Spirituality & Health

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Mindfulness Movement (2020) Bilge Ebiri As a film, The Mindfulness Movement is engaging, although it can get repetitive... EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
To the Wonder (2012) Bilge Ebiri Although the filmmaker often puts specifically Christian imagery into his film, his sensibility turns out to be more Zen: he can find manifestations of glory in both the noblest gesture and the darkest impulse. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Hava Nagila (The Movie) (2012) Bilge Ebiri Grossman explores the song's history further, the film gains in power. A look at the unlikely journey of a song becomes an ennobling, occasionally troubling look at Jewish history, going back to the shtetls of Eastern Europe... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
The Other Side of the Ice (2013) Bilge Ebiri It is in these moments-contrasting human mutability with the awesome, almost absolute power of nature-that The Other Side of the Ice finds its true power... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Kon-Tiki (2012) Bilge Ebiri Although the film is replete with suspense, it's often at its best when playing the characters on the raft off one another. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Sushi: The Global Catch (2011) Bilge Ebiri Sushi: The Global Catch gains genuine immediacy. Like the best advocacy documentaries, it makes you leave the theater wanting to learn more about how you can help. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012) Bilge Ebiri The approach is multipronged, but luckily, Escape Fire doesn't lose any of its urgency or power as a result. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Decoding Deepak (2012) Bilge Ebiri Decoding Deepak is a loving film but also makes it clear that Deepak Chopra is enamored of the frenzy of his career. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Chasing Ice (2012) Bilge Ebiri True, there's no blood this time around, no gruesome images of dolphins dying, but it could be argued that the supernaturally beautiful images that Balog (and, by extension, Orlowski) captures are even more despairing and alarming... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Doctored (2012) Bilge Ebiri Sheehan's film doesn't quite scale beyond the chiropractor debate. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Elemental (2012) Bilge Ebiri Elemental is really about persistence: In these three approaches to monumental environmental concerns, what we're really seeing are three very different ways of solving a problem. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
A Fierce Green Fire (2012) Bilge Ebiri The results are beautiful, fascinating, and, understandably, messy. Not all of these people want the same thing, and sometimes their needs conflict with one another. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Free China: The Courage to Believe (2011) Bilge Ebiri As it is, Free China is an interesting and moving film, but it is most likely preaching to the choir. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Unacceptable Levels (2012) Bilge Ebiri The film also possesses a sly, welcome wit. Those stylistic touches, as well as the director's own openness, lend this intriguing documentary a credibility that it otherwise might have lacked. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Free the Mind (2012) Bilge Ebiri Free the Mind is a film that practices the mindfulness it preaches. It's intimate, beautiful-and also, on some deep level, respectful. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Bidder 70 (2012) Bilge Ebiri By keeping their focus on this remarkable, insightful figure, the Gages deliver a film that reflects the humanity of its subject. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Hannah Arendt (2012) Bilge Ebiri Von Trotta, however, smartly focuses on a brief, pivotal moment in Arendt's career... EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Zaytoun (2012) Bilge Ebiri Zaytoun is a beautiful, touching film about two hardened souls who need each other far more than they're willing to let on. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Inuk (2010) Bilge Ebiri The result is a deceptively stylish, powerful film about a corner of the world we rarely see. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
GMO OMG (2013) Bilge Ebiri Seifert's advocacy documentary GMO OMG isn't the first film to express concern over genetically modified crops. Nor, unfortunately, is it even close to being the best. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Band of Sisters (2012) Bilge Ebiri Band of Sisters is an informative, engaging film that will change how you view these remarkable women, whose dedication to bettering their world comes as a logical extension of their religious beliefs. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Symphony of the Soil (2012) Bilge Ebiri The Symphony of the Soil may lose us a little along the way, but it's crystal clear about the importance of this precious natural resource. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Food Chains (2014) Bilge Ebiri Good intentions are fine, but what's needed, the film argues, isn't charity-what's needed are decent, sustainable wages and responsible business practices. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
A Will for the Woods (2013) Bilge Ebiri Will for the Woods intriguingly explores this growing world of green burials and some of the key figures in it. But at heart, it's Clark Wang's story. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Plot for Peace (2013) Bilge Ebiri It's a remarkable story, one very few know about. This exciting documentary reclaims this man for history, while showing us how a belief in peace and diplomacy can sometimes make the impossible real. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
