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  330. Homefront
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  388. Renoir
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  440. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  441. The Lone Ranger
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  443. Metro
  444. Monsters University
  445. Now You See Me
  446. One Mile Above/ Kora
  447. Only God Forgives
  448. Pacific Rim
  449. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  450. Reality
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  452. This is the End
  453. The Way, Way Back
  454. The Wolverine
  455. Still Mine
  456. To the Wonder
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  458. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
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  466. The Hangover Part III
  467. Jagten/ The Hunt
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  471. Snitch
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  474. Adventures in Zambezia
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  478. The Company You Keep
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  484. Parde (Closed Curtain)
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  487. Night Train to Lisbon
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  489. La religieuse (The Nun)
  490. Maladies
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  493. A Long and Happy Life
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  497. Gloria
  498. Gold
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  504. Camille Claudel 1915
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  506. Escape from Planet Earth
  507. First Position
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  546. Flight
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  548. The Impossible
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  550. Last Dance
  551. Life of Pi
  552. Lincoln
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  554. Rise of the Guardians
  555. Save Your Legs
  556. The Silver Linings Playbook
  557. Wreck-it Ralph
  558. This is 40
  559. 2 Days in New York
  560. 360
  561. Alex Cross
  562. All the Way Through Evening
  563. American Mary
  564. The Angel’s Share
  565. Argo
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  567. Back to 1942
  568. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  569. Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  570. Dangerous Liaisons
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  573. Dredd
  574. End of Watch
  575. Fun Size
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  580. The Hobbit, an unexpected journey
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  582. The Intouchables/ Les Intouchables/ Untouchables
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  612. Sound of My Voice
  613. Taken 2
  614. To Rome with Love
  615. Trouble with the Curve
  616. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  617. The Words
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  620. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
  621. On the Road
  622. Looper
  623. Damsels in Distress
  624. Holy Motors
  625. Arbitrage
  626. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  627. Lore
  628. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  629. Bait
  630. Hotel Transylvania
  631. The Watch
  632. Resident Evil: Retribution
  633. Barrymore
  634. Being Venice
  635. The Bourne Legacy
  636. Bully
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  638. Hope Springs
  639. Kath and Kimderella
  640. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  641. Monsieur Lazhar
  642. Moonrise Kingdom
  643. Total Recall
  644. Your Sister’s Sister
  645. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  646. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
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  648. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  649. The Sapphires
  650. Hysteria
  651. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  652. The Door
  653. Not Suitable for Children
  654. In Darkness
  655. Magic Mike
  656. The Dark Knight Rises
  657. The King is Dead!
  658. You Instead
  659. The Amazing Spiderman
  660. Where do we go now?
  661. The Three Stooges
  662. I Am Eleven
  663. Polisse
  664. Ted
  665. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  666. Snow White and the Huntsman
  667. Take This Waltz
  668. That’s My Boy
  669. Rock of Ages
  670. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  671. Brave
  672. Marley
  673. The Cabin in the Woods
  674. The Innkeepers
  675. Margaret
  676. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  677. Elena
  678. Prometheus
  679. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  680. Friends with Kids
  681. Get the Gringo
  682. Game Change
  683. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  684. Men in Black 3
  685. Empire of Silver
  686. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  687. The Dictator
  688. Swerve
  689. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  690. Careless Love
  691. Dark Shadows
  692. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  693. Iron Sky
  694. Trishna
  695. W./E
  696. 21 Jump Street
  697. Act of Valor
  698. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  699. The Avengers
  700. Battleship
  701. Cafe de Flore
  702. The Deep Blue Sea
  703. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  704. The Footnote
  705. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  706. Hotel Lux
  707. The Hunger Games
  708. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  709. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  710. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  711. The Lady
  712. Le Havre
  713. The Lucky One
  714. Mirror, Mirror
  715. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  716. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  717. The Raid
  718. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  719. The Rum Diary
  720. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  721. Safe
  722. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  723. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  724. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  725. Spud
  726. This Must be the Place
  727. Tomboy
  728. The Woman in Black
  729. Wish You Were Here
  730. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  731. The Five-Year Engagement
  732. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  733. The Wrath of the Titans
  734. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  735. Any Questions for Ben?
  736. 50/50
  737. The Artist
  738. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  739. Buck
  740. Carnage
  741. Chronicle
  742. Contraband
  743. A Dangerous Method
  744. The Devil Inside
  745. Gone
  746. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  747. Project X
  748. John Carter
  749. One for the Money
  750. Safe House
  751. This Means War
  752. Tyrannosaur
  753. 1911
  754. 30 Minutes or Less
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  763. Killer Elite
  764. Like Crazy
  765. Man on a Ledge
  766. My Week with Marilyn
  767. Retreat
  768. Shame
  769. Trespass
  770. The Vow
  771. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  772. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  773. Barbara
  774. Bel Ami
  775. Captive
  776. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  777. Cherry
  778. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  779. Dollhouse
  780. Don 2: Don Must Die
  781. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  782. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  783. Flowers of War
  784. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  785. Gnade/ Mercy
  786. Haywire
  787. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  788. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  789. Keep the Lights on
  790. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  791. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  792. Meteora
  793. My Brother the Devil
  794. Postcards from the Zoo
  795. Rebelle/ War Witch
  796. A Royal Affair
  797. Shadow Dancer
  798. Tabu
  799. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  800. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  801. White Deer Plain
  802. Wilaya
  803. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
  804. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2012
  805. Too Big to Fail
  806. The Descendants
  807. Arietty
  808. Autoluminiscent
  809. Hugo
  810. The Muppets
  811. Young Adult
  812. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  813. The Adventures of Tintin
  814. Waste Land
  815. Happy Feet Two
  816. We Bought a Zoo
  817. Dolphin Tale
  818. Albert Nobbs
  819. Courageous
  820. New Year’s Eve
  821. Restless
  822. The Tall Man
  823. The Skin I Live In
  824. Tower Heist
  825. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  826. Another Earth
  827. The Iron Lady
  828. Jack and Jill
  829. Melancholia
  830. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  831. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  832. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  833. Yes Madam, Sir
  834. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  835. Breaking Dawn Part I
  836. Attack the Block
  837. The Debt
  838. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  839. The Ides of March
  840. Immortals
  841. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  842. The Inbetweeners
  843. Moneyball
  844. Puss in Boots
  845. Toomelah
  846. Machine Gun Preacher
  847. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  848. Arthur Christmas
  849. Shark Night 3D
  850. L’Amour Fou
  851. Country Strong
  852. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  853. Surviving Georgia
