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  297. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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  299. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
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  304. The Wolf of Wall Street
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  308. August: Osage County
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  310. Backyard Ashes
  311. The Book Thief
  312. Carrie
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  315. Fill the Void
  316. Filth
  317. Frozen
  318. The Gilded Cage/ La Cage Doree
  319. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  320. Homefront
  321. How I Live Now
  322. Last Vegas
  323. Le Weekend
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  325. The Railway Man
  326. Si Parla Italiano: Lygon Street
  327. Adoration
  328. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
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  330. Austenland
  331. Big Ass Spider
  332. Blancanieves
  333. Captain Phillips
  334. Closed Circuit
  335. The Counselor
  336. Ender’s Game
  337. Enough Said
  338. Escape Plan
  339. The Fifth Estate
  340. Fruitvale Station
  341. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  342. Insidious Chapter 2
  343. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  344. Kill Your Darlings
  345. Machete Kills
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  348. Mr Pip
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  367. I Am a Girl
  368. In Bob We Trust
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  371. Lasseter’s Bones
  372. Paranoia
  373. Parker
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  375. Planes
  376. Prisoners
  377. The Red and the Blue
  378. Renoir
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  380. RIPD
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  383. Stories We Tell
  384. Thanks for Sharing
  385. Turbo
  386. The Best Offer
  387. Blue Jasmine
  388. Elysium
  389. Gambit
  390. The Gatekeepers
  391. A Hijacking/ Kapringen
  392. Jobs
  393. Kickass 2
  394. Mood Indigo/ L’Ecume des Jours
  395. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  396. Much Ado About Nothing
  397. Pain & Gain
  398. Red 2
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  400. The Rocket
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  416. The Blind Detective
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  423. Everybody Has a Plan/ Todos Tenemos un Plan
  424. Furious 6/ The Fast and the Furious 6
  425. A Gun in Each Hand
  426. Happiness Never Comes Alone/Le bonheur n’arrive jamais a seul
  427. The Heat
  428. The Internship
  429. In the House/ Dans La Maison
  430. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  431. The Lone Ranger
  432. Man of Steel
  433. Metro
  434. Monsters University
  435. Now You See Me
  436. One Mile Above/ Kora
  437. Only God Forgives
  438. Pacific Rim
  439. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  440. Reality
  441. Satellite Boy
  442. This is the End
  443. The Way, Way Back
  444. The Wolverine
  445. Still Mine
  446. To the Wonder
  447. World War Z
  448. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
  449. The Big Wedding
  450. Broken
  451. The Call
  452. Camille Redouble/ Camille Rewinds
  453. Dead Man Down
  454. Evil Dead
  455. The Great Gatsby
  456. The Hangover Part III
  457. Jagten/ The Hunt
  458. Mud
  459. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  460. Scary Movie 5
  461. Snitch
  462. Spring Breakers
  463. Star Trek Into Darkness
  464. Adventures in Zambezia
  465. Antiviral
  466. Chasing Ice
  467. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  468. The Company You Keep
  469. Drift
  470. Vic and Flo Meet a Bear
  471. Side Effects
  472. Promised Land
  473. Prince Avalanche
  474. Parde (Closed Curtain)
  475. Paradies
  476. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
  477. Night Train to Lisbon
  478. The Necessary Death of Charley Countryman
  479. La religieuse (The Nun)
  480. Maladies
  481. Lovelace
  482. The Look of Love
  483. A Long and Happy Life
  484. In the Name of...
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  486. The Grandmaster
  487. Gloria
  488. Gold
  489. Frances Ha
  490. An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
  491. Elle s’en va (On Her Way)
  492. Dark Blood
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  494. Camille Claudel 1915
  495. Before Midnight
  496. Escape from Planet Earth
  497. First Position
  498. Haute Cuisine/ Les Saveurs de Palais
  499. Identity Thief
  500. Iron Man 3
  501. No
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  503. Olympus Has Fallen
  504. The Other Son/ Le Fils de L’Autre
  505. The Place Beyond the Pines
  506. Rust and Bone
  507. Le Skylab
  508. Sleepwalk with Me
  509. Song for Marion
  510. Therese Desqueyroux
  511. Trance
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  513. 21 and Over
  514. Blinder
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  536. Flight
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  538. The Impossible
  539. The Guilt Trip
  540. Last Dance
  541. Life of Pi
  542. Lincoln
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  544. Rise of the Guardians
  545. Save Your Legs
  546. The Silver Linings Playbook
  547. Wreck-it Ralph
  548. This is 40
  549. 2 Days in New York
  550. 360
  551. Alex Cross
  552. All the Way Through Evening
  553. American Mary
  554. The Angel’s Share
  555. Argo
  556. Bachelorette
  557. Back to 1942
  558. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  559. Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  560. Dangerous Liaisons
  561. Dead Europe
  562. The Do-Deca Pentathlon
  563. Dredd
  564. End of Watch
  565. Fun Size
  566. God Bless America
  567. Hail
  568. Here Comes the Boom
  569. Hitchcock
  570. The Hobbit, an unexpected journey
  571. Jack Reacher
  572. The Intouchables/ Les Intouchables/ Untouchables
  573. I Wish
  574. Killing Them Softly
  575. Lawless
  576. Les Miserables
  577. Liberal Arts
  578. Lockout
  579. Love is All You Need
  580. Lore
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  582. The Master
  583. Mental
  584. Miss Bala
  585. A Monster in Paris
  586. Paris - Manhattan
  587. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  588. People Like US
  589. Pitch Perfect
  590. Paranormal Activity 4
  591. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  592. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2012
  593. Quartet
  594. The Raven
  595. Robot & Frank
  596. Ruby Sparks
  597. The Sessions
  598. Seven Psychopaths
  599. Sinister
  600. Skyfall
  601. Savages
  602. Sound of My Voice
  603. Taken 2
  604. To Rome with Love
  605. Trouble with the Curve
  606. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  607. The Words
  608. Wuthering Heights
  609. Wunderkinder
  610. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
  611. On the Road
  612. Looper
  613. Damsels in Distress
  614. Holy Motors
  615. Arbitrage
  616. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  617. Lore
  618. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  619. Bait
  620. Hotel Transylvania
  621. The Watch
  622. Resident Evil: Retribution
  623. Barrymore
  624. Being Venice
  625. The Bourne Legacy
  626. Bully
  627. The Expendables 2
  628. Hope Springs
  629. Kath and Kimderella
  630. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  631. Monsieur Lazhar
  632. Moonrise Kingdom
  633. Total Recall
  634. Your Sister’s Sister
  635. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  636. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
