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The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

6 April 2014 9:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What makes films about religion so interesting is the way some manage to tread a line between support and criticism, while some are vehemently anti-religion or pro-religion. When all is said and done, it’s up to the audience to decide whether or not the film (or the faith portrayed) is a respectful or perceptive study on faith and the dogmatic principles that may or may not surround it. Not every religious film is uplifting. In fact, there are plenty of non-religious films that do a better job of building viewers’ faith. But that’s another list for another time.

30. Beyond the Hills (2012)

Directed by Cristian Mingiu

Five years after his punishing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Christian Mingiu delivered an interesting look at a lifelong friendship formed at an orphanage. Beyond the Hills tells the story of two women, based on non-fiction novels by Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Alina (Cristina Flutur) has fled to Germany, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Top Gear; review – 'Oh Lord, I laughed'

10 March 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Clarkson, Hammond and May crash about in Burma. It's puerile, it's silly and it's undeniably funny

Y ou've got to feel for poor Burma, Myanmar, whatever you want to call it. After getting on for half a century of oppressive military rule they limp painfully towards some kind of democracy, if not an especially liberal one. And then suddenly – just what they need – they get invaded by Jeremy bloody Clarkson and his Top Gear (BBC2, Sunday) chums.

For Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, it's basically still 1943 and the Burma Campaign; they're retaking the country for the British. Well, they're driving around it in lorries, being loud and annoying. Then they're going to cross the border into Thailand – sorry, Siam – to the river Kwai, which they will build a bridge across, of course. Dudes, relax, it's all right, the second world war is over. (They're like those Japanese commandos still fighting in the jungle, »

- Sam Wollaston

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