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  305. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  306. Lone Survivor
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  308. Saving Mr Banks
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  310. Short Term 12
  311. The Wind Rises/ Kaze Tachinu
  312. The Wolf of Wall Street
  313. 20 Feet from Stardom
  314. Apres Mai/ After May
  315. American Hustle
  316. August: Osage County
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  320. Carrie
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  327. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  328. Homefront
  329. How I Live Now
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  333. The Railway Man
  334. Si Parla Italiano: Lygon Street
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  365. About Time
  366. The Act of Killing
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  386. Renoir
  387. Riddick
  388. RIPD
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  396. Elysium
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  419. 100 Bloody Acres
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  428. Despicable Me 2
  429. Epic
  430. Errors of the Human Body
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  432. Furious 6/ The Fast and the Furious 6
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  437. In the House/ Dans La Maison
  438. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  439. The Lone Ranger
  440. Man of Steel
  441. Metro
  442. Monsters University
  443. Now You See Me
  444. One Mile Above/ Kora
  445. Only God Forgives
  446. Pacific Rim
  447. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  448. Reality
  449. Satellite Boy
  450. This is the End
  451. The Way, Way Back
  452. The Wolverine
  453. Still Mine
  454. To the Wonder
  455. World War Z
  456. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
  457. The Big Wedding
  458. Broken
  459. The Call
  460. Camille Redouble/ Camille Rewinds
  461. Dead Man Down
  462. Evil Dead
  463. The Great Gatsby
  464. The Hangover Part III
  465. Jagten/ The Hunt
  466. Mud
  467. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  468. Scary Movie 5
  469. Snitch
  470. Spring Breakers
  471. Star Trek Into Darkness
  472. Adventures in Zambezia
  473. Antiviral
  474. Chasing Ice
  475. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  476. The Company You Keep
  477. Drift
  478. Vic and Flo Meet a Bear
  479. Side Effects
  480. Promised Land
  481. Prince Avalanche
  482. Parde (Closed Curtain)
  483. Paradies
  484. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
  485. Night Train to Lisbon
  486. The Necessary Death of Charley Countryman
  487. La religieuse (The Nun)
  488. Maladies
  489. Lovelace
  490. The Look of Love
  491. A Long and Happy Life
  492. In the Name of...
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  495. Gloria
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  499. Elle s’en va (On Her Way)
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  502. Camille Claudel 1915
  503. Before Midnight
  504. Escape from Planet Earth
  505. First Position
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  507. Identity Thief
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  534. Mama
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  536. Performance/ A Late Quartet
  537. Return to Nim’s Island
  538. Underground: the Julian Assange Story
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  540. Zero Dark Thirty
  541. Anna Karenina
  542. Compliance
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  544. Flight
  545. Gangster Squad
  546. The Impossible
  547. The Guilt Trip
  548. Last Dance
  549. Life of Pi
  550. Lincoln
  551. Parental Guidance
  552. Rise of the Guardians
  553. Save Your Legs
  554. The Silver Linings Playbook
  555. Wreck-it Ralph
  556. This is 40
  557. 2 Days in New York
  558. 360
  559. Alex Cross
  560. All the Way Through Evening
  561. American Mary
  562. The Angel’s Share
  563. Argo
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  565. Back to 1942
  566. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  567. Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  568. Dangerous Liaisons
  569. Dead Europe
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  573. Fun Size
  574. God Bless America
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  580. The Intouchables/ Les Intouchables/ Untouchables
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  588. Lore
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  610. Sound of My Voice
  611. Taken 2
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  613. Trouble with the Curve
  614. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  615. The Words
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  617. Wunderkinder
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  619. On the Road
  620. Looper
  621. Damsels in Distress
  622. Holy Motors
  623. Arbitrage
  624. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  625. Lore
  626. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  627. Bait
  628. Hotel Transylvania
  629. The Watch
  630. Resident Evil: Retribution
  631. Barrymore
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  633. The Bourne Legacy
  634. Bully
  635. The Expendables 2
  636. Hope Springs
  637. Kath and Kimderella
  638. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  639. Monsieur Lazhar
  640. Moonrise Kingdom
  641. Total Recall
  642. Your Sister’s Sister
  643. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  644. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
  645. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2012
  646. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  647. The Sapphires
  648. Hysteria
  649. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  650. The Door
  651. Not Suitable for Children
  652. In Darkness
  653. Magic Mike
  654. The Dark Knight Rises
  655. The King is Dead!
  656. You Instead
  657. The Amazing Spiderman
  658. Where do we go now?
  659. The Three Stooges
  660. I Am Eleven
  661. Polisse
  662. Ted
  663. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  664. Snow White and the Huntsman
  665. Take This Waltz
  666. That’s My Boy
  667. Rock of Ages
  668. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  669. Brave
  670. Marley
  671. The Cabin in the Woods
  672. The Innkeepers
  673. Margaret
  674. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  675. Elena
  676. Prometheus
  677. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  678. Friends with Kids
  679. Get the Gringo
  680. Game Change
  681. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  682. Men in Black 3
  683. Empire of Silver
  684. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  685. The Dictator
  686. Swerve
  687. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  688. Careless Love
  689. Dark Shadows
  690. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  691. Iron Sky
  692. Trishna
  693. W./E
  694. 21 Jump Street
  695. Act of Valor
  696. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  697. The Avengers
  698. Battleship
  699. Cafe de Flore
  700. The Deep Blue Sea
  701. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  702. The Footnote
  703. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  704. Hotel Lux
  705. The Hunger Games
  706. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  707. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  708. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  709. The Lady
  710. Le Havre
  711. The Lucky One
  712. Mirror, Mirror
  713. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  714. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  715. The Raid
  716. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  717. The Rum Diary
  718. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  719. Safe
  720. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  721. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  722. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  723. Spud
  724. This Must be the Place
  725. Tomboy
  726. The Woman in Black
  727. Wish You Were Here
  728. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  729. The Five-Year Engagement
  730. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  731. The Wrath of the Titans
  732. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  733. Any Questions for Ben?
