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  444. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
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  446. Man of Steel
  447. Metro
  448. Monsters University
  449. Now You See Me
  450. One Mile Above/ Kora
  451. Only God Forgives
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  488. Parde (Closed Curtain)
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  501. Gloria
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  560. The Silver Linings Playbook
  561. Wreck-it Ralph
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  564. 360
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  566. All the Way Through Evening
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  574. Dangerous Liaisons
  575. Dead Europe
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  577. Dredd
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  579. Fun Size
  580. God Bless America
  581. Hail
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  587. I Wish
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  606. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2012
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  616. Sound of My Voice
  617. Taken 2
  618. To Rome with Love
  619. Trouble with the Curve
  620. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  621. The Words
  622. Wuthering Heights
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  624. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
  625. On the Road
  626. Looper
  627. Damsels in Distress
  628. Holy Motors
  629. Arbitrage
  630. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  631. Lore
  632. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  633. Bait
  634. Hotel Transylvania
  635. The Watch
  636. Resident Evil: Retribution
  637. Barrymore
  638. Being Venice
  639. The Bourne Legacy
  640. Bully
  641. The Expendables 2
  642. Hope Springs
  643. Kath and Kimderella
  644. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  645. Monsieur Lazhar
  646. Moonrise Kingdom
  647. Total Recall
  648. Your Sister’s Sister
  649. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  650. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
  651. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2012
  652. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  653. The Sapphires
  654. Hysteria
  655. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  656. The Door
  657. Not Suitable for Children
  658. In Darkness
  659. Magic Mike
  660. The Dark Knight Rises
  661. The King is Dead!
  662. You Instead
  663. The Amazing Spiderman
  664. Where do we go now?
  665. The Three Stooges
  666. I Am Eleven
  667. Polisse
  668. Ted
  669. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  670. Snow White and the Huntsman
  671. Take This Waltz
  672. That’s My Boy
  673. Rock of Ages
  674. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  675. Brave
  676. Marley
  677. The Cabin in the Woods
  678. The Innkeepers
  679. Margaret
  680. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  681. Elena
  682. Prometheus
  683. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  684. Friends with Kids
  685. Get the Gringo
  686. Game Change
  687. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  688. Men in Black 3
  689. Empire of Silver
  690. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  691. The Dictator
  692. Swerve
  693. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  694. Careless Love
  695. Dark Shadows
  696. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  697. Iron Sky
  698. Trishna
  699. W./E
  700. 21 Jump Street
  701. Act of Valor
  702. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  703. The Avengers
  704. Battleship
  705. Cafe de Flore
  706. The Deep Blue Sea
  707. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  708. The Footnote
  709. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  710. Hotel Lux
  711. The Hunger Games
  712. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  713. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  714. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  715. The Lady
  716. Le Havre
  717. The Lucky One
  718. Mirror, Mirror
  719. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  720. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  721. The Raid
  722. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  723. The Rum Diary
  724. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  725. Safe
  726. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  727. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  728. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  729. Spud
  730. This Must be the Place
  731. Tomboy
  732. The Woman in Black
  733. Wish You Were Here
  734. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  735. The Five-Year Engagement
  736. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  737. The Wrath of the Titans
  738. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  739. Any Questions for Ben?
  740. 50/50
  741. The Artist
  742. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  743. Buck
  744. Carnage
  745. Chronicle
  746. Contraband
  747. A Dangerous Method
  748. The Devil Inside
  749. Gone
  750. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  751. Project X
  752. John Carter
  753. One for the Money
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  755. This Means War
  756. Tyrannosaur
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  764. The Grey
  765. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  766. J. Edgar
  767. Killer Elite
  768. Like Crazy
  769. Man on a Ledge
  770. My Week with Marilyn
  771. Retreat
  772. Shame
  773. Trespass
  774. The Vow
  775. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  776. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  777. Barbara
  778. Bel Ami
  779. Captive
  780. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  781. Cherry
  782. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  783. Dollhouse
  784. Don 2: Don Must Die
  785. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  786. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  787. Flowers of War
  788. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  789. Gnade/ Mercy
  790. Haywire
  791. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  792. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  793. Keep the Lights on
  794. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  795. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  796. Meteora
  797. My Brother the Devil
  798. Postcards from the Zoo
  799. Rebelle/ War Witch
  800. A Royal Affair
  801. Shadow Dancer
  802. Tabu
  803. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  804. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  805. White Deer Plain
  806. Wilaya
  807. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
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  815. Young Adult
  816. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  817. The Adventures of Tintin
  818. Waste Land
  819. Happy Feet Two
  820. We Bought a Zoo
  821. Dolphin Tale
  822. Albert Nobbs
  823. Courageous
  824. New Year’s Eve
  825. Restless
  826. The Tall Man
  827. The Skin I Live In
  828. Tower Heist
  829. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  830. Another Earth
  831. The Iron Lady
  832. Jack and Jill
  833. Melancholia
  834. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  835. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  836. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  837. Yes Madam, Sir
  838. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  839. Breaking Dawn Part I
  840. Attack the Block
  841. The Debt
  842. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  843. The Ides of March
  844. Immortals
  845. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  846. The Inbetweeners
  847. Moneyball
  848. Puss in Boots
  849. Toomelah
  850. Machine Gun Preacher
  851. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  852. Arthur Christmas
  853. Shark Night 3D
  854. L’Amour Fou
  855. Country Strong
  856. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  857. Surviving Georgia
