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By Lily Percy January 15, 2014

Spike Jonze’s latest film is a contemplative meditation on how we connect with one another, and the role that technology plays in searching for that connection every time we turn on our electronic devices.

By Lily Percy January 04, 2014

Nicole Holofcener's film is funny, raw, and intimate — and it does what very few films do: it gets women right.

November 27, 2012

The film Life of Pi is not just a "parable of the postmodern quest for 'spiritual fulfillment'" but a meditation on beauty and our own finitude.

May 31, 2012

Janna Levin launches a new film about Alan Turing at the World Science Festival.

April 14, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW
The documentary Rites of Passage by Jeff Roy follows a 42-year-old practicing Muslim and Indian transgender to Bangkok for gender reassignment surgery and puts her Islamic faith and ethnic identity at the center of the journey.

by Emily Frost, guest contributor

Maya Jafer

When Jeff Roy first met Maya Jafer in Los Angeles, he had prepared a long list of questions. But he barely got in one; Jafer had finally found someone with whom she could share her story.

Ms. Jafer, a 42-year-old transgender woman and a practicing Muslim from India, spent the next hours detailing a cultural and religious background that never accepted her and describes a personal journey full of upheaval. Mr. Roy, who had never made a film, decided Jafer’s story needed to be told.

March 23, 2012

Hunger Games Mall Tour - may the odds be ever in your favorFans give the three-fingered salute of District 12. The gesture is one of admiration, meaning thanks or goodbye to one’s beloved. (photo: Doug Kline / © 2012 PopCultureGeek.com)

I was certain I was going to hate it. All of my four kids have been fans of the series of books by Suzanne Collins since before they were cool; therefore when the movie was announced, we all knew the midnight screening on the night of release was a must-do.

But in the run-up to last night’s trip to the IMAX theater, the reviews I read and heard helped confirm my feeling that this would be a disgusting movie: violent, gratuitous in every way, repulsive to my social conscience.

I was wrong. Very, very wrong.

October 04, 2011

Sam Childers with SPLA SoldiersReverend Sam Childers poses with SPLA soldiers. (photo courtesy of Machine Gun Preacher)

Preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams number in the hundreds of thousands in the United States. They minister at the borders between what get tabbed “sacred” and “secular” realms, and as such cannot go unnoticed in public media.

June 07, 2011

A smart film about the NYT photographer and seeing beauty in our everyday encounters.

April 07, 2011

Got a little choked up watching this trailer for Tom Shadyac's new film, I Am.

January 18, 2011

What four films come to mind that have provided you with some teaching moment in the shape of a moral compass?

November 04, 2010

Mid-August Lunch production still

“Finding happiness doesn’t necessarily follow from pursuing it. Sometimes the deepest happiness comes when you’re least expecting it.”

I love these lines by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks from our show “Pursuing Happiness.” They remind me that happiness can sometimes sprout in our lives serendipitously, without Sisyphean effort.

October 06, 2009
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October 14, 2008

Hitchcock's cinema classic serves as inspiration for this show's musical selections.

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