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

LJ Media | Review Alert, December 2017

Libraries owe patrons ready access to this sort of meaningful, transformative fare; public libraries as well as those at military installations and those with criminal psychology and criminal justice programs should purchase Ranger Games; impeccably restored and remastered, Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon is simply breathtaking; Tickling Giants is as urgent and timely as it is highly recommended

A Weekend of Weird: FEARnyc 2017

The best feature-length horror shown at FEARnyc 2017

Computer Legacies | Video Reviews

This DVD is recommended for fans of similar PC documentaries such as Silicon Cowboys and Triumph of the Nerds; a fascinating history of a technical success but commercial failure in early computer technology

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

LJ Media | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

Libraries with patrons especially partial to magnificent, international discoveries will want to provide Sky in multiple formats; Karen White’s clearly enunciated, steady-paced narration nicely relates densely packed information that is essential for all public libraries; the charms of The Great British Baking Show remain as delectably fresh as ever; this beautifully done film makes an excellent case for a controversial position on animal rights

Four Days of (Mostly) Feminist Fright: Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2017

Former LJ staffer Tyler Hixson reviews full-length offerings from the second annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

LJ Media | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

Wise, stellar, accomplished, Hadley’s collection will appeal to literary aficionados; all libraries would serve their patrons well by having Churchill & Orwell in their collections; a thoughtful exploration of the music of Palestine past and present; this Happy Film offers viewers good company, stimulating conversation fodder, and a dare to examine their own life goals

LJ Media | Review Alert, October 15, 2017

Onayemi unmistakeably enhances what’s on the page, proving again that the Bard is better performed than silently read; McCann’s letters are practical yet engaging, full of insights into what the act of writing is like; Director Aloni helms an optimistic story of musical and cultural cohesion—Nafar is dynamite onstage; The Guys Next Door focuses on the emotional journey shared by all parents

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