  637. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2012
  638. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  639. The Sapphires
  640. Hysteria
  641. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  642. The Door
  643. Not Suitable for Children
  644. In Darkness
  645. Magic Mike
  646. The Dark Knight Rises
  647. The King is Dead!
  648. You Instead
  649. The Amazing Spiderman
  650. Where do we go now?
  651. The Three Stooges
  652. I Am Eleven
  653. Polisse
  654. Ted
  655. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  656. Snow White and the Huntsman
  657. Take This Waltz
  658. That’s My Boy
  659. Rock of Ages
  660. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  661. Brave
  662. Marley
  663. The Cabin in the Woods
  664. The Innkeepers
  665. Margaret
  666. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  667. Elena
  668. Prometheus
  669. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  670. Friends with Kids
  671. Get the Gringo
  672. Game Change
  673. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  674. Men in Black 3
  675. Empire of Silver
  676. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  677. The Dictator
  678. Swerve
  679. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  680. Careless Love
  681. Dark Shadows
  682. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  683. Iron Sky
  684. Trishna
  685. W./E
  686. 21 Jump Street
  687. Act of Valor
  688. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  689. The Avengers
  690. Battleship
  691. Cafe de Flore
  692. The Deep Blue Sea
  693. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  694. The Footnote
  695. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  696. Hotel Lux
  697. The Hunger Games
  698. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  699. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  700. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  701. The Lady
  702. Le Havre
  703. The Lucky One
  704. Mirror, Mirror
  705. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  706. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  707. The Raid
  708. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  709. The Rum Diary
  710. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  711. Safe
  712. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  713. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  714. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  715. Spud
  716. This Must be the Place
  717. Tomboy
  718. The Woman in Black
  719. Wish You Were Here
  720. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  721. The Five-Year Engagement
  722. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  723. The Wrath of the Titans
  724. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  725. Any Questions for Ben?
  726. 50/50
  727. The Artist
  728. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  729. Buck
  730. Carnage
  731. Chronicle
  732. Contraband
  733. A Dangerous Method
  734. The Devil Inside
  735. Gone
  736. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  737. Project X
  738. John Carter
  739. One for the Money
  740. Safe House
  741. This Means War
  742. Tyrannosaur
  743. 1911
  744. 30 Minutes or Less
  745. Apollo 18
  746. A Better Life
  747. Everything Must Go
  748. A Few Best Men
  749. Flypaper
  750. The Grey
  751. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  752. J. Edgar
  753. Killer Elite
  754. Like Crazy
  755. Man on a Ledge
  756. My Week with Marilyn
  757. Retreat
  758. Shame
  759. Trespass
  760. The Vow
  761. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  762. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  763. Barbara
  764. Bel Ami
  765. Captive
  766. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  767. Cherry
  768. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  769. Dollhouse
  770. Don 2: Don Must Die
  771. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  772. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  773. Flowers of War
  774. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  775. Gnade/ Mercy
  776. Haywire
  777. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  778. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  779. Keep the Lights on
  780. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  781. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  782. Meteora
  783. My Brother the Devil
  784. Postcards from the Zoo
  785. Rebelle/ War Witch
  786. A Royal Affair
  787. Shadow Dancer
  788. Tabu
  789. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  790. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  791. White Deer Plain
  792. Wilaya
  793. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
  794. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2012
  795. Too Big to Fail
  796. The Descendants
  797. Arietty
  798. Autoluminiscent
  799. Hugo
  800. The Muppets
  801. Young Adult
  802. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  803. The Adventures of Tintin
  804. Waste Land
  805. Happy Feet Two
  806. We Bought a Zoo
  807. Dolphin Tale
  808. Albert Nobbs
  809. Courageous
  810. New Year’s Eve
  811. Restless
  812. The Tall Man
  813. The Skin I Live In
  814. Tower Heist
  815. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  816. Another Earth
  817. The Iron Lady
  818. Jack and Jill
  819. Melancholia
  820. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  821. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  822. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  823. Yes Madam, Sir
  824. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  825. Breaking Dawn Part I
  826. Attack the Block
  827. The Debt
  828. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  829. The Ides of March
  830. Immortals
  831. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  832. The Inbetweeners
  833. Moneyball
  834. Puss in Boots
  835. Toomelah
  836. Machine Gun Preacher
  837. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  838. Arthur Christmas
  839. Shark Night 3D
  840. L’Amour Fou
  841. Country Strong
  842. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  843. Surviving Georgia