  734. 50/50
  735. The Artist
  736. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  737. Buck
  738. Carnage
  739. Chronicle
  740. Contraband
  741. A Dangerous Method
  742. The Devil Inside
  743. Gone
  744. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  745. Project X
  746. John Carter
  747. One for the Money
  748. Safe House
  749. This Means War
  750. Tyrannosaur
  751. 1911
  752. 30 Minutes or Less
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  754. A Better Life
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  764. My Week with Marilyn
  765. Retreat
  766. Shame
  767. Trespass
  768. The Vow
  769. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  770. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  771. Barbara
  772. Bel Ami
  773. Captive
  774. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  775. Cherry
  776. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  777. Dollhouse
  778. Don 2: Don Must Die
  779. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  780. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  781. Flowers of War
  782. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  783. Gnade/ Mercy
  784. Haywire
  785. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  786. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  787. Keep the Lights on
  788. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  789. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  790. Meteora
  791. My Brother the Devil
  792. Postcards from the Zoo
  793. Rebelle/ War Witch
  794. A Royal Affair
  795. Shadow Dancer
  796. Tabu
  797. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  798. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  799. White Deer Plain
  800. Wilaya
  801. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
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  803. Too Big to Fail
  804. The Descendants
  805. Arietty
  806. Autoluminiscent
  807. Hugo
  808. The Muppets
  809. Young Adult
  810. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  811. The Adventures of Tintin
  812. Waste Land
  813. Happy Feet Two
  814. We Bought a Zoo
  815. Dolphin Tale
  816. Albert Nobbs
  817. Courageous
  818. New Year’s Eve
  819. Restless
  820. The Tall Man
  821. The Skin I Live In
  822. Tower Heist
  823. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  824. Another Earth
  825. The Iron Lady
  826. Jack and Jill
  827. Melancholia
  828. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  829. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  830. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  831. Yes Madam, Sir
  832. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  833. Breaking Dawn Part I
  834. Attack the Block
  835. The Debt
  836. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  837. The Ides of March
  838. Immortals
  839. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  840. The Inbetweeners
  841. Moneyball
  842. Puss in Boots
  843. Toomelah
  844. Machine Gun Preacher
  845. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  846. Arthur Christmas
  847. Shark Night 3D
  848. L’Amour Fou
  849. Country Strong
  850. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  851. Surviving Georgia
  852. Cedar Rapids
  853. Our Idiot Brother
  854. In Time
  855. The Cup
  856. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  857. Contagion
  858. What’s Your Number?
  859. The Three Musketeers
  860. Midnight in Paris
  861. Higher Ground
  862. The Thing
  863. Project Nim
  864. Footloose
  865. Take Shelter
  866. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  867. The Whistleblower
  868. Monte Carlo
  869. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  870. Submarine
  871. The Eye of the Storm
  872. Fire in Babylon
  873. Tabloid
  874. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  875. Red State
  876. Real Steel
  877. Johnny English Reborn
  878. The Hunter
  879. Fright Night
  880. Abduction
  881. 13 Assassins
  882. Guilty Pleasures
  883. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  884. Colombiana
  885. Zookeeper
  886. Final Destination 5
  887. The Change-Up
  888. Face to Face
  889. Win Win
  890. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  891. Horrible Bosses
  892. Hobo with a Shotgun
  893. The Help
  894. Conan the Barbarian
  895. Chalet Girl
  896. Beastly
  897. Priest
  898. The Woman
  899. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  900. Friends with Benefits
  901. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  902. Jane Eyre
  903. Big Mamma’s Boy
  904. Cowboys & Aliens
  905. Green Lantern
  906. Senna
  907. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  908. The Illusionist
  909. The Conspirator
  910. Love Crime
  911. Captain America, the First Avenger
  912. Precious Life
  913. Bad Teacher
  914. The Eagle
  915. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  916. Mars Needs Moms
  917. Stake Land
  918. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  919. Meek’s Cutoff
  920. Cars 2
  921. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  922. Kung Fu Panda 2
  923. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  924. Larry Crowne
  925. The Trip
  926. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  927. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  928. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  929. Mozart’s Sister
  930. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  931. All Good Things
  932. Crazy on the Outside
  933. The Tree of Life
  934. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  935. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  936. Super 8
  937. Blame
  938. Bridesmaids
  939. Little White Lies
  940. Here I Am
  941. X Men: First Class
  942. The Tunnel
  943. Babies
  944. The Hangover Part II
  945. Carlos
  946. Oceans
  947. Angele et Tony
  948. Soul Surfer
  949. Julia’s Eyes
  950. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  951. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  952. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  953. Burke and Hare
  954. Water for Elephants
  955. Hanna
  956. Source Code
  957. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  958. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  959. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  960. Your Highness
