Cooper & Hemingway, Steve Rude, Modern Warfare, plus What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray | Video Reviews, February 1, 2015

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Cooper and Hemingway’s roles in defining masculinity in 20th-century America, Fischer’s in-depth look at a comic book legend, an intriguing, apolitical meditation on modern warfare, Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes.

Looking at Vietnam After 40 Years | Oscar Docs 2015

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Each year, Library Journal hopes to review the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This latest production from Rory Kennedy is vying for that honor. LJ reviewer Cliff Glaviano offers up his vote. Last Days in Vietnam. 2 discs. color. 98+ min. Rory Kennedy, Moxie Firecracker Films/American Experience, dist. by PBS, shoppbs.org. […]

Downton Abbey Double Feature | Video Reviews

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The PBS UK series that has swept our nation is up to its fifth season. Can we hope for many more? LJ‘s reviewer let’s us in on the family and their staff and how they are faring in 1924

Rwanda’s Ingoma Nshya, Secrets & Scandal in Higher Ed, Photographers Lange, Weber, plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, January 2015

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A powerful portrait of a committed group of people changing their world; Happy Valley succeeds spectacularly; an informative, even-handed documentary of Lange; a gritty, jazzy look at NYC through Weber’s lens.

Christie’s Poirot Defines an Era, Portraits of Hope and Health Care, plus New Trailers, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, December 2014

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Poirot: Series 13 marks the end of an era; a look at the lack of research studies and results for recently developed vaccines; a powerful documentary demonstrates how hope can come from tragedy.

Best Media 2014: Best Video

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Digitally restored classic films—domestic and foreign—and television miniseries, especially crime dramas, reign amid fewer but notable documentaries in LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list.

For All Audiences: the LGBT Experience, the Aftermath of 9/11, Holocaust Histories, Plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Interviews with men and women elected to public office who are openly LGBT, the life and work of Noam Chomsky, one of the backstories of September 11, 2001, the fate of Jewish children in Belgium who escaped the Holocaust.

Clayton’s Innocents, the Life of Ray Mancini, the Roosevelts, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews

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An “adult ghost story”; former lightweight boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini; the private and public lives of the extraordinary Roosevelt family; a portrayal of the indomitable human spirit.

Sculptor Calder, Voices of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Christie’s Poirot, the Latest Fast Scans | Video Reviews

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An introduction to one of America’s most important modern artists, whose influential body of work is so often reduced to only his mobiles; a vision of the “very complex historical narrative” that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Classic Drama, Where Dreams Come True, A Portrait of Faithfulness and Freedom, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews

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Libraries can expand their film offerings in a hurry and at a good price with Acorn’s Classic Drama Collection, Greasepaint spends less time on jokes and pratfalls and more on what it means to be a family.