John de Ruiter Cinema Nights

Sit back and enjoy a movie specially selected by John.
Meet others at the Zoom ‘café’ after the show.


About Cinema Nights

Back before the days of COVID-19, Cinema Nights at The College of Integrated Philosophy were a much anticipated event. There, we regularly gathered in the stunning grand hall to watch a specially chosen movie and later discuss its meaning at an Open Mic with John. Though the days of meeting and mingling over a glass of craft beer and gourmet popcorn aren’t possible at the moment, our Cinema Night tradition lives online.

Movies are selected by John to reflect aspects of his teachings through the creative expression of film. The titles are only revealed at the time of screening, adding an element of surprise to the evening’s fare. 

Keep in mind that each metaphor has its limits and not all aspects of the movies are an accurate reflection of John’s teaching. 

After the show, an online gathering is held on Zoom where people can meet in smaller groups (6-10) to share their experience of the film. John will often join in, answering questions about the relevance and meaning of the movie. 

So get your favourite snacks, cuddle up on the sofa, and be ready for the count down to press ‘play’. Then wherever we are, we can all enjoy the latest Cinema Night offering together.


Movies Watched So Far

Dances with Wolves May 2024
As It Is in Heaven
(Swedish) March 2024 (online event)
Cinderella Man
February 2024
Field of Dreams August 2023
The Edge
June 2023
 March 2023 (online event)
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
February 2023 (online event)
My Octopus Teacher
January 2023 (online event)
 December 2022 (online event)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King November 2022
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
September 2022 (online event)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring August 2022
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
(French) June 2022 (online event)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Chinese) May 2022 (online event)
Miracle in Cell No.7 (Turkish) April 2022 (online event)
Departures (Japanese) March 2022 (online event)
The Legend of Bagger Vance February 2022 (online event)
Vanishing Time: The Boy Who Returned (Korean) January 2022 (online event)
Harry & Snowman December 2021 (online event)
Hearts in Atlantis November 2021 (online event)
The Finest Hours June 2021 (online event)
Eddy the Eagle
May 2021 (online event)
Take Shelter April 2021 (online event)
Powder March 2021 (online event)
Midnight Special February 2021 (online event)
Togo December 2020 (online event)
The Peanut Butter Falcon February 2020
Forrest Gump January 2020
Victoria & Abdul December 2019
Meet Joe Black October 2019
Secretariat August 2019
Braveheart June 2019
Selma May 2019
Another Earth April 2019
At First Light March 2019
Annihilation January 2019
Cinderella Man December 2018
A Beautiful Mind November 2018
The Shape of Water October 2018
Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish) September 2018
The Black Stallion August 2018
Lucy June 2018
Starman May 2018
Good Will Hunting April 2018
Warrior February 2018
Midnight Special January 2018
Locke December 2017
Babette’s Feast (Danish) November 2017
District 9 October 2017
Mud September 2017
The Time Machine August 2017
Arrival May 2017
Lion April 2017
The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale (Korean) February 2017
The Matrix January 2017
Life is Beautiful (Italian) November 2016
The Abyss October 2016
Kon-Tiki August 2016
Billy Elliot May 2016
The Fault in Our Stars March 2016
The Hunt (Danish) February 2016
How to Train Your Dragon December 2015
The Book of Eli September 2015
Django Unchained June 2015
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World May 2015
The Good Lie April 2015
American History X March 2015
Tracks February 2015
March of the Penguins January 2015
Les Miserables December 2014
Unbreakable November 2014
Jane Eyre October 2014
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (French) September 2014
Powder 2014
Ip Man (Chinese) June 2014
The Drummer (Chinese) May 2014
The Intouchables (French) April 2014
Rob Roy March 2014
In a Better World (Danish) February 2014
Avatar January 2014
The Last of the Mohicans December 2013
The Family Man October 2013
Shakespeare in Love June 2013
Slumdog Millionaire May 2013
Nanook of the North March 2013
Teddy Bear (Danish) February 2013
The Matrix January 2013
The Snow Walker September 2012
Shadowlands June 2012
The Painted Veil May 2012
Predator April 2012
As Good as it Gets March 2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King February 2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers January 2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring January 2012
The Truman Show December 2011
i am sam November 2011
Of Gods and Men (French) October 2011
Departures (Japanese) June 2011
Batman Begins April 2011
The Shawshank Redemption March 2011
Gran Torino January 2011
Mrs. Doubtfire December 2010
Avatar December 2010
Meet Joe Black October 2010
District 9 May 2010
Evan Almighty April 2010
Lord of the Flies March 2010
The Princess Bride February 2010
The Hurricane October 2009
The Edge September 2009
Liar Liar November 2008
The Remains of the Day October 2008
Vanilla Sky October 2008
The Matrix July 2008
What About Bob? July 2008
Pleasantville June 2008
Unleashed May 2008
Gladiator March 2008
Contact 2003
Pinocchio October 2002
The Devil’s Advocate July 2002
Field of Dreams July 2001
The Legend of Bagger Vance April 2001
Groundhog Day
The Abyss
Forrest Gump December 2000
Braveheart 2000
The Matrix 2000
Phenomenon July 2000
Powder April 2000
Brother Sun, Sister Moon 2000
The Green Mile 2000
American Beauty October 1999
Sphere December 1999
The Matrix 1999
Meet Joe Black June 1999

Upcoming Cinema Nights

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Dialogues After Watching

Meetings after Movies Watched So Far