Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
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Biography:
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat have been discovering spiritual meanings in films for five decades. We are always on the lookout for movies that "speak to our condition" (a Quaker phrase) and reveal new possibilities for our lives. We love movies that touch our hearts, illustrate universal experiences, knock down barriers between people, and evoke our compassion. We believe that a truly good film is not only thought-provoking and entertaining, it also leaves the viewer with a sense of what it means to live deeply and fully every day. We are the authors of two books, Spiritual Literacy and Spiritual Rx, in which we frequently use movies to illustrate spiritual "takes" on everyday experience. You can read about our approach to movies in "Befriending Films" and "Spirituality and Films" in the Film section at SpiritualityandPractice.com.
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We publish an annual list of the Most Spiritually Literate Films of the Year -- features, documentaries, foreign language, and animated.
Publications: Spirituality & Practice
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Claremont, CA
Official Websites: spiritualityandpractice.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Live Broadway cast production of a play about how the personal becomes political. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 91% Coming Home Again (2020) Moving family drama about a young man who discovers the healing power of caregiving. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Courtroom drama about the demonization of dissent which continues to this day. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 77% Radium Girls (2020) True story of women who fought back when they learned they had been exposed to toxins on the job. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Mole Agent (2020) Docu-drama about a kind man skilled in listening who goes undercover in a nursing home. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 75% Once Upon a River (2020) Coming-of-age story about a Native American woman who benefits from the kindness of strangers. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
5/5 100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) A portrait of the singer/songwriter whose story songs and humanitarian activism prove to be equally inspiring. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
5/5 100% Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2020) A fascinating overview of the life and work of a Renaissance Man. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 85% Yellow Rose (2020) Story of a Filipina teen who is nurtured by strangers demonstrating the spiritual practices of enthusiasm and kindness. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
5/5 97% Nomadland (2020) The remarkable odyssey of a feisty woman who finds community and her true self in her home on the road. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3/5 88% The Nest (2020) A morality play about the impact of greed on a marriage. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 97% MLK/FBI (2020) A documentary contrasting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and J. Edgar Hoover who were regarded by different constituencies as guardians of the American dream. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
4.5/5 100% Softie (2020) Involving documentary about the challenges facing a fearless young activist and his family in Kenya. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Grand Unified Theory of Howard Bloom (2019) Profile of an eccentric and prolific techno-age philosopher. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 76% H Is For Happiness (2019) A totally entertaining movie about a young teen who models resilience, kindness, and a vibrantly happy outlook. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 62% Blackbird (2020) Family drama about facing death and the revelations that come with it. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
5/5 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A psychologically complex and macabre exploration of identity, family, memory, and much more. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3.5/5 69% The Argument (2020) A spunky comedy about a couple trying to finally settle an argument. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
5/5 86% Robin's Wish (2020) The story of what really was responsible for the tragic death of one of the greatest comedians of our time. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
4/5 85% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) From psychologists who have a Duty to Warn, a scary portrait of the consequences of the behavior of President Donald Trump. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) The continuing adventures of two of the sweetest and most courteous anti-heroes in many a moon. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4.5/5 100% Made in Bangladesh (2020) An inspiring portrait of a persistent and resilient young woman fighting for workers' rights in a garment factory. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/5 68% The Artist's Wife (2020) Portrait of the midlife crisis of a loving and creative wife. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
4/5 62% Fatima (2020) A religious drama about the remarkable faith of a young girl after her account of seeing the Virgin Mary is questioned by family, community, and the church. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
4.5/5 91% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) A revealing documentary about two creative and wonderstruck friends. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4.5/5 90% The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) (2020) A Rohmer-esque drama set in Madrid about a young woman's quest for a new way of living and meaningful relationships. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4.5/5 73% An American Pickle (2020) A dramedy that will get you asking yourself questions about family and legacies. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
5/5 92% Widow of Silence (2020) An ethically charged and mesmerizing movie about the unusual and yet predictable challenges faced by a half-widow in Kashmir. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
4.5/5 98% The Last Tree (2020) A compelling coming-of-age drama about a Nigerian immigrant in London. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
4/5 34% The Sunlit Night (2019) An exquisitely rendered tale of an artist's loneliness and starting over again. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
4.5/5 77% Summerland (2020) A tender and touching film about a woman who is surprised to discover her capacity for nurturing. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
5/5 88% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2020) A music-packed documentary revealing all the reasons to love the songs of the legendary Canadian musician. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
3.5/5 63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) Story of a boy whose coming-of-age includes becoming friends with Sigmund Freud. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
4.5/5 81% Flannery (2020) A polished, erudite, and spiritually edifying documentary about the life and work of the Southern Catholic writer. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
5/5 54% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) A powerful drama about the toxins spread by rumors of war. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
100% Temple Grandin (2010) Here is a masterful biopicture about Temple Grandin, the famous autistic animal behavior expert who has revolutionized how livestock are treated in stockyards. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
5/5 96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) An inspiring documentary about a moral leader who modeled an ethic of love, nonviolence, and hope. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
81% The Natural (1984) The Natural is a mythic and mesmerizing movie about America's national pastime and the heroism of a lonely individualist. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
5/5 100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) A gripping documentary about LGBTQ genocide and a brave band of human rights activists trying to rescue those affected. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
5/5 100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2020) A coming-of-age story filled with small moments of spiritual wisdom, including a practice for times of sadness. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) A troubling portrait of the Vietnam war and its toxic impact on so many black soldiers who suffered there. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
4/5 92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Poignant documentary about how the California community nearly destroyed by fire bands together. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
4.5/5 100% Runner (2020) A stirring documentary about an African refugee who becomes an Olympic marathoner. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
4/5 84% Mr. Jones (2020) A serious and sobering film about genocide in the Ukraine. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3.5/5 94% Dads (2020) A light-hearted and breezy documentary celebrating stay-at-home fathers. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Street Fighting Men (2017) Portraits of three working class African-American men trying to keep their souls alive in crisis-ridden Detroit. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4.5/5 75% The Pollinators (2019) Laments and hopeful signs about the fate of honey bees and the food supply. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4.5/5 83% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) A father-son drama that reveals the small pleasures of ordinary days, including playing Scrabble. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4.5/5 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) A dramedy about the surprising transformation of an irritating person. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
5/5 91% Parkland Rising (2020) An inspiring portrait of young activists for gun control reform. - Spirituality & Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020