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 40 years. 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 dramas that touch on universal experiences, knock down barriers between people, and evoke our compassion. We are enriched by stories that touch our hearts and send us out of the theater rejoicing. 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. We also regularly prepare "Values & Visions" Discussion Guides for film clubs. You can read about our approach to movies in "Befriending Films" and "Spirituality and Films" in the Spirituality & Film section at our website.
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Location: New York, New York
Official Websites: spiritualityandpractice.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 50% Tolkien (2019) An engaging biopicture that hints at the origins of the themes and style of The Lord of the Rings. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 63% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) A throttling study of the toxic dynamics of anger. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4.5 81% Long Shot (2019) A raucous and rambunctious rom-com that makes some good points about gender equality. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5 43% Clara (2019) A close encounter with the ineffable mysteries of both human relationships and the universe. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5 75% Family (2019) A comedy about a workaholic loner who discovers that she and her niece are not really losers. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) A brisk and meaningful look at four women running to change American politics. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
5/5 100% The River and the Wall (2019) A remarkable documentary that gives us hope that young people documenting the consequences of a border wall will make a difference. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 86% Hesburgh (2019) Fascinating documentary about a religious leader who was a master of human relations. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
5/5 80% A Fortunate Man (Lykke-Per) (2018) The visions, flaws, and setbacks of a gifted young man who wants to be a Master of the Universe. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
5/5 65% Peterloo (2019) A mesmerizing historical drama about democratic fervor met with ruthless brutality. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 29% Red Joan (2019) True story of an English woman who questions the way governments go about national security. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) A picaresque and quixotic tale about a filmmaker transformed into a dreamer. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 100% Moynihan (2018) The life and accomplishments of a bold creative spirit in American politics. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
5/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) A creative, relevant, and reverent film about Mary Magdalene, a deeply spiritual woman for all ages. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Depiction of a horrific terrorist attack in India that waters the seeds of violence in viewers. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) A touching story about the emotional life of a dog who is separated from her family. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
5/5 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) A remarkable film of hope, daring, and vision. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
3.5/5 94% The Mustang (2019) Uplifting story about how a wild mustang becomes a spiritual teacher to an emotionally shut-down man. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) A portrait of loneliness addressed by letting go and dancing. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
5/5 93% Diane (2019) A deeply spiritual movie that provides a slice of a caregiver's life. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) An exploration of the big mysteries that dwarf crime conundrums. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 52% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Excellent depiction of the cultural clash between speed and simplicity. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 90% Tigerland (2019) A documentary about a century of conservation efforts to save tigers in India and Russia. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 98% Apollo 11 (2019) A well-done documentary about the American space mission that made astronaut Neil Armstrong the first human on the moon. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
5/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) A watershed Icelandic film which will speak to the hearts and minds of all committed women who are working toward the creation of an ecological world. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) A character-driven drama about a schoolteacher who yearns to nurture the poetic brilliance of a student. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
5/5 85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) A tribute to a creative, determined, and compassionate African boy. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) A probe of the toxins of pro basketball: racism, money greed, and power plays. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A beautiful animated feature celebrating supportive friendships between humans and animals. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Intimate portrait of an English girl who dreams of entering the wild and wonderful world of pro wrestling. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 95% What Is Democracy? (2019) A thought-provoking documentary presenting the challenges and flaws of democracy from ancient Greece to modern times. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 71% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) A touching drama about a teenage girl and the reporter investigating her claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 92% And Breathe Normally (2018) A moving story that showcases the need for openness and hospitality in our increasingly constricted world. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) A sweet family film about a talking bear whose spiritual practice of kindness is what we need so desperately in our times. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 92% Mirai (2018) An entertaining animated film about a young boy adjusting to a new baby with the help of his ancestors. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A fascinating costume drama propelled by a poignant performance by Saoirse Ronan. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.5/5 94% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) Watching boys being immersed in violence and trained to become killers as part of their role as Al Qaeda members. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Private War (2018) The life and work of an award-winning female war correspondent whose zeal for the truth made her into a fearless person. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
5/5 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Fascinating documentary about a zealot, the turf he loves, and his gift of wonder. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) A cinematic valentine to a Mexican maid whose kindness has a positive impact on all those around her. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) A breathtaking personal tribute by the songwriter/storyteller to the spirituality of place, relationships, and service. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/5 75% Little Pink House (2018) A vehement critique of economic injustice, class warfare and corporate power. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 89% Love, Gilda (2018) Informative and emotionally touching documentary about the beloved comedian. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A biopicture that is all about the music of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 76% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) A riveting drama about the toxic energy that fundamentalists can unleash on those they want to control. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A masterwork about resilient young love and the challenges faced by blacks in racist America. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) A distinctly different biopicture that will evoke your empathy for Vincent Van Gogh. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 93% Support the Girls (2018) A thematically rich dramady about three women who bond together in response to the humiliations at their workplace. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/5 78% Green Book (2018) A road movie turned buddy movie about the friendship between two very different men. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Six stories set in the Old West, each with a message about mortality. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018