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New From Oprah Winfrey: “Belief”

posted by Nell Minow

Oprah Winfrey’s seven-chapter series “Belief” starts on October 18, 2015. It follows some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Episodes include: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a […]

Tablet Says The Best Movies Are Religious (Even If They Are Not Bible Stories)

posted by Nell Minow

In the midst of the silly battles over “Noah,” Liel Leibovitz has a superb piece on the Tablet website about how the best movies always have a religious component. As is often the case when we strive to talk seriously […]

TV Guide on Faith on Television

posted by Nell Minow

Craig Tomashoff’ has a thoughtful article in TV Guide about the portrayal of religion and spirituality on television. It has some surprising examples. The often-outrageous animated series “The Simpsons” was praised for using “Christian faith, religion and questions about God” […]

‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’ Talk About God

posted by Nell Minow

Religion and faith have been off limits on most scripted television shows, even those with characters who were members of the clergy. Christmas episodes are generally about Santa Claus and family, not about worship. So it was a very welcome […]

‘God in America’ Comes to PBS

posted by Nell Minow

The US Religious Knowledge Survey, released Tuesday from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that Americans are more willing to say that they are religious than they are willing to learn about the history and beliefs of […]

The Invention of Lying

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference
Movie Release Date:October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date:January 19, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010

Ricky Gervais has come up with a fresh and enticing premise but — I have to be honest — it is imperfectly executed. It has the gloss of a romantic comedy because it gives us the fun of knowing that […]

More Thoughts on ‘Avatar’ (Spoiler Alerts)

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks for the very thoughtful comments on my post about the commentary that “Avatar” has inspired. I was particularly glad to be directed to some thoughtful assessments of the film I had not seen. Thanks to Sheherazahde and Cheryl […]

50 Most Important Religion Movies: Film Snobbery

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at Phil Hall’s great list of the most important religious films of all time from website Film Snobbery. My favorite film about the life of Jesus, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” is number 2 on the […]

TED’s Compassion Initiative

posted by Nell Minow

In 2008, TED gave its annual award to Karen Armstrong, author of more than 20 books about what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common and their effect on world events. She is a former nun who now calls herself […]

Upcoming Film Searches for God

posted by Nell Minow

In every corner of the world, there’s one question that can never be definitively answered, yet stirs up equal parts passion, curiosity, self-reflection and often wild imagination: “What is God?” Filmmaker Peter Rodger explores this query in the provocative non-fiction […]

Raising Spiritually Healthy Children

posted by Nell Minow

I am very pleased that one of my favorite people will be talking to parents about raising spiritually healthy children in a Tikkun telephone forum today at 6:00 PM PST (9:00 PM EST). Rev. Debra Haffner has worked with parents […]

Religulous

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some language and sexual material
Movie Release Date:October 3, 2008
DVD Release Date:February 17, 2009
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some language and sexual material
Movie Release Date: October 3, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009

The most important moment in Bill Maher’s new documentary about the dangers and hypocrisy of religion is at the conclusion of his visit to a tiny trucker’s chapel. As he does throughout the movie Maher challenges the very notion of […]

What Can Barbie Teach Us About Judaism?

posted by Nell Minow

What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? A new film called The Tribe uses the story of the Jewish woman who created the Barbie and Ken dolls to explore the nature of […]

Teenagers, Sex, Religion, and Media

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post reports on the first study to link teen pregnancies to sexual content on television. The study is being published today in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The authors found a “strong association” between teen […]

Religion on ‘The Simpsons’

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out this terrific Beliefnet gallery from Mark I. Pinsky on the best Simpsons episodes about religions. It includes “Like Father, Like Clown” (written with the help of three rabbis, about Krusty the Clown’s exploration of his […]

Hollywood’s Inaccurate Portrayal of Religious Practice

posted by Nell Minow

E! Online has a column about Hollywood’s inaccurate portrayal of religious practice. A reader wrote in to complain about the treatment of Mr. Eko, who pretends to be a priest in “Lost.” According to E!, Tod Tamberg, communications director of […]

Religion in film: characters, themes, resources

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Kris Rasmussen has a list of 10 positive Christian characters in recent films. I was pleased to see Amy Adams’ performance in Junebug included, though for me the most spiritually touching moment in the movie was when Alessandro Nivola, […]

Major Barbara

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1941
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1941

Plot: Major Barbara (Wendy Hiller) is a member of a mission devoted to saving souls, and she promotes temperance, non-violence, and socialism. Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), a classics professor, falls in love with her, but before she accepts his proposal, […]

The Prince of Egypt

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1998
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1998

Dreamworks SKG’s first animated feature is a respectful retelling of the story of Moses, from the time he was found in the bullrushes and adopted by the Pharoh to the time he led the Hebrews out of Egypt to freedom. […]

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