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FearNYC Day One: Some Classics, a Key, an Atrocity, a Warning


October 21st marked the first night of the 1st annual FearNYC Horror Film Festival held at NYC’s Cinema Village, promising 65 films, both classic and brand-spanking-new, spread out over six days of blood, guts, shocks, and scares.

From Ingrid Bergman to Saved! to A Taste of Honey | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, October 15, 2016


Stig Björkman’s refreshingly personal portrait chronicles a remarkable life; Eric Barbier takes an unusual approach with his heist picture; a diverse bunch of students at a Christian high school put their faith into practice; an often touching story of disaffected souls looking for love

LJ Media Reviews: November 1, 2016


Ephron’s dazzling story reaches from London to Sicily; a great listen for Kennedy fans; this astounding menagerie of restored giallo captures much of the breadth and depth of the style; Wellman’s Ox-Bow Incident presents a morality tale in the guise

Bridget Jones, Before and Beyond | RA Crossroads


Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, all things Bridget Jones and the chick lit backlist lead me down a winding path.

LJ Media Reviews: October 15, 2016


Chambers takes listeners The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet; revisit 1916: The Irish Rebellion; plus Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words; and a bunch of students Saved!

Health DVDs | Collection Development


While Fitbits and smartphones have taken “home fitness” outdoors, the consumer health DVD market continues to yield high customer appeal. These 31 programs offer plenty of viewing advice.

Musical Marguerite, Malick’s New World, Caregiver Catharsis, Renais on the Holocaust | Fast Scans, September 15, 2016


Marguerite is no less funny for substituting tragicomedy for broad farce; Plá’s riveting drama–cum–social and political commentary should serve as a catharsis; Malick’s exquisitely shot amalgam of narrative storytelling; Night and Fog is not lacking for impact

LJ Media Reviews: October 1, 2016


The demand for Fire should encourage expedited acquisition; listeners who appreciate strong storytelling, family sagas, island settings, will relish Nunez’s Even in Paradise; fans of Gillian Anderson will Fall hard for this British detective series

Master Lear, Boyhood, Carrie, Pan’s Labyrinth, 19th-Century Italy | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray


Two decades of Boyhood; Be Somebody, anyone but a pop star; Bryan Cranston is The Infiltrator; Raymond Carver–style Short Cuts; Italy’s Tree of Wooden Clogs

LJ Media Reviews: September 15, 2016


Haddon’s story collection offers unexpected rewards; Dominion Creek, filmed in Ireland, is a unique addition to Western shelves