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LJ Media | Review Alert, March 15, 2018

Highly recommended for fans of suspense, classic dystopias, futurists, and sf; devotees of the history of science as well as those interested in Restoration England will find this book fascinating; Arendt’s philosophy continues to inform our under­standing of the nature of evil and of the human condition; Huchon presents a disquieting picture of the state of contemporary politics—highly recommended to all viewers

Oscar Documentaries 2018 | Video Reviews

Another year, another wealth of award-worthy documentaries to consider. A few Netflix-exclusives were unavailable for preview, but we’ve got two features and a short film that seem perfect for most library video collections. Weigh in with your thoughts, and see which way the academy goes when the ceremony airs on Sunday, March 4

LJ Media | Review Alert, March 1, 2018

A fun thriller with a terrifically twisted ending; this debut romance is highly recommended for all public libraries; equally informative and entertaining, this set is a must-see for country music fans and budding song­writers; this film celebrates the efforts of the professionals who worked to uncover and report the important stories of their time

LJ Media | Review Alert, February 15, 2018

Irish reader Gerard Doyle narrates with gravitas and grit Bester’s truly original and bizarre future; libraries should be prepared to offer Zevin’s skillfully crafted novel in all formats; a remarkable portrait of the possibilities and power of unconditional love; an uncomfortable (and rightly so) call to action—a must!

Kabuki Theater, Gotham by Gaslight, Louis Malle’s Paris, Night of the Living Dead, Tom Jones, Family Drama | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray |

From Batman: Gotham by Gaslight to Night of the Living Dead to classic Tom Jones

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

LJ Media | Review Alert, February 1, 2018

A terrific trio of narrators brings gentle nuance and empathic energy to Allende’s latest best seller; Hoffman’s latest is going to be in high demand; a genuine appreciation of the legacy of Hans and Margret Rey, the creators of ­Curious George; a rousing film, Rumble is well worth the watch

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

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.

LJ Media | Review Alert, January 2018

Thrill-ists will undoubtedly seek this irresistibly clever Chase; reactions will vary, but astonishment over the sheer artistry and deftness of juggling a number of genres will reign supreme; a must for anyone who has ever worked in a library or has ever read a book; this luscious new historical drama will enthrall viewers; ­fascinating, engaging, and heartwarming, Harold and Lillian will appeal to film buffs especially