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  176. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2014
  177. 52 Tuesdays
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  298. Her
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  300. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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  303. Saving Mr Banks
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  306. The Wind Rises/ Kaze Tachinu
  307. The Wolf of Wall Street
  308. 20 Feet from Stardom
  309. Apres Mai/ After May
  310. American Hustle
  311. August: Osage County
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  313. Backyard Ashes
  314. The Book Thief
  315. Carrie
  316. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  317. Delivery Man
  318. Fill the Void
  319. Filth
  320. Frozen
  321. The Gilded Cage/ La Cage Doree
  322. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  323. Homefront
  324. How I Live Now
  325. Last Vegas
  326. Le Weekend
  327. One Chance
  328. The Railway Man
  329. Si Parla Italiano: Lygon Street
  330. Adoration
  331. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  332. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  333. Austenland
  334. Big Ass Spider
  335. Blancanieves
  336. Captain Phillips
  337. Closed Circuit
  338. The Counselor
  339. Ender’s Game
  340. Enough Said
  341. Escape Plan
  342. The Fifth Estate
  343. Fruitvale Station
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  345. Insidious Chapter 2
  346. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
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  360. About Time
  361. The Act of Killing
  362. The Butler
  363. Diana
  364. The East
  365. Fallout
  366. The Family
  367. Gravity
  368. Grown Ups 2
  369. The Human Cargo/ La Nave Dolce
  370. I Am a Girl
  371. In Bob We Trust
  372. I’m So Excited
  373. The Interval/ L’Intervallo
  374. Lasseter’s Bones
  375. Paranoia
  376. Parker
  377. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
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  380. The Red and the Blue
  381. Renoir
  382. Riddick
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  384. Runner Runner
  385. Rush
  386. Stories We Tell
  387. Thanks for Sharing
  388. Turbo
  389. The Best Offer
  390. Blue Jasmine
  391. Elysium
  392. Gambit
  393. The Gatekeepers
  394. A Hijacking/ Kapringen
  395. Jobs
  396. Kickass 2
  397. Mood Indigo/ L’Ecume des Jours
  398. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  399. Much Ado About Nothing
  400. Pain & Gain
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  422. The Conjuring
  423. Despicable Me 2
  424. Epic
  425. Errors of the Human Body
  426. Everybody Has a Plan/ Todos Tenemos un Plan
  427. Furious 6/ The Fast and the Furious 6
  428. A Gun in Each Hand
  429. Happiness Never Comes Alone/Le bonheur n’arrive jamais a seul
  430. The Heat
  431. The Internship
  432. In the House/ Dans La Maison
  433. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  434. The Lone Ranger
  435. Man of Steel
  436. Metro
  437. Monsters University
  438. Now You See Me
  439. One Mile Above/ Kora
  440. Only God Forgives
  441. Pacific Rim
  442. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  443. Reality
  444. Satellite Boy
  445. This is the End
  446. The Way, Way Back
  447. The Wolverine
  448. Still Mine
  449. To the Wonder
  450. World War Z
  451. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
  452. The Big Wedding
  453. Broken
  454. The Call
  455. Camille Redouble/ Camille Rewinds
  456. Dead Man Down
  457. Evil Dead
  458. The Great Gatsby
  459. The Hangover Part III
  460. Jagten/ The Hunt
  461. Mud
  462. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  463. Scary Movie 5
  464. Snitch
  465. Spring Breakers
  466. Star Trek Into Darkness
  467. Adventures in Zambezia
  468. Antiviral
  469. Chasing Ice
  470. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  471. The Company You Keep
  472. Drift
  473. Vic and Flo Meet a Bear
  474. Side Effects
  475. Promised Land
  476. Prince Avalanche
  477. Parde (Closed Curtain)
  478. Paradies
  479. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
  480. Night Train to Lisbon
  481. The Necessary Death of Charley Countryman
  482. La religieuse (The Nun)
  483. Maladies
  484. Lovelace
  485. The Look of Love
  486. A Long and Happy Life
  487. In the Name of...
  488. Harmony Lessons
  489. The Grandmaster
  490. Gloria
  491. Gold
  492. Frances Ha
  493. An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
  494. Elle s’en va (On Her Way)
  495. Dark Blood
  496. The Croods
  497. Camille Claudel 1915
  498. Before Midnight
  499. Escape from Planet Earth
  500. First Position
  501. Haute Cuisine/ Les Saveurs de Palais
  502. Identity Thief
  503. Iron Man 3
  504. No
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  506. Olympus Has Fallen
  507. The Other Son/ Le Fils de L’Autre
  508. The Place Beyond the Pines
  509. Rust and Bone
  510. Le Skylab
  511. Sleepwalk with Me
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  513. Therese Desqueyroux
  514. Trance
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  516. 21 and Over
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  535. Zero Dark Thirty
  536. Anna Karenina
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  538. Django Unchained
  539. Flight
  540. Gangster Squad
  541. The Impossible
  542. The Guilt Trip
  543. Last Dance
  544. Life of Pi
  545. Lincoln
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  547. Rise of the Guardians
  548. Save Your Legs
  549. The Silver Linings Playbook
  550. Wreck-it Ralph
  551. This is 40
  552. 2 Days in New York
  553. 360
  554. Alex Cross
  555. All the Way Through Evening
  556. American Mary
  557. The Angel’s Share
  558. Argo
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  560. Back to 1942
  561. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  562. Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  563. Dangerous Liaisons
  564. Dead Europe
  565. The Do-Deca Pentathlon
  566. Dredd
  567. End of Watch
  568. Fun Size
  569. God Bless America
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  572. Hitchcock
  573. The Hobbit, an unexpected journey
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  580. Liberal Arts
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  591. People Like US
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  593. Paranormal Activity 4
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  598. Robot & Frank
  599. Ruby Sparks
  600. The Sessions
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  606. Taken 2
  607. To Rome with Love
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  609. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  610. The Words
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  612. Wunderkinder
  613. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
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  615. Looper
  616. Damsels in Distress
  617. Holy Motors
  618. Arbitrage
  619. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  620. Lore
  621. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  622. Bait
  623. Hotel Transylvania
  624. The Watch
  625. Resident Evil: Retribution
  626. Barrymore
  627. Being Venice
  628. The Bourne Legacy
  629. Bully
  630. The Expendables 2
  631. Hope Springs
  632. Kath and Kimderella
  633. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  634. Monsieur Lazhar
  635. Moonrise Kingdom
  636. Total Recall
  637. Your Sister’s Sister
  638. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
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  641. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  642. The Sapphires
