Downton Abbey, Music and Sports Histories, Vietnam in Pictures, plus New Trailers | Video Reviews, March 1, 2015

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The times are definitely changing—Downton has even acquired a wireless! The intertwined histories of rocker Billy Joel, the New York Mets, and Shea Stadium; the history of beloved smoked-fish emporium Russ & Daughters.

Oscar Nominee Boyhood, Broadway Performances, James Thurber, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Boyhood is a unique coming-of-age story; talented giants of the American stage; the essence of James Thurber; a vivid portrait of master art forger Mark Landis; the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz

In the Face of Survival | Oscar Docs 2015

A compelling case for social action that plays like a thriller; Best Documentary Feature 2015 nominee

Strange & Mysterious: Finding Vivian Maier | Oscar Docs 2015

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Meet Vivian Maier, a photographer and ultimately a recluse whose life story is nominated for a 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

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.