  844. Cedar Rapids
  845. Our Idiot Brother
  846. In Time
  847. The Cup
  848. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  849. Contagion
  850. What’s Your Number?
  851. The Three Musketeers
  852. Midnight in Paris
  853. Higher Ground
  854. The Thing
  855. Project Nim
  856. Footloose
  857. Take Shelter
  858. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  859. The Whistleblower
  860. Monte Carlo
  861. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  862. Submarine
  863. The Eye of the Storm
  864. Fire in Babylon
  865. Tabloid
  866. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  867. Red State
  868. Real Steel
  869. Johnny English Reborn
  870. The Hunter
  871. Fright Night
  872. Abduction
  873. 13 Assassins
  874. Guilty Pleasures
  875. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  876. Colombiana
  877. Zookeeper
  878. Final Destination 5
  879. The Change-Up
  880. Face to Face
  881. Win Win
  882. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  883. Horrible Bosses
  884. Hobo with a Shotgun
  885. The Help
  886. Conan the Barbarian
  887. Chalet Girl
  888. Beastly
  889. Priest
  890. The Woman
  891. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  892. Friends with Benefits
  893. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  894. Jane Eyre
  895. Big Mamma’s Boy
  896. Cowboys & Aliens
  897. Green Lantern
  898. Senna
  899. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  900. The Illusionist
  901. The Conspirator
  902. Love Crime
  903. Captain America, the First Avenger
  904. Precious Life
  905. Bad Teacher
  906. The Eagle
  907. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  908. Mars Needs Moms
  909. Stake Land
  910. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  911. Meek’s Cutoff
  912. Cars 2
  913. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  914. Kung Fu Panda 2
  915. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  916. Larry Crowne
  917. The Trip
  918. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  919. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  920. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  921. Mozart’s Sister
  922. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  923. All Good Things
  924. Crazy on the Outside
  925. The Tree of Life
  926. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  927. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  928. Super 8
  929. Blame
  930. Bridesmaids
  931. Little White Lies
  932. Here I Am
  933. X Men: First Class
  934. The Tunnel
  935. Babies
  936. The Hangover Part II
  937. Carlos
  938. Oceans
  939. Angele et Tony
  940. Soul Surfer
  941. Julia’s Eyes
  942. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  943. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  944. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  945. Burke and Hare
  946. Water for Elephants
  947. Hanna
  948. Source Code
  949. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  950. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  951. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  952. Your Highness
  953. Thor
  954. Something Borrowed
  955. Snowtown
  956. Scream 4
  957. Rio
  958. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  959. Le Quattro Volte
  960. Paul
  961. Oranges and Sunshine
  962. Murundak
  963. Main Street
  964. Mad Bastards
  965. The Lost Bladesman
  966. Insidious
  967. Incendies
  968. The Human Resources Manager
  969. Get Low
  970. Catfish
  971. Arthur
  972. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  973. Hop
  974. Sucker Punch
  975. Potiche
  976. Goethe!
  977. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  978. Limitless
  979. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  980. A Heartbeat Away
  981. The Lincoln Lawyer
  982. The Reef
  983. Red Riding Hood
  984. The Company Men
  985. Battle Los Angeles
  986. Just Go With It
  987. Howl
  988. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  989. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  990. Ausente (Absent)
  991. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  992. Come Rain, Come Shine
  993. Coriolanus
  994. Dance Town
  995. The Devil’s Double
  996. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  997. The Forgiveness of Blood
  998. The Future
  999. Griff the Invisible
  1000. The Guard
  1001. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1002. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1003. Late Bloomers
  1004. Margin Call
  1005. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1006. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1007. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1008. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1009. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1010. Our Grand Despair
  1011. Pina
  1012. El Premio (The Prize)
  1013. Romeos
  1014. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1015. Swans
  1016. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1017. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1018. True Grit
  1019. Unknown
  1020. Utopians
  1021. Vampire
  1022. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1023. Wind and Fog
  1024. Yelling to the Sky
  1025. The Rite
  1026. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1027. Rango
  1028. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1029. The Way Back
  1030. Wasted on the Young
  1031. Secretariat
  1032. Season of the Witch
  1033. No Strings Attached
  1034. Never Let Me Go
  1035. Nenette
  1036. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1037. Inside Job
  1038. I Am Number Four
  1039. Hall Pass
  1040. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1041. Conviction
  1042. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1043. The Adjustment Bureau
  1044. Rabbit Hole
  1045. Hereafter
  1046. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1047. Barney’s Version
  1048. The Green Hornet
  1049. The Next Three Days
  1050. Ramona and Beezus
  1051. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1052. The Mechanic
  1053. How Do You Know
  1054. The Romantics
  1055. 127 Hours
  1056. Black Swan
  1057. The Fighter
  1058. Burlesque
  1059. The Dilemma
  1060. Takers
  1061. Stone
  1062. Arctic Blast
  1063. Out Of The Silence
  1064. Helen
  1065. Morning Glory
  1066. Yogi Bear
  1067. Korkoro
  1068. Unstoppable
  1069. Tangled
  1070. The Tourist
  1071. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1072. Gulliver’s Travels
  1073. Little Fockers
  1074. Love and Other Drugs
  1075. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1076. The King’s Speech
  1077. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1078. Somewhere
  1079. Desert Flower
  1080. Tron: Legacy
  1081. Megamind
  1082. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1083. Devil
  1084. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1085. The Last Exorcism
  1086. Due Date
  1087. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1088. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1089. Beneath Hill 60
  1090. Monsters
  1091. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1092. Machete
  1093. Sisters of War
  1094. Wild Target
  1095. Skyline
  1096. The American
  1097. Winter’s Bone
  1098. The Loved Ones
  1099. Paranormal Activity 2
  1100. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1101. The Social Network
  1102. Gainsbourg
  1103. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1104. You Don’t Know Jack
  1105. Life as We Know It
  1106. Made in Dagenham
  1107. Red
  1108. Let Me In
  1109. The Town
  1110. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1111. Copacabana
  1112. La Danse
  1113. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1114. The Clinic
  1115. Eat Pray Love
  1116. Buried
  1117. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1118. Dinner for Schmucks
  1119. The Least of These
  1120. The City of Your Final Destination
  1121. Sagan
  1122. Summer Coda
  1123. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1124. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1125. I’m Still Here
  1126. The Other Guys
  1127. The Last Airbender
  1128. Easy A
  1129. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1130. Despicable Me
  1131. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1132. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1133. Salt
  1134. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1135. Piranha 3D
  1136. Vampires Suck
  1137. Matching Jack
