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The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

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

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,
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Griff Rhys Jones looks to drama and documentary for life without Mel Smith

Comedy partner reveals how he coped with his friend's death

Griff Rhys Jones sometimes still has to remind himself that Mel Smith, his comedy partner and friend for 35 years, is no longer around.

"It's just very weird this year because Mel died quite shockingly early," he said. "So it's like unfinished business, in a funny way. You think, 'Wow, gosh, wait a minute'. For years, we used to get together and do stuff every now and again, and you think, 'You can't do that Mel, that's just...' What am I supposed to do now?"

Jones turned 60 on Saturday. Although he has done some comedy on his own, such as last year's The One and Only Griff Rhys Jones for BBC1, he said: "That was a rather strange thing as well, because Mel had been a bit ill when he turned up to do that. I regret we didn't do it together.
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