  643. Hysteria
  644. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  645. The Door
  646. Not Suitable for Children
  647. In Darkness
  648. Magic Mike
  649. The Dark Knight Rises
  650. The King is Dead!
  651. You Instead
  652. The Amazing Spiderman
  653. Where do we go now?
  654. The Three Stooges
  655. I Am Eleven
  656. Polisse
  657. Ted
  658. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  659. Snow White and the Huntsman
  660. Take This Waltz
  661. That’s My Boy
  662. Rock of Ages
  663. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  664. Brave
  665. Marley
  666. The Cabin in the Woods
  667. The Innkeepers
  668. Margaret
  669. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  670. Elena
  671. Prometheus
  672. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  673. Friends with Kids
  674. Get the Gringo
  675. Game Change
  676. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  677. Men in Black 3
  678. Empire of Silver
  679. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  680. The Dictator
  681. Swerve
  682. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  683. Careless Love
  684. Dark Shadows
  685. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  686. Iron Sky
  687. Trishna
  688. W./E
  689. 21 Jump Street
  690. Act of Valor
  691. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  692. The Avengers
  693. Battleship
  694. Cafe de Flore
  695. The Deep Blue Sea
  696. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  697. The Footnote
  698. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  699. Hotel Lux
  700. The Hunger Games
  701. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  702. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  703. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  704. The Lady
  705. Le Havre
  706. The Lucky One
  707. Mirror, Mirror
  708. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  709. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  710. The Raid
  711. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  712. The Rum Diary
  713. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  714. Safe
  715. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  716. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  717. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  718. Spud
  719. This Must be the Place
  720. Tomboy
  721. The Woman in Black
  722. Wish You Were Here
  723. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  724. The Five-Year Engagement
  725. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  726. The Wrath of the Titans
  727. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  728. Any Questions for Ben?
  729. 50/50
  730. The Artist
  731. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  732. Buck
  733. Carnage
  734. Chronicle
  735. Contraband
  736. A Dangerous Method
  737. The Devil Inside
  738. Gone
  739. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  740. Project X
  741. John Carter
  742. One for the Money
  743. Safe House
  744. This Means War
  745. Tyrannosaur
  746. 1911
  747. 30 Minutes or Less
  748. Apollo 18
  749. A Better Life
  750. Everything Must Go
  751. A Few Best Men
  752. Flypaper
  753. The Grey
  754. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  755. J. Edgar
  756. Killer Elite
  757. Like Crazy
  758. Man on a Ledge
  759. My Week with Marilyn
  760. Retreat
  761. Shame
  762. Trespass
  763. The Vow
  764. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  765. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  766. Barbara
  767. Bel Ami
  768. Captive
  769. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  770. Cherry
  771. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  772. Dollhouse
  773. Don 2: Don Must Die
  774. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  775. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  776. Flowers of War
  777. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  778. Gnade/ Mercy
  779. Haywire
  780. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  781. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  782. Keep the Lights on
  783. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  784. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  785. Meteora
  786. My Brother the Devil
  787. Postcards from the Zoo
  788. Rebelle/ War Witch
  789. A Royal Affair
  790. Shadow Dancer
  791. Tabu
  792. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  793. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  794. White Deer Plain
  795. Wilaya
  796. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
  797. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2012
  798. Too Big to Fail
  799. The Descendants
  800. Arietty
  801. Autoluminiscent
  802. Hugo
  803. The Muppets
  804. Young Adult
  805. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  806. The Adventures of Tintin
  807. Waste Land
  808. Happy Feet Two
  809. We Bought a Zoo
  810. Dolphin Tale
  811. Albert Nobbs
  812. Courageous
  813. New Year’s Eve
  814. Restless
  815. The Tall Man
  816. The Skin I Live In
  817. Tower Heist
  818. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  819. Another Earth
  820. The Iron Lady
  821. Jack and Jill
  822. Melancholia
  823. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  824. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  825. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  826. Yes Madam, Sir
  827. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  828. Breaking Dawn Part I
  829. Attack the Block
  830. The Debt
  831. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  832. The Ides of March
  833. Immortals
  834. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  835. The Inbetweeners
  836. Moneyball
  837. Puss in Boots
  838. Toomelah
  839. Machine Gun Preacher
  840. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  841. Arthur Christmas
  842. Shark Night 3D
  843. L’Amour Fou
  844. Country Strong
  845. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  846. Surviving Georgia
  847. Cedar Rapids
  848. Our Idiot Brother
  849. In Time
  850. The Cup
  851. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  852. Contagion
  853. What’s Your Number?
  854. The Three Musketeers
  855. Midnight in Paris
  856. Higher Ground
  857. The Thing
  858. Project Nim
  859. Footloose
  860. Take Shelter
  861. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  862. The Whistleblower
  863. Monte Carlo
  864. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  865. Submarine
  866. The Eye of the Storm
  867. Fire in Babylon
  868. Tabloid
  869. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  870. Red State
  871. Real Steel
  872. Johnny English Reborn
  873. The Hunter
  874. Fright Night
  875. Abduction
  876. 13 Assassins
  877. Guilty Pleasures
  878. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  879. Colombiana
  880. Zookeeper
  881. Final Destination 5
  882. The Change-Up
  883. Face to Face
  884. Win Win
  885. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  886. Horrible Bosses
  887. Hobo with a Shotgun
  888. The Help
  889. Conan the Barbarian
  890. Chalet Girl
  891. Beastly
  892. Priest
  893. The Woman
  894. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  895. Friends with Benefits
  896. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  897. Jane Eyre
  898. Big Mamma’s Boy
  899. Cowboys & Aliens
  900. Green Lantern
  901. Senna
  902. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  903. The Illusionist
  904. The Conspirator
  905. Love Crime
  906. Captain America, the First Avenger
  907. Precious Life
  908. Bad Teacher
  909. The Eagle
  910. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  911. Mars Needs Moms
  912. Stake Land
  913. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  914. Meek’s Cutoff
  915. Cars 2
  916. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  917. Kung Fu Panda 2
  918. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  919. Larry Crowne
  920. The Trip
  921. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  922. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  923. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  924. Mozart’s Sister
  925. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  926. All Good Things
  927. Crazy on the Outside
  928. The Tree of Life
  929. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  930. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  931. Super 8
  932. Blame
  933. Bridesmaids
  934. Little White Lies
  935. Here I Am
  936. X Men: First Class
  937. The Tunnel
  938. Babies
  939. The Hangover Part II
  940. Carlos
  941. Oceans
  942. Angele et Tony
  943. Soul Surfer
  944. Julia’s Eyes
  945. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  946. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  947. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  948. Burke and Hare
  949. Water for Elephants
  950. Hanna
  951. Source Code
  952. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  953. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  954. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  955. Your Highness