  1138. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1139. Cairo Time
  1140. Peepli [Live]
  1141. The Expendables
  1142. Second Hand Wedding
  1143. Splice
  1144. Step Up 3D
  1145. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1146. The Special Relationship
  1147. South Solitary
  1148. Killers
  1149. Leaving (Partir)
  1150. Inception
  1151. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1152. Boy
  1153. The Waiting City
  1154. Knight and Day
  1155. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1156. The Runaways
  1157. Predators
  1158. The Karate Kid
  1159. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1160. Toy Story 3
  1161. New York, I Love You
  1162. The A-Team
  1163. Get Him to the Greek
  1164. Accidents Happen
  1165. L’Affaire Farewell
  1166. Animal Kingdom
  1167. City Island
  1168. Le Concert
  1169. I Love You Too
  1170. The Kings of Mykonos
  1171. Letters to Juliet
  1172. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1173. Mother and Child
  1174. Shrek Forever After
  1175. Valhalla Rising
  1176. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1177. Abel
  1178. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1179. Another Year
  1180. Aurora
  1181. Biutiful
  1182. Blue Valentine
  1183. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1184. Carancho
  1185. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1186. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1187. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1188. Fair Game
  1189. Hahaha
  1190. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1191. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1192. The Housemaid
  1193. Kaboom
  1194. Life, Above All
  1195. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1196. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1197. My Joy
  1198. La Nostra Vita
  1199. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1200. Octubre
  1201. Outrage
  1202. Poetry
  1203. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1204. Robin Hood
  1205. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1206. Route Irish
  1207. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1208. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1209. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1210. Tamara Drewe
  1211. Tournee (On Tour)
  1212. The Tree
  1213. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1214. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1215. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1216. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1217. Tooth Fairy
  1218. Sex and the City 2
  1219. The Losers
  1220. Rec 2
  1221. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1222. Gentlemen Broncos
  1223. Cop Out
  1225. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1226. A Room and a Half
  1227. Psych 9
  1228. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1229. Furry Vengeance
  1230. Four Lions
  1231. The Backup PLan
  1232. Iron Man 2
  1233. Revanche
  1234. The Last Song
  1235. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1236. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1237. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1238. The Joneses
  1239. Dogtooth
  1240. Centurion
  1241. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1242. Cherrybomb
  1243. Date Night
  1244. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1245. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1246. City of Life and Death
  1247. Cemetery Junction
  1248. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1249. Dear John
  1250. Repo Men
  1251. Crying with Laughter
  1252. Boogie Woogie
  1253. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1254. Shelter
  1255. The Infidel
  1256. Whip It
  1257. I Know You Know
  1258. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1259. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1260. Shank
  1261. How to Train Your Dragon
  1262. Clash of the Titans
  1263. Remember Me
  1264. Kick Ass
  1265. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1266. The Blind Side
  1267. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1268. The Bounty Hunter
  1269. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1270. The Spy Next Door
  1271. Sons of Cuba
  1272. Salvage
  1273. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1274. House of the Devil
  1275. Green Zone
  1276. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1277. Shutter Island
  1278. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1279. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1280. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1281. Chloe
  1282. Battle for Terra
  1283. The Wolfman
  1284. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1285. Valentine’s Day
  1286. Solomon Kane
  1287. Powder Blue
  1288. The Crazies
  1289. Case 39
  1290. Anonyma
  1291. Alice in Wonderland
  1292. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1293. Ondine
  1294. Micmacs
  1295. Legion
  1296. Leap Year
  1297. From Paris with Love
  1298. Extraordinary Measures
  1299. Everybody’s Fine
  1300. Crazy Heart
  1301. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1302. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1303. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1304. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1305. Bal (Honey)
  1306. David Wants to Fly
  1307. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1308. En Familie (A Family)
  1309. Father of Invention
  1310. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1311. Greenberg
  1312. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1313. The Kids are All Right
  1314. The Killer Inside Me
  1315. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1316. My Name is Khan
  1317. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1318. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1319. Please Give
  1320. Red Hill
  1321. Shahada (Faith)
  1322. Son of Babylon
  1323. Submarino
  1324. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1325. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1326. Invictus
  1327. The Book of Eli
  1328. Astro Boy
  1329. Youth in Revolt
  1330. Up in the Air
  1331. Tony
  1332. A Single Man
  1333. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1334. Holy Water
  1335. Exam
  1336. It’s Complicated
  1337. 44 Inch Chest
  1338. Nine
  1339. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1340. Ninja Assassin
  1341. Daybreakers
  1342. Armored
  1343. Edge of Darkness
  1344. Motherhood
  1345. Brothers
  1346. Breathless
  1347. Bran Nue Dae
  1348. All About Steve
  1349. The Princess and the Frog
  1350. Talentime
  1351. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1352. Extract
  1353. Shrink
  1354. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1355. Diamant 13
  1356. Old Dogs
  1357. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1358. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1359. Sherlock Holmes
  1360. The Lovely Bones
  1361. Prime Mover
  1362. The Brothers Bloom
  1363. Avatar
  1364. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1365. The Other Man
  1366. Post Grad
  1367. Unmade Beds
  1368. Where the Wild Things Are
  1369. Planet 51
  1370. Only When I Dance
  1371. Nowhere Boy
  1372. The Merry Gentleman
  1373. Me and Orson Welles
  1374. The Girlfriend Experience
  1375. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1376. The Descent: Part 2
  1377. Cracks
  1378. The Box
  1379. Nativity!
  1380. Paranormal Activity
  1381. Law Abiding Citizen
  1382. Bunny and the Bull
  1383. Machan
  1384. The Boys are Back
  1385. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1386. Glorious 39
  1387. A Serious Man
  1388. Examined Life
  1389. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1390. Harry Brown
  1391. Amelia
  1392. 2012
  1393. The Fourth Kind
  1394. An Education
  1395. A Christmas Carol
  1396. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1397. The Cove
  1398. The Horseman
  1399. Jennifer’s Body
  1400. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1401. Saw VI
  1402. Coffin Rock
  1403. Dead Man Running
  1404. Stone Bros.
  1405. Disgrace
  1406. My Year without Sex
  1407. This Is It
  1408. Blessed
  1409. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1410. Cedar Boys
  1411. Beautiful Kate
  1412. 9
  1413. Pontypool
  1414. Couples Retreat
  1415. Halloween II
  1416. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1417. Zombieland
  1418. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1419. The Informant!
