Bridget Jones, Before and Beyond | RA Crossroads

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Coen Bros. Blood Simple, Cap America, Pelé, Valley of the Dolls | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

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All the Way, From Afar, Night Train to Munich

LJ Media Reviews: September 1, 2016

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Danler’s debut will taste Sweetbitter in the mouths of lovers of New York Ciy; And then there were none? Not as long as Christie titles continue to be turned into film

LJ Media Reviews: August 1, 2016

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman has much to say about race, teenage love, and family relationships; Deathgasm and Highway to Hell: Who knew horror could be so entertaining?