La French (2014) Bilge Ebiri A more sober exploration of this world would have been more effective in making this case to the skeptics-the very people who need to be convinced if this kind of more holistic thinking is to make inroads into the public at large. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Pelican Dreams (2014) Bilge Ebiri It's an engaging subject, but it would also be easy for it to become too dry and pedantic. Luckily, Irving has good cinematic instincts... EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Faith Connections (2013) Bilge Ebiri Faith Connections does occasionally lose focus. At the same time, the event lends a fascinating, otherworldly quality to what we're seeing onscreen; the images Nalin has gathered are beautiful and evocative. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Aloft (2014) Bilge Ebiri The results are perplexing, and beautiful. Aloft is not easy to summarize, but it's even harder to forget. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
The Human Experiment (2013) Bilge Ebiri It's an effective movie for those of us in the choir. But the film's stylistic limitations might keep it from breaking out more widely. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
We Are the Giant (2014) Bilge Ebiri Barker's documentary about the Arab Spring has a subtle conceit at its heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Because I Was a Painter (2013) Bilge Ebiri The film is beautiful, of course...But it's trying to do more than that: In all of these cases, there's a sense of art working at its highest level, trying to grapple with the most profound of experiences. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
The Armor of Light (2015) Bilge Ebiri Schenck is a sensitive and articulate guide to the issues at play here; he has a way of making his own questions resonate in the viewer's mind. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
The Pearl Button (2015) Bilge Ebiri This is a rapturous, unsettling movie about beauty, mystery, and unimaginable horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
The Human Face of Big Data (2014) Bilge Ebiri ...it's hard not to feel that these concerns are given relatively short shrift. As the title indicates, this film very much wants us to see Big Data as our friend. It makes a good case, but it's only part of the picture. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
The Man Who Saved the World (2014) Bilge Ebiri This is a strange movie. But it nevertheless brings to light a momentous act by a seemingly ordinary man. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Planetary (2015) Bilge Ebiri The good news is that Planetary is a visual treat, and, for all the alarm it raises, it's ironically one of the more watchable works of its kind. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2014) Bilge Ebiri This biopic about the internationally best-selling writer of The Alchemist isn't quite the hagiography you might expect. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
The Search for Freedom (2015) Bilge Ebiri While what emerges at times resembles a particularly well-made infomercial-Snow is clearly preaching to a choir that adores these types of activities, not to mention these types of movies-it is undeniably entertaining, and surprisingly visceral. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014) Bilge Ebiri Taken as a whole, this is a unique work, full of enchanting, trippy passages that occasionally achieve moments of transcendent beauty. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Natural Resistance (2014) Bilge Ebiri Nossiter has a filmmaker's eye and ear, and he knows how to immerse us in this milieu. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
He Named Me Malala (2015) Bilge Ebiri Ultimately, this gentle documentary is less interested in the typical needs of drama and more in the patient, accepting demeanor of the remarkable young woman at its heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Shelter (2014) Bilge Ebiri ...for much of its running time, it's a sharply observed, sensitively acted, moving little film. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
This Changes Everything (2015) Bilge Ebiri A provocative, important argument, but this is ultimately a confused film, trying to fuse several different stories-some of which would have made interesting stand-alone documentaries-into one worthy, but uneasy whole. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Catching the Sun (2015) Bilge Ebiri This is an effective, concise film about the solar revolution, and anyone interested in the subject should find it well worth watching. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Love Is a Verb (2014) Bilge Ebiri If only the film felt less like propaganda and more like a sincere exploration of a complicated man. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West (2016) Bilge Ebiri Strugatz is clearly an admirer of Cheng's, and the film has to balance the needs of telling this man's story while also explaining the basic ideas behind tai chi and exploring its influence. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
They Will Have to Kill Us First (2015) Bilge Ebiri Rather than offering simple, and simplistic, explanations of the country's political strife, the film is unafraid to tackle the complexity of the warring factions... EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Paths of the Soul (2015) Bilge Ebiri Zhang observes with patience, humanity, and beauty: His camera stays fixed on these villagers and their prostrations, but he also makes sure to take in the breathtaking beauty of the landscape through which they're traveling. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
The C Word (2016) Bilge Ebiri In many ways, his very life-simply the fact that he was allowed to have it-stands as a testament to his work. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020