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
3/5 96% The Irishman (2019) A drama with three great performances which almost rise above the retread of a screenplay. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 67% Little Joe (2019) Happiness is just a whiff away or is it? - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
5/5 100% 63 Up (2019) The latest in a series of documentaries that enrich our sense of what it means to be human. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A moving drama about the transformative spiritual practices of Fred Rogers. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 89% Arctic (2019) A survival story that shifts gears into a spiritual parable about kindness and compassion. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
5/5 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) A delightful and entertaining documentary on the life and work of French filmmaker Agnes Varda - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4.5/5 89% American Woman (2019) story of perseverance and emotional resilience with a bravura performance by Sienna Miller. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4.5/5 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) An involving story about a teenager dealing with her yearning for freedom and her commitment to take care of her troubled father. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) A rousing documentary about the career of a controversial journalist. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 94% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) A glorious documentary about the musical ministry of the Man in Black. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
5/5 86% Mother (2019) A touching documentary about the three virtues of a compassionate caregiver. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4.5/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) How to turn the tables on the super rich. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 95% Queen of Hearts (2019) A portrait of an angry married woman who makes some questionable choices. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4.5/5 92% Light from Light (2019) An unusual, almost meditative film that reverences the mysteries of death, grief, and loneliness. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 67% Adopt a Highway (2019) Touching story of a socially awkward ex-con who discovers the value of giving and receiving. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Saudi Women's Driving School (2019) One small step forward for the rights of Saudi women. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4.5/5 70% The Kill Team (2019) A chilling and ethically powerful true story that asks why civilian murders keep happening in wars. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Mountaintop (2019) A documentary about the recording of the Colorado album by Neil Young with the band Crazy Horse. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4.5/5 98% Clemency (2019) An emotionally rich drama that explores the moral and ethical impact of the death penalty on those required to enforce it. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 98% The Cave (2019) An emotionally rich portrait of an inspiring young doctor caring for her patients in the Syrian war. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 100% Gift (2019) A documentary showing how art keeps moving in circles of sharing, giving, and generosity. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 59% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) A thriller than spans decades to explore the consequences of choices. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) A French animated film about justice for women. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/5 73% Low Tide (2019) Boring drama about teenage boys whose lives are derailed when they find some gold coins. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) A thought-provoking parabolic science fiction film about the transformation of an astronaut hobbled by a wounded feeling function. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 50% Stuck (2019) A parabolic musical about what needs to happen to achieve the ancient dream of unity and respect for all people. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Sequel to the TV series in which the beloved characters face new challenges and discover new joys. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 100% Don't Be Nice (2019) A documentary that reveals the power of poetry to speak truth to power. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/5 27% Corporate Animals (2019) A ludicrous and disgusting black comedy. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
5/5 77% The Friend (2019) A deeply spiritual drama about the beauties and bounties of friendship. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
5/5 89% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) A portrait of life after hours in a warehouse supermarket that illustrates the way of tenderness. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
5/5 100% Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) Six creative ways dying people and their families are taking control of their deaths and the disposal of their remains. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) A creative exploration of the interactions between humans and the sounds of the things around them. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 55% Becoming Nobody (2019) An interview with the renowned spiritual teacher on the really big questions of life. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A top-drawer documentary about the longtime reigning queen of pop music. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 63% Edie (2019) Inspiring story about an adventuresome elder who discovers the fire inside herself. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4.5/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) A true story about conscience as a catalyst to change, a spur to morality, and a source of hope. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
5/5 95% Ága (2019) Visually stunning portrait of the spiritual struggles of indigenous people to survive. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 97% American Factory (2019) Documentary about how culture clashes in factories highlight changes in the global economy. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Thought-provoking documentary on the journalist whose humor challenged government incompetence and social injustices. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) An account of Gary Hart's short Presidential campaign in the year that politics went tabloid. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) A buoyant tribute to the power of music to change lives. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Biodocumentary about a rock star whose love of music helped him overcome his self-destructiveness. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 100% ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019) Story of the blues-inspired rock band who describe themselves as an oddball group. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) A chilling tale of conspiracy well-told. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 46% Ode to Joy (2019) A comedy that encourages viewers to reflect on what makes them happy. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 80% Light of My life (2019) An extraordinary and deeply spiritual drama about the power of stories and the parent-child bond. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) An emotionally literate drama in which the characters must deal with their past and present choices. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4.5/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) An enigmatic and enlightening drama about the resiliency of the feminine spirit. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey (2019) A fascinating glimpse into the master yoga teacher's philosophy and teaching style. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019