  858. Cedar Rapids
  859. Our Idiot Brother
  860. In Time
  861. The Cup
  862. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  863. Contagion
  864. What’s Your Number?
  865. The Three Musketeers
  866. Midnight in Paris
  867. Higher Ground
  868. The Thing
  869. Project Nim
  870. Footloose
  871. Take Shelter
  872. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  873. The Whistleblower
  874. Monte Carlo
  875. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  876. Submarine
  877. The Eye of the Storm
  878. Fire in Babylon
  879. Tabloid
  880. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  881. Red State
  882. Real Steel
  883. Johnny English Reborn
  884. The Hunter
  885. Fright Night
  886. Abduction
  887. 13 Assassins
  888. Guilty Pleasures
  889. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  890. Colombiana
  891. Zookeeper
  892. Final Destination 5
  893. The Change-Up
  894. Face to Face
  895. Win Win
  896. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  897. Horrible Bosses
  898. Hobo with a Shotgun
  899. The Help
  900. Conan the Barbarian
  901. Chalet Girl
  902. Beastly
  903. Priest
  904. The Woman
  905. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  906. Friends with Benefits
  907. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  908. Jane Eyre
  909. Big Mamma’s Boy
  910. Cowboys & Aliens
  911. Green Lantern
  912. Senna
  913. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  914. The Illusionist
  915. The Conspirator
  916. Love Crime
  917. Captain America, the First Avenger
  918. Precious Life
  919. Bad Teacher
  920. The Eagle
  921. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  922. Mars Needs Moms
  923. Stake Land
  924. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  925. Meek’s Cutoff
  926. Cars 2
  927. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  928. Kung Fu Panda 2
  929. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  930. Larry Crowne
  931. The Trip
  932. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  933. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  934. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  935. Mozart’s Sister
  936. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  937. All Good Things
  938. Crazy on the Outside
  939. The Tree of Life
  940. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  941. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  942. Super 8
  943. Blame
  944. Bridesmaids
  945. Little White Lies
  946. Here I Am
  947. X Men: First Class
  948. The Tunnel
  949. Babies
  950. The Hangover Part II
  951. Carlos
  952. Oceans
  953. Angele et Tony
  954. Soul Surfer
  955. Julia’s Eyes
  956. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  957. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  958. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  959. Burke and Hare
  960. Water for Elephants
  961. Hanna
  962. Source Code
  963. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  964. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  965. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  966. Your Highness
  967. Thor
  968. Something Borrowed
  969. Snowtown
  970. Scream 4
  971. Rio
  972. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  973. Le Quattro Volte
  974. Paul
  975. Oranges and Sunshine
  976. Murundak
  977. Main Street
  978. Mad Bastards
  979. The Lost Bladesman
  980. Insidious
  981. Incendies
  982. The Human Resources Manager
  983. Get Low
  984. Catfish
  985. Arthur
  986. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  987. Hop
  988. Sucker Punch
  989. Potiche
  990. Goethe!
  991. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  992. Limitless
  993. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  994. A Heartbeat Away
  995. The Lincoln Lawyer
  996. The Reef
  997. Red Riding Hood
  998. The Company Men
  999. Battle Los Angeles
  1000. Just Go With It
  1001. Howl
  1002. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  1003. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  1004. Ausente (Absent)
  1005. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  1006. Come Rain, Come Shine
  1007. Coriolanus
  1008. Dance Town
  1009. The Devil’s Double
  1010. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1011. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1012. The Future
  1013. Griff the Invisible
  1014. The Guard
  1015. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1016. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1017. Late Bloomers
  1018. Margin Call
  1019. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1020. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1021. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1022. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1023. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1024. Our Grand Despair
  1025. Pina
  1026. El Premio (The Prize)
  1027. Romeos
  1028. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1029. Swans
  1030. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1031. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1032. True Grit
  1033. Unknown
  1034. Utopians
  1035. Vampire
  1036. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1037. Wind and Fog
  1038. Yelling to the Sky
  1039. The Rite
  1040. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1041. Rango
  1042. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1043. The Way Back
  1044. Wasted on the Young
  1045. Secretariat
  1046. Season of the Witch
  1047. No Strings Attached
  1048. Never Let Me Go
  1049. Nenette
  1050. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1051. Inside Job
  1052. I Am Number Four
  1053. Hall Pass
  1054. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1055. Conviction
  1056. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1057. The Adjustment Bureau
  1058. Rabbit Hole
  1059. Hereafter
  1060. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1061. Barney’s Version
  1062. The Green Hornet
  1063. The Next Three Days
  1064. Ramona and Beezus
  1065. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1066. The Mechanic
  1067. How Do You Know
  1068. The Romantics
  1069. 127 Hours
  1070. Black Swan
  1071. The Fighter
  1072. Burlesque
  1073. The Dilemma
  1074. Takers
  1075. Stone
  1076. Arctic Blast
  1077. Out Of The Silence
  1078. Helen
  1079. Morning Glory
  1080. Yogi Bear
  1081. Korkoro
  1082. Unstoppable
  1083. Tangled
  1084. The Tourist
  1085. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1086. Gulliver’s Travels
  1087. Little Fockers
  1088. Love and Other Drugs
  1089. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1090. The King’s Speech
  1091. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1092. Somewhere
  1093. Desert Flower
  1094. Tron: Legacy
  1095. Megamind
  1096. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1097. Devil
  1098. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1099. The Last Exorcism
  1100. Due Date
  1101. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1102. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1103. Beneath Hill 60
  1104. Monsters
  1105. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1106. Machete
  1107. Sisters of War
  1108. Wild Target
  1109. Skyline
  1110. The American
  1111. Winter’s Bone
  1112. The Loved Ones
  1113. Paranormal Activity 2
  1114. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1115. The Social Network
  1116. Gainsbourg
  1117. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1118. You Don’t Know Jack
  1119. Life as We Know It
  1120. Made in Dagenham
  1121. Red
  1122. Let Me In
  1123. The Town
  1124. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1125. Copacabana
  1126. La Danse
  1127. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1128. The Clinic
  1129. Eat Pray Love
  1130. Buried
  1131. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1132. Dinner for Schmucks
  1133. The Least of These
  1134. The City of Your Final Destination
  1135. Sagan
  1136. Summer Coda
  1137. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1138. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1139. I’m Still Here
  1140. The Other Guys
  1141. The Last Airbender
  1142. Easy A
  1143. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1144. Despicable Me
  1145. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1146. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1147. Salt
  1148. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1149. Piranha 3D
  1150. Vampires Suck
  1151. Matching Jack