  854. Cedar Rapids
  855. Our Idiot Brother
  856. In Time
  857. The Cup
  858. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  859. Contagion
  860. What’s Your Number?
  861. The Three Musketeers
  862. Midnight in Paris
  863. Higher Ground
  864. The Thing
  865. Project Nim
  866. Footloose
  867. Take Shelter
  868. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  869. The Whistleblower
  870. Monte Carlo
  871. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  872. Submarine
  873. The Eye of the Storm
  874. Fire in Babylon
  875. Tabloid
  876. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  877. Red State
  878. Real Steel
  879. Johnny English Reborn
  880. The Hunter
  881. Fright Night
  882. Abduction
  883. 13 Assassins
  884. Guilty Pleasures
  885. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  886. Colombiana
  887. Zookeeper
  888. Final Destination 5
  889. The Change-Up
  890. Face to Face
  891. Win Win
  892. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  893. Horrible Bosses
  894. Hobo with a Shotgun
  895. The Help
  896. Conan the Barbarian
  897. Chalet Girl
  898. Beastly
  899. Priest
  900. The Woman
  901. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  902. Friends with Benefits
  903. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  904. Jane Eyre
  905. Big Mamma’s Boy
  906. Cowboys & Aliens
  907. Green Lantern
  908. Senna
  909. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  910. The Illusionist
  911. The Conspirator
  912. Love Crime
  913. Captain America, the First Avenger
  914. Precious Life
  915. Bad Teacher
  916. The Eagle
  917. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  918. Mars Needs Moms
  919. Stake Land
  920. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  921. Meek’s Cutoff
  922. Cars 2
  923. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  924. Kung Fu Panda 2
  925. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  926. Larry Crowne
  927. The Trip
  928. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  929. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  930. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  931. Mozart’s Sister
  932. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  933. All Good Things
  934. Crazy on the Outside
  935. The Tree of Life
  936. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  937. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  938. Super 8
  939. Blame
  940. Bridesmaids
  941. Little White Lies
  942. Here I Am
  943. X Men: First Class
  944. The Tunnel
  945. Babies
  946. The Hangover Part II
  947. Carlos
  948. Oceans
  949. Angele et Tony
  950. Soul Surfer
  951. Julia’s Eyes
  952. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  953. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  954. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  955. Burke and Hare
  956. Water for Elephants
  957. Hanna
  958. Source Code
  959. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  960. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  961. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  962. Your Highness
  963. Thor
  964. Something Borrowed
  965. Snowtown
  966. Scream 4
  967. Rio
  968. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  969. Le Quattro Volte
  970. Paul
  971. Oranges and Sunshine
  972. Murundak
  973. Main Street
  974. Mad Bastards
  975. The Lost Bladesman
  976. Insidious
  977. Incendies
  978. The Human Resources Manager
  979. Get Low
  980. Catfish
  981. Arthur
  982. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  983. Hop
  984. Sucker Punch
  985. Potiche
  986. Goethe!
  987. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  988. Limitless
  989. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  990. A Heartbeat Away
  991. The Lincoln Lawyer
  992. The Reef
  993. Red Riding Hood
  994. The Company Men
  995. Battle Los Angeles
  996. Just Go With It
  997. Howl
  998. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  999. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  1000. Ausente (Absent)
  1001. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  1002. Come Rain, Come Shine
  1003. Coriolanus
  1004. Dance Town
  1005. The Devil’s Double
  1006. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1007. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1008. The Future
  1009. Griff the Invisible
  1010. The Guard
  1011. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1012. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1013. Late Bloomers
  1014. Margin Call
  1015. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1016. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1017. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1018. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1019. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1020. Our Grand Despair
  1021. Pina
  1022. El Premio (The Prize)
  1023. Romeos
  1024. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1025. Swans
  1026. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1027. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1028. True Grit
  1029. Unknown
  1030. Utopians
  1031. Vampire
  1032. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1033. Wind and Fog
  1034. Yelling to the Sky
  1035. The Rite
  1036. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1037. Rango
  1038. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1039. The Way Back
  1040. Wasted on the Young
  1041. Secretariat
  1042. Season of the Witch
  1043. No Strings Attached
  1044. Never Let Me Go
  1045. Nenette
  1046. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1047. Inside Job
  1048. I Am Number Four
  1049. Hall Pass
  1050. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1051. Conviction
  1052. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1053. The Adjustment Bureau
  1054. Rabbit Hole
  1055. Hereafter
  1056. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1057. Barney’s Version
  1058. The Green Hornet
  1059. The Next Three Days
  1060. Ramona and Beezus
  1061. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1062. The Mechanic
  1063. How Do You Know
  1064. The Romantics
  1065. 127 Hours
  1066. Black Swan
  1067. The Fighter
  1068. Burlesque
  1069. The Dilemma
  1070. Takers
  1071. Stone
  1072. Arctic Blast
  1073. Out Of The Silence
  1074. Helen
  1075. Morning Glory
  1076. Yogi Bear
  1077. Korkoro
  1078. Unstoppable
  1079. Tangled
  1080. The Tourist
  1081. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1082. Gulliver’s Travels
  1083. Little Fockers
  1084. Love and Other Drugs
  1085. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1086. The King’s Speech
  1087. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1088. Somewhere
  1089. Desert Flower
  1090. Tron: Legacy
  1091. Megamind
  1092. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1093. Devil
  1094. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1095. The Last Exorcism
  1096. Due Date
  1097. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1098. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1099. Beneath Hill 60
  1100. Monsters
  1101. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1102. Machete
  1103. Sisters of War
  1104. Wild Target
  1105. Skyline
  1106. The American
  1107. Winter’s Bone
  1108. The Loved Ones
  1109. Paranormal Activity 2
  1110. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1111. The Social Network
  1112. Gainsbourg
  1113. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1114. You Don’t Know Jack
  1115. Life as We Know It
  1116. Made in Dagenham
  1117. Red
  1118. Let Me In
  1119. The Town
  1120. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1121. Copacabana
  1122. La Danse
  1123. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1124. The Clinic
  1125. Eat Pray Love
  1126. Buried
  1127. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1128. Dinner for Schmucks
  1129. The Least of These
  1130. The City of Your Final Destination
  1131. Sagan