  956. Thor
  957. Something Borrowed
  958. Snowtown
  959. Scream 4
  960. Rio
  961. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  962. Le Quattro Volte
  963. Paul
  964. Oranges and Sunshine
  965. Murundak
  966. Main Street
  967. Mad Bastards
  968. The Lost Bladesman
  969. Insidious
  970. Incendies
  971. The Human Resources Manager
  972. Get Low
  973. Catfish
  974. Arthur
  975. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  976. Hop
  977. Sucker Punch
  978. Potiche
  979. Goethe!
  980. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  981. Limitless
  982. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  983. A Heartbeat Away
  984. The Lincoln Lawyer
  985. The Reef
  986. Red Riding Hood
  987. The Company Men
  988. Battle Los Angeles
  989. Just Go With It
  990. Howl
  991. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  992. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  993. Ausente (Absent)
  994. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  995. Come Rain, Come Shine
  996. Coriolanus
  997. Dance Town
  998. The Devil’s Double
  999. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1000. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1001. The Future
  1002. Griff the Invisible
  1003. The Guard
  1004. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1005. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1006. Late Bloomers
  1007. Margin Call
  1008. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1009. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1010. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1011. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1012. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1013. Our Grand Despair
  1014. Pina
  1015. El Premio (The Prize)
  1016. Romeos
  1017. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1018. Swans
  1019. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1020. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1021. True Grit
  1022. Unknown
  1023. Utopians
  1024. Vampire
  1025. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1026. Wind and Fog
  1027. Yelling to the Sky
  1028. The Rite
  1029. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1030. Rango
  1031. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1032. The Way Back
  1033. Wasted on the Young
  1034. Secretariat
  1035. Season of the Witch
  1036. No Strings Attached
  1037. Never Let Me Go
  1038. Nenette
  1039. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1040. Inside Job
  1041. I Am Number Four
  1042. Hall Pass
  1043. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1044. Conviction
  1045. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1046. The Adjustment Bureau
  1047. Rabbit Hole
  1048. Hereafter
  1049. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1050. Barney’s Version
  1051. The Green Hornet
  1052. The Next Three Days
  1053. Ramona and Beezus
  1054. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1055. The Mechanic
  1056. How Do You Know
  1057. The Romantics
  1058. 127 Hours
  1059. Black Swan
  1060. The Fighter
  1061. Burlesque
  1062. The Dilemma
  1063. Takers
  1064. Stone
  1065. Arctic Blast
  1066. Out Of The Silence
  1067. Helen
  1068. Morning Glory
  1069. Yogi Bear
  1070. Korkoro
  1071. Unstoppable
  1072. Tangled
  1073. The Tourist
  1074. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1075. Gulliver’s Travels
  1076. Little Fockers
  1077. Love and Other Drugs
  1078. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1079. The King’s Speech
  1080. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1081. Somewhere
  1082. Desert Flower
  1083. Tron: Legacy
  1084. Megamind
  1085. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1086. Devil
  1087. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1088. The Last Exorcism
  1089. Due Date
  1090. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1091. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1092. Beneath Hill 60
  1093. Monsters
  1094. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1095. Machete
  1096. Sisters of War
  1097. Wild Target
  1098. Skyline
  1099. The American
  1100. Winter’s Bone
  1101. The Loved Ones
  1102. Paranormal Activity 2
  1103. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1104. The Social Network
  1105. Gainsbourg
  1106. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1107. You Don’t Know Jack
  1108. Life as We Know It
  1109. Made in Dagenham
  1110. Red
  1111. Let Me In
  1112. The Town
  1113. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1114. Copacabana
  1115. La Danse
  1116. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1117. The Clinic
  1118. Eat Pray Love
  1119. Buried
  1120. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1121. Dinner for Schmucks
  1122. The Least of These
  1123. The City of Your Final Destination
  1124. Sagan
  1125. Summer Coda
  1126. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1127. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1128. I’m Still Here
  1129. The Other Guys
  1130. The Last Airbender
  1131. Easy A
  1132. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1133. Despicable Me
  1134. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1135. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1136. Salt
  1137. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1138. Piranha 3D
  1139. Vampires Suck
  1140. Matching Jack
  1141. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1142. Cairo Time
  1143. Peepli [Live]
  1144. The Expendables
  1145. Second Hand Wedding
  1146. Splice
  1147. Step Up 3D
  1148. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1149. The Special Relationship
  1150. South Solitary
  1151. Killers
  1152. Leaving (Partir)
  1153. Inception
  1154. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1155. Boy
  1156. The Waiting City
  1157. Knight and Day
  1158. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1159. The Runaways
  1160. Predators
  1161. The Karate Kid
  1162. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1163. Toy Story 3
  1164. New York, I Love You
  1165. The A-Team
  1166. Get Him to the Greek
  1167. Accidents Happen
  1168. L’Affaire Farewell
  1169. Animal Kingdom
  1170. City Island
  1171. Le Concert
  1172. I Love You Too
  1173. The Kings of Mykonos
  1174. Letters to Juliet
  1175. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1176. Mother and Child
  1177. Shrek Forever After
  1178. Valhalla Rising
  1179. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1180. Abel
  1181. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1182. Another Year
  1183. Aurora
  1184. Biutiful
  1185. Blue Valentine
  1186. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1187. Carancho
  1188. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1189. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1190. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1191. Fair Game
  1192. Hahaha
  1193. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1194. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1195. The Housemaid
  1196. Kaboom
  1197. Life, Above All
  1198. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1199. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1200. My Joy
  1201. La Nostra Vita
  1202. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1203. Octubre
  1204. Outrage
  1205. Poetry
  1206. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1207. Robin Hood
  1208. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1209. Route Irish
  1210. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1211. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1212. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1213. Tamara Drewe
  1214. Tournee (On Tour)
  1215. The Tree
  1216. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1217. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1218. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1219. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1220. Tooth Fairy
  1221. Sex and the City 2
  1222. The Losers
  1223. Rec 2
  1224. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1225. Gentlemen Broncos
  1226. Cop Out
  1227. 4.3.2.1.