  1152. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1153. Cairo Time
  1154. Peepli [Live]
  1155. The Expendables
  1156. Second Hand Wedding
  1157. Splice
  1158. Step Up 3D
  1159. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1160. The Special Relationship
  1161. South Solitary
  1162. Killers
  1163. Leaving (Partir)
  1164. Inception
  1165. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1166. Boy
  1167. The Waiting City
  1168. Knight and Day
  1169. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1170. The Runaways
  1171. Predators
  1172. The Karate Kid
  1173. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1174. Toy Story 3
  1175. New York, I Love You
  1176. The A-Team
  1177. Get Him to the Greek
  1178. Accidents Happen
  1179. L’Affaire Farewell
  1180. Animal Kingdom
  1181. City Island
  1182. Le Concert
  1183. I Love You Too
  1184. The Kings of Mykonos
  1185. Letters to Juliet
  1186. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1187. Mother and Child
  1188. Shrek Forever After
  1189. Valhalla Rising
  1190. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1191. Abel
  1192. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1193. Another Year
  1194. Aurora
  1195. Biutiful
  1196. Blue Valentine
  1197. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1198. Carancho
  1199. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1200. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1201. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1202. Fair Game
  1203. Hahaha
  1204. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1205. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1206. The Housemaid
  1207. Kaboom
  1208. Life, Above All
  1209. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1210. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1211. My Joy
  1212. La Nostra Vita
  1213. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1214. Octubre
  1215. Outrage
  1216. Poetry
  1217. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1218. Robin Hood
  1219. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1220. Route Irish
  1221. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1222. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1223. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1224. Tamara Drewe
  1225. Tournee (On Tour)
  1226. The Tree
  1227. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1228. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1229. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1230. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1231. Tooth Fairy
  1232. Sex and the City 2
  1233. The Losers
  1234. Rec 2
  1235. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1236. Gentlemen Broncos
  1237. Cop Out
  1238. 4.3.2.1.
  1239. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1240. A Room and a Half
  1241. Psych 9
  1242. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1243. Furry Vengeance
  1244. Four Lions
  1245. The Backup PLan
  1246. Iron Man 2
  1247. Revanche
  1248. The Last Song
  1249. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1250. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1251. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1252. The Joneses
  1253. Dogtooth
  1254. Centurion
  1255. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1256. Cherrybomb
  1257. Date Night
  1258. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1259. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1260. City of Life and Death
  1261. Cemetery Junction
  1262. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1263. Dear John
  1264. Repo Men
  1265. Crying with Laughter
  1266. Boogie Woogie
  1267. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1268. Shelter
  1269. The Infidel
  1270. Whip It
  1271. I Know You Know
  1272. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1273. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1274. Shank
  1275. How to Train Your Dragon
  1276. Clash of the Titans
  1277. Remember Me
  1278. Kick Ass
  1279. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1280. The Blind Side
  1281. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1282. The Bounty Hunter
  1283. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1284. The Spy Next Door
  1285. Sons of Cuba
  1286. Salvage
  1287. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1288. House of the Devil
  1289. Green Zone
  1290. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1291. Shutter Island
  1292. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1293. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1294. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1295. Chloe
  1296. Battle for Terra
  1297. The Wolfman
  1298. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1299. Valentine’s Day
  1300. Solomon Kane
  1301. Powder Blue
  1302. The Crazies
  1303. Case 39
  1304. Anonyma
  1305. Alice in Wonderland
  1306. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1307. Ondine
  1308. Micmacs
  1309. Legion
  1310. Leap Year
  1311. From Paris with Love
  1312. Extraordinary Measures
  1313. Everybody’s Fine
  1314. Crazy Heart
  1315. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1316. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1317. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1318. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1319. Bal (Honey)
  1320. David Wants to Fly
  1321. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1322. En Familie (A Family)
  1323. Father of Invention
  1324. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1325. Greenberg
  1326. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1327. The Kids are All Right
  1328. The Killer Inside Me
  1329. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1330. My Name is Khan
  1331. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1332. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1333. Please Give
  1334. Red Hill
  1335. Shahada (Faith)
  1336. Son of Babylon
  1337. Submarino
  1338. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1339. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1340. Invictus
  1341. The Book of Eli
  1342. Astro Boy
  1343. Youth in Revolt
  1344. Up in the Air
  1345. Tony
  1346. A Single Man
  1347. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1348. Holy Water
  1349. Exam
  1350. It’s Complicated
  1351. 44 Inch Chest
  1352. Nine
  1353. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1354. Ninja Assassin
  1355. Daybreakers
  1356. Armored
  1357. Edge of Darkness
  1358. Motherhood
  1359. Brothers
  1360. Breathless
  1361. Bran Nue Dae
  1362. All About Steve
  1363. The Princess and the Frog
  1364. Talentime
  1365. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1366. Extract
  1367. Shrink
  1368. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1369. Diamant 13
  1370. Old Dogs
  1371. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1372. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1373. Sherlock Holmes
  1374. The Lovely Bones
  1375. Prime Mover
  1376. The Brothers Bloom
  1377. Avatar
  1378. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1379. The Other Man
  1380. Post Grad
  1381. Unmade Beds
  1382. Where the Wild Things Are
  1383. Planet 51
  1384. Only When I Dance
  1385. Nowhere Boy
  1386. The Merry Gentleman
  1387. Me and Orson Welles
  1388. The Girlfriend Experience
  1389. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1390. The Descent: Part 2
  1391. Cracks
  1392. The Box
  1393. Nativity!
  1394. Paranormal Activity
  1395. Law Abiding Citizen
  1396. Bunny and the Bull
  1397. Machan
  1398. The Boys are Back
  1399. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1400. Glorious 39
  1401. A Serious Man
  1402. Examined Life
  1403. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1404. Harry Brown
  1405. Amelia
  1406. 2012
  1407. The Fourth Kind
  1408. An Education
  1409. A Christmas Carol
  1410. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1411. The Cove
  1412. The Horseman
  1413. Jennifer’s Body
  1414. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1415. Saw VI
  1416. Coffin Rock
  1417. Dead Man Running
  1418. Stone Bros.
  1419. Disgrace
  1420. My Year without Sex
  1421. This Is It
  1422. Blessed
  1423. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1424. Cedar Boys
  1425. Beautiful Kate
  1426. 9
  1427. Pontypool
  1428. Couples Retreat
  1429. Halloween II
  1430. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1431. Zombieland
  1432. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1433. The Informant!