  1420. Pandorum
  1421. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1422. Surrogates
  1423. The Invention of Lying
  1424. Whiteout
  1425. Sorority Row
  1426. The Soloist
  1427. Management
  1428. Julie & Julia
  1429. Jack Said
  1430. Gamer
  1431. The Firm
  1432. Fame
  1433. Dorian Gray
  1434. The Crimson Wing
  1435. Creation
  1436. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1437. Blind Dating
  1438. Away We Go
  1439. Adventureland
  1440. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1441. District 9
  1442. (500) Days of Summer
  1443. The Red Baron
  1444. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1445. Shorts
  1446. Funny People
  1447. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1448. A Perfect Getaway
  1449. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1450. The Final Destination
  1451. Dance Flick
  1452. Bandslam
  1453. Aliens in the Attic
  1454. Orphan
  1455. Adam
  1456. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1457. Home
  1458. The Ugly Truth
  1459. G-Force
  1460. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1461. Land of the Lost
  1462. Crossing Over
  1463. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1464. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1465. The Limits of Control
  1466. The Hurt Locker
  1467. Villa Amalia
  1468. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1469. The Proposal
  1470. Just Another Love Story
  1471. Charles Dickens’ England
  1472. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1473. Bist (Twenty)
  1474. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1475. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1476. Swinki (Piggies)
  1477. Goodbye, Solo
  1478. Moon
  1479. Martyrs
  1480. The Informers
  1481. Lake Tahoe
  1482. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1483. Frozen River
  1484. Cold Souls
  1485. Bruno
  1486. Red Mist
  1487. Public Enemies
  1488. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1489. Shirin
  1490. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1491. My Sister’s Keeper
  1492. Sunshine Cleaning
  1493. Rudo y Cursi
  1494. Sin Nombre
  1495. Year One
  1496. The Last Thakur
  1497. The Last House on the Left
  1498. Doghouse
  1499. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1500. Telstar
  1501. Gigantic
  1502. Red Cliff
  1503. Helen
  1504. The Hangover
  1505. O’Horten
  1506. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1507. Sex Drive
  1508. Terminator Salvation
  1509. Tormented
  1510. Sugar
  1511. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1512. Max Manus
  1513. Last Chance Harvey
  1514. The Hide
  1515. Awaydays
  1516. Angels & Demons
  1517. Fighting
  1518. Drag Me to Hell
  1519. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1520. Endgame
  1521. Obsessed
  1522. Viva
  1523. French Film
  1524. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1525. Visage
  1526. Vincere
  1527. Vengeance
  1528. Up
  1529. The Tsar
  1530. The Time that Remains
  1531. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1532. Tales from the Golden Age
  1533. Taking Woodstock
  1534. The Silent Army
  1535. Samson & Delilah
  1536. Un Prophete
  1537. Precious
  1538. Police, Adjective
  1539. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1540. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1541. Mother
  1542. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1543. Manila
  1544. Looking for Eric
  1545. Jaffa
  1546. Kinatay
  1547. Irene
  1548. Inglourious Basterds
  1549. Independencia
  1550. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1551. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1552. Fish Tank
  1553. Eyes Wide Open
  1554. Enter the Void
  1555. Demain des L’Aube
  1556. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1557. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1558. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1559. Bright Star
  1560. L’Armee du Crime
  1561. A L’Origine
  1562. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1563. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1564. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1565. Good
  1566. Coraline
  1567. Star Trek
  1568. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1569. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1570. Is Anybody There?
  1571. Momma’s Man
  1572. Shifty
  1573. Seraphine
  1574. Villa Jasmin
  1575. Snow (Snijeg)
  1576. Four Nights with Anna
  1577. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1578. Wrong Rosary
  1579. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1580. Skin
  1581. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1582. Scratch (Rysa)
  1583. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1584. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1585. Crank: High Voltage
  1586. The Empty Nest
  1587. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1588. Rain
  1589. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1590. State of Play
  1591. Observe and Report
  1592. Outlander
  1593. Hassan and Morkos
  1594. Departures (Okuribito)
  1595. Dansen (Dancers)
  1596. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1597. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1598. In the Loop
  1599. Not Easily Broken
  1600. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1601. Let the Right One In
  1602. I Love You, Man
  1603. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1604. Dragonball: Evolution
  1605. 17 Again
  1606. Fast and Furious
  1607. Tony Manero
  1608. Race to Witch Mountain
  1609. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1610. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1611. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1612. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1613. The Boat that Rocked
  1614. I Can’t Think Straight
  1615. The World Unseen
  1616. Religulous
  1617. The Uninvited
  1618. Little Ashes
  1619. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1620. Knowing
  1621. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1622. Traitor
  1623. Genova
  1624. The Damned United
  1625. Duplicity
  1626. Diminished Capacity
  1627. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1628. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1629. The Age of Stupid
  1630. Flash of Genius
  1631. Bronson
  1632. Hush
  1633. The Great Debaters
  1634. The Young Victoria
  1635. Wendy and Lucy
  1636. Watchmen
  1637. Reverb
  1638. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1639. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1640. The Burning Plain
  1641. American Teen
  1642. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1643. Yarwng (Roots)
  1644. The Crew
  1645. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1646. Push
  1647. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1648. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1649. The International
  1650. New in Town
  1651. The Unborn
  1652. Franklyn
  1653. Cadillac Records
  1654. Hotel for Dogs
  1655. Friday the 13th
  1656. Gran Torino
  1657. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1658. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1659. An American in New York
  1660. Ander
  1661. Beast Stalker
  1662. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1663. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1664. Cheri
  1665. The Countess
  1666. Deutschland 09
  1667. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1668. End of Love
  1669. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1670. Forever Enthralled
  1671. Gigante
  1672. Happy Tears
  1673. John Rabe
  1674. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1675. Katalin Varga
  1676. Letters to the President
  1677. London River
  1678. Mammoth
  1679. The Messenger
  1680. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1681. My One and Only
  1682. Pedro
  1683. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1684. Rage
  1685. Ricky
  1686. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1687. Storm
  1688. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1689. Welcome
  1690. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1691. Notorious
  1692. The Pink Panther 2
  1693. The Spirit
  1694. The Square
  1695. Bottle Shock
  1696. Bolt
  1697. JCVD
  1698. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1699. Valkyrie
  1700. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1701. Henry Poole is Here
