Heal the Living, The Stranger, Their Finest | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

The definitive “spaghetti Western”; a heartfelt tale in which the beat goes on; with detached precision, Haneke explores how control functions in relationships; a highly ­welcome Stranger; an inspirational picture for modern-day cynics

LJ Media | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

Libraries with patrons especially partial to magnificent, international discoveries will want to provide Sky in multiple formats; Karen White’s clearly enunciated, steady-paced narration nicely relates densely packed information that is essential for all public libraries; the charms of The Great British Baking Show remain as delectably fresh as ever; this beautifully done film makes an excellent case for a controversial position on animal rights

Four Days of (Mostly) Feminist Fright: Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2017

Former LJ staffer Tyler Hixson reviews full-length offerings from the second annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

LJ Media | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

Wise, stellar, accomplished, Hadley’s collection will appeal to literary aficionados; all libraries would serve their patrons well by having Churchill & Orwell in their collections; a thoughtful exploration of the music of Palestine past and present; this Happy Film offers viewers good company, stimulating conversation fodder, and a dare to examine their own life goals

LJ Media | Review Alert, October 15, 2017

Onayemi unmistakeably enhances what’s on the page, proving again that the Bard is better performed than silently read; McCann’s letters are practical yet engaging, full of insights into what the act of writing is like; Director Aloni helms an optimistic story of musical and cultural cohesion—Nafar is dynamite onstage; The Guys Next Door focuses on the emotional journey shared by all parents

A Tolstoy Parable, Wartime Thriller, Noir, Union Activism | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

This digitally restored rumination on the ruinous consequences of unethical behavior for a hapless innocent is “starkly” devastating; Lilti’s dramedy shows an appreciation for applied medicine; Figgis’s debut is an atmospheric film noir steeped in crime-genre tropes

LJ Media | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

Despite glimmers of familiar playfulness, Backman has undoubtedly taken a dark turn in Beartown; Libraries will want to acquire Miss Burma immediately; The Pink Panther Collection brings together the best of these films and is highly recommended for public and academic libraries; Sink or Swim will leave the audience thinking further on the effects of global warming on real people

LJ Media | Review Alert, September 15, 2017

As far as Strout is concerned, Anything Is Possible; curious, intelligent, media-savvy readers will surely welcome Petersen’s perceptive, illuminating “unruly women;” this beautifully shot and executed film might inspire those in the depths of hopelessness to move beyond their addictions; a relatively quiet performance from punkster Pop

Leveling the Field: Women in Sports | Collection Development

Title IX relates to equality for everyone in sports. Recently it has been in the news for issues other than athletics and physical education. These 30 resources will level any collection.

LJ Media | Review Alert, September 1, 2017

Jon Hamm reads Whitman’s Life and Adventures of Jack Engle; not only relevant, An American Sickness is a must-read; the life of Emily Dickinson was led in Quiet Passion; On the Way to School will be especially useful for social studies collections owing to the insights into each family’s life