  1132. Summer Coda
  1133. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1134. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1135. I’m Still Here
  1136. The Other Guys
  1137. The Last Airbender
  1138. Easy A
  1139. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1140. Despicable Me
  1141. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1142. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1143. Salt
  1144. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1145. Piranha 3D
  1146. Vampires Suck
  1147. Matching Jack
  1148. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1149. Cairo Time
  1150. Peepli [Live]
  1151. The Expendables
  1152. Second Hand Wedding
  1153. Splice
  1154. Step Up 3D
  1155. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1156. The Special Relationship
  1157. South Solitary
  1158. Killers
  1159. Leaving (Partir)
  1160. Inception
  1161. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1162. Boy
  1163. The Waiting City
  1164. Knight and Day
  1165. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1166. The Runaways
  1167. Predators
  1168. The Karate Kid
  1169. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1170. Toy Story 3
  1171. New York, I Love You
  1172. The A-Team
  1173. Get Him to the Greek
  1174. Accidents Happen
  1175. L’Affaire Farewell
  1176. Animal Kingdom
  1177. City Island
  1178. Le Concert
  1179. I Love You Too
  1180. The Kings of Mykonos
  1181. Letters to Juliet
  1182. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1183. Mother and Child
  1184. Shrek Forever After
  1185. Valhalla Rising
  1186. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1187. Abel
  1188. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1189. Another Year
  1190. Aurora
  1191. Biutiful
  1192. Blue Valentine
  1193. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1194. Carancho
  1195. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1196. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1197. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1198. Fair Game
  1199. Hahaha
  1200. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1201. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1202. The Housemaid
  1203. Kaboom
  1204. Life, Above All
  1205. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1206. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1207. My Joy
  1208. La Nostra Vita
  1209. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1210. Octubre
  1211. Outrage
  1212. Poetry
  1213. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1214. Robin Hood
  1215. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1216. Route Irish
  1217. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1218. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1219. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1220. Tamara Drewe
  1221. Tournee (On Tour)
  1222. The Tree
  1223. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1224. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1225. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1226. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1227. Tooth Fairy
  1228. Sex and the City 2
  1229. The Losers
  1230. Rec 2
  1231. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1232. Gentlemen Broncos
  1233. Cop Out
  1234. 4.3.2.1.
  1235. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1236. A Room and a Half
  1237. Psych 9
  1238. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1239. Furry Vengeance
  1240. Four Lions
  1241. The Backup PLan
  1242. Iron Man 2
  1243. Revanche
  1244. The Last Song
  1245. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1246. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1247. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1248. The Joneses
  1249. Dogtooth
  1250. Centurion
  1251. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1252. Cherrybomb
  1253. Date Night
  1254. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1255. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1256. City of Life and Death
  1257. Cemetery Junction
  1258. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1259. Dear John
  1260. Repo Men
  1261. Crying with Laughter
  1262. Boogie Woogie
  1263. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1264. Shelter
  1265. The Infidel
  1266. Whip It
  1267. I Know You Know
  1268. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1269. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1270. Shank
  1271. How to Train Your Dragon
  1272. Clash of the Titans
  1273. Remember Me
  1274. Kick Ass
  1275. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1276. The Blind Side
  1277. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1278. The Bounty Hunter
  1279. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1280. The Spy Next Door
  1281. Sons of Cuba
  1282. Salvage
  1283. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1284. House of the Devil
  1285. Green Zone
  1286. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1287. Shutter Island
  1288. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1289. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1290. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1291. Chloe
  1292. Battle for Terra
  1293. The Wolfman
  1294. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1295. Valentine’s Day
  1296. Solomon Kane
  1297. Powder Blue
  1298. The Crazies
  1299. Case 39
  1300. Anonyma
  1301. Alice in Wonderland
  1302. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1303. Ondine
  1304. Micmacs
  1305. Legion
  1306. Leap Year
  1307. From Paris with Love
  1308. Extraordinary Measures
  1309. Everybody’s Fine
  1310. Crazy Heart
  1311. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1312. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1313. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1314. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1315. Bal (Honey)
  1316. David Wants to Fly
  1317. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1318. En Familie (A Family)
  1319. Father of Invention
  1320. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1321. Greenberg
  1322. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1323. The Kids are All Right
  1324. The Killer Inside Me
  1325. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1326. My Name is Khan
  1327. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1328. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1329. Please Give
  1330. Red Hill
  1331. Shahada (Faith)
  1332. Son of Babylon
  1333. Submarino
  1334. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1335. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1336. Invictus
  1337. The Book of Eli
  1338. Astro Boy
  1339. Youth in Revolt
  1340. Up in the Air
  1341. Tony
  1342. A Single Man
  1343. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1344. Holy Water
  1345. Exam
  1346. It’s Complicated
  1347. 44 Inch Chest
  1348. Nine
  1349. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1350. Ninja Assassin
  1351. Daybreakers
  1352. Armored
  1353. Edge of Darkness
  1354. Motherhood
  1355. Brothers
  1356. Breathless
  1357. Bran Nue Dae
  1358. All About Steve
  1359. The Princess and the Frog
  1360. Talentime
  1361. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1362. Extract
  1363. Shrink
  1364. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1365. Diamant 13
  1366. Old Dogs
  1367. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1368. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1369. Sherlock Holmes
  1370. The Lovely Bones
  1371. Prime Mover
  1372. The Brothers Bloom
  1373. Avatar
  1374. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1375. The Other Man
  1376. Post Grad
  1377. Unmade Beds
  1378. Where the Wild Things Are
  1379. Planet 51
  1380. Only When I Dance
  1381. Nowhere Boy
  1382. The Merry Gentleman
  1383. Me and Orson Welles
  1384. The Girlfriend Experience
  1385. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1386. The Descent: Part 2
