Glory, Kedi, The Madness of King George, Rebecca, Ronin | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov adroitly skewer a corrupt bureaucracy; Ceyda Torun’s purr-fect meditation on the nature of felines and the people who love them; Oscar-winning art direction reigns in this HD debut; John Frankenheimer reestablishes his chops as an action-thriller director with Ronin

Best Media 2017: DVDs

LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick sticks to feature films for this annual best-of, listing more independent and international titles with greater diversity in genre and format

Hayek/Lithgow, Artist Lynch, Forster’s Maurice, French Animation, Drama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Miguel Arleta’s biting satire of the privileged class works despite a few kinks; Lynch provides insight into the formative process that eventually graduated to animation, short works, and feature films; Laguionie’s endearing animated tale celebrates a hardscrabble dame in her dotage; a splendid restoration plus an additional disc of extras befitting a near-classic film; a revelatory pas de deux from two veteran actresses

Heal the Living, The Stranger, Their Finest | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

The definitive “spaghetti Western”; a heartfelt tale in which the beat goes on; with detached precision, Haneke explores how control functions in relationships; a highly ­welcome Stranger; an inspirational picture for modern-day cynics

A Tolstoy Parable, Wartime Thriller, Noir, Union Activism | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

This digitally restored rumination on the ruinous consequences of unethical behavior for a hapless innocent is “starkly” devastating; Lilti’s dramedy shows an appreciation for applied medicine; Figgis’s debut is an atmospheric film noir steeped in crime-genre tropes

Dheepan, Zombies, Hitchcock, Oscar Winner Pelle, French Musicals | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Jacques Audiard’s realistic drama steadily builds toward a Taxi Driver–like denouement; Colm McCarthy’s meagerly distributed theatrical feature deserves a wider audience; Hitchcock’s rare “failure” proves to be more intriguing than some directors’ successes; French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Demy brilliantly embraces Hollywood conventions

Mysteries to Microcosmos | Fast Scans: Top Foreign and Indie Picks

Grab a blanket and get cozy, because no matter your taste in movies, we have it here. Dramas, mysteries, comedies, or fascinating new takes on nature documentaries; whatever your preference, this list has got you covered.

Cinema Paradiso, Buster Keaton, and a Slow-Burning Ixcanul | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Tornatore’s beloved classic finally debuts on Blu-ray; this topical “slice of life” drama errs on the side of underplaying but is unexpectedly ­poignant; Bustamante’s slow-­burning drama unfolds at a measured pace; Olmi’s paean to the peasant life, fittingly told in an unflashy style

Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Quiet Earth, The People vs. Fritz Bauer | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, February 15, 2017

Holly­wood’s reigning “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock is shown as more than a master entertainer inHitchcock/Truffaut; Oscar-nominated for its darkly comic but affecting screenplay The Squid and the Whale is definitely worth re-experiencing

Punch-Drunk Love, Mia Madre & The Best of Cinerama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, January 2017

Carefully restored classics, family predicaments and absurdities with well-staged comic relief; and big name actors such as Adam Sandler, John Turturro, and Emma Thompson, makes this collection wonderfully diverse