  1228. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1229. A Room and a Half
  1230. Psych 9
  1231. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1232. Furry Vengeance
  1233. Four Lions
  1234. The Backup PLan
  1235. Iron Man 2
  1236. Revanche
  1237. The Last Song
  1238. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1239. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1240. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1241. The Joneses
  1242. Dogtooth
  1243. Centurion
  1244. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1245. Cherrybomb
  1246. Date Night
  1247. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1248. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1249. City of Life and Death
  1250. Cemetery Junction
  1251. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1252. Dear John
  1253. Repo Men
  1254. Crying with Laughter
  1255. Boogie Woogie
  1256. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1257. Shelter
  1258. The Infidel
  1259. Whip It
  1260. I Know You Know
  1261. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1262. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1263. Shank
  1264. How to Train Your Dragon
  1265. Clash of the Titans
  1266. Remember Me
  1267. Kick Ass
  1268. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1269. The Blind Side
  1270. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1271. The Bounty Hunter
  1272. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1273. The Spy Next Door
  1274. Sons of Cuba
  1275. Salvage
  1276. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1277. House of the Devil
  1278. Green Zone
  1279. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1280. Shutter Island
  1281. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1282. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1283. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1284. Chloe
  1285. Battle for Terra
  1286. The Wolfman
  1287. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1288. Valentine’s Day
  1289. Solomon Kane
  1290. Powder Blue
  1291. The Crazies
  1292. Case 39
  1293. Anonyma
  1294. Alice in Wonderland
  1295. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1296. Ondine
  1297. Micmacs
  1298. Legion
  1299. Leap Year
  1300. From Paris with Love
  1301. Extraordinary Measures
  1302. Everybody’s Fine
  1303. Crazy Heart
  1304. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1305. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1306. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1307. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1308. Bal (Honey)
  1309. David Wants to Fly
  1310. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1311. En Familie (A Family)
  1312. Father of Invention
  1313. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1314. Greenberg
  1315. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1316. The Kids are All Right
  1317. The Killer Inside Me
  1318. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1319. My Name is Khan
  1320. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1321. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1322. Please Give
  1323. Red Hill
  1324. Shahada (Faith)
  1325. Son of Babylon
  1326. Submarino
  1327. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1328. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1329. Invictus
  1330. The Book of Eli
  1331. Astro Boy
  1332. Youth in Revolt
  1333. Up in the Air
  1334. Tony
  1335. A Single Man
  1336. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1337. Holy Water
  1338. Exam
  1339. It’s Complicated
  1340. 44 Inch Chest
  1341. Nine
  1342. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1343. Ninja Assassin
  1344. Daybreakers
  1345. Armored
  1346. Edge of Darkness
  1347. Motherhood
  1348. Brothers
  1349. Breathless
  1350. Bran Nue Dae
  1351. All About Steve
  1352. The Princess and the Frog
  1353. Talentime
  1354. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1355. Extract
  1356. Shrink
  1357. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1358. Diamant 13
  1359. Old Dogs
  1360. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1361. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1362. Sherlock Holmes
  1363. The Lovely Bones
  1364. Prime Mover
  1365. The Brothers Bloom
  1366. Avatar
  1367. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1368. The Other Man
  1369. Post Grad
  1370. Unmade Beds
  1371. Where the Wild Things Are
  1372. Planet 51
  1373. Only When I Dance
  1374. Nowhere Boy
  1375. The Merry Gentleman
  1376. Me and Orson Welles
  1377. The Girlfriend Experience
  1378. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1379. The Descent: Part 2
  1380. Cracks
  1381. The Box
  1382. Nativity!
  1383. Paranormal Activity
  1384. Law Abiding Citizen
  1385. Bunny and the Bull
  1386. Machan
  1387. The Boys are Back
  1388. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1389. Glorious 39
  1390. A Serious Man
  1391. Examined Life
  1392. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1393. Harry Brown
  1394. Amelia
  1395. 2012
  1396. The Fourth Kind
  1397. An Education
  1398. A Christmas Carol
  1399. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1400. The Cove
  1401. The Horseman
  1402. Jennifer’s Body
  1403. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1404. Saw VI
  1405. Coffin Rock
  1406. Dead Man Running
  1407. Stone Bros.
  1408. Disgrace
  1409. My Year without Sex
  1410. This Is It
  1411. Blessed
  1412. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1413. Cedar Boys
  1414. Beautiful Kate
  1415. 9
  1416. Pontypool
  1417. Couples Retreat
  1418. Halloween II
  1419. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1420. Zombieland
  1421. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1422. The Informant!
  1423. Pandorum
  1424. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1425. Surrogates
  1426. The Invention of Lying
  1427. Whiteout
  1428. Sorority Row
  1429. The Soloist
  1430. Management
  1431. Julie & Julia
  1432. Jack Said
  1433. Gamer
  1434. The Firm
  1435. Fame
  1436. Dorian Gray
  1437. The Crimson Wing
  1438. Creation
  1439. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1440. Blind Dating
  1441. Away We Go
  1442. Adventureland
  1443. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1444. District 9
  1445. (500) Days of Summer
  1446. The Red Baron
  1447. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1448. Shorts
  1449. Funny People
  1450. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1451. A Perfect Getaway
  1452. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1453. The Final Destination
  1454. Dance Flick
  1455. Bandslam
  1456. Aliens in the Attic
  1457. Orphan
  1458. Adam
  1459. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1460. Home
  1461. The Ugly Truth
  1462. G-Force
  1463. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1464. Land of the Lost
  1465. Crossing Over
  1466. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1467. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1468. The Limits of Control
  1469. The Hurt Locker
  1470. Villa Amalia
  1471. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1472. The Proposal
  1473. Just Another Love Story
  1474. Charles Dickens’ England
  1475. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1476. Bist (Twenty)
  1477. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1478. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1479. Swinki (Piggies)
  1480. Goodbye, Solo
  1481. Moon
  1482. Martyrs
  1483. The Informers
  1484. Lake Tahoe
  1485. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1486. Frozen River
  1487. Cold Souls
  1488. Bruno
  1489. Red Mist
  1490. Public Enemies
  1491. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1492. Shirin
  1493. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1494. My Sister’s Keeper
  1495. Sunshine Cleaning
  1496. Rudo y Cursi
  1497. Sin Nombre
  1498. Year One
  1499. The Last Thakur
  1500. The Last House on the Left
  1501. Doghouse
  1502. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1503. Telstar
  1504. Gigantic
  1505. Red Cliff
  1506. Helen
  1507. The Hangover
  1508. O’Horten
  1509. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1510. Sex Drive
  1511. Terminator Salvation
  1512. Tormented
  1513. Sugar
  1514. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1515. Max Manus
  1516. Last Chance Harvey
  1517. The Hide
  1518. Awaydays
  1519. Angels & Demons
  1520. Fighting
  1521. Drag Me to Hell
  1522. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1523. Endgame
  1524. Obsessed
  1525. Viva
  1526. French Film
  1527. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1528. Visage
  1529. Vincere
  1530. Vengeance
  1531. Up
  1532. The Tsar
  1533. The Time that Remains
  1534. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1535. Tales from the Golden Age
  1536. Taking Woodstock
  1537. The Silent Army
  1538. Samson & Delilah
  1539. Un Prophete
  1540. Precious
  1541. Police, Adjective
  1542. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1543. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1544. Mother
  1545. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1546. Manila
  1547. Looking for Eric
  1548. Jaffa
  1549. Kinatay
  1550. Irene
  1551. Inglourious Basterds
  1552. Independencia
  1553. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1554. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1555. Fish Tank
  1556. Eyes Wide Open
  1557. Enter the Void
  1558. Demain des L’Aube
  1559. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1560. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1561. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1562. Bright Star
  1563. L’Armee du Crime
  1564. A L’Origine
  1565. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1566. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1567. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1568. Good
  1569. Coraline
  1570. Star Trek
  1571. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1572. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1573. Is Anybody There?
