Narrow Gate Films

Created by Miguel Zaragoza in 2010, Narrow Gate Films promotes the medium of short films and movies that inspire, stories that are good, beautiful and true.

The primary function of this website is to provide reviews of all types of films. Articles related to film as well as articles of interest on the topics of Christianity, Catholicism, spirituality and social justice written by various contributors also feature.

The movie reviews are aimed at a general audience to provide information on the quality of the filmmaking and analysis of the story along with the standard star rating based on the opinion of the reviewer. An extra level of analysis is also offered from a Catholic perspective. The opinions in each review are strictly the views of the reviewer and don’t necessarily represent the views of the Catholic Church. We encourage readers of our reviews to challenge our reviews and come up with their own thoughts, opinions and interpretations from their own Christian perspectives.

In providing these reviews we aim to encourage Christians to watch all films through the lens of faith as suggested by Fr Richard Leonard SJ in his book titled Movies that Matter: Reading Film through the Lens of Faith. We contemplate what is reaching the conscious and sub-conscious of our minds when we watch a film in order to extract what good messages can be gained from them as well as identify potentially troublesome themes in the film. With the growing secularisation of the world, we aim to see films through a metaphorically narrow gate of a camera and encourage everyone to enter by this gate.

Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:13-14

We believe there are some films that are inherently evil and should be avoided. Pornography, films that intentionally aim to ridicule or insult a certain sector of society or films with the intent to promote the occult are examples. Most films however have something positive that can be taken away by the viewer. Some films offer more than others. What is important is how the viewer interprets and consumes all films so that it isn’t ever the case that anything negative consumed by the viewer will ever define who they are or influence how they behave; but rather how they behave that defines who they are.

What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean.
Matthew 15:11