  1702. The Broken
  1703. Battle in Seattle
  1704. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1705. Tokyo Sonata
  1706. The Punisher: War Zone
  1707. Who Killed Nancy?
  1708. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1709. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1710. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1711. Lucky Miles
  1712. Marley and Me
  1713. Gabriel
  1714. Bride Wars
  1715. Monkey PUzzle
  1716. Doubt
  1717. Frost/Nixon
  1718. Defiance
  1719. Revolutionary Road
  1720. Roman de Gare
  1721. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1722. Seven Pounds
  1723. Transsiberian
  1724. Garbage Warrior
  1725. Yes Man
  1726. The Grocer’s Son
  1727. Slumdog Millionaire
  1728. The Reader
  1729. Far North
  1730. Bedtime Stories
  1731. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1732. Newcastle
  1733. Fugitive Pieces
  1734. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1735. The Wrestler
  1736. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1737. Twilight
  1738. The Tale of Despereaux
  1739. Milk
  1740. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1741. Australia
  1742. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1743. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1744. Faintheart
  1745. Dean Spanley
  1746. Trade
  1747. The Stone of Destiny
  1748. Nordwand (North Face)
  1749. Love and Honour
  1750. Inkheart
  1751. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1752. Choke
  1753. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1754. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1755. The Secret Life of Bees
  1756. Quarantine
  1757. Summer
  1758. Julia
  1759. Four Christmases
  1760. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1761. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1762. Transporter 3
  1763. The Girl in the Park
  1764. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1765. Bonneville
  1766. The Children
  1767. The Express
  1768. Lakeview Terrace
  1769. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1770. Body of Lies
  1771. The Oxford Murders
  1772. Flawless
  1773. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1774. The Warlords
  1775. Easy Virtue
  1776. Fine, Totally Fine
  1777. Max Payne
  1778. Pride and Glory
  1779. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1780. Choking Man
  1781. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1782. Scar 3D
  1783. W
  1784. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1785. Quantum of Solace
  1786. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1787. Incendiary
  1788. Of Time and the City
  1789. Le Ring
  1790. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1791. Rumba
  1792. Saw V
  1793. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1794. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1795. Eagle Eye
  1796. Igor
  1797. The Rocker
  1798. Free Jimmy
  1799. Young @ Heart
  1800. La Zona
  1801. Rachel Getting Married
  1802. Bigga than Ben
  1803. Vinyan
  1804. Nights in Rodanthe
  1805. City of Ember
  1806. Mirrors
  1807. Brideshead Revisited
  1808. Mutant Chronicles
  1809. The House Bunny
  1810. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1811. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1812. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1813. Tropic Thunder
  1814. 88 Minutes
  1815. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1816. Good Dick
  1817. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1818. Rocknrolla
  1819. Redbelt
  1820. Righteous Kill
  1821. The Foot Fist Way
  1822. Death Race
  1823. Bangkok Dangerous
  1824. Appaloosa
  1825. The Women
  1826. Taken
  1827. Eden Lake
  1828. Babylon AD
  1829. Live!
  1830. Burn After Reading
  1831. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1832. Disaster Movie
  1833. Myrin (Jar City)
  1834. Partition
  1835. The Strangers
  1836. Step-Brothers
  1837. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1838. Puffball
  1839. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1840. The Wackness
  1841. Wild Child
  1842. Shoot on Sight
  1843. Daylight Robbery
  1844. El Cantante
  1845. Somers Town
  1846. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1847. Get Smart
  1848. Ben X
  1849. College Road Trip
  1850. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1851. Man from Plains
  1852. Three and Out
  1853. Vexille
  1854. Angel
  1855. The Clone Wars
  1856. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1857. The Karamazovs
  1858. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1859. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1860. CJ7
  1861. Make it Happen
  1862. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1863. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1864. The Love Guru
  1865. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1866. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1867. Married Life
  1868. Cass
  1869. Blindsight
  1870. Paris
  1871. Before the Rains
  1872. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1873. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1874. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1875. The Dark Knight
  1876. Baby Mama
  1877. Meet Dave
  1878. WALL.E
  1879. Donkey Punch
  1880. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1881. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1882. Mamma Mia
  1883. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1884. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1885. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1886. Mad Detective
  1887. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1888. Kung Fu Panda
  1889. In Memory of My Father
  1890. Adulthood
  1891. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1892. My Winnipeg
  1893. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1894. Prince Caspian
  1895. Hancock
  1896. Wanted
  1897. Cassandra’s Dream
  1898. The Ruins
  1899. The Edge of Love
  1900. The Waiting Room
  1901. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1902. The Happening
  1903. The Incredible Hulk
  1904. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1905. Teeth
  1906. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1907. The Escapist
  1908. Kamikaze Girls
  1909. Persepolis
  1910. Mongol
  1911. Ostrov (The Island)
  1912. Taxi to the Darkside
  1913. Balls of Fury
  1914. Mad Money
  1915. Anamorph
  1916. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1917. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1918. Sarkar Raj
  1919. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1920. Caramel
  1921. Prom Night
  1922. Superhero Movie
  1923. Chemical Wedding
  1924. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1925. Sex and the City
  1926. Timber Falls
  1927. 24 City
  1928. Adoration
  1929. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1930. Afterschool
  1931. Los Bastardos
  1932. Blindness
  1933. The Chaser
  1934. Che
  1935. Un Conte de Noel
  1936. Delta
  1937. Il Divo
  1938. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1939. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1940. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1941. Gomorrah
  1942. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1943. Hunger
  1944. Johnny Mad Dog
  1945. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1946. Linha de Passe
  1947. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1948. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1949. My Magic
  1950. Ocean Flame
  1951. Versailles
  1952. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1953. Palermo Shooting
  1954. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1955. Serbis
  1956. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1957. Soi Cowboy
  1958. Surveillance
  1959. Synecdoche, New York
  1960. Tokyo!
  1961. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1962. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1963. Tulpan
  1964. Two Lovers
  1965. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1966. La Vie Moderne
  1967. Waltz with Bashir
  1968. What Just Happened?
  1969. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1970. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1971. The Black Balloon
  1972. Charlie Bartlett
  1973. Shutter
  1974. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1975. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1976. Cashback
  1977. XXY
  1978. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1979. Honeydripper
  1980. Un Secret
  1981. The Air I Breathe
  1982. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  1983. The Eye
  1984. Speed Racer
  1985. What Happens in Vegas
  1986. Stop-Loss
  1987. [Rec.]
