Mary is presented in real situations, difficult situations of poverty, hardship and taxation. She is presented in an almost impossible situation, her pregnancy outside marriage and the consequences for her and Joseph amidst her own people. We see her developing as a girl, a young woman of surrender and faith - which culminates in joy in the birth of Jesus. The film ends with her Magnificat prayer but not the promise of an easy happy ending as she escapes with Joseph into Egypt.

One striking thing about the screenplay is Mary’s awareness of Messiah’s in her time. Some commentators suggest that Mary was privy to the details of God’s plan from the time she encountered the angel Gabriel. Others emphasise what she did not know and how, gradually, she had to learn what her motherhood of Jesus meant. With the prevalence of upstart revolutionaries against Herod and against Rome at that tome, with the prevalence of Messiah claimants, it was ’in the air’ so to speak that Messiah’s would be born. To that extent, Mary’s listening to Gabriel and learning of her destiny would not be at all unknown or alien to her.

The film

By way of review.

The Nativity Story is a worthy enterprise that, by and large, comes off well. It is also a modest enterprise. It is to the credit of New Line Cinema that they were prepared to venture into this kind of religious film-making. Of course, the box-office success of The Passion of the Christ and the realisation that there was an audience for this kind of religious film was an encouragement. Screenwriter Mike Rich ( The Rookie , Finding Forrester ) has a church background and a respect for his biblical sources. Director Catherine Hardwicke ( Thirteen , Lords of Dogtown ) was an architect and production designer before her work as a director and she brings a detailed eye to sets and the re-creation of the era. She has brought a personal devotion to the enterprise as well as a female perspective to the story.

New Zealand actress, Keisha Castle-Hughes ( Whale Rider ) fits the role of the young girl, Mary, very well - a bit stern at first but mellowing when Joseph accepts her. Oscar Isaac as Joseph brings him to life. The Iranian actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo is Elizabeth and the Israeli actress Hiam Abbass is the mother of Mary. The whole cast, quite international, performs with the same slightly accented English.

As has been noted, the screenplay is well-grounded in the biblical texts, both the heritage of the Old Testament as well as the text and spirit of the Gospel infancy narratives. This gives the film an advantage over narratives which limit the perspective to a literal reading of texts and rely on piety traditions for visual presentation. It has also been noted that the screenplay offers substantial historical background to understand Palestine in these times and how the characters were influenced by their environment as well as by the harshness of authorities.

As with the apocryphal gospels of the early Christian centuries, the film is imaginatively inventive concerning incidents not in the Gospels as well as presenting scenes which are. Nazareth was not an easy place to live in. The residents were poor and oppressed, especially by taxation. This had its consequences on work in the town, the fields and harvests, the making of basic foods and selling them, the work of builders and carpenters. This is the credible and realistic setting of the film. The other major invention is that of the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This is a very pleasing part of the film, giving enough time for us to appreciate the hardships (lack of food, desert crossings, dangerous rocky paths, the swirling Jordan, the approach to Jerusalem with road blocks, wayside preachers, fortune tellers, the bustle of the city) as well as conversation between Mary and Joseph about the future.

When the screenplay uses direct texts from the Gospels as part of the drama, it is not so effective. They move too quickly. This is the case when Mary arrives at Elizabeth’s house and, barely, turning round Elizabeth utters the greeting verbatim from Luke and the acknowledgement of Mary as the mother of the Lord.

There are a lot of Magi sequences (too many) with more emphasis on the astronomy than on the Hebrew texts they also quote. Their differing characters provide touches of broad humour as well. On the other hand Ciaran Hinds is a sinister, egoistic and paranoid Herod - with a rather oily Antipas, his son, giving him sinister advice.

There will be some discussion about some of the visuals, especially the appearance of Gabriel. He is a voice only for Zachary. He is a swiftly place-changing physical presence to Mary (although the annunciation works quite well when it is filmed in close-ups of Mary and Gabriel in conversation). He appears briefly in Joseph’s dream. There is a bird motif at various moments representing the Holy Spirit that is sometimes too long and obvious. The star and the light shining on the crib is too static and Christmas card-like. The Silent Night ending seems a bit much but, on the other hand, it evokes memories of Christmas for the audience.

The appeal of the film is to the Christian audience which should welcome it - with the hope that it will have a wider appeal to non-Christians.


Study Guide: in conjunction with the release of the film, a study guide, written by Sr Rose Pacatte FSP, has been published by Pauline Media, Boston. Sr Rose has also edited a series of essays by women on Mary, also published by Pauline Media, Boston.
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