An Oscar-Winning Parable, Film Noir, The Graduate, plus Ergüven’s Debut | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, June 15, 2016

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Gorris’s feminist-oriented tale is more visionary than overtly polemical, two intriguing-if-little-known film noir titles, the new high-def upgrade of The Graduate gets an A-plus, Ergüven’s accomplished first feature film

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: March 15, 2016

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Bohjalian opens up an unwelcoming Guest Room, read by his daughter; vaudeville and big bands featured some very resourceful women, The Girls in the Band, plus new Fast Scans

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

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

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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

LJ Media Reviews: January 1, 2016

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Audio fiction from Brizzi, Forsyth, Ostlund; nonfiction from Brownstein, Kaling, Rhimes; starred video reviews of A Place To Call Home, Seymour, The Last Impresario, Empyting the Skies, plus new Fast Scans

Two from Jacquot, The Black Stallion, Manglehorn, and Mr. Holmes | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, December 1, 2015

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Jacquot’s particular exploration of French culture may be best appreciated by serious film fans and/or Francophiles; Ballard transcends “kid flick” and appeals to all ages; a slowly building Manglehorn that ultimately unlocks its virtues

Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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A smartly provocative dissection of the entertainment business, a haunting meditation on memory and loss, Oscar nominee Timbuktu for best foreign film is leisurely paced but accessible, White God is doggone good.

LJ Media Reviews: September 15, 2015

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Big fiction from Child, Deveraux, Lee, and L’Amour, coming-of-age Visions and Revisions. Top documentary Iris, shades of Susan Sontag, John Penton. Fast Scans of Clouds of Sils Maria, Woman in Gold, and more.

For All Audiences: the LGBT Experience, the Aftermath of 9/11, Holocaust Histories, Plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Interviews with men and women elected to public office who are openly LGBT, the life and work of Noam Chomsky, one of the backstories of September 11, 2001, the fate of Jewish children in Belgium who escaped the Holocaust.