  961. Thor
  962. Something Borrowed
  963. Snowtown
  964. Scream 4
  965. Rio
  966. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  967. Le Quattro Volte
  968. Paul
  969. Oranges and Sunshine
  970. Murundak
  971. Main Street
  972. Mad Bastards
  973. The Lost Bladesman
  974. Insidious
  975. Incendies
  976. The Human Resources Manager
  977. Get Low
  978. Catfish
  979. Arthur
  980. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  981. Hop
  982. Sucker Punch
  983. Potiche
  984. Goethe!
  985. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  986. Limitless
  987. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  988. A Heartbeat Away
  989. The Lincoln Lawyer
  990. The Reef
  991. Red Riding Hood
  992. The Company Men
  993. Battle Los Angeles
  994. Just Go With It
  995. Howl
  996. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  997. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  998. Ausente (Absent)
  999. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  1000. Come Rain, Come Shine
  1001. Coriolanus
  1002. Dance Town
  1003. The Devil’s Double
  1004. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1005. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1006. The Future
  1007. Griff the Invisible
  1008. The Guard
  1009. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1010. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1011. Late Bloomers
  1012. Margin Call
  1013. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1014. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1015. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1016. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1017. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1018. Our Grand Despair
  1019. Pina
  1020. El Premio (The Prize)
  1021. Romeos
  1022. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1023. Swans
  1024. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1025. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1026. True Grit
  1027. Unknown
  1028. Utopians
  1029. Vampire
  1030. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1031. Wind and Fog
  1032. Yelling to the Sky
  1033. The Rite
  1034. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1035. Rango
  1036. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1037. The Way Back
  1038. Wasted on the Young
  1039. Secretariat
  1040. Season of the Witch
  1041. No Strings Attached
  1042. Never Let Me Go
  1043. Nenette
  1044. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1045. Inside Job
  1046. I Am Number Four
  1047. Hall Pass
  1048. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1049. Conviction
  1050. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1051. The Adjustment Bureau
  1052. Rabbit Hole
  1053. Hereafter
  1054. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1055. Barney’s Version
  1056. The Green Hornet
  1057. The Next Three Days
  1058. Ramona and Beezus
  1059. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1060. The Mechanic
  1061. How Do You Know
  1062. The Romantics
  1063. 127 Hours
  1064. Black Swan
  1065. The Fighter
  1066. Burlesque
  1067. The Dilemma
  1068. Takers
  1069. Stone
  1070. Arctic Blast
  1071. Out Of The Silence
  1072. Helen
  1073. Morning Glory
  1074. Yogi Bear
  1075. Korkoro
  1076. Unstoppable
  1077. Tangled
  1078. The Tourist
  1079. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1080. Gulliver’s Travels
  1081. Little Fockers
  1082. Love and Other Drugs
  1083. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1084. The King’s Speech
  1085. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1086. Somewhere
  1087. Desert Flower
  1088. Tron: Legacy
  1089. Megamind
  1090. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1091. Devil
  1092. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1093. The Last Exorcism
  1094. Due Date
  1095. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1096. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1097. Beneath Hill 60
  1098. Monsters
  1099. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1100. Machete
  1101. Sisters of War
  1102. Wild Target
  1103. Skyline
  1104. The American
  1105. Winter’s Bone
  1106. The Loved Ones
  1107. Paranormal Activity 2
  1108. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1109. The Social Network
  1110. Gainsbourg
  1111. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1112. You Don’t Know Jack
  1113. Life as We Know It
  1114. Made in Dagenham
  1115. Red
  1116. Let Me In
  1117. The Town
  1118. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1119. Copacabana
  1120. La Danse
  1121. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1122. The Clinic
  1123. Eat Pray Love
  1124. Buried
  1125. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1126. Dinner for Schmucks
  1127. The Least of These
  1128. The City of Your Final Destination
  1129. Sagan
  1130. Summer Coda
  1131. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1132. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1133. I’m Still Here
  1134. The Other Guys
  1135. The Last Airbender
  1136. Easy A
  1137. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1138. Despicable Me
  1139. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1140. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1141. Salt
  1142. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1143. Piranha 3D
  1144. Vampires Suck
  1145. Matching Jack
  1146. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1147. Cairo Time
  1148. Peepli [Live]
  1149. The Expendables
  1150. Second Hand Wedding
  1151. Splice
  1152. Step Up 3D
  1153. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1154. The Special Relationship
  1155. South Solitary
  1156. Killers
  1157. Leaving (Partir)
  1158. Inception
  1159. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1160. Boy
  1161. The Waiting City
  1162. Knight and Day
  1163. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1164. The Runaways
  1165. Predators
  1166. The Karate Kid
  1167. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1168. Toy Story 3
  1169. New York, I Love You
  1170. The A-Team
  1171. Get Him to the Greek
  1172. Accidents Happen
  1173. L’Affaire Farewell
  1174. Animal Kingdom
  1175. City Island
  1176. Le Concert
  1177. I Love You Too
  1178. The Kings of Mykonos
  1179. Letters to Juliet
  1180. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1181. Mother and Child
  1182. Shrek Forever After
  1183. Valhalla Rising
  1184. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1185. Abel
  1186. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1187. Another Year
  1188. Aurora
  1189. Biutiful
  1190. Blue Valentine
  1191. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1192. Carancho
  1193. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1194. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1195. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1196. Fair Game
  1197. Hahaha
  1198. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1199. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1200. The Housemaid
  1201. Kaboom
  1202. Life, Above All
  1203. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1204. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1205. My Joy
  1206. La Nostra Vita
  1207. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1208. Octubre
  1209. Outrage
  1210. Poetry
  1211. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1212. Robin Hood
  1213. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1214. Route Irish
  1215. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1216. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1217. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1218. Tamara Drewe
  1219. Tournee (On Tour)
  1220. The Tree
  1221. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1222. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1223. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1224. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1225. Tooth Fairy
  1226. Sex and the City 2
  1227. The Losers
  1228. Rec 2
  1229. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1230. Gentlemen Broncos
  1231. Cop Out
  1232. 4.3.2.1.
  1233. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1234. A Room and a Half
  1235. Psych 9
  1236. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1237. Furry Vengeance
  1238. Four Lions
  1239. The Backup PLan
  1240. Iron Man 2
  1241. Revanche
  1242. The Last Song
  1243. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1244. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1245. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1246. The Joneses
  1247. Dogtooth
  1248. Centurion
  1249. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1250. Cherrybomb
  1251. Date Night
  1252. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1253. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1254. City of Life and Death
  1255. Cemetery Junction
  1256. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1257. Dear John
  1258. Repo Men
  1259. Crying with Laughter
  1260. Boogie Woogie
  1261. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1262. Shelter
  1263. The Infidel
  1264. Whip It
  1265. I Know You Know
  1266. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1267. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1268. Shank
  1269. How to Train Your Dragon
  1270. Clash of the Titans
  1271. Remember Me
  1272. Kick Ass
  1273. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1274. The Blind Side
  1275. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1276. The Bounty Hunter
  1277. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1278. The Spy Next Door
  1279. Sons of Cuba
  1280. Salvage
  1281. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1282. House of the Devil
  1283. Green Zone
  1284. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1285. Shutter Island
  1286. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1287. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1288. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1289. Chloe
  1290. Battle for Terra
  1291. The Wolfman
  1292. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1293. Valentine’s Day
  1294. Solomon Kane
  1295. Powder Blue
  1296. The Crazies
  1297. Case 39
  1298. Anonyma
  1299. Alice in Wonderland
  1300. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1301. Ondine
  1302. Micmacs
  1303. Legion
  1304. Leap Year
  1305. From Paris with Love
  1306. Extraordinary Measures
  1307. Everybody’s Fine
  1308. Crazy Heart
  1309. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1310. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1311. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1312. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1313. Bal (Honey)
  1314. David Wants to Fly
  1315. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1316. En Familie (A Family)
  1317. Father of Invention
  1318. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1319. Greenberg
  1320. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1321. The Kids are All Right
  1322. The Killer Inside Me
  1323. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1324. My Name is Khan
  1325. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1326. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1327. Please Give
  1328. Red Hill
  1329. Shahada (Faith)
  1330. Son of Babylon
  1331. Submarino
  1332. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1333. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1334. Invictus
  1335. The Book of Eli
  1336. Astro Boy
  1337. Youth in Revolt
  1338. Up in the Air
  1339. Tony
  1340. A Single Man
  1341. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1342. Holy Water
  1343. Exam
  1344. It’s Complicated
  1345. 44 Inch Chest
  1346. Nine
  1347. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1348. Ninja Assassin
  1349. Daybreakers
  1350. Armored
  1351. Edge of Darkness
  1352. Motherhood
  1353. Brothers
  1354. Breathless
  1355. Bran Nue Dae
  1356. All About Steve
  1357. The Princess and the Frog
  1358. Talentime
  1359. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1360. Extract
  1361. Shrink
  1362. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1363. Diamant 13
  1364. Old Dogs
  1365. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1366. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1367. Sherlock Holmes
  1368. The Lovely Bones
  1369. Prime Mover
  1370. The Brothers Bloom
  1371. Avatar
  1372. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1373. The Other Man
  1374. Post Grad
  1375. Unmade Beds
  1376. Where the Wild Things Are
  1377. Planet 51
  1378. Only When I Dance
  1379. Nowhere Boy
  1380. The Merry Gentleman
  1381. Me and Orson Welles
  1382. The Girlfriend Experience
  1383. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1384. The Descent: Part 2