  1988. Iron Man
  1989. Manufacturing Landscapes
  1990. Made of Honour
  1991. Doomsday
  1992. In Bruges
  1993. Pathology
  1994. Street Kings
  1995. One Missed Call
  1996. P2
  1997. My Enemy’s Enemy
  1998. Nim’s Island
  1999. 21
  2000. Leatherheads
  2001. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2002. Deception
  2003. Fool’s Gold
  2004. Gone Baby Gone
  2005. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2006. The Mourning Forest
  2007. Boarding Gate
  2008. Death Defying Acts
  2009. Ballast
  2010. The Visitor
  2011. Smart People
  2012. The Mist
  2013. The King of California
  2014. Funny Games U.S.
  2015. Son of Rambow
  2016. Awake
  2017. How She Move
  2018. My Brother is an Only Child
  2019. Drillbit Taylor
  2020. First Sunday
  2021. The Go Master
  2022. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2023. The 11th Hour
  2024. Meet the Spartans
  2025. Lars and the Real Girl
  2026. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2027. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2028. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2029. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2030. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2031. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2032. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2033. Avril
  2034. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2035. Children of Glory
  2036. Out of the Blue
  2037. Miss Austen Regrets
  2038. Assembly
  2039. The Cottage
  2040. Beaufort
  2041. 10,000 BC
  2042. Vantage Point
  2043. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2044. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2045. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2046. Garage
  2047. Fade to Black
  2048. The Accidental Husband
  2049. The Baker
  2050. The Bank Job
  2051. The Bucket List
  2052. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2053. Mister Lonely
  2054. Rambo
  2055. Semi-Pro
  2056. Untraceable
  2057. Waz
  2058. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2059. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2060. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2061. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2062. Standard Operating Procedure
  2063. Sleep Dealer
  2064. Restless
  2065. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2066. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2067. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2068. Lemon Tree
  2069. Lady Jane
  2070. Katyn
  2071. Kabei - Our Mother
  2072. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2073. Jerusalema
  2074. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2075. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2076. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2077. Fireflies in the Garden
  2078. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2079. Elegy
  2080. Dream Boy
  2081. Derek
  2082. Corroboree
  2083. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2084. Boy A
  2085. Be Kind Rewind
  2086. Balikbayan Box
  2087. Black Water
  2088. Jumper
  2089. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2090. There Will Be Blood
  2091. Juno
  2092. Definitely, Maybe
  2093. The Forest of Death
  2094. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2095. The Water Horse
  2096. Time to Die
  2097. The Matrimony
  2098. Penelope
  2099. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2100. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2101. Margot at the Wedding
  2102. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2103. Over Her Dead Body
  2104. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2105. Cloverfield
  2106. Battle for Haditha
  2107. The Savages
  2108. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2109. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2110. Clubland
  2111. The Final Winter
  2112. Footy Legends
  2113. The Good Night
  2114. Kokoda
  2115. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2116. September
  2117. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2118. St Trinians
  2119. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2120. Underdog
  2121. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2122. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2123. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2124. Dan in Real Life
  2125. PS I Love You
  2126. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2127. Romulus, My Father
  2128. Rogue
  2129. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2130. I Am Legend
  2131. Closing the Ring
  2132. The Man in the Chair
  2133. The Game Plan
  2134. The Bet
  2135. 27 Dresses
  2136. As It Is In Heaven
  2137. Arctic Tale
  2138. Youth without Youth
  2139. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2140. Weirdsville
  2141. My Kid Could Paint That
  2142. Infinite Justice
  2143. Chromophobia
  2144. Anna M
  2145. Bella
  2146. The Bee Movie
  2147. He Was a Quiet Man
  2148. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2149. 30 Days of Night
  2150. Brick Lane
  2151. Enchanted
  2152. A Very British Gangster
  2153. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2154. I’m Not There
  2155. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2156. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2157. Talk to Me
  2158. Rescue Dawn
  2159. Shrooms
  2160. Fred Claus
  2161. Hitman
  2162. This Christmas
  2163. August Rush
  2164. You Kill Me
  2165. Stellet Licht
  2166. Silk
  2167. Into the Wild
  2168. The Lookout
  2169. Good Luck Chuck
  2170. Beowulf
  2171. I Served the King of England
  2172. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2173. Redacted
  2174. The Magic Flute
  2175. American Gangster
  2176. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2177. Lions for Lambs
  2178. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2179. Once
  2180. Black Sheep
  2181. Nancy Drew
  2182. Mr Brooks
  2183. The Last Legion
  2184. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2185. The Invasion
  2186. Razzle Dazzle
  2187. Interview
  2188. Stardust
  2189. Rendition
  2190. Ratatouille
  2191. The Nines
  2192. In the Valley of Elah
  2193. The Hunting Party
  2194. Eastern Promises
  2195. The Dark is Rising
  2196. The Darjeeling Limited
  2197. Daddy Day Camp
  2198. Blame it on Fidel
  2199. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2200. Rocket Science
  2201. Shoot ’em Up
  2202. Mr Woodcock
  2203. Across the Universe
  2204. Halloween
  2205. Sleuth
  2206. Death at a Funeral
  2207. Syndromes and a Century
  2208. Lust, Caution
  2209. It’s a Free World
  2210. War
  2211. The Nanny Diaries
  2212. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2213. Control
  2214. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2215. Feast of Love
  2216. The Heartbreak Kid
  2217. Hot Rod
  2218. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2219. The Kingdom
  2220. The Brave One
  2221. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2222. In Memoria di Me
  2223. Takva
  2224. Superbad
  2225. Le Serpent
  2226. Michael Clayton
  2227. Irina Palm
  2228. Georgia Rule
  2229. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2230. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2231. Atonement
  2232. 3:10 to Yuma
  2233. No Reservations
  2234. Death Sentence
  2235. 1408
  2236. December Boys
  2237. 2 Days in Paris
  2238. Year of the Dog
  2239. Buy it Now
  2240. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2241. Hallam Foe
  2242. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2243. Sugarhouse
  2244. Waitress
  2245. Seraphim Falls
  2246. Lady Chatterley
  2247. Knocked Up
  2248. Evening
  2249. Eagle vs Shark
  2250. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2251. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2252. Sparkle
  2253. Bratz the Movie
  2254. Ecoute le temps
  2255. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2256. Marigold
  2257. Copying Beethoven
  2258. Surf’s Up
  2259. Rush Hour 3
  2260. License to Wed
  2261. Happily N’Ever After
  2262. Wind Chill
  2263. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2264. Tales from Earthsea
  2265. Gandhi my Father
  2266. Evan Almighty
  2267. The Hoax
  2268. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2269. Transformers
  2270. In the Land of Women
  2271. The Walker
  2272. The Simpsons Movie
  2273. Disturbia
  2274. Daratt
  2275. Macbeth
  2276. The Priestess
  2277. The Lark Farm
  2278. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2279. Hairspray
  2280. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2281. Screamers
  2282. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2283. The War on Democracy