  1574. Momma’s Man
  1575. Shifty
  1576. Seraphine
  1577. Villa Jasmin
  1578. Snow (Snijeg)
  1579. Four Nights with Anna
  1580. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1581. Wrong Rosary
  1582. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1583. Skin
  1584. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1585. Scratch (Rysa)
  1586. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1587. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1588. Crank: High Voltage
  1589. The Empty Nest
  1590. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1591. Rain
  1592. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1593. State of Play
  1594. Observe and Report
  1595. Outlander
  1596. Hassan and Morkos
  1597. Departures (Okuribito)
  1598. Dansen (Dancers)
  1599. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1600. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1601. In the Loop
  1602. Not Easily Broken
  1603. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1604. Let the Right One In
  1605. I Love You, Man
  1606. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1607. Dragonball: Evolution
  1608. 17 Again
  1609. Fast and Furious
  1610. Tony Manero
  1611. Race to Witch Mountain
  1612. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1613. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1614. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1615. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1616. The Boat that Rocked
  1617. I Can’t Think Straight
  1618. The World Unseen
  1619. Religulous
  1620. The Uninvited
  1621. Little Ashes
  1622. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1623. Knowing
  1624. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1625. Traitor
  1626. Genova
  1627. The Damned United
  1628. Duplicity
  1629. Diminished Capacity
  1630. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1631. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1632. The Age of Stupid
  1633. Flash of Genius
  1634. Bronson
  1635. Hush
  1636. The Great Debaters
  1637. The Young Victoria
  1638. Wendy and Lucy
  1639. Watchmen
  1640. Reverb
  1641. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1642. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1643. The Burning Plain
  1644. American Teen
  1645. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1646. Yarwng (Roots)
  1647. The Crew
  1648. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1649. Push
  1650. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1651. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1652. The International
  1653. New in Town
  1654. The Unborn
  1655. Franklyn
  1656. Cadillac Records
  1657. Hotel for Dogs
  1658. Friday the 13th
  1659. Gran Torino
  1660. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1661. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1662. An American in New York
  1663. Ander
  1664. Beast Stalker
  1665. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1666. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1667. Cheri
  1668. The Countess
  1669. Deutschland 09
  1670. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1671. End of Love
  1672. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1673. Forever Enthralled
  1674. Gigante
  1675. Happy Tears
  1676. John Rabe
  1677. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1678. Katalin Varga
  1679. Letters to the President
  1680. London River
  1681. Mammoth
  1682. The Messenger
  1683. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1684. My One and Only
  1685. Pedro
  1686. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1687. Rage
  1688. Ricky
  1689. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1690. Storm
  1691. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1692. Welcome
  1693. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1694. Notorious
  1695. The Pink Panther 2
  1696. The Spirit
  1697. The Square
  1698. Bottle Shock
  1699. Bolt
  1700. JCVD
  1701. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1702. Valkyrie
  1703. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1704. Henry Poole is Here
  1705. The Broken
  1706. Battle in Seattle
  1707. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1708. Tokyo Sonata
  1709. The Punisher: War Zone
  1710. Who Killed Nancy?
  1711. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1712. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1713. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1714. Lucky Miles
  1715. Marley and Me
  1716. Gabriel
  1717. Bride Wars
  1718. Monkey PUzzle
  1719. Doubt
  1720. Frost/Nixon
  1721. Defiance
  1722. Revolutionary Road
  1723. Roman de Gare
  1724. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1725. Seven Pounds
  1726. Transsiberian
  1727. Garbage Warrior
  1728. Yes Man
  1729. The Grocer’s Son
  1730. Slumdog Millionaire
  1731. The Reader
  1732. Far North
  1733. Bedtime Stories
  1734. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1735. Newcastle
  1736. Fugitive Pieces
  1737. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1738. The Wrestler
  1739. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1740. Twilight
  1741. The Tale of Despereaux
  1742. Milk
  1743. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1744. Australia
  1745. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1746. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1747. Faintheart
  1748. Dean Spanley
  1749. Trade
  1750. The Stone of Destiny
  1751. Nordwand (North Face)
  1752. Love and Honour
  1753. Inkheart
  1754. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1755. Choke
  1756. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1757. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1758. The Secret Life of Bees
  1759. Quarantine
  1760. Summer
  1761. Julia
  1762. Four Christmases
  1763. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1764. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1765. Transporter 3
  1766. The Girl in the Park
  1767. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1768. Bonneville
  1769. The Children
  1770. The Express
  1771. Lakeview Terrace
  1772. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1773. Body of Lies
  1774. The Oxford Murders
  1775. Flawless
  1776. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1777. The Warlords
  1778. Easy Virtue
  1779. Fine, Totally Fine
  1780. Max Payne
  1781. Pride and Glory
  1782. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1783. Choking Man
  1784. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1785. Scar 3D
  1786. W
  1787. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1788. Quantum of Solace
  1789. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1790. Incendiary
  1791. Of Time and the City
  1792. Le Ring
  1793. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1794. Rumba
  1795. Saw V
  1796. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1797. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1798. Eagle Eye
  1799. Igor
  1800. The Rocker
  1801. Free Jimmy
  1802. Young @ Heart
  1803. La Zona
  1804. Rachel Getting Married
  1805. Bigga than Ben
  1806. Vinyan
  1807. Nights in Rodanthe
  1808. City of Ember
  1809. Mirrors
  1810. Brideshead Revisited
  1811. Mutant Chronicles
  1812. The House Bunny
  1813. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1814. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1815. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1816. Tropic Thunder