  1385. Cracks
  1386. The Box
  1387. Nativity!
  1388. Paranormal Activity
  1389. Law Abiding Citizen
  1390. Bunny and the Bull
  1391. Machan
  1392. The Boys are Back
  1393. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1394. Glorious 39
  1395. A Serious Man
  1396. Examined Life
  1397. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1398. Harry Brown
  1399. Amelia
  1400. 2012
  1401. The Fourth Kind
  1402. An Education
  1403. A Christmas Carol
  1404. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1405. The Cove
  1406. The Horseman
  1407. Jennifer’s Body
  1408. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1409. Saw VI
  1410. Coffin Rock
  1411. Dead Man Running
  1412. Stone Bros.
  1413. Disgrace
  1414. My Year without Sex
  1415. This Is It
  1416. Blessed
  1417. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1418. Cedar Boys
  1419. Beautiful Kate
  1420. 9
  1421. Pontypool
  1422. Couples Retreat
  1423. Halloween II
  1424. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1425. Zombieland
  1426. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1427. The Informant!
  1428. Pandorum
  1429. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1430. Surrogates
  1431. The Invention of Lying
  1432. Whiteout
  1433. Sorority Row
  1434. The Soloist
  1435. Management
  1436. Julie & Julia
  1437. Jack Said
  1438. Gamer
  1439. The Firm
  1440. Fame
  1441. Dorian Gray
  1442. The Crimson Wing
  1443. Creation
  1444. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1445. Blind Dating
  1446. Away We Go
  1447. Adventureland
  1448. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1449. District 9
  1450. (500) Days of Summer
  1451. The Red Baron
  1452. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1453. Shorts
  1454. Funny People
  1455. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1456. A Perfect Getaway
  1457. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1458. The Final Destination
  1459. Dance Flick
  1460. Bandslam
  1461. Aliens in the Attic
  1462. Orphan
  1463. Adam
  1464. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1465. Home
  1466. The Ugly Truth
  1467. G-Force
  1468. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1469. Land of the Lost
  1470. Crossing Over
  1471. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1472. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1473. The Limits of Control
  1474. The Hurt Locker
  1475. Villa Amalia
  1476. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1477. The Proposal
  1478. Just Another Love Story
  1479. Charles Dickens’ England
  1480. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1481. Bist (Twenty)
  1482. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1483. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1484. Swinki (Piggies)
  1485. Goodbye, Solo
  1486. Moon
  1487. Martyrs
  1488. The Informers
  1489. Lake Tahoe
  1490. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1491. Frozen River
  1492. Cold Souls
  1493. Bruno
  1494. Red Mist
  1495. Public Enemies
  1496. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1497. Shirin
  1498. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1499. My Sister’s Keeper
  1500. Sunshine Cleaning
  1501. Rudo y Cursi
  1502. Sin Nombre
  1503. Year One
  1504. The Last Thakur
  1505. The Last House on the Left
  1506. Doghouse
  1507. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1508. Telstar
  1509. Gigantic
  1510. Red Cliff
  1511. Helen
  1512. The Hangover
  1513. O’Horten
  1514. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1515. Sex Drive
  1516. Terminator Salvation
  1517. Tormented
  1518. Sugar
  1519. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1520. Max Manus
  1521. Last Chance Harvey
  1522. The Hide
  1523. Awaydays
  1524. Angels & Demons
  1525. Fighting
  1526. Drag Me to Hell
  1527. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1528. Endgame
  1529. Obsessed
  1530. Viva
  1531. French Film
  1532. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1533. Visage
  1534. Vincere
  1535. Vengeance
  1536. Up
  1537. The Tsar
  1538. The Time that Remains
  1539. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1540. Tales from the Golden Age
  1541. Taking Woodstock
  1542. The Silent Army
  1543. Samson & Delilah
  1544. Un Prophete
  1545. Precious
  1546. Police, Adjective
  1547. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1548. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1549. Mother
  1550. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1551. Manila
  1552. Looking for Eric
  1553. Jaffa
  1554. Kinatay
  1555. Irene
  1556. Inglourious Basterds
  1557. Independencia
  1558. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1559. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1560. Fish Tank
  1561. Eyes Wide Open
  1562. Enter the Void
  1563. Demain des L’Aube
  1564. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1565. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1566. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1567. Bright Star
  1568. L’Armee du Crime
  1569. A L’Origine
  1570. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1571. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1572. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1573. Good
  1574. Coraline
  1575. Star Trek
  1576. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1577. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1578. Is Anybody There?