  2284. Die Hard 4.0
  2285. Dead Silence
  2286. The Flying Scotsman
  2287. Hostel 2
  2288. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2289. Shrek the Third
  2290. Grow Your Own
  2291. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2292. Lucky You
  2293. Captivity
  2294. PTU
  2295. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2296. Water
  2297. Vacancy
  2298. Are We Done Yet?
  2299. Frankie
  2300. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2301. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2302. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2303. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2304. Messages
  2305. Black Gold
  2306. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2307. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2308. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2309. The Tiger’s Tail
  2310. Oceans 13
  2311. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2312. The Chumscrubber
  2313. The City of Violence
  2314. The Hitcher
  2315. We Own the Night
  2316. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2317. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2318. Triangle
  2319. Terror’s Advocate
  2320. Tehilim
  2321. La Soledad
  2322. Sicko
  2323. Secret Sunshine
  2324. Savage Grace
  2325. Paranoid Park
  2326. No Country for Old Men
  2327. My Blueberry Nights
  2328. Munruyangabo
  2329. A Mighty Heart
  2330. The Man from London
  2331. Import/Export
  2332. Go Go Tales
  2333. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2334. Death Proof
  2335. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2336. Chacun Son Cinema
  2337. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2338. Breath (Soom)
  2339. Boxes
  2340. The Banishment
  2341. The Band’s Visit
  2342. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2343. Apres Lui
  2344. Alexandra
  2345. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2346. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2347. Lovewrecked
  2348. Conversations with Other Women
  2349. Like Minds
  2350. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2351. Dans Paris
  2352. 28 Weeks Later
  2353. Black Snake Moan
  2354. Spiderman 3
  2355. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2356. Goya’s Ghosts
  2357. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2358. End of the Spear
  2359. Goodbye Bafana
  2360. The Breed
  2361. This is England
  2362. The Painted Veil
  2363. The Last Mimzy
  2364. Next
  2365. Reno 911!: Miami
  2366. Straightheads
  2367. Away from Her
  2368. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2369. The Puffy Chair
  2370. Fracture
  2371. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2372. The Jesus Project
  2373. Half Nelson
  2374. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2375. The Reaping
  2376. Reign over me
  2377. Son of Man
  2378. Perfect Stranger
  2379. Edmond
  2380. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2381. Unknown
  2382. Shooter
  2383. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2384. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2385. One Night with the King
  2386. Wild Hogs
  2387. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2388. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2389. Meet the Robinsons
  2390. Sunshine
  2391. Blades of Glory
  2392. The Messengers
  2393. The Namesake
  2394. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2395. Stomp the Yard
  2396. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2397. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2398. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2399. Factory Girl
  2400. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2401. Catch a Fire
  2402. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2403. The Last Sineater
  2404. Catch and Release
  2405. Amazing Grace
  2406. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2407. I Want Candy
  2408. The Ultimate Gift
  2409. Premonition
  2410. Sherrybaby
  2411. Facing the Giants
  2412. Breach
  2413. Zodiac
  2414. Sheitan
  2415. The Astronaut Farmer
  2416. Outlaw
  2417. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2418. Norbit
  2419. Becoming Jane
  2420. The Good German
  2421. Gone
  2422. Kardia
  2423. Music and Lyrics
  2424. 300
  2425. Bamako
  2426. Hot Fuzz
  2427. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2428. Middletown
  2429. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2430. Alpha Dog
  2431. Material Girls
  2432. Inland Empire
  2433. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2434. The Number 23
  2435. Because I Said So
  2436. School for Scoundrels
  2437. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2438. Blood and Chocolate
  2439. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2440. Hannibal Rising
  2441. Epic Movie
  2442. The Reef
  2443. The Good Shepherd
  2444. Ghost Rider
  2445. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2446. Dreamgirls
  2447. Notes on a Scandal
  2448. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2449. Kenny
  2450. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2451. The Last King of Scotland
  2452. For Your Consideration
  2453. Irresistible
  2454. Little Red Flowers
  2455. The Illusionist
  2456. Freedom Writers
  2457. Smokin’ Aces
  2458. Ghosts
  2459. Venus
  2460. Flyboys
  2461. Ils (Them)
  2462. Suburban Mayhem
  2463. Gridiron Gang
  2464. Miss Potter
  2465. The Return
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  2467. Charlotte’s Web
  2468. Flicka
  2469. Boytown
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  2471. Bobby
  2472. 3 Needles
  2473. Last Train to Freo
  2474. Scoop
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  2476. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2477. Flags of our Fathers
  2478. Night at the Museum
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  2480. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
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  2485. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2486. Running With Scissors
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  2488. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
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  2490. Deja Vu
  2491. Black Christmas
  2492. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2493. A Prairie Home Companion
  2494. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2495. Apocalypto
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  2498. London to Brighton
  2499. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2500. Happy Feet
  2501. Jackass Number Two
  2502. Deck the Halls
  2503. The Covenant
  2504. Suburban Mayhem
  2505. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2506. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2507. Shortbus
  2508. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
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  2510. Flushed Away
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  2512. Big Nothing
  2513. All the Invisible Children
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  2515. Twelve and Holding
  2516. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2517. Breaking and Entering
  2518. Heroes and Villains
  2519. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
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  2522. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2523. The Prestige
  2524. Waist Deep
  2525. Little Children
  2526. The Nativity Story
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  2531. Mischief Night
  2532. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
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  2537. Peaceful Warrior
  2538. Driving Lessons
  2539. Wordplay
  2540. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
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  2553. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
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  2555. The Guardian
  2556. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
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  2562. Life and Lyrics
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  2565. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2566. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
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  2578. The Wicker Man
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  2580. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
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  2583. Children of Men
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  2587. This Film is not yet Rated
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  2603. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
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  2620. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
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  2627. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
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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.


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.


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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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