  1387. Cracks
  1388. The Box
  1389. Nativity!
  1390. Paranormal Activity
  1391. Law Abiding Citizen
  1392. Bunny and the Bull
  1393. Machan
  1394. The Boys are Back
  1395. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1396. Glorious 39
  1397. A Serious Man
  1398. Examined Life
  1399. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1400. Harry Brown
  1401. Amelia
  1402. 2012
  1403. The Fourth Kind
  1404. An Education
  1405. A Christmas Carol
  1406. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1407. The Cove
  1408. The Horseman
  1409. Jennifer’s Body
  1410. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1411. Saw VI
  1412. Coffin Rock
  1413. Dead Man Running
  1414. Stone Bros.
  1415. Disgrace
  1416. My Year without Sex
  1417. This Is It
  1418. Blessed
  1419. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1420. Cedar Boys
  1421. Beautiful Kate
  1422. 9
  1423. Pontypool
  1424. Couples Retreat
  1425. Halloween II
  1426. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1427. Zombieland
  1428. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1429. The Informant!
  1430. Pandorum
  1431. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1432. Surrogates
  1433. The Invention of Lying
  1434. Whiteout
  1435. Sorority Row
  1436. The Soloist
  1437. Management
  1438. Julie & Julia
  1439. Jack Said
  1440. Gamer
  1441. The Firm
  1442. Fame
  1443. Dorian Gray
  1444. The Crimson Wing
  1445. Creation
  1446. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1447. Blind Dating
  1448. Away We Go
  1449. Adventureland
  1450. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1451. District 9
  1452. (500) Days of Summer
  1453. The Red Baron
  1454. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1455. Shorts
  1456. Funny People
  1457. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1458. A Perfect Getaway
  1459. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1460. The Final Destination
  1461. Dance Flick
  1462. Bandslam
  1463. Aliens in the Attic
  1464. Orphan
  1465. Adam
  1466. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1467. Home
  1468. The Ugly Truth
  1469. G-Force
  1470. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1471. Land of the Lost
  1472. Crossing Over
  1473. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1474. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1475. The Limits of Control
  1476. The Hurt Locker
  1477. Villa Amalia
  1478. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1479. The Proposal
  1480. Just Another Love Story
  1481. Charles Dickens’ England
  1482. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1483. Bist (Twenty)
  1484. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1485. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1486. Swinki (Piggies)
  1487. Goodbye, Solo
  1488. Moon
  1489. Martyrs
  1490. The Informers
  1491. Lake Tahoe
  1492. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1493. Frozen River
  1494. Cold Souls
  1495. Bruno
  1496. Red Mist
  1497. Public Enemies
  1498. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1499. Shirin
  1500. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1501. My Sister’s Keeper
  1502. Sunshine Cleaning
  1503. Rudo y Cursi
  1504. Sin Nombre
  1505. Year One
  1506. The Last Thakur
  1507. The Last House on the Left
  1508. Doghouse
  1509. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1510. Telstar
  1511. Gigantic
  1512. Red Cliff
  1513. Helen
  1514. The Hangover
  1515. O’Horten
  1516. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1517. Sex Drive
  1518. Terminator Salvation
  1519. Tormented
  1520. Sugar
  1521. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1522. Max Manus
  1523. Last Chance Harvey
  1524. The Hide
  1525. Awaydays
  1526. Angels & Demons
  1527. Fighting
  1528. Drag Me to Hell
  1529. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1530. Endgame
  1531. Obsessed
  1532. Viva
  1533. French Film
  1534. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1535. Visage
  1536. Vincere
  1537. Vengeance
  1538. Up
  1539. The Tsar
  1540. The Time that Remains
  1541. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1542. Tales from the Golden Age
  1543. Taking Woodstock
  1544. The Silent Army
  1545. Samson & Delilah
  1546. Un Prophete
  1547. Precious
  1548. Police, Adjective
  1549. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1550. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1551. Mother
  1552. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1553. Manila
  1554. Looking for Eric
  1555. Jaffa
  1556. Kinatay
  1557. Irene
  1558. Inglourious Basterds
  1559. Independencia
  1560. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1561. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1562. Fish Tank
  1563. Eyes Wide Open
  1564. Enter the Void
  1565. Demain des L’Aube
  1566. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1567. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1568. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1569. Bright Star
  1570. L’Armee du Crime
  1571. A L’Origine
  1572. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1573. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1574. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1575. Good
  1576. Coraline
  1577. Star Trek
  1578. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1579. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1580. Is Anybody There?