  1434. Pandorum
  1435. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1436. Surrogates
  1437. The Invention of Lying
  1438. Whiteout
  1439. Sorority Row
  1440. The Soloist
  1441. Management
  1442. Julie & Julia
  1443. Jack Said
  1444. Gamer
  1445. The Firm
  1446. Fame
  1447. Dorian Gray
  1448. The Crimson Wing
  1449. Creation
  1450. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1451. Blind Dating
  1452. Away We Go
  1453. Adventureland
  1454. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1455. District 9
  1456. (500) Days of Summer
  1457. The Red Baron
  1458. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1459. Shorts
  1460. Funny People
  1461. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1462. A Perfect Getaway
  1463. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1464. The Final Destination
  1465. Dance Flick
  1466. Bandslam
  1467. Aliens in the Attic
  1468. Orphan
  1469. Adam
  1470. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1471. Home
  1472. The Ugly Truth
  1473. G-Force
  1474. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1475. Land of the Lost
  1476. Crossing Over
  1477. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1478. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1479. The Limits of Control
  1480. The Hurt Locker
  1481. Villa Amalia
  1482. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1483. The Proposal
  1484. Just Another Love Story
  1485. Charles Dickens’ England
  1486. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1487. Bist (Twenty)
  1488. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1489. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1490. Swinki (Piggies)
  1491. Goodbye, Solo
  1492. Moon
  1493. Martyrs
  1494. The Informers
  1495. Lake Tahoe
  1496. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1497. Frozen River
  1498. Cold Souls
  1499. Bruno
  1500. Red Mist
  1501. Public Enemies
  1502. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1503. Shirin
  1504. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1505. My Sister’s Keeper
  1506. Sunshine Cleaning
  1507. Rudo y Cursi
  1508. Sin Nombre
  1509. Year One
  1510. The Last Thakur
  1511. The Last House on the Left
  1512. Doghouse
  1513. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1514. Telstar
  1515. Gigantic
  1516. Red Cliff
  1517. Helen
  1518. The Hangover
  1519. O’Horten
  1520. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1521. Sex Drive
  1522. Terminator Salvation
  1523. Tormented
  1524. Sugar
  1525. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1526. Max Manus
  1527. Last Chance Harvey
  1528. The Hide
  1529. Awaydays
  1530. Angels & Demons
  1531. Fighting
  1532. Drag Me to Hell
  1533. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1534. Endgame
  1535. Obsessed
  1536. Viva
  1537. French Film
  1538. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1539. Visage
  1540. Vincere
  1541. Vengeance
  1542. Up
  1543. The Tsar
  1544. The Time that Remains
  1545. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1546. Tales from the Golden Age
  1547. Taking Woodstock
  1548. The Silent Army
  1549. Samson & Delilah
  1550. Un Prophete
  1551. Precious
  1552. Police, Adjective
  1553. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1554. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1555. Mother
  1556. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1557. Manila
  1558. Looking for Eric
  1559. Jaffa
  1560. Kinatay
  1561. Irene
  1562. Inglourious Basterds
  1563. Independencia
  1564. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1565. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1566. Fish Tank
  1567. Eyes Wide Open
  1568. Enter the Void
  1569. Demain des L’Aube
  1570. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1571. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1572. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1573. Bright Star
  1574. L’Armee du Crime
  1575. A L’Origine
  1576. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1577. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1578. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1579. Good
  1580. Coraline
  1581. Star Trek
  1582. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1583. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1584. Is Anybody There?
  1585. Momma’s Man
  1586. Shifty
  1587. Seraphine
  1588. Villa Jasmin
  1589. Snow (Snijeg)
  1590. Four Nights with Anna
  1591. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1592. Wrong Rosary
  1593. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1594. Skin
  1595. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1596. Scratch (Rysa)
  1597. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1598. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1599. Crank: High Voltage
  1600. The Empty Nest
  1601. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1602. Rain
  1603. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1604. State of Play
  1605. Observe and Report
  1606. Outlander
  1607. Hassan and Morkos
  1608. Departures (Okuribito)
  1609. Dansen (Dancers)
  1610. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1611. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1612. In the Loop
  1613. Not Easily Broken
  1614. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1615. Let the Right One In
  1616. I Love You, Man
  1617. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1618. Dragonball: Evolution
  1619. 17 Again
  1620. Fast and Furious
  1621. Tony Manero
  1622. Race to Witch Mountain
  1623. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1624. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1625. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1626. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1627. The Boat that Rocked
  1628. I Can’t Think Straight
  1629. The World Unseen
  1630. Religulous
  1631. The Uninvited
  1632. Little Ashes
  1633. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1634. Knowing
  1635. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1636. Traitor
  1637. Genova
  1638. The Damned United
  1639. Duplicity
  1640. Diminished Capacity
  1641. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1642. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1643. The Age of Stupid
  1644. Flash of Genius
  1645. Bronson
  1646. Hush
  1647. The Great Debaters
  1648. The Young Victoria
  1649. Wendy and Lucy
  1650. Watchmen
  1651. Reverb
  1652. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1653. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1654. The Burning Plain
  1655. American Teen
  1656. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1657. Yarwng (Roots)
  1658. The Crew
  1659. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1660. Push
  1661. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1662. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1663. The International
  1664. New in Town
  1665. The Unborn
  1666. Franklyn
  1667. Cadillac Records
  1668. Hotel for Dogs
  1669. Friday the 13th
  1670. Gran Torino
  1671. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1672. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1673. An American in New York
  1674. Ander
  1675. Beast Stalker
  1676. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1677. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1678. Cheri
  1679. The Countess
  1680. Deutschland 09
  1681. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1682. End of Love
  1683. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1684. Forever Enthralled
  1685. Gigante
  1686. Happy Tears
  1687. John Rabe
  1688. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1689. Katalin Varga
  1690. Letters to the President
  1691. London River
  1692. Mammoth
  1693. The Messenger
  1694. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1695. My One and Only
  1696. Pedro
  1697. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1698. Rage
  1699. Ricky
  1700. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1701. Storm
  1702. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1703. Welcome
  1704. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1705. Notorious
  1706. The Pink Panther 2
  1707. The Spirit
  1708. The Square
  1709. Bottle Shock
  1710. Bolt
  1711. JCVD
  1712. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1713. Valkyrie
  1714. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1715. Henry Poole is Here