  1579. Momma’s Man
  1580. Shifty
  1581. Seraphine
  1582. Villa Jasmin
  1583. Snow (Snijeg)
  1584. Four Nights with Anna
  1585. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1586. Wrong Rosary
  1587. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1588. Skin
  1589. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1590. Scratch (Rysa)
  1591. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1592. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1593. Crank: High Voltage
  1594. The Empty Nest
  1595. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1596. Rain
  1597. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1598. State of Play
  1599. Observe and Report
  1600. Outlander
  1601. Hassan and Morkos
  1602. Departures (Okuribito)
  1603. Dansen (Dancers)
  1604. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1605. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1606. In the Loop
  1607. Not Easily Broken
  1608. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1609. Let the Right One In
  1610. I Love You, Man
  1611. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1612. Dragonball: Evolution
  1613. 17 Again
  1614. Fast and Furious
  1615. Tony Manero
  1616. Race to Witch Mountain
  1617. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1618. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1619. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1620. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1621. The Boat that Rocked
  1622. I Can’t Think Straight
  1623. The World Unseen
  1624. Religulous
  1625. The Uninvited
  1626. Little Ashes
  1627. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1628. Knowing
  1629. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1630. Traitor
  1631. Genova
  1632. The Damned United
  1633. Duplicity
  1634. Diminished Capacity
  1635. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1636. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1637. The Age of Stupid
  1638. Flash of Genius
  1639. Bronson
  1640. Hush
  1641. The Great Debaters
  1642. The Young Victoria
  1643. Wendy and Lucy
  1644. Watchmen
  1645. Reverb
  1646. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1647. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1648. The Burning Plain
  1649. American Teen
  1650. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1651. Yarwng (Roots)
  1652. The Crew
  1653. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1654. Push
  1655. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1656. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1657. The International
  1658. New in Town
  1659. The Unborn
  1660. Franklyn
  1661. Cadillac Records
  1662. Hotel for Dogs
  1663. Friday the 13th
  1664. Gran Torino
  1665. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1666. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1667. An American in New York
  1668. Ander
  1669. Beast Stalker
  1670. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1671. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1672. Cheri
  1673. The Countess
  1674. Deutschland 09
  1675. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1676. End of Love
  1677. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1678. Forever Enthralled
  1679. Gigante
  1680. Happy Tears
  1681. John Rabe
  1682. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1683. Katalin Varga
  1684. Letters to the President
  1685. London River
  1686. Mammoth
  1687. The Messenger
  1688. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1689. My One and Only
  1690. Pedro
  1691. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1692. Rage
  1693. Ricky
  1694. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1695. Storm
  1696. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1697. Welcome
  1698. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1699. Notorious
  1700. The Pink Panther 2
  1701. The Spirit
  1702. The Square
  1703. Bottle Shock
  1704. Bolt
  1705. JCVD
  1706. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1707. Valkyrie
  1708. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1709. Henry Poole is Here
  1710. The Broken
  1711. Battle in Seattle
  1712. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1713. Tokyo Sonata
  1714. The Punisher: War Zone
  1715. Who Killed Nancy?
  1716. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1717. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1718. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1719. Lucky Miles
  1720. Marley and Me
  1721. Gabriel
  1722. Bride Wars
  1723. Monkey PUzzle
  1724. Doubt
  1725. Frost/Nixon
  1726. Defiance
  1727. Revolutionary Road
  1728. Roman de Gare
  1729. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1730. Seven Pounds
  1731. Transsiberian
  1732. Garbage Warrior
  1733. Yes Man
  1734. The Grocer’s Son
  1735. Slumdog Millionaire
  1736. The Reader
  1737. Far North
  1738. Bedtime Stories
  1739. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1740. Newcastle
  1741. Fugitive Pieces
  1742. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1743. The Wrestler
  1744. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1745. Twilight
  1746. The Tale of Despereaux
  1747. Milk
  1748. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1749. Australia
  1750. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1751. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1752. Faintheart
  1753. Dean Spanley
  1754. Trade
  1755. The Stone of Destiny
  1756. Nordwand (North Face)
  1757. Love and Honour
  1758. Inkheart
  1759. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1760. Choke
  1761. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1762. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1763. The Secret Life of Bees
  1764. Quarantine
  1765. Summer
  1766. Julia
  1767. Four Christmases
  1768. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1769. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1770. Transporter 3
  1771. The Girl in the Park
  1772. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1773. Bonneville
  1774. The Children
  1775. The Express
  1776. Lakeview Terrace
  1777. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1778. Body of Lies
  1779. The Oxford Murders
  1780. Flawless
  1781. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1782. The Warlords
  1783. Easy Virtue
  1784. Fine, Totally Fine
  1785. Max Payne
  1786. Pride and Glory
  1787. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1788. Choking Man
  1789. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1790. Scar 3D
  1791. W
  1792. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1793. Quantum of Solace
  1794. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1795. Incendiary
  1796. Of Time and the City
  1797. Le Ring
  1798. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1799. Rumba
  1800. Saw V
  1801. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1802. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1803. Eagle Eye
  1804. Igor
  1805. The Rocker
  1806. Free Jimmy
  1807. Young @ Heart
  1808. La Zona
  1809. Rachel Getting Married
  1810. Bigga than Ben
  1811. Vinyan
  1812. Nights in Rodanthe
  1813. City of Ember
  1814. Mirrors
  1815. Brideshead Revisited
  1816. Mutant Chronicles
  1817. The House Bunny
  1818. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1819. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1820. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1821. Tropic Thunder