  1581. Momma’s Man
  1582. Shifty
  1583. Seraphine
  1584. Villa Jasmin
  1585. Snow (Snijeg)
  1586. Four Nights with Anna
  1587. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1588. Wrong Rosary
  1589. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1590. Skin
  1591. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1592. Scratch (Rysa)
  1593. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1594. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1595. Crank: High Voltage
  1596. The Empty Nest
  1597. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1598. Rain
  1599. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1600. State of Play
  1601. Observe and Report
  1602. Outlander
  1603. Hassan and Morkos
  1604. Departures (Okuribito)
  1605. Dansen (Dancers)
  1606. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1607. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1608. In the Loop
  1609. Not Easily Broken
  1610. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1611. Let the Right One In
  1612. I Love You, Man
  1613. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1614. Dragonball: Evolution
  1615. 17 Again
  1616. Fast and Furious
  1617. Tony Manero
  1618. Race to Witch Mountain
  1619. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1620. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1621. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1622. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1623. The Boat that Rocked
  1624. I Can’t Think Straight
  1625. The World Unseen
  1626. Religulous
  1627. The Uninvited
  1628. Little Ashes
  1629. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1630. Knowing
  1631. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1632. Traitor
  1633. Genova
  1634. The Damned United
  1635. Duplicity
  1636. Diminished Capacity
  1637. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1638. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1639. The Age of Stupid
  1640. Flash of Genius
  1641. Bronson
  1642. Hush
  1643. The Great Debaters
  1644. The Young Victoria
  1645. Wendy and Lucy
  1646. Watchmen
  1647. Reverb
  1648. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1649. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1650. The Burning Plain
  1651. American Teen
  1652. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1653. Yarwng (Roots)
  1654. The Crew
  1655. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1656. Push
  1657. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1658. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1659. The International
  1660. New in Town
  1661. The Unborn
  1662. Franklyn
  1663. Cadillac Records
  1664. Hotel for Dogs
  1665. Friday the 13th
  1666. Gran Torino
  1667. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1668. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1669. An American in New York
  1670. Ander
  1671. Beast Stalker
  1672. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1673. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1674. Cheri
  1675. The Countess
  1676. Deutschland 09
  1677. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1678. End of Love
  1679. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1680. Forever Enthralled
  1681. Gigante
  1682. Happy Tears
  1683. John Rabe
  1684. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1685. Katalin Varga
  1686. Letters to the President
  1687. London River
  1688. Mammoth
  1689. The Messenger
  1690. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1691. My One and Only
  1692. Pedro
  1693. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1694. Rage
  1695. Ricky
  1696. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1697. Storm
  1698. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1699. Welcome
  1700. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1701. Notorious
  1702. The Pink Panther 2
  1703. The Spirit
  1704. The Square
  1705. Bottle Shock
  1706. Bolt
  1707. JCVD
  1708. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1709. Valkyrie
  1710. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1711. Henry Poole is Here
  1712. The Broken
  1713. Battle in Seattle
  1714. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1715. Tokyo Sonata
  1716. The Punisher: War Zone
  1717. Who Killed Nancy?
  1718. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1719. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1720. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1721. Lucky Miles
  1722. Marley and Me
  1723. Gabriel
  1724. Bride Wars
  1725. Monkey PUzzle
  1726. Doubt
  1727. Frost/Nixon
  1728. Defiance
  1729. Revolutionary Road
  1730. Roman de Gare
  1731. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1732. Seven Pounds
  1733. Transsiberian
  1734. Garbage Warrior
  1735. Yes Man
  1736. The Grocer’s Son
  1737. Slumdog Millionaire
  1738. The Reader
  1739. Far North
  1740. Bedtime Stories
  1741. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1742. Newcastle
  1743. Fugitive Pieces
  1744. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1745. The Wrestler
  1746. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1747. Twilight
  1748. The Tale of Despereaux
  1749. Milk
  1750. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1751. Australia
  1752. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1753. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1754. Faintheart
  1755. Dean Spanley
  1756. Trade
  1757. The Stone of Destiny
  1758. Nordwand (North Face)
  1759. Love and Honour
  1760. Inkheart
  1761. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1762. Choke
  1763. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1764. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1765. The Secret Life of Bees
  1766. Quarantine
  1767. Summer
  1768. Julia
  1769. Four Christmases
  1770. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1771. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1772. Transporter 3
  1773. The Girl in the Park
  1774. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1775. Bonneville
  1776. The Children
  1777. The Express
  1778. Lakeview Terrace
  1779. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1780. Body of Lies
  1781. The Oxford Murders
  1782. Flawless
  1783. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1784. The Warlords
  1785. Easy Virtue
  1786. Fine, Totally Fine
  1787. Max Payne
  1788. Pride and Glory
  1789. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1790. Choking Man
  1791. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1792. Scar 3D
  1793. W
  1794. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1795. Quantum of Solace
  1796. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1797. Incendiary
  1798. Of Time and the City
  1799. Le Ring
  1800. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1801. Rumba
  1802. Saw V
  1803. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1804. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1805. Eagle Eye
  1806. Igor
  1807. The Rocker
  1808. Free Jimmy
  1809. Young @ Heart
  1810. La Zona
  1811. Rachel Getting Married
  1812. Bigga than Ben
  1813. Vinyan
  1814. Nights in Rodanthe
  1815. City of Ember
  1816. Mirrors
  1817. Brideshead Revisited
  1818. Mutant Chronicles
  1819. The House Bunny
  1820. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1821. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1822. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1823. Tropic Thunder
  1824. 88 Minutes
  1825. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1826. Good Dick
  1827. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1828. Rocknrolla
  1829. Redbelt
  1830. Righteous Kill
  1831. The Foot Fist Way
  1832. Death Race
  1833. Bangkok Dangerous
  1834. Appaloosa
  1835. The Women
  1836. Taken
  1837. Eden Lake
  1838. Babylon AD
  1839. Live!
  1840. Burn After Reading
  1841. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1842. Disaster Movie
  1843. Myrin (Jar City)
  1844. Partition
  1845. The Strangers
  1846. Step-Brothers
  1847. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1848. Puffball
  1849. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1850. The Wackness
  1851. Wild Child
  1852. Shoot on Sight
  1853. Daylight Robbery
  1854. El Cantante
  1855. Somers Town
  1856. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1857. Get Smart
  1858. Ben X
  1859. College Road Trip
  1860. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1861. Man from Plains
  1862. Three and Out
  1863. Vexille
  1864. Angel
  1865. The Clone Wars
  1866. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1867. The Karamazovs
  1868. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1869. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1870. CJ7
  1871. Make it Happen
  1872. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1873. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1874. The Love Guru
  1875. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1876. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1877. Married Life
  1878. Cass
  1879. Blindsight
  1880. Paris
  1881. Before the Rains
  1882. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1883. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1884. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1885. The Dark Knight
  1886. Baby Mama
  1887. Meet Dave
  1888. WALL.E
  1889. Donkey Punch
  1890. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1891. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1892. Mamma Mia
  1893. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1894. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1895. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1896. Mad Detective
  1897. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1898. Kung Fu Panda
  1899. In Memory of My Father
  1900. Adulthood
  1901. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1902. My Winnipeg
  1903. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1904. Prince Caspian
  1905. Hancock
  1906. Wanted
  1907. Cassandra’s Dream
  1908. The Ruins
  1909. The Edge of Love
  1910. The Waiting Room
  1911. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1912. The Happening
  1913. The Incredible Hulk
  1914. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1915. Teeth
  1916. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1917. The Escapist
  1918. Kamikaze Girls
  1919. Persepolis
  1920. Mongol
  1921. Ostrov (The Island)
  1922. Taxi to the Darkside
  1923. Balls of Fury
  1924. Mad Money
  1925. Anamorph
  1926. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1927. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1928. Sarkar Raj
  1929. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1930. Caramel
  1931. Prom Night
  1932. Superhero Movie
  1933. Chemical Wedding
  1934. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1935. Sex and the City
  1936. Timber Falls
  1937. 24 City
  1938. Adoration
  1939. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1940. Afterschool
  1941. Los Bastardos
  1942. Blindness
  1943. The Chaser
  1944. Che
  1945. Un Conte de Noel
  1946. Delta
  1947. Il Divo
  1948. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1949. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1950. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1951. Gomorrah
  1952. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1953. Hunger
  1954. Johnny Mad Dog
  1955. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1956. Linha de Passe
  1957. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1958. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1959. My Magic
