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

Lean/Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” Frankenheimer’s Manchurian Candidate, an Oscar-Nominated “Bedouin Western,” & More | Fast Scans, July 1, 2016

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David Lean collaborates with playwright Noel Coward to produce a heartbreaking drama; I, Anna, a seductive film noir; Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury radiates chills in The Manchurian Candidate; an exciting disaster flick, well grounded in reality

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.