  1716. The Broken
  1717. Battle in Seattle
  1718. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1719. Tokyo Sonata
  1720. The Punisher: War Zone
  1721. Who Killed Nancy?
  1722. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1723. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1724. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1725. Lucky Miles
  1726. Marley and Me
  1727. Gabriel
  1728. Bride Wars
  1729. Monkey PUzzle
  1730. Doubt
  1731. Frost/Nixon
  1732. Defiance
  1733. Revolutionary Road
  1734. Roman de Gare
  1735. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1736. Seven Pounds
  1737. Transsiberian
  1738. Garbage Warrior
  1739. Yes Man
  1740. The Grocer’s Son
  1741. Slumdog Millionaire
  1742. The Reader
  1743. Far North
  1744. Bedtime Stories
  1745. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1746. Newcastle
  1747. Fugitive Pieces
  1748. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1749. The Wrestler
  1750. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1751. Twilight
  1752. The Tale of Despereaux
  1753. Milk
  1754. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1755. Australia
  1756. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1757. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1758. Faintheart
  1759. Dean Spanley
  1760. Trade
  1761. The Stone of Destiny
  1762. Nordwand (North Face)
  1763. Love and Honour
  1764. Inkheart
  1765. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1766. Choke
  1767. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1768. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1769. The Secret Life of Bees
  1770. Quarantine
  1771. Summer
  1772. Julia
  1773. Four Christmases
  1774. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1775. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1776. Transporter 3
  1777. The Girl in the Park
  1778. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1779. Bonneville
  1780. The Children
  1781. The Express
  1782. Lakeview Terrace
  1783. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1784. Body of Lies
  1785. The Oxford Murders
  1786. Flawless
  1787. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1788. The Warlords
  1789. Easy Virtue
  1790. Fine, Totally Fine
  1791. Max Payne
  1792. Pride and Glory
  1793. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1794. Choking Man
  1795. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1796. Scar 3D
  1797. W
  1798. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1799. Quantum of Solace
  1800. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1801. Incendiary
  1802. Of Time and the City
  1803. Le Ring
  1804. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1805. Rumba
  1806. Saw V
  1807. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1808. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1809. Eagle Eye
  1810. Igor
  1811. The Rocker
  1812. Free Jimmy
  1813. Young @ Heart
  1814. La Zona
  1815. Rachel Getting Married
  1816. Bigga than Ben
  1817. Vinyan
  1818. Nights in Rodanthe
  1819. City of Ember
  1820. Mirrors
  1821. Brideshead Revisited
  1822. Mutant Chronicles
  1823. The House Bunny
  1824. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1825. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1826. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1827. Tropic Thunder
  1828. 88 Minutes
  1829. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1830. Good Dick
  1831. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1832. Rocknrolla
  1833. Redbelt
  1834. Righteous Kill
  1835. The Foot Fist Way
  1836. Death Race
  1837. Bangkok Dangerous
  1838. Appaloosa
  1839. The Women
  1840. Taken
  1841. Eden Lake
  1842. Babylon AD
  1843. Live!
  1844. Burn After Reading
  1845. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1846. Disaster Movie
  1847. Myrin (Jar City)
  1848. Partition
  1849. The Strangers
  1850. Step-Brothers
  1851. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1852. Puffball
  1853. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1854. The Wackness
  1855. Wild Child
  1856. Shoot on Sight
  1857. Daylight Robbery
  1858. El Cantante
  1859. Somers Town
  1860. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1861. Get Smart
  1862. Ben X
  1863. College Road Trip
  1864. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1865. Man from Plains
  1866. Three and Out
  1867. Vexille
  1868. Angel
  1869. The Clone Wars
  1870. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1871. The Karamazovs
  1872. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1873. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1874. CJ7
  1875. Make it Happen
  1876. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1877. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1878. The Love Guru
  1879. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1880. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1881. Married Life
  1882. Cass
  1883. Blindsight
  1884. Paris
  1885. Before the Rains
  1886. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1887. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1888. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1889. The Dark Knight
  1890. Baby Mama
  1891. Meet Dave
  1892. WALL.E
  1893. Donkey Punch
  1894. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1895. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1896. Mamma Mia
  1897. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1898. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1899. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1900. Mad Detective
  1901. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1902. Kung Fu Panda
  1903. In Memory of My Father
  1904. Adulthood
  1905. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1906. My Winnipeg
  1907. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1908. Prince Caspian
  1909. Hancock
  1910. Wanted
  1911. Cassandra’s Dream
  1912. The Ruins
  1913. The Edge of Love
  1914. The Waiting Room
  1915. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1916. The Happening
  1917. The Incredible Hulk
  1918. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1919. Teeth
  1920. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1921. The Escapist
  1922. Kamikaze Girls
  1923. Persepolis
  1924. Mongol
  1925. Ostrov (The Island)
  1926. Taxi to the Darkside
  1927. Balls of Fury
  1928. Mad Money
  1929. Anamorph
  1930. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1931. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1932. Sarkar Raj
  1933. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1934. Caramel
  1935. Prom Night
  1936. Superhero Movie
  1937. Chemical Wedding
  1938. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1939. Sex and the City
  1940. Timber Falls
  1941. 24 City
  1942. Adoration
  1943. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1944. Afterschool
  1945. Los Bastardos
  1946. Blindness
  1947. The Chaser
  1948. Che
  1949. Un Conte de Noel
  1950. Delta
  1951. Il Divo
  1952. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1953. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1954. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1955. Gomorrah
  1956. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1957. Hunger
  1958. Johnny Mad Dog
  1959. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1960. Linha de Passe
  1961. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1962. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1963. My Magic