  1817. 88 Minutes
  1818. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1819. Good Dick
  1820. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1821. Rocknrolla
  1822. Redbelt
  1823. Righteous Kill
  1824. The Foot Fist Way
  1825. Death Race
  1826. Bangkok Dangerous
  1827. Appaloosa
  1828. The Women
  1829. Taken
  1830. Eden Lake
  1831. Babylon AD
  1832. Live!
  1833. Burn After Reading
  1834. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1835. Disaster Movie
  1836. Myrin (Jar City)
  1837. Partition
  1838. The Strangers
  1839. Step-Brothers
  1840. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1841. Puffball
  1842. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1843. The Wackness
  1844. Wild Child
  1845. Shoot on Sight
  1846. Daylight Robbery
  1847. El Cantante
  1848. Somers Town
  1849. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1850. Get Smart
  1851. Ben X
  1852. College Road Trip
  1853. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1854. Man from Plains
  1855. Three and Out
  1856. Vexille
  1857. Angel
  1858. The Clone Wars
  1859. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1860. The Karamazovs
  1861. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1862. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1863. CJ7
  1864. Make it Happen
  1865. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1866. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1867. The Love Guru
  1868. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1869. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1870. Married Life
  1871. Cass
  1872. Blindsight
  1873. Paris
  1874. Before the Rains
  1875. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1876. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1877. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1878. The Dark Knight
  1879. Baby Mama
  1880. Meet Dave
  1881. WALL.E
  1882. Donkey Punch
  1883. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1884. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1885. Mamma Mia
  1886. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1887. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1888. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1889. Mad Detective
  1890. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1891. Kung Fu Panda
  1892. In Memory of My Father
  1893. Adulthood
  1894. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1895. My Winnipeg
  1896. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1897. Prince Caspian
  1898. Hancock
  1899. Wanted
  1900. Cassandra’s Dream
  1901. The Ruins
  1902. The Edge of Love
  1903. The Waiting Room
  1904. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1905. The Happening
  1906. The Incredible Hulk
  1907. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1908. Teeth
  1909. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1910. The Escapist
  1911. Kamikaze Girls
  1912. Persepolis
  1913. Mongol
  1914. Ostrov (The Island)
  1915. Taxi to the Darkside
  1916. Balls of Fury
  1917. Mad Money
  1918. Anamorph
  1919. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1920. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1921. Sarkar Raj
  1922. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1923. Caramel
  1924. Prom Night
  1925. Superhero Movie
  1926. Chemical Wedding
  1927. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1928. Sex and the City
  1929. Timber Falls
  1930. 24 City
  1931. Adoration
  1932. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1933. Afterschool
  1934. Los Bastardos
  1935. Blindness
  1936. The Chaser
  1937. Che
  1938. Un Conte de Noel
  1939. Delta
  1940. Il Divo
  1941. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1942. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1943. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1944. Gomorrah
  1945. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1946. Hunger
  1947. Johnny Mad Dog
  1948. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1949. Linha de Passe
  1950. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1951. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1952. My Magic
  1953. Ocean Flame
  1954. Versailles
  1955. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1956. Palermo Shooting
  1957. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1958. Serbis
  1959. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1960. Soi Cowboy
  1961. Surveillance
  1962. Synecdoche, New York
  1963. Tokyo!
  1964. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1965. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1966. Tulpan
  1967. Two Lovers
  1968. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1969. La Vie Moderne
  1970. Waltz with Bashir
  1971. What Just Happened?
  1972. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1973. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1974. The Black Balloon
  1975. Charlie Bartlett
  1976. Shutter
  1977. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1978. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1979. Cashback
  1980. XXY
  1981. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1982. Honeydripper
  1983. Un Secret
  1984. The Air I Breathe
  1985. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  1986. The Eye
  1987. Speed Racer
  1988. What Happens in Vegas
  1989. Stop-Loss
  1990. [Rec.]
  1991. Iron Man
  1992. Manufacturing Landscapes
  1993. Made of Honour
  1994. Doomsday
  1995. In Bruges
  1996. Pathology
  1997. Street Kings
  1998. One Missed Call
  1999. P2
  2000. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2001. Nim’s Island
  2002. 21
  2003. Leatherheads
  2004. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2005. Deception
  2006. Fool’s Gold
  2007. Gone Baby Gone
  2008. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2009. The Mourning Forest
  2010. Boarding Gate
  2011. Death Defying Acts
  2012. Ballast
  2013. The Visitor
  2014. Smart People
  2015. The Mist
  2016. The King of California
  2017. Funny Games U.S.
  2018. Son of Rambow
  2019. Awake
  2020. How She Move
  2021. My Brother is an Only Child
  2022. Drillbit Taylor
  2023. First Sunday
  2024. The Go Master
  2025. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2026. The 11th Hour
  2027. Meet the Spartans
  2028. Lars and the Real Girl
  2029. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2030. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2031. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2032. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2033. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2034. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2035. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2036. Avril
  2037. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2038. Children of Glory
  2039. Out of the Blue
  2040. Miss Austen Regrets
  2041. Assembly
  2042. The Cottage
  2043. Beaufort
  2044. 10,000 BC
  2045. Vantage Point
  2046. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2047. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2048. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2049. Garage
  2050. Fade to Black
  2051. The Accidental Husband
  2052. The Baker
  2053. The Bank Job
  2054. The Bucket List
  2055. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2056. Mister Lonely
  2057. Rambo
  2058. Semi-Pro
  2059. Untraceable
  2060. Waz
  2061. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2062. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2063. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2064. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2065. Standard Operating Procedure
  2066. Sleep Dealer
  2067. Restless
  2068. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2069. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2070. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2071. Lemon Tree
  2072. Lady Jane
  2073. Katyn
  2074. Kabei - Our Mother
  2075. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2076. Jerusalema
  2077. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2078. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2079. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2080. Fireflies in the Garden
  2081. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2082. Elegy
  2083. Dream Boy
  2084. Derek
  2085. Corroboree
  2086. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2087. Boy A
  2088. Be Kind Rewind
  2089. Balikbayan Box
  2090. Black Water
  2091. Jumper
  2092. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2093. There Will Be Blood
  2094. Juno
  2095. Definitely, Maybe
  2096. The Forest of Death
  2097. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2098. The Water Horse
  2099. Time to Die
  2100. The Matrimony
  2101. Penelope
  2102. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2103. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2104. Margot at the Wedding
