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