LJ Media Reviews: April 15, 2016

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Ivan Doig’s final novel is a lighthearted tale of an orphan hopping the Last Bus to Wisdom; join the millions of fans who can’t get enough of Carole King, naturally

LJ Media Reviews: April 1, 2016

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A Swedish tourist causes a book-related stir in an Iowa town in Bivald’s starred debut; Dassin paints Richard Widmark into an ill-fated corner in Night and the City

The Girls in the Band | LJ DVD Review

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This joyous musical reveals the women who traveled and performed in vaudeville and during the Big Band era

From the American Friend to Salaam Bombay! | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, March 15, 2016

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Wenders’s take on a Highsmith novel; a must-have classic by Calcutta-born Satyajit Ray; a gripping tale of lust and betrayal; a seminal film about youth living on the streets of Bombay; a frank drama about a homeless man scraping by on the streets of Manhattan

Fashion Forward | LJ Reviews

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An informative and entertaining documentary of how pioneering Jewish immigrants created the Fashion District, also known as the Garment Center; a fascinating look at a little-known art in the fashion industry

Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime | LJ DVD Review

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Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime. 2 discs. color. 355+ min. Edward Hall, Agatha Christie Prods., dist. by Acorn Media, 888-870-8047; www.acornonline.com. DVD UPC 054961244997. $39.99; Blu-ray UPC 054961245598. $39.99. SDH subtitles. F/TV  Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (David Williams and Jessica Raine) are an ordinary British husband and wife who discover they have a talent for detection. This set features The […]

Between Chris Rock and a Hard Place: Best Films Win Out | LJ Reviews

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Longtime Library Journal Fast Scans columnist and all-things-film guru Jeff T. Dick highlights the major winners on this year’s Oscar night for libraries with budgets to accommodate the “big” movies

LJ Media Reviews: March 1, 2016

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Ellis’s darkly funny American Housewife, Klaussmann’s Villa America will resonate with historical fiction fans; Obioma’s quietly unfolding Fishermen; Flamenco, a visual and aural feast for your feet

LJ Media Reviews: February 15, 2016

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Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is a great epic fantasy; catch the Oscar buzz: four Best Doc nominees, plus Downton 6

Sixties Taiwan, Game of Thrones, The Manchurian Candidate, & More | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray, February 1, 2016

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A treatise on the Sixties, Taiwan-style; a man seeks his stolen bicycle; more of Game of Thrones; a Manchurian Candidate viewers never saw coming; BFFs Collette and Barrymore on life; a chronicle of Leon Russell; teen girls find love and encouragement