  1960. Ocean Flame
  1961. Versailles
  1962. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1963. Palermo Shooting
  1964. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1965. Serbis
  1966. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1967. Soi Cowboy
  1968. Surveillance
  1969. Synecdoche, New York
  1970. Tokyo!
  1971. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1972. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1973. Tulpan
  1974. Two Lovers
  1975. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1976. La Vie Moderne
  1977. Waltz with Bashir
  1978. What Just Happened?
  1979. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1980. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1981. The Black Balloon
  1982. Charlie Bartlett
  1983. Shutter
  1984. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1985. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1986. Cashback
  1987. XXY
  1988. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1989. Honeydripper
  1990. Un Secret
  1991. The Air I Breathe
  1992. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  1993. The Eye
  1994. Speed Racer
  1995. What Happens in Vegas
  1996. Stop-Loss
  1997. [Rec.]
  1998. Iron Man
  1999. Manufacturing Landscapes
  2000. Made of Honour
  2001. Doomsday
  2002. In Bruges
  2003. Pathology
  2004. Street Kings
  2005. One Missed Call
  2006. P2
  2007. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2008. Nim’s Island
  2009. 21
  2010. Leatherheads
  2011. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2012. Deception
  2013. Fool’s Gold
  2014. Gone Baby Gone
  2015. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2016. The Mourning Forest
  2017. Boarding Gate
  2018. Death Defying Acts
  2019. Ballast
  2020. The Visitor
  2021. Smart People
  2022. The Mist
  2023. The King of California
  2024. Funny Games U.S.
  2025. Son of Rambow
  2026. Awake
  2027. How She Move
  2028. My Brother is an Only Child
  2029. Drillbit Taylor
  2030. First Sunday
  2031. The Go Master
  2032. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2033. The 11th Hour
  2034. Meet the Spartans
  2035. Lars and the Real Girl
  2036. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2037. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2038. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2039. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2040. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2041. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2042. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2043. Avril
  2044. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2045. Children of Glory
  2046. Out of the Blue
  2047. Miss Austen Regrets
  2048. Assembly
  2049. The Cottage
  2050. Beaufort
  2051. 10,000 BC
  2052. Vantage Point
  2053. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2054. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2055. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2056. Garage
  2057. Fade to Black
  2058. The Accidental Husband
  2059. The Baker
  2060. The Bank Job
  2061. The Bucket List
  2062. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2063. Mister Lonely
  2064. Rambo
  2065. Semi-Pro
  2066. Untraceable
  2067. Waz
  2068. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2069. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2070. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2071. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2072. Standard Operating Procedure
  2073. Sleep Dealer
  2074. Restless
  2075. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2076. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2077. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2078. Lemon Tree
  2079. Lady Jane
  2080. Katyn
  2081. Kabei - Our Mother
  2082. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2083. Jerusalema
  2084. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2085. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2086. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2087. Fireflies in the Garden
  2088. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2089. Elegy
  2090. Dream Boy
  2091. Derek
  2092. Corroboree
  2093. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2094. Boy A
  2095. Be Kind Rewind
  2096. Balikbayan Box
  2097. Black Water
  2098. Jumper
  2099. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2100. There Will Be Blood
  2101. Juno
  2102. Definitely, Maybe
  2103. The Forest of Death
  2104. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2105. The Water Horse
  2106. Time to Die
  2107. The Matrimony
  2108. Penelope
  2109. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2110. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2111. Margot at the Wedding
  2112. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2113. Over Her Dead Body
  2114. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2115. Cloverfield
  2116. Battle for Haditha
  2117. The Savages
  2118. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2119. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2120. Clubland
  2121. The Final Winter
  2122. Footy Legends
  2123. The Good Night
  2124. Kokoda
  2125. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2126. September
  2127. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2128. St Trinians
  2129. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2130. Underdog
  2131. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2132. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2133. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2134. Dan in Real Life
  2135. PS I Love You
  2136. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2137. Romulus, My Father
  2138. Rogue
  2139. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2140. I Am Legend
  2141. Closing the Ring
  2142. The Man in the Chair
  2143. The Game Plan
  2144. The Bet
  2145. 27 Dresses
  2146. As It Is In Heaven
  2147. Arctic Tale
  2148. Youth without Youth
  2149. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2150. Weirdsville
  2151. My Kid Could Paint That
  2152. Infinite Justice
  2153. Chromophobia
  2154. Anna M
  2155. Bella
  2156. The Bee Movie
  2157. He Was a Quiet Man
  2158. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2159. 30 Days of Night
  2160. Brick Lane
  2161. Enchanted
  2162. A Very British Gangster
  2163. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2164. I’m Not There
  2165. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2166. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2167. Talk to Me
  2168. Rescue Dawn
  2169. Shrooms
  2170. Fred Claus
  2171. Hitman
  2172. This Christmas
  2173. August Rush
  2174. You Kill Me
  2175. Stellet Licht
  2176. Silk
  2177. Into the Wild
  2178. The Lookout
  2179. Good Luck Chuck
  2180. Beowulf
  2181. I Served the King of England
  2182. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2183. Redacted
  2184. The Magic Flute
  2185. American Gangster
  2186. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2187. Lions for Lambs
  2188. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2189. Once
  2190. Black Sheep
  2191. Nancy Drew
  2192. Mr Brooks
  2193. The Last Legion
  2194. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2195. The Invasion
  2196. Razzle Dazzle
  2197. Interview
  2198. Stardust
  2199. Rendition
  2200. Ratatouille
  2201. The Nines
  2202. In the Valley of Elah
  2203. The Hunting Party
  2204. Eastern Promises
  2205. The Dark is Rising
  2206. The Darjeeling Limited
