Lean/Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” Frankenheimer’s Manchurian Candidate, an Oscar-Nominated “Bedouin Western,” & More | Fast Scans, July 1, 2016

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David Lean collaborates with playwright Noel Coward to produce a heartbreaking drama; I, Anna, a seductive film noir; Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury radiates chills in The Manchurian Candidate; an exciting disaster flick, well grounded in reality

An Oscar-Winning Parable, Film Noir, The Graduate, plus Ergüven’s Debut | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, June 15, 2016

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Gorris’s feminist-oriented tale is more visionary than overtly polemical, two intriguing-if-little-known film noir titles, the new high-def upgrade of The Graduate gets an A-plus, Ergüven’s accomplished first feature film

Bicycle Thieves, L’Inhumaine, Paulette, the Tavianis, & Ulee’s Gold | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, May 15, 2016

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The restored masterwork Bicycle Thieves is an essential holding; L’Inhumaine should pique the interest of serious film buffs; from the neorealistic to the magical, The Taviani Brothers give off a folk tale aura; a lovely, low-key Ulee’s Gold

Garenq’s “Financial Thriller,” Sollett, Meyerhoff, & Newcomers Morano, Piet | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, April 15, 2016

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A true incident that had far-reaching political fallout; Sollett’s big-screen drama rises above its made-for-TV aesthetics; Meyerhoff’s visually arresting feature debut mixes old-school Super-8 and 16mm film; Piet has crafted a sneakily suspenseful low-key thriller

From the American Friend to Salaam Bombay! | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, March 15, 2016

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Wenders’s take on a Highsmith novel; a must-have classic by Calcutta-born Satyajit Ray; a gripping tale of lust and betrayal; a seminal film about youth living on the streets of Bombay; a frank drama about a homeless man scraping by on the streets of Manhattan

Between Chris Rock and a Hard Place: Best Films Win Out | LJ Reviews

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Longtime Library Journal Fast Scans columnist and all-things-film guru Jeff T. Dick highlights the major winners on this year’s Oscar night for libraries with budgets to accommodate the “big” movies

Kino Goes Classic | LJ Reviews

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Remastered in high-definition, these recommended “KL Studio Classics” greatly improve on prior disc editions.

Chaplin, Ikiru, Two from Améris, plus the Quay Brothers | Fast Scans, February 15, 2016

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Century-old testaments to the movie legend Chaplin; a humanist classic that belongs in most foreign-film collections; Marie’s Story and Stations of the Cross, both discretely affecting; 15 oddly surreal films

Experimenter, Mulholland Dr., A Special Day, Two Men in Town | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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A unique docudrama, Mulholland Dr. is deliriously mesmerizing and frustratingly convoluted, two different but lonely people come together, director Giovanni makes a solid case for giving a criminal another chance

Best Media 2015: DVDs

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LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list cites five titles in each of four categories for a score of films you won’t want to miss