  1822. 88 Minutes
  1823. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1824. Good Dick
  1825. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1826. Rocknrolla
  1827. Redbelt
  1828. Righteous Kill
  1829. The Foot Fist Way
  1830. Death Race
  1831. Bangkok Dangerous
  1832. Appaloosa
  1833. The Women
  1834. Taken
  1835. Eden Lake
  1836. Babylon AD
  1837. Live!
  1838. Burn After Reading
  1839. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1840. Disaster Movie
  1841. Myrin (Jar City)
  1842. Partition
  1843. The Strangers
  1844. Step-Brothers
  1845. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1846. Puffball
  1847. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1848. The Wackness
  1849. Wild Child
  1850. Shoot on Sight
  1851. Daylight Robbery
  1852. El Cantante
  1853. Somers Town
  1854. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1855. Get Smart
  1856. Ben X
  1857. College Road Trip
  1858. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1859. Man from Plains
  1860. Three and Out
  1861. Vexille
  1862. Angel
  1863. The Clone Wars
  1864. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1865. The Karamazovs
  1866. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1867. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1868. CJ7
  1869. Make it Happen
  1870. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1871. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1872. The Love Guru
  1873. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1874. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1875. Married Life
  1876. Cass
  1877. Blindsight
  1878. Paris
  1879. Before the Rains
  1880. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1881. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1882. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1883. The Dark Knight
  1884. Baby Mama
  1885. Meet Dave
  1886. WALL.E
  1887. Donkey Punch
  1888. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1889. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1890. Mamma Mia
  1891. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1892. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1893. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1894. Mad Detective
  1895. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1896. Kung Fu Panda
  1897. In Memory of My Father
  1898. Adulthood
  1899. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1900. My Winnipeg
  1901. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1902. Prince Caspian
  1903. Hancock
  1904. Wanted
  1905. Cassandra’s Dream
  1906. The Ruins
  1907. The Edge of Love
  1908. The Waiting Room
  1909. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1910. The Happening
  1911. The Incredible Hulk
  1912. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1913. Teeth
  1914. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1915. The Escapist
  1916. Kamikaze Girls
  1917. Persepolis
  1918. Mongol
  1919. Ostrov (The Island)
  1920. Taxi to the Darkside
  1921. Balls of Fury
  1922. Mad Money
  1923. Anamorph
  1924. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1925. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1926. Sarkar Raj
  1927. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1928. Caramel
  1929. Prom Night
  1930. Superhero Movie
  1931. Chemical Wedding
  1932. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1933. Sex and the City
  1934. Timber Falls
  1935. 24 City
  1936. Adoration
  1937. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1938. Afterschool
  1939. Los Bastardos
  1940. Blindness
  1941. The Chaser
  1942. Che
  1943. Un Conte de Noel
  1944. Delta
  1945. Il Divo
  1946. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1947. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1948. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1949. Gomorrah
  1950. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1951. Hunger
  1952. Johnny Mad Dog
  1953. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1954. Linha de Passe
  1955. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1956. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1957. My Magic
  1958. Ocean Flame
  1959. Versailles
  1960. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1961. Palermo Shooting
  1962. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1963. Serbis
  1964. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1965. Soi Cowboy
  1966. Surveillance
  1967. Synecdoche, New York
  1968. Tokyo!
  1969. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1970. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1971. Tulpan
  1972. Two Lovers
  1973. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1974. La Vie Moderne
  1975. Waltz with Bashir
  1976. What Just Happened?
  1977. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1978. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1979. The Black Balloon
  1980. Charlie Bartlett
  1981. Shutter
  1982. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1983. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1984. Cashback
  1985. XXY
  1986. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1987. Honeydripper
  1988. Un Secret
  1989. The Air I Breathe
  1990. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  1991. The Eye
  1992. Speed Racer
  1993. What Happens in Vegas
  1994. Stop-Loss
  1995. [Rec.]
  1996. Iron Man
  1997. Manufacturing Landscapes
  1998. Made of Honour
  1999. Doomsday
  2000. In Bruges
  2001. Pathology
  2002. Street Kings
  2003. One Missed Call
  2004. P2
  2005. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2006. Nim’s Island
  2007. 21
  2008. Leatherheads
  2009. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2010. Deception
  2011. Fool’s Gold
  2012. Gone Baby Gone
  2013. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2014. The Mourning Forest
  2015. Boarding Gate
  2016. Death Defying Acts
  2017. Ballast
  2018. The Visitor
  2019. Smart People
  2020. The Mist
  2021. The King of California
  2022. Funny Games U.S.
  2023. Son of Rambow
  2024. Awake
  2025. How She Move
  2026. My Brother is an Only Child
  2027. Drillbit Taylor
  2028. First Sunday
  2029. The Go Master
  2030. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2031. The 11th Hour
  2032. Meet the Spartans
  2033. Lars and the Real Girl
  2034. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2035. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2036. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2037. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2038. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2039. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2040. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2041. Avril
  2042. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2043. Children of Glory
  2044. Out of the Blue
  2045. Miss Austen Regrets
  2046. Assembly
  2047. The Cottage
  2048. Beaufort
  2049. 10,000 BC
  2050. Vantage Point
  2051. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2052. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2053. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2054. Garage
  2055. Fade to Black
  2056. The Accidental Husband
  2057. The Baker
  2058. The Bank Job
  2059. The Bucket List
  2060. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2061. Mister Lonely
  2062. Rambo
  2063. Semi-Pro
  2064. Untraceable
  2065. Waz
  2066. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2067. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2068. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2069. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2070. Standard Operating Procedure
  2071. Sleep Dealer
  2072. Restless
  2073. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2074. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2075. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2076. Lemon Tree
  2077. Lady Jane
  2078. Katyn
  2079. Kabei - Our Mother
  2080. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2081. Jerusalema
  2082. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2083. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2084. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2085. Fireflies in the Garden
  2086. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2087. Elegy
  2088. Dream Boy
  2089. Derek
  2090. Corroboree
  2091. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2092. Boy A
  2093. Be Kind Rewind
  2094. Balikbayan Box
  2095. Black Water
  2096. Jumper
  2097. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2098. There Will Be Blood
  2099. Juno
  2100. Definitely, Maybe
  2101. The Forest of Death
  2102. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2103. The Water Horse
  2104. Time to Die
  2105. The Matrimony
  2106. Penelope
  2107. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2108. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2109. Margot at the Wedding