  1964. Ocean Flame
  1965. Versailles
  1966. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1967. Palermo Shooting
  1968. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1969. Serbis
  1970. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1971. Soi Cowboy
  1972. Surveillance
  1973. Synecdoche, New York
  1974. Tokyo!
  1975. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1976. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1977. Tulpan
  1978. Two Lovers
  1979. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1980. La Vie Moderne
  1981. Waltz with Bashir
  1982. What Just Happened?
  1983. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1984. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1985. The Black Balloon
  1986. Charlie Bartlett
  1987. Shutter
  1988. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1989. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1990. Cashback
  1991. XXY
  1992. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1993. Honeydripper
  1994. Un Secret
  1995. The Air I Breathe
  1996. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  1997. The Eye
  1998. Speed Racer
  1999. What Happens in Vegas
  2000. Stop-Loss
  2001. [Rec.]
  2002. Iron Man
  2003. Manufacturing Landscapes
  2004. Made of Honour
  2005. Doomsday
  2006. In Bruges
  2007. Pathology
  2008. Street Kings
  2009. One Missed Call
  2010. P2
  2011. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2012. Nim’s Island
  2013. 21
  2014. Leatherheads
  2015. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2016. Deception
  2017. Fool’s Gold
  2018. Gone Baby Gone
  2019. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2020. The Mourning Forest
  2021. Boarding Gate
  2022. Death Defying Acts
  2023. Ballast
  2024. The Visitor
  2025. Smart People
  2026. The Mist
  2027. The King of California
  2028. Funny Games U.S.
  2029. Son of Rambow
  2030. Awake
  2031. How She Move
  2032. My Brother is an Only Child
  2033. Drillbit Taylor
  2034. First Sunday
  2035. The Go Master
  2036. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2037. The 11th Hour
  2038. Meet the Spartans
  2039. Lars and the Real Girl
  2040. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2041. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2042. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2043. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2044. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2045. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2046. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2047. Avril
  2048. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2049. Children of Glory
  2050. Out of the Blue
  2051. Miss Austen Regrets
  2052. Assembly
  2053. The Cottage
  2054. Beaufort
  2055. 10,000 BC
  2056. Vantage Point
  2057. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2058. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2059. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2060. Garage
  2061. Fade to Black
  2062. The Accidental Husband
  2063. The Baker
  2064. The Bank Job
  2065. The Bucket List
  2066. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2067. Mister Lonely
  2068. Rambo
  2069. Semi-Pro
  2070. Untraceable
  2071. Waz
  2072. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2073. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2074. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2075. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2076. Standard Operating Procedure
  2077. Sleep Dealer
  2078. Restless
  2079. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2080. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2081. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2082. Lemon Tree
  2083. Lady Jane
  2084. Katyn
  2085. Kabei - Our Mother
  2086. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2087. Jerusalema
  2088. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2089. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2090. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2091. Fireflies in the Garden
  2092. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2093. Elegy
  2094. Dream Boy
  2095. Derek
  2096. Corroboree
  2097. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2098. Boy A
  2099. Be Kind Rewind
  2100. Balikbayan Box
  2101. Black Water
  2102. Jumper
  2103. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2104. There Will Be Blood
  2105. Juno
  2106. Definitely, Maybe
  2107. The Forest of Death
  2108. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2109. The Water Horse
  2110. Time to Die
  2111. The Matrimony
  2112. Penelope
  2113. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2114. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2115. Margot at the Wedding
  2116. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2117. Over Her Dead Body
  2118. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2119. Cloverfield
  2120. Battle for Haditha
  2121. The Savages
  2122. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2123. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2124. Clubland
  2125. The Final Winter
  2126. Footy Legends
  2127. The Good Night
  2128. Kokoda
  2129. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2130. September
  2131. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2132. St Trinians
  2133. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2134. Underdog
  2135. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2136. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2137. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2138. Dan in Real Life
  2139. PS I Love You
  2140. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2141. Romulus, My Father
  2142. Rogue
  2143. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2144. I Am Legend
  2145. Closing the Ring
  2146. The Man in the Chair
  2147. The Game Plan
  2148. The Bet
  2149. 27 Dresses
  2150. As It Is In Heaven
  2151. Arctic Tale
  2152. Youth without Youth
  2153. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2154. Weirdsville
  2155. My Kid Could Paint That
  2156. Infinite Justice
  2157. Chromophobia
  2158. Anna M
  2159. Bella
  2160. The Bee Movie
  2161. He Was a Quiet Man
  2162. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2163. 30 Days of Night
  2164. Brick Lane
  2165. Enchanted
  2166. A Very British Gangster
  2167. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2168. I’m Not There
  2169. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2170. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2171. Talk to Me
  2172. Rescue Dawn
  2173. Shrooms
  2174. Fred Claus
  2175. Hitman
  2176. This Christmas
  2177. August Rush
  2178. You Kill Me
  2179. Stellet Licht
  2180. Silk
  2181. Into the Wild
  2182. The Lookout
  2183. Good Luck Chuck
  2184. Beowulf
  2185. I Served the King of England
  2186. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2187. Redacted
  2188. The Magic Flute
  2189. American Gangster
  2190. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2191. Lions for Lambs
  2192. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2193. Once
  2194. Black Sheep
  2195. Nancy Drew
  2196. Mr Brooks
  2197. The Last Legion
  2198. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2199. The Invasion
  2200. Razzle Dazzle
  2201. Interview
  2202. Stardust
  2203. Rendition
  2204. Ratatouille
  2205. The Nines
  2206. In the Valley of Elah
  2207. The Hunting Party
  2208. Eastern Promises
  2209. The Dark is Rising
  2210. The Darjeeling Limited