  2105. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2106. Over Her Dead Body
  2107. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2108. Cloverfield
  2109. Battle for Haditha
  2110. The Savages
  2111. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2112. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2113. Clubland
  2114. The Final Winter
  2115. Footy Legends
  2116. The Good Night
  2117. Kokoda
  2118. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2119. September
  2120. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2121. St Trinians
  2122. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2123. Underdog
  2124. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2125. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2126. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2127. Dan in Real Life
  2128. PS I Love You
  2129. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2130. Romulus, My Father
  2131. Rogue
  2132. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2133. I Am Legend
  2134. Closing the Ring
  2135. The Man in the Chair
  2136. The Game Plan
  2137. The Bet
  2138. 27 Dresses
  2139. As It Is In Heaven
  2140. Arctic Tale
  2141. Youth without Youth
  2142. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2143. Weirdsville
  2144. My Kid Could Paint That
  2145. Infinite Justice
  2146. Chromophobia
  2147. Anna M
  2148. Bella
  2149. The Bee Movie
  2150. He Was a Quiet Man
  2151. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2152. 30 Days of Night
  2153. Brick Lane
  2154. Enchanted
  2155. A Very British Gangster
  2156. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2157. I’m Not There
  2158. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2159. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2160. Talk to Me
  2161. Rescue Dawn
  2162. Shrooms
  2163. Fred Claus
  2164. Hitman
  2165. This Christmas
  2166. August Rush
  2167. You Kill Me
  2168. Stellet Licht
  2169. Silk
  2170. Into the Wild
  2171. The Lookout
  2172. Good Luck Chuck
  2173. Beowulf
  2174. I Served the King of England
  2175. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2176. Redacted
  2177. The Magic Flute
  2178. American Gangster
  2179. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2180. Lions for Lambs
  2181. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2182. Once
  2183. Black Sheep
  2184. Nancy Drew
  2185. Mr Brooks
  2186. The Last Legion
  2187. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2188. The Invasion
  2189. Razzle Dazzle
  2190. Interview
  2191. Stardust
  2192. Rendition
  2193. Ratatouille
  2194. The Nines
  2195. In the Valley of Elah
  2196. The Hunting Party
  2197. Eastern Promises
  2198. The Dark is Rising
  2199. The Darjeeling Limited
  2200. Daddy Day Camp
  2201. Blame it on Fidel
  2202. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2203. Rocket Science
  2204. Shoot ’em Up
  2205. Mr Woodcock
  2206. Across the Universe
  2207. Halloween
  2208. Sleuth
  2209. Death at a Funeral
  2210. Syndromes and a Century
  2211. Lust, Caution
  2212. It’s a Free World
  2213. War
  2214. The Nanny Diaries
  2215. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2216. Control
  2217. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2218. Feast of Love
  2219. The Heartbreak Kid
  2220. Hot Rod
  2221. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2222. The Kingdom
  2223. The Brave One
  2224. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2225. In Memoria di Me
  2226. Takva
  2227. Superbad
  2228. Le Serpent
  2229. Michael Clayton
  2230. Irina Palm
  2231. Georgia Rule
  2232. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2233. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2234. Atonement
  2235. 3:10 to Yuma
  2236. No Reservations
  2237. Death Sentence
  2238. 1408
  2239. December Boys
  2240. 2 Days in Paris
  2241. Year of the Dog
  2242. Buy it Now
  2243. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2244. Hallam Foe
  2245. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2246. Sugarhouse
  2247. Waitress
  2248. Seraphim Falls
  2249. Lady Chatterley
  2250. Knocked Up
  2251. Evening
  2252. Eagle vs Shark
  2253. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2254. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2255. Sparkle
  2256. Bratz the Movie
  2257. Ecoute le temps
  2258. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2259. Marigold
  2260. Copying Beethoven
  2261. Surf’s Up
  2262. Rush Hour 3
  2263. License to Wed
  2264. Happily N’Ever After
  2265. Wind Chill
  2266. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2267. Tales from Earthsea
  2268. Gandhi my Father
  2269. Evan Almighty
  2270. The Hoax
  2271. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2272. Transformers
  2273. In the Land of Women
  2274. The Walker
  2275. The Simpsons Movie
  2276. Disturbia
  2277. Daratt
  2278. Macbeth
  2279. The Priestess
  2280. The Lark Farm
  2281. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2282. Hairspray
  2283. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2284. Screamers
  2285. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2286. The War on Democracy
  2287. Die Hard 4.0
  2288. Dead Silence
  2289. The Flying Scotsman
  2290. Hostel 2
  2291. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2292. Shrek the Third
  2293. Grow Your Own
  2294. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2295. Lucky You
  2296. Captivity
  2297. PTU
  2298. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2299. Water
  2300. Vacancy
  2301. Are We Done Yet?
  2302. Frankie
  2303. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2304. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2305. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2306. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2307. Messages
  2308. Black Gold
  2309. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2310. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2311. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2312. The Tiger’s Tail
  2313. Oceans 13
  2314. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2315. The Chumscrubber
  2316. The City of Violence
  2317. The Hitcher
  2318. We Own the Night
  2319. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2320. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2321. Triangle
  2322. Terror’s Advocate
  2323. Tehilim
  2324. La Soledad
  2325. Sicko
  2326. Secret Sunshine
  2327. Savage Grace
  2328. Paranoid Park
  2329. No Country for Old Men
  2330. My Blueberry Nights
  2331. Munruyangabo
  2332. A Mighty Heart
  2333. The Man from London
  2334. Import/Export
  2335. Go Go Tales
  2336. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2337. Death Proof
  2338. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2339. Chacun Son Cinema
  2340. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2341. Breath (Soom)
  2342. Boxes
  2343. The Banishment
  2344. The Band’s Visit
  2345. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2346. Apres Lui
  2347. Alexandra
  2348. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2349. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2350. Lovewrecked
  2351. Conversations with Other Women
  2352. Like Minds
  2353. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2354. Dans Paris
  2355. 28 Weeks Later
  2356. Black Snake Moan
  2357. Spiderman 3
  2358. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2359. Goya’s Ghosts
  2360. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2361. End of the Spear
  2362. Goodbye Bafana
  2363. The Breed
  2364. This is England
  2365. The Painted Veil
  2366. The Last Mimzy
  2367. Next
  2368. Reno 911!: Miami
  2369. Straightheads
  2370. Away from Her
  2371. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2372. The Puffy Chair
  2373. Fracture
  2374. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2375. The Jesus Project
  2376. Half Nelson
  2377. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2378. The Reaping
  2379. Reign over me
  2380. Son of Man
  2381. Perfect Stranger
  2382. Edmond
  2383. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2384. Unknown
  2385. Shooter
  2386. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2387. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2388. One Night with the King
  2389. Wild Hogs
  2390. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2391. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2392. Meet the Robinsons
  2393. Sunshine
  2394. Blades of Glory
  2395. The Messengers
  2396. The Namesake
  2397. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2398. Stomp the Yard
  2399. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2400. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2401. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2402. Factory Girl
  2403. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2404. Catch a Fire