  2110. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2111. Over Her Dead Body
  2112. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2113. Cloverfield
  2114. Battle for Haditha
  2115. The Savages
  2116. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2117. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2118. Clubland
  2119. The Final Winter
  2120. Footy Legends
  2121. The Good Night
  2122. Kokoda
  2123. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2124. September
  2125. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2126. St Trinians
  2127. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2128. Underdog
  2129. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2130. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2131. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2132. Dan in Real Life
  2133. PS I Love You
  2134. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2135. Romulus, My Father
  2136. Rogue
  2137. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2138. I Am Legend
  2139. Closing the Ring
  2140. The Man in the Chair
  2141. The Game Plan
  2142. The Bet
  2143. 27 Dresses
  2144. As It Is In Heaven
  2145. Arctic Tale
  2146. Youth without Youth
  2147. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2148. Weirdsville
  2149. My Kid Could Paint That
  2150. Infinite Justice
  2151. Chromophobia
  2152. Anna M
  2153. Bella
  2154. The Bee Movie
  2155. He Was a Quiet Man
  2156. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2157. 30 Days of Night
  2158. Brick Lane
  2159. Enchanted
  2160. A Very British Gangster
  2161. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2162. I’m Not There
  2163. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2164. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2165. Talk to Me
  2166. Rescue Dawn
  2167. Shrooms
  2168. Fred Claus
  2169. Hitman
  2170. This Christmas
  2171. August Rush
  2172. You Kill Me
  2173. Stellet Licht
  2174. Silk
  2175. Into the Wild
  2176. The Lookout
  2177. Good Luck Chuck
  2178. Beowulf
  2179. I Served the King of England
  2180. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2181. Redacted
  2182. The Magic Flute
  2183. American Gangster
  2184. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2185. Lions for Lambs
  2186. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2187. Once
  2188. Black Sheep
  2189. Nancy Drew
  2190. Mr Brooks
  2191. The Last Legion
  2192. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2193. The Invasion
  2194. Razzle Dazzle
  2195. Interview
  2196. Stardust
  2197. Rendition
  2198. Ratatouille
  2199. The Nines
  2200. In the Valley of Elah
  2201. The Hunting Party
  2202. Eastern Promises
  2203. The Dark is Rising
  2204. The Darjeeling Limited
  2205. Daddy Day Camp
  2206. Blame it on Fidel
  2207. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2208. Rocket Science
  2209. Shoot ’em Up
  2210. Mr Woodcock
  2211. Across the Universe
  2212. Halloween
  2213. Sleuth
  2214. Death at a Funeral
  2215. Syndromes and a Century
  2216. Lust, Caution
  2217. It’s a Free World
  2218. War
  2219. The Nanny Diaries
  2220. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2221. Control
  2222. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2223. Feast of Love
  2224. The Heartbreak Kid
  2225. Hot Rod
  2226. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2227. The Kingdom
  2228. The Brave One
  2229. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2230. In Memoria di Me
  2231. Takva
  2232. Superbad
  2233. Le Serpent
  2234. Michael Clayton
  2235. Irina Palm
  2236. Georgia Rule
  2237. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2238. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2239. Atonement
  2240. 3:10 to Yuma
  2241. No Reservations
  2242. Death Sentence
  2243. 1408
  2244. December Boys
  2245. 2 Days in Paris
  2246. Year of the Dog
  2247. Buy it Now
  2248. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2249. Hallam Foe
  2250. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2251. Sugarhouse
  2252. Waitress
  2253. Seraphim Falls
  2254. Lady Chatterley
  2255. Knocked Up
  2256. Evening
  2257. Eagle vs Shark
  2258. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2259. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2260. Sparkle
  2261. Bratz the Movie
  2262. Ecoute le temps
  2263. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2264. Marigold
  2265. Copying Beethoven
  2266. Surf’s Up
  2267. Rush Hour 3
  2268. License to Wed
  2269. Happily N’Ever After
  2270. Wind Chill
  2271. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2272. Tales from Earthsea
  2273. Gandhi my Father
  2274. Evan Almighty
  2275. The Hoax
  2276. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2277. Transformers
  2278. In the Land of Women
  2279. The Walker
  2280. The Simpsons Movie
  2281. Disturbia
  2282. Daratt
  2283. Macbeth
  2284. The Priestess
  2285. The Lark Farm
  2286. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2287. Hairspray
  2288. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2289. Screamers
  2290. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2291. The War on Democracy
  2292. Die Hard 4.0
  2293. Dead Silence
  2294. The Flying Scotsman
  2295. Hostel 2
  2296. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2297. Shrek the Third
  2298. Grow Your Own
  2299. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2300. Lucky You
  2301. Captivity
  2302. PTU
  2303. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2304. Water
  2305. Vacancy
  2306. Are We Done Yet?
  2307. Frankie
  2308. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2309. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2310. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2311. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2312. Messages
  2313. Black Gold
  2314. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2315. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2316. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2317. The Tiger’s Tail
  2318. Oceans 13
  2319. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2320. The Chumscrubber
  2321. The City of Violence
  2322. The Hitcher
  2323. We Own the Night
  2324. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2325. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2326. Triangle
  2327. Terror’s Advocate
  2328. Tehilim
  2329. La Soledad
  2330. Sicko
  2331. Secret Sunshine
  2332. Savage Grace
  2333. Paranoid Park
  2334. No Country for Old Men
  2335. My Blueberry Nights
  2336. Munruyangabo
  2337. A Mighty Heart
  2338. The Man from London
  2339. Import/Export
  2340. Go Go Tales
  2341. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2342. Death Proof
  2343. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2344. Chacun Son Cinema
  2345. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2346. Breath (Soom)
  2347. Boxes
  2348. The Banishment
  2349. The Band’s Visit
  2350. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2351. Apres Lui
  2352. Alexandra
  2353. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2354. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2355. Lovewrecked
  2356. Conversations with Other Women
  2357. Like Minds
  2358. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2359. Dans Paris
  2360. 28 Weeks Later
  2361. Black Snake Moan
  2362. Spiderman 3
  2363. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2364. Goya’s Ghosts
  2365. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2366. End of the Spear
  2367. Goodbye Bafana
  2368. The Breed
  2369. This is England
  2370. The Painted Veil
  2371. The Last Mimzy
  2372. Next
  2373. Reno 911!: Miami
  2374. Straightheads
  2375. Away from Her
  2376. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2377. The Puffy Chair
  2378. Fracture
  2379. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2380. The Jesus Project
  2381. Half Nelson
  2382. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2383. The Reaping
  2384. Reign over me
  2385. Son of Man
  2386. Perfect Stranger
  2387. Edmond
  2388. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2389. Unknown
  2390. Shooter
  2391. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2392. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2393. One Night with the King
  2394. Wild Hogs
  2395. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2396. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2397. Meet the Robinsons
  2398. Sunshine
  2399. Blades of Glory
  2400. The Messengers
  2401. The Namesake
  2402. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2403. Stomp the Yard
  2404. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2405. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2406. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2407. Factory Girl
  2408. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2409. Catch a Fire