  2207. Daddy Day Camp
  2208. Blame it on Fidel
  2209. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2210. Rocket Science
  2211. Shoot ’em Up
  2212. Mr Woodcock
  2213. Across the Universe
  2214. Halloween
  2215. Sleuth
  2216. Death at a Funeral
  2217. Syndromes and a Century
  2218. Lust, Caution
  2219. It’s a Free World
  2220. War
  2221. The Nanny Diaries
  2222. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2223. Control
  2224. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2225. Feast of Love
  2226. The Heartbreak Kid
  2227. Hot Rod
  2228. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2229. The Kingdom
  2230. The Brave One
  2231. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2232. In Memoria di Me
  2233. Takva
  2234. Superbad
  2235. Le Serpent
  2236. Michael Clayton
  2237. Irina Palm
  2238. Georgia Rule
  2239. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2240. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2241. Atonement
  2242. 3:10 to Yuma
  2243. No Reservations
  2244. Death Sentence
  2245. 1408
  2246. December Boys
  2247. 2 Days in Paris
  2248. Year of the Dog
  2249. Buy it Now
  2250. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2251. Hallam Foe
  2252. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2253. Sugarhouse
  2254. Waitress
  2255. Seraphim Falls
  2256. Lady Chatterley
  2257. Knocked Up
  2258. Evening
  2259. Eagle vs Shark
  2260. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2261. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2262. Sparkle
  2263. Bratz the Movie
  2264. Ecoute le temps
  2265. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2266. Marigold
  2267. Copying Beethoven
  2268. Surf’s Up
  2269. Rush Hour 3
  2270. License to Wed
  2271. Happily N’Ever After
  2272. Wind Chill
  2273. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2274. Tales from Earthsea
  2275. Gandhi my Father
  2276. Evan Almighty
  2277. The Hoax
  2278. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2279. Transformers
  2280. In the Land of Women
  2281. The Walker
  2282. The Simpsons Movie
  2283. Disturbia
  2284. Daratt
  2285. Macbeth
  2286. The Priestess
  2287. The Lark Farm
  2288. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2289. Hairspray
  2290. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2291. Screamers
  2292. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2293. The War on Democracy
  2294. Die Hard 4.0
  2295. Dead Silence
  2296. The Flying Scotsman
  2297. Hostel 2
  2298. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2299. Shrek the Third
  2300. Grow Your Own
  2301. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2302. Lucky You
  2303. Captivity
  2304. PTU
  2305. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2306. Water
  2307. Vacancy
  2308. Are We Done Yet?
  2309. Frankie
  2310. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2311. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2312. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2313. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2314. Messages
  2315. Black Gold
  2316. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2317. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2318. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2319. The Tiger’s Tail
  2320. Oceans 13
  2321. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2322. The Chumscrubber
  2323. The City of Violence
  2324. The Hitcher
  2325. We Own the Night
  2326. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2327. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2328. Triangle
  2329. Terror’s Advocate
  2330. Tehilim
  2331. La Soledad
  2332. Sicko
  2333. Secret Sunshine
  2334. Savage Grace
  2335. Paranoid Park
  2336. No Country for Old Men
  2337. My Blueberry Nights
  2338. Munruyangabo
  2339. A Mighty Heart
  2340. The Man from London
  2341. Import/Export
  2342. Go Go Tales
  2343. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2344. Death Proof
  2345. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2346. Chacun Son Cinema
  2347. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2348. Breath (Soom)
  2349. Boxes
  2350. The Banishment
  2351. The Band’s Visit
  2352. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2353. Apres Lui
  2354. Alexandra
  2355. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2356. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2357. Lovewrecked
  2358. Conversations with Other Women
  2359. Like Minds
  2360. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2361. Dans Paris
  2362. 28 Weeks Later
  2363. Black Snake Moan
  2364. Spiderman 3
  2365. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2366. Goya’s Ghosts
  2367. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2368. End of the Spear
  2369. Goodbye Bafana
  2370. The Breed
  2371. This is England
  2372. The Painted Veil
  2373. The Last Mimzy
  2374. Next
  2375. Reno 911!: Miami
  2376. Straightheads
  2377. Away from Her
  2378. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2379. The Puffy Chair
  2380. Fracture
  2381. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2382. The Jesus Project
  2383. Half Nelson
  2384. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2385. The Reaping
  2386. Reign over me
  2387. Son of Man
  2388. Perfect Stranger
  2389. Edmond
  2390. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2391. Unknown
  2392. Shooter
  2393. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2394. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2395. One Night with the King
  2396. Wild Hogs
  2397. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2398. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2399. Meet the Robinsons
  2400. Sunshine
  2401. Blades of Glory
  2402. The Messengers
  2403. The Namesake
  2404. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2405. Stomp the Yard
  2406. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2407. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2408. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2409. Factory Girl
  2410. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2411. Catch a Fire
  2412. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2413. The Last Sineater
  2414. Catch and Release
  2415. Amazing Grace
  2416. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2417. I Want Candy
  2418. The Ultimate Gift
  2419. Premonition
  2420. Sherrybaby
  2421. Facing the Giants
  2422. Breach
  2423. Zodiac
  2424. Sheitan
  2425. The Astronaut Farmer
  2426. Outlaw
  2427. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2428. Norbit
  2429. Becoming Jane
  2430. The Good German
  2431. Gone
  2432. Kardia
  2433. Music and Lyrics
  2434. 300
  2435. Bamako
  2436. Hot Fuzz
  2437. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2438. Middletown
  2439. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2440. Alpha Dog
  2441. Material Girls
  2442. Inland Empire
  2443. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2444. The Number 23
  2445. Because I Said So
  2446. School for Scoundrels
  2447. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2448. Blood and Chocolate
  2449. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2450. Hannibal Rising
  2451. Epic Movie
  2452. The Reef
  2453. The Good Shepherd
  2454. Ghost Rider
  2455. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2456. Dreamgirls
  2457. Notes on a Scandal
  2458. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2459. Kenny