  2405. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2406. The Last Sineater
  2407. Catch and Release
  2408. Amazing Grace
  2409. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2410. I Want Candy
  2411. The Ultimate Gift
  2412. Premonition
  2413. Sherrybaby
  2414. Facing the Giants
  2415. Breach
  2416. Zodiac
  2417. Sheitan
  2418. The Astronaut Farmer
  2419. Outlaw
  2420. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2421. Norbit
  2422. Becoming Jane
  2423. The Good German
  2424. Gone
  2425. Kardia
  2426. Music and Lyrics
  2427. 300
  2428. Bamako
  2429. Hot Fuzz
  2430. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2431. Middletown
  2432. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2433. Alpha Dog
  2434. Material Girls
  2435. Inland Empire
  2436. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2437. The Number 23
  2438. Because I Said So
  2439. School for Scoundrels
  2440. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2441. Blood and Chocolate
  2442. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2443. Hannibal Rising
  2444. Epic Movie
  2445. The Reef
  2446. The Good Shepherd
  2447. Ghost Rider
  2448. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2449. Dreamgirls
  2450. Notes on a Scandal
  2451. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2452. Kenny
  2453. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2454. The Last King of Scotland
  2455. For Your Consideration
  2456. Irresistible
  2457. Little Red Flowers
  2458. The Illusionist
  2459. Freedom Writers
  2460. Smokin’ Aces
  2461. Ghosts
  2462. Venus
  2463. Flyboys
  2464. Ils (Them)
  2465. Suburban Mayhem
  2466. Gridiron Gang
  2467. Miss Potter
  2468. The Return
  2469. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2470. Charlotte’s Web
  2471. Flicka
  2472. Boytown
  2473. The Fountain
  2474. Bobby
  2475. 3 Needles
  2476. Last Train to Freo
  2477. Scoop
  2478. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2479. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2480. Flags of our Fathers
  2481. Night at the Museum
  2482. Rocky Balboa
  2483. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2484. Zoom
  2485. Kabul Express
  2486. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2487. Employee of the Month
  2488. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2489. Running With Scissors
  2490. Blood Diamond
  2491. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2492. Eragon
  2493. Deja Vu
  2494. Black Christmas
  2495. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2496. A Prairie Home Companion
  2497. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2498. Apocalypto
  2499. The Holiday
  2500. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2501. London to Brighton
  2502. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2503. Happy Feet
  2504. Jackass Number Two
  2505. Deck the Halls
  2506. The Covenant
  2507. Suburban Mayhem
  2508. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2509. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2510. Shortbus
  2511. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2512. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2513. Flushed Away
  2514. Stranger Than Fiction
  2515. Big Nothing
  2516. All the Invisible Children
  2517. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2518. Twelve and Holding
  2519. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2520. Breaking and Entering
  2521. Heroes and Villains
  2522. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2523. Casino Royale
  2524. Puritan
  2525. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2526. The Prestige
  2527. Waist Deep
  2528. Little Children
  2529. The Nativity Story
  2530. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2531. All the King’s Men
  2532. The Last Kiss
  2533. Saw III
  2534. Mischief Night
  2535. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2536. Sixty Six
  2537. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2538. Gypo
  2539. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2540. Peaceful Warrior
  2541. Driving Lessons
  2542. Wordplay
  2543. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2544. Idlewild
  2545. The Grudge 2
  2546. Stick It
  2547. New Police Story
  2548. Step Up
  2549. Infamous
  2550. The History Boys
  2551. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2552. Starter for Ten
  2553. Open Season
  2554. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2555. The Aryan Couple
  2556. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2557. A Good Year
  2558. The Guardian
  2559. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2560. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2561. Man Push Cart
  2562. Accepted
  2563. The Departed
  2564. Johanna
  2565. Life and Lyrics
  2566. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2567. Hoodwinked
  2568. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2569. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2570. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2571. Click
  2572. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2573. Keane
  2574. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2575. Hollywoodland
  2576. Clerks II
  2577. An Inconvenient Truth
  2578. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2579. Snow Cake
  2580. Little Miss Sunshine
  2581. The Wicker Man
  2582. The Devil Wears Prada
  2583. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2584. World Trade Center
  2585. The Black Dahlia
  2586. Children of Men
  2587. The Queen
  2588. The Sentinel
  2589. Crank
  2590. This Film is not yet Rated
  2591. The Benchwarmers
  2592. Over the Hedge
  2593. Severance
  2594. Adrift
  2595. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2596. You, Me and Dupree
  2597. Right at Your Door
  2598. Snakes on a Plane
  2599. Akeelah and the Bee
  2600. Harsh Times
  2601. A Scanner Darkly
  2602. John Tucker Must Die
  2603. Tideland
  2604. Monster House
  2605. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2606. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2607. Bee Season
  2608. Angel-A
  2609. Ellie Parker
  2610. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2611. Warrior-King
  2612. Alpha Male
  2613. Wilderness
  2614. The Night Listener
  2615. Lady in the Water
  2616. Nacho Libre
  2617. Tarfaya
  2618. Paper Clips
  2619. 11:14
  2620. Cars
  2621. Stay Alive
  2622. The Break-Up
  2623. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2624. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2625. Trust the Man
  2626. Miami Vice
  2627. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2628. Omkara
  2629. The Ant Bully
  2630. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2631. Ultraviolet
  2632. The Thief Lord
  2633. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2634. Fearless
  2635. Half Light
  2636. Hard Candy
  2637. Imagine You and Me
  2638. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2639. Dumplings
  2640. Curious George
  2641. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2642. Aquamarine
  2643. The Lake House
  2644. Thank You for Smoking
  2645. Superman Returns
  2646. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2647. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2648. Stormbreaker
  2649. An Unfinished Life
  2650. Love + Hate
  2651. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2652. Secuestro Express
  2653. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2654. Little Manhattan
  2655. Poseidon
  2656. Friends with Money
  2657. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2658. Forty Shades of Blue
  2659. Just My Luck
  2660. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2661. Reeker
  2662. Pretty Persuasion
  2663. King Kong
  2664. Ask the Dust
  2665. Wah Wah
  2666. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2667. RV
  2668. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2669. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2670. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2671. 2:37
  2672. Babel
  2673. The Caiman
  2674. Cronica de una Fuga
  2675. Fast Food Nation
  2676. Flanders
  2677. Climates
  2678. Indigènes
  2679. Jindabyne
  2680. Lights in the Dusk
  2681. Marie Antoinette
  2682. Paris je t’aime
  2683. Red Road
  2684. Southland Tales
  2685. Volver
  2686. Summer Palace
  2687. Ten Canoes
  2688. El Violin
  2689. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2690. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2691. Shooting Dogs
  2692. CZECH FILM REVIEWS
  2693. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006, SUPPLEMENT
  2694. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006
  2695. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 2006
  2696. 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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