  2410. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2411. The Last Sineater
  2412. Catch and Release
  2413. Amazing Grace
  2414. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2415. I Want Candy
  2416. The Ultimate Gift
  2417. Premonition
  2418. Sherrybaby
  2419. Facing the Giants
  2420. Breach
  2421. Zodiac
  2422. Sheitan
  2423. The Astronaut Farmer
  2424. Outlaw
  2425. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2426. Norbit
  2427. Becoming Jane
  2428. The Good German
  2429. Gone
  2430. Kardia
  2431. Music and Lyrics
  2432. 300
  2433. Bamako
  2434. Hot Fuzz
  2435. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2436. Middletown
  2437. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2438. Alpha Dog
  2439. Material Girls
  2440. Inland Empire
  2441. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2442. The Number 23
  2443. Because I Said So
  2444. School for Scoundrels
  2445. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2446. Blood and Chocolate
  2447. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2448. Hannibal Rising
  2449. Epic Movie
  2450. The Reef
  2451. The Good Shepherd
  2452. Ghost Rider
  2453. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2454. Dreamgirls
  2455. Notes on a Scandal
  2456. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2457. Kenny
  2458. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2459. The Last King of Scotland
  2460. For Your Consideration
  2461. Irresistible
  2462. Little Red Flowers
  2463. The Illusionist
  2464. Freedom Writers
  2465. Smokin’ Aces
  2466. Ghosts
  2467. Venus
  2468. Flyboys
  2469. Ils (Them)
  2470. Suburban Mayhem
  2471. Gridiron Gang
  2472. Miss Potter
  2473. The Return
  2474. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2475. Charlotte’s Web
  2476. Flicka
  2477. Boytown
  2478. The Fountain
  2479. Bobby
  2480. 3 Needles
  2481. Last Train to Freo
  2482. Scoop
  2483. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2484. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2485. Flags of our Fathers
  2486. Night at the Museum
  2487. Rocky Balboa
  2488. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2489. Zoom
  2490. Kabul Express
  2491. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2492. Employee of the Month
  2493. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2494. Running With Scissors
  2495. Blood Diamond
  2496. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2497. Eragon
  2498. Deja Vu
  2499. Black Christmas
  2500. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2501. A Prairie Home Companion
  2502. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2503. Apocalypto
  2504. The Holiday
  2505. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2506. London to Brighton
  2507. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2508. Happy Feet
  2509. Jackass Number Two
  2510. Deck the Halls
  2511. The Covenant
  2512. Suburban Mayhem
  2513. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2514. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2515. Shortbus
  2516. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2517. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2518. Flushed Away
  2519. Stranger Than Fiction
  2520. Big Nothing
  2521. All the Invisible Children
  2522. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2523. Twelve and Holding
  2524. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2525. Breaking and Entering
  2526. Heroes and Villains
  2527. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2528. Casino Royale
  2529. Puritan
  2530. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2531. The Prestige
  2532. Waist Deep
  2533. Little Children
  2534. The Nativity Story
  2535. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2536. All the King’s Men
  2537. The Last Kiss
  2538. Saw III
  2539. Mischief Night
  2540. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2541. Sixty Six
  2542. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2543. Gypo
  2544. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2545. Peaceful Warrior
  2546. Driving Lessons
  2547. Wordplay
  2548. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2549. Idlewild
  2550. The Grudge 2
  2551. Stick It
  2552. New Police Story
  2553. Step Up
  2554. Infamous
  2555. The History Boys
  2556. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2557. Starter for Ten
  2558. Open Season
  2559. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2560. The Aryan Couple
  2561. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2562. A Good Year
  2563. The Guardian
  2564. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2565. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2566. Man Push Cart
  2567. Accepted
  2568. The Departed
  2569. Johanna
  2570. Life and Lyrics
  2571. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2572. Hoodwinked
  2573. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2574. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2575. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2576. Click
  2577. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2578. Keane
  2579. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2580. Hollywoodland
  2581. Clerks II
  2582. An Inconvenient Truth
  2583. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2584. Snow Cake
  2585. Little Miss Sunshine
  2586. The Wicker Man
  2587. The Devil Wears Prada
  2588. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2589. World Trade Center
  2590. The Black Dahlia
  2591. Children of Men
  2592. The Queen
  2593. The Sentinel
  2594. Crank
  2595. This Film is not yet Rated
  2596. The Benchwarmers
  2597. Over the Hedge
  2598. Severance
  2599. Adrift
  2600. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2601. You, Me and Dupree
  2602. Right at Your Door
  2603. Snakes on a Plane
  2604. Akeelah and the Bee
  2605. Harsh Times
  2606. A Scanner Darkly
  2607. John Tucker Must Die
  2608. Tideland
  2609. Monster House
  2610. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2611. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2612. Bee Season
  2613. Angel-A
  2614. Ellie Parker
  2615. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2616. Warrior-King
  2617. Alpha Male
  2618. Wilderness
  2619. The Night Listener
  2620. Lady in the Water
  2621. Nacho Libre
  2622. Tarfaya
  2623. Paper Clips
  2624. 11:14
  2625. Cars
  2626. Stay Alive
  2627. The Break-Up
  2628. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2629. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2630. Trust the Man
  2631. Miami Vice
  2632. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2633. Omkara
  2634. The Ant Bully
  2635. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2636. Ultraviolet
  2637. The Thief Lord
  2638. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2639. Fearless
  2640. Half Light
  2641. Hard Candy
  2642. Imagine You and Me
  2643. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2644. Dumplings
  2645. Curious George
  2646. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2647. Aquamarine
  2648. The Lake House
  2649. Thank You for Smoking
  2650. Superman Returns
  2651. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2652. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2653. Stormbreaker
  2654. An Unfinished Life
  2655. Love + Hate
  2656. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2657. Secuestro Express
  2658. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2659. Little Manhattan
  2660. Poseidon
  2661. Friends with Money
  2662. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2663. Forty Shades of Blue
  2664. Just My Luck
  2665. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2666. Reeker
  2667. Pretty Persuasion
  2668. King Kong
  2669. Ask the Dust
  2670. Wah Wah
  2671. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2672. RV
  2673. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2674. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2675. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2676. 2:37
  2677. Babel
  2678. The Caiman
  2679. Cronica de una Fuga
  2680. Fast Food Nation
  2681. Flanders
  2682. Climates
  2683. Indigènes
  2684. Jindabyne
  2685. Lights in the Dusk
  2686. Marie Antoinette
  2687. Paris je t’aime
  2688. Red Road
  2689. Southland Tales
  2690. Volver
  2691. Summer Palace
  2692. Ten Canoes
  2693. El Violin
  2694. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2695. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2696. Shooting Dogs
  2697. CZECH FILM REVIEWS
  2698. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006, SUPPLEMENT
  2699. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006
  2700. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 2006
  2701. 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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