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


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


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


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


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

Kino Goes Classic | LJ Reviews


Remastered in high-definition, these recommended “KL Studio Classics” greatly improve on prior disc editions.

Go, Oscar, Go: Best Documentary Feature Nominees 2016 | LJ Reviews


LJ tracked down the nominees for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature to get a jump on the February 28 television broadcast (see LJ 2/15/16). Below are reviews of four of the five nominated films. What Happened, Miss Simone? was unavailable for review.

Chaplin, Ikiru, Two from Améris, plus the Quay Brothers | Fast Scans, February 15, 2016


Century-old testaments to the movie legend Chaplin; a humanist classic that belongs in most foreign-film collections; Marie’s Story and Stations of the Cross, both discretely affecting; 15 oddly surreal films

LJ Media Reviews: February 1, 2016


A multigenerational saga from Allende reveals The Japanese Lover, Two Earths exist 800 years apart: It’s Hard To Be a God

War and Peace (Reading, Listening, Watching) | Wyatt’s World


The Russians took over the airwaves this week with the BBC/Weinstein Company production of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace running on three cable networks at once.

Experimenter, Mulholland Dr., A Special Day, Two Men in Town | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks


A unique docudrama, Mulholland Dr. is deliriously mesmerizing and frustratingly convoluted, two different but lonely people come together, director Giovanni makes a solid case for giving a criminal another chance