  2211. Daddy Day Camp
  2212. Blame it on Fidel
  2213. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2214. Rocket Science
  2215. Shoot ’em Up
  2216. Mr Woodcock
  2217. Across the Universe
  2218. Halloween
  2219. Sleuth
  2220. Death at a Funeral
  2221. Syndromes and a Century
  2222. Lust, Caution
  2223. It’s a Free World
  2224. War
  2225. The Nanny Diaries
  2226. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2227. Control
  2228. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2229. Feast of Love
  2230. The Heartbreak Kid
  2231. Hot Rod
  2232. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2233. The Kingdom
  2234. The Brave One
  2235. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2236. In Memoria di Me
  2237. Takva
  2238. Superbad
  2239. Le Serpent
  2240. Michael Clayton
  2241. Irina Palm
  2242. Georgia Rule
  2243. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2244. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2245. Atonement
  2246. 3:10 to Yuma
  2247. No Reservations
  2248. Death Sentence
  2249. 1408
  2250. December Boys
  2251. 2 Days in Paris
  2252. Year of the Dog
  2253. Buy it Now
  2254. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2255. Hallam Foe
  2256. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2257. Sugarhouse
  2258. Waitress
  2259. Seraphim Falls
  2260. Lady Chatterley
  2261. Knocked Up
  2262. Evening
  2263. Eagle vs Shark
  2264. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2265. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2266. Sparkle
  2267. Bratz the Movie
  2268. Ecoute le temps
  2269. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2270. Marigold
  2271. Copying Beethoven
  2272. Surf’s Up
  2273. Rush Hour 3
  2274. License to Wed
  2275. Happily N’Ever After
  2276. Wind Chill
  2277. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2278. Tales from Earthsea
  2279. Gandhi my Father
  2280. Evan Almighty
  2281. The Hoax
  2282. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2283. Transformers
  2284. In the Land of Women
  2285. The Walker
  2286. The Simpsons Movie
  2287. Disturbia
  2288. Daratt
  2289. Macbeth
  2290. The Priestess
  2291. The Lark Farm
  2292. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2293. Hairspray
  2294. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2295. Screamers
  2296. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2297. The War on Democracy
  2298. Die Hard 4.0
  2299. Dead Silence
  2300. The Flying Scotsman
  2301. Hostel 2
  2302. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2303. Shrek the Third
  2304. Grow Your Own
  2305. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2306. Lucky You
  2307. Captivity
  2308. PTU
  2309. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2310. Water
  2311. Vacancy
  2312. Are We Done Yet?
  2313. Frankie
  2314. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2315. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2316. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2317. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2318. Messages
  2319. Black Gold
  2320. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2321. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2322. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2323. The Tiger’s Tail
  2324. Oceans 13
  2325. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2326. The Chumscrubber
  2327. The City of Violence
  2328. The Hitcher
  2329. We Own the Night
  2330. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2331. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2332. Triangle
  2333. Terror’s Advocate
  2334. Tehilim
  2335. La Soledad
  2336. Sicko
  2337. Secret Sunshine
  2338. Savage Grace
  2339. Paranoid Park
  2340. No Country for Old Men
  2341. My Blueberry Nights
  2342. Munruyangabo
  2343. A Mighty Heart
  2344. The Man from London
  2345. Import/Export
  2346. Go Go Tales
  2347. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2348. Death Proof
  2349. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2350. Chacun Son Cinema
  2351. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2352. Breath (Soom)
  2353. Boxes
  2354. The Banishment
  2355. The Band’s Visit
  2356. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2357. Apres Lui
  2358. Alexandra
  2359. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2360. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2361. Lovewrecked
  2362. Conversations with Other Women
  2363. Like Minds
  2364. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2365. Dans Paris
  2366. 28 Weeks Later
  2367. Black Snake Moan
  2368. Spiderman 3
  2369. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2370. Goya’s Ghosts
  2371. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2372. End of the Spear
  2373. Goodbye Bafana
  2374. The Breed
  2375. This is England
  2376. The Painted Veil
  2377. The Last Mimzy
  2378. Next
  2379. Reno 911!: Miami
  2380. Straightheads
  2381. Away from Her
  2382. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2383. The Puffy Chair
  2384. Fracture
  2385. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2386. The Jesus Project
  2387. Half Nelson
  2388. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2389. The Reaping
  2390. Reign over me
  2391. Son of Man
  2392. Perfect Stranger
  2393. Edmond
  2394. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2395. Unknown
  2396. Shooter
  2397. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2398. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2399. One Night with the King
  2400. Wild Hogs
  2401. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2402. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2403. Meet the Robinsons
  2404. Sunshine
  2405. Blades of Glory
  2406. The Messengers
  2407. The Namesake
  2408. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2409. Stomp the Yard
  2410. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2411. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2412. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2413. Factory Girl
  2414. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2415. Catch a Fire
  2416. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2417. The Last Sineater
  2418. Catch and Release
  2419. Amazing Grace
  2420. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2421. I Want Candy
  2422. The Ultimate Gift
  2423. Premonition
  2424. Sherrybaby
  2425. Facing the Giants
  2426. Breach
  2427. Zodiac
  2428. Sheitan
  2429. The Astronaut Farmer
  2430. Outlaw
  2431. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2432. Norbit
  2433. Becoming Jane
  2434. The Good German
  2435. Gone
  2436. Kardia
  2437. Music and Lyrics
  2438. 300
  2439. Bamako
  2440. Hot Fuzz
  2441. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2442. Middletown
  2443. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2444. Alpha Dog
  2445. Material Girls
  2446. Inland Empire
  2447. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2448. The Number 23
  2449. Because I Said So
  2450. School for Scoundrels
  2451. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2452. Blood and Chocolate
  2453. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2454. Hannibal Rising
  2455. Epic Movie
  2456. The Reef
  2457. The Good Shepherd
  2458. Ghost Rider
  2459. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2460. Dreamgirls
  2461. Notes on a Scandal
  2462. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2463. Kenny
  2464. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2465. The Last King of Scotland
