I was just about to bring up the topic, until sor Nokkonen mentioned:
Movies are a great tool for propaganda, and as I see it, they are widely used for that,
Once again I have to raise the nazi-card, but as it is a very good example, they knew how to exploit the people by using propaganda and obviously succeeded in it rather well. It is interesting to see how facts "bend" when something is pressed upon people long enough time and in many occasions, for example, if a certain historical even is repeated in movies and tv series long enough people start to believe this given reality, even though if it would be historically incorrect.
I do think, however, that the general consensus of Man is reflected in, not necessarily in movies alone, but in art in general. Art is "a straight conduct", so to speak. It shows something that not all people want to see, but it is still a side of reality which we can choose to close our eyes from or not. This impulse is present in all forms of art, painting, music, sculpting, films, literature etc.
I wouldn't really bring religion into this debate, but I'd say that the political opinions and the interests of different covernments dictate what is shown where and what is not. This is, of course, when talking of the big audience. There will always be underground film makers and artists that will present what they want, but from the point of view of the general opinion this has no effect.
I remember how, when I was a teenager, banging my head against the concrete reality, I was extremely hurt by the fact that the world that childhood stories had promised me didn't seem to exist after all. When we grow up, we are so much told that there's magic and beauty and justice in the world, but when faced with the reality of a dirty little village life with it's petty gossip and gray box buildings, it's like a slap on the face.
I must say that I generally disagree with this, but that is probably due to my idealistic stance when facing the world. I want to keep an optimistic view on the world, and on Man specifically, even though it is extremely hard sometimes. Life can indeed be A Wondrous Adventure
and the beauty of the world can be seen if the right sensibility
is found (in here I must quote a realization I made from Nefastos' text during my translations, which made me see that sensibility actually means 'the ability to sense').