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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Barak Goodman | LJ Review

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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. 3 discs. color. 6+ hrs. Barak Goodman & others, Florentine Films & others, dist. by PBS, shoppbs.org. 2015. DVD UPC 841887024068. $34.99; Blu-ray UPC 841887024075. $39.99. SDH subtitles. MED Cancer. The word sends a shiver of fear rattling through the bones of anyone who hears it. Adults, children, men, […]

LJ Media Reviews: September 1, 2015

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Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker, TV series Call the Midwife and The Crimson; here is a list of audio and video titles to be reviewed in the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

A Poetic Journey of Self-Discovery, the Sport of 9-Man, plus Latest Trailers, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, July 2015

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One of the year’s best films, Tracks deserves to be tracked by libraries; a talented new voice in documentary filmmaking captures the nonmainstream sport of 9-Man; Schlöndorff delivers a fascinating rumination on wartime duty and honor

An Extraordinary Journey, Inside Military Culture, Teenage Homelessness, New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, June 15, 2015

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A resounding performance of a strong woman surviving all that life can throw at her; an intimate look at military culture; a moving portrait of teenage homelessness that deserves to be viewed by a very wide audience.

Anita Hill, British Mystery Series Grantchester, Cuban National Literacy Campaign, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews, June 1, 2015

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Anita Hill’s story remains relevant; lovers of traditional British mysteries will want to add Grantchester to their viewing queue; a beautiful rendering of the Cuban National Literacy Campaign of 1961

Earth’s Uncertain Future | Collection Development: Climate Change, June 1, 2015

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Climate change entered scientific discourse during the 1980s as scientists started to document a rapid rise in greenhouse gases and a corresponding increase in global temperatures. Their claims were quickly challenged as critics alleged the gases had little to do with any warming that might be occurring. Here the debate heats up in books, videos, and websites.

Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth

Comedy Classics: It Happened One Night and Tootsie, with Jeeves and Wooster, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newly restored ­reissues cement One Night and Tootsie in the comedy pantheon; Jeeves and Wooster, practically perfect in every way; Vera will hold readers’ attention right up to the last scene.

The Homesman, a “Polished” Jewel in the Crown, the Adult Film Industry, Fast Scans, & More | Video Reviews, April 15, 2015

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The Homesman is not like any other Western, an Emmy Award winner finally receives the digital makeover not accorded its 25th anniversary edition, first-time director Kezin’s odd but captivating and touching documentary.

Award Winner Alive Inside, Best Westerns, Winston Churchill Bio, New Trailers | Video Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Rossato-Bennett follows around Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, Inc.; the largely forgotten story of Winston Churchill’s fall from grace and subsequent rise to prominence; Clementine epitomizes the Code of the Old West