  2466. For Your Consideration
  2467. Irresistible
  2468. Little Red Flowers
  2469. The Illusionist
  2470. Freedom Writers
  2471. Smokin’ Aces
  2472. Ghosts
  2473. Venus
  2474. Flyboys
  2475. Ils (Them)
  2476. Suburban Mayhem
  2477. Gridiron Gang
  2478. Miss Potter
  2479. The Return
  2480. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2481. Charlotte’s Web
  2482. Flicka
  2483. Boytown
  2484. The Fountain
  2485. Bobby
  2486. 3 Needles
  2487. Last Train to Freo
  2488. Scoop
  2489. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2490. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2491. Flags of our Fathers
  2492. Night at the Museum
  2493. Rocky Balboa
  2494. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2495. Zoom
  2496. Kabul Express
  2497. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2498. Employee of the Month
  2499. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2500. Running With Scissors
  2501. Blood Diamond
  2502. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2503. Eragon
  2504. Deja Vu
  2505. Black Christmas
  2506. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2507. A Prairie Home Companion
  2508. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2509. Apocalypto
  2510. The Holiday
  2511. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2512. London to Brighton
  2513. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2514. Happy Feet
  2515. Jackass Number Two
  2516. Deck the Halls
  2517. The Covenant
  2518. Suburban Mayhem
  2519. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2520. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2521. Shortbus
  2522. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2523. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2524. Flushed Away
  2525. Stranger Than Fiction
  2526. Big Nothing
  2527. All the Invisible Children
  2528. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2529. Twelve and Holding
  2530. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2531. Breaking and Entering
  2532. Heroes and Villains
  2533. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2534. Casino Royale
  2535. Puritan
  2536. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2537. The Prestige
  2538. Waist Deep
  2539. Little Children
  2540. The Nativity Story
  2541. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2542. All the King’s Men
  2543. The Last Kiss
  2544. Saw III
  2545. Mischief Night
  2546. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2547. Sixty Six
  2548. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2549. Gypo
  2550. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2551. Peaceful Warrior
  2552. Driving Lessons
  2553. Wordplay
  2554. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2555. Idlewild
  2556. The Grudge 2
  2557. Stick It
  2558. New Police Story
  2559. Step Up
  2560. Infamous
  2561. The History Boys
  2562. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2563. Starter for Ten
  2564. Open Season
  2565. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2566. The Aryan Couple
  2567. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2568. A Good Year
  2569. The Guardian
  2570. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2571. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2572. Man Push Cart
  2573. Accepted
  2574. The Departed
  2575. Johanna
  2576. Life and Lyrics
  2577. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2578. Hoodwinked
  2579. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2580. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2581. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2582. Click
  2583. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2584. Keane
  2585. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2586. Hollywoodland
  2587. Clerks II
  2588. An Inconvenient Truth
  2589. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2590. Snow Cake
  2591. Little Miss Sunshine
  2592. The Wicker Man
  2593. The Devil Wears Prada
  2594. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2595. World Trade Center
  2596. The Black Dahlia
  2597. Children of Men
  2598. The Queen
  2599. The Sentinel
  2600. Crank
  2601. This Film is not yet Rated
  2602. The Benchwarmers
  2603. Over the Hedge
  2604. Severance
  2605. Adrift
  2606. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2607. You, Me and Dupree
  2608. Right at Your Door
  2609. Snakes on a Plane
  2610. Akeelah and the Bee
  2611. Harsh Times
  2612. A Scanner Darkly
  2613. John Tucker Must Die
  2614. Tideland
  2615. Monster House
  2616. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2617. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2618. Bee Season
  2619. Angel-A
  2620. Ellie Parker
  2621. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2622. Warrior-King
  2623. Alpha Male
  2624. Wilderness
  2625. The Night Listener
  2626. Lady in the Water
  2627. Nacho Libre
  2628. Tarfaya
  2629. Paper Clips
  2630. 11:14
  2631. Cars
  2632. Stay Alive
  2633. The Break-Up
  2634. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2635. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2636. Trust the Man
  2637. Miami Vice
  2638. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2639. Omkara
  2640. The Ant Bully
  2641. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2642. Ultraviolet
  2643. The Thief Lord
  2644. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2645. Fearless
  2646. Half Light
  2647. Hard Candy
  2648. Imagine You and Me
  2649. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2650. Dumplings
  2651. Curious George
  2652. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2653. Aquamarine
  2654. The Lake House
  2655. Thank You for Smoking
  2656. Superman Returns
  2657. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2658. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2659. Stormbreaker
  2660. An Unfinished Life
  2661. Love + Hate
  2662. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2663. Secuestro Express
  2664. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2665. Little Manhattan
  2666. Poseidon
  2667. Friends with Money
  2668. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2669. Forty Shades of Blue
  2670. Just My Luck
  2671. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2672. Reeker
  2673. Pretty Persuasion
  2674. King Kong
  2675. Ask the Dust
  2676. Wah Wah
  2677. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2678. RV
  2679. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2680. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2681. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2682. 2:37
  2683. Babel
  2684. The Caiman
  2685. Cronica de una Fuga
  2686. Fast Food Nation
  2687. Flanders
  2688. Climates
  2689. Indigènes
  2690. Jindabyne
  2691. Lights in the Dusk
  2692. Marie Antoinette
  2693. Paris je t’aime
  2694. Red Road
  2695. Southland Tales
  2696. Volver
  2697. Summer Palace
  2698. Ten Canoes
  2699. El Violin
  2700. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2701. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2702. Shooting Dogs
  2703. CZECH FILM REVIEWS
  2704. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006, SUPPLEMENT
  2705. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, MARCH 2006
  2706. SIGNIS FILM REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 2006
  2707. 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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