  2460. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2461. The Last King of Scotland
  2462. For Your Consideration
  2463. Irresistible
  2464. Little Red Flowers
  2465. The Illusionist
  2466. Freedom Writers
  2467. Smokin’ Aces
  2468. Ghosts
  2469. Venus
  2470. Flyboys
  2471. Ils (Them)
  2472. Suburban Mayhem
  2473. Gridiron Gang
  2474. Miss Potter
  2475. The Return
  2476. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2477. Charlotte’s Web
  2478. Flicka
  2479. Boytown
  2480. The Fountain
  2481. Bobby
  2482. 3 Needles
  2483. Last Train to Freo
  2484. Scoop
  2485. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2486. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2487. Flags of our Fathers
  2488. Night at the Museum
  2489. Rocky Balboa
  2490. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2491. Zoom
  2492. Kabul Express
  2493. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2494. Employee of the Month
  2495. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2496. Running With Scissors
  2497. Blood Diamond
  2498. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2499. Eragon
  2500. Deja Vu
  2501. Black Christmas
  2502. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2503. A Prairie Home Companion
  2504. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2505. Apocalypto
  2506. The Holiday
  2507. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2508. London to Brighton
  2509. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2510. Happy Feet
  2511. Jackass Number Two
  2512. Deck the Halls
  2513. The Covenant
  2514. Suburban Mayhem
  2515. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2516. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2517. Shortbus
  2518. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2519. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2520. Flushed Away
  2521. Stranger Than Fiction
  2522. Big Nothing
  2523. All the Invisible Children
  2524. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2525. Twelve and Holding
  2526. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2527. Breaking and Entering
  2528. Heroes and Villains
  2529. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2530. Casino Royale
  2531. Puritan
  2532. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2533. The Prestige
  2534. Waist Deep
  2535. Little Children
  2536. The Nativity Story
  2537. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2538. All the King’s Men
  2539. The Last Kiss
  2540. Saw III
  2541. Mischief Night
  2542. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2543. Sixty Six
  2544. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2545. Gypo
  2546. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2547. Peaceful Warrior
  2548. Driving Lessons
  2549. Wordplay
  2550. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2551. Idlewild
  2552. The Grudge 2
  2553. Stick It
  2554. New Police Story
  2555. Step Up
  2556. Infamous
  2557. The History Boys
  2558. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2559. Starter for Ten
  2560. Open Season
  2561. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2562. The Aryan Couple
  2563. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2564. A Good Year
  2565. The Guardian
  2566. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2567. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2568. Man Push Cart
  2569. Accepted
  2570. The Departed
  2571. Johanna
  2572. Life and Lyrics
  2573. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2574. Hoodwinked
  2575. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2576. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2577. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2578. Click
  2579. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2580. Keane
  2581. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2582. Hollywoodland
  2583. Clerks II
  2584. An Inconvenient Truth
  2585. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2586. Snow Cake
  2587. Little Miss Sunshine
  2588. The Wicker Man
  2589. The Devil Wears Prada
  2590. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2591. World Trade Center
  2592. The Black Dahlia
  2593. Children of Men
  2594. The Queen
  2595. The Sentinel
  2596. Crank
  2597. This Film is not yet Rated
  2598. The Benchwarmers
  2599. Over the Hedge
  2600. Severance
  2601. Adrift
  2602. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2603. You, Me and Dupree
  2604. Right at Your Door
  2605. Snakes on a Plane
  2606. Akeelah and the Bee
  2607. Harsh Times
  2608. A Scanner Darkly
  2609. John Tucker Must Die
  2610. Tideland
  2611. Monster House
  2612. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2613. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2614. Bee Season
  2615. Angel-A
  2616. Ellie Parker
  2617. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2618. Warrior-King
  2619. Alpha Male
  2620. Wilderness
  2621. The Night Listener
  2622. Lady in the Water
  2623. Nacho Libre
  2624. Tarfaya
  2625. Paper Clips
  2626. 11:14
  2627. Cars
  2628. Stay Alive
  2629. The Break-Up
  2630. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2631. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2632. Trust the Man
  2633. Miami Vice
  2634. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2635. Omkara
  2636. The Ant Bully
  2637. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2638. Ultraviolet
  2639. The Thief Lord
  2640. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2641. Fearless
  2642. Half Light
  2643. Hard Candy
  2644. Imagine You and Me
  2645. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2646. Dumplings
  2647. Curious George
  2648. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2649. Aquamarine
  2650. The Lake House
  2651. Thank You for Smoking
  2652. Superman Returns
  2653. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2654. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2655. Stormbreaker
  2656. An Unfinished Life
  2657. Love + Hate
  2658. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2659. Secuestro Express
  2660. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2661. Little Manhattan
  2662. Poseidon
  2663. Friends with Money
  2664. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2665. Forty Shades of Blue
  2666. Just My Luck
  2667. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2668. Reeker
  2669. Pretty Persuasion
  2670. King Kong
  2671. Ask the Dust
  2672. Wah Wah
  2673. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2674. RV
  2675. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2676. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2677. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2678. 2:37
  2679. Babel
  2680. The Caiman
  2681. Cronica de una Fuga
  2682. Fast Food Nation
  2683. Flanders
  2684. Climates
  2685. Indigènes
  2686. Jindabyne
  2687. Lights in the Dusk
  2688. Marie Antoinette
  2689. Paris je t’aime
  2690. Red Road
  2691. Southland Tales
  2692. Volver
  2693. Summer Palace
  2694. Ten Canoes
  2695. El Violin
  2696. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2697. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2698. Shooting Dogs
  2699. CZECH FILM REVIEWS
  2700. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006, SUPPLEMENT
  2701. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006
  2702. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 2006
  2703. 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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