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.

#Ownvoices | Collection Development: Race, Diversity, & Society

The complexity, history, and nuances of race in America mean a wealth of material could be identified as essential. A recent explosion of titles plus classics document the multiplicity of the American experience.

Documentary DVDs | Best Sellers, June 2017

Oscar nominees, political stories, environmental tales, and the Beatles

LJ Media Reviews: June 15, 2017

Thinking Machines and the role they will play in the future; Before Sunrise was never planned as a trilogy, yet the films move naturally through the decades; Librarians will want My Love, Don’t Cross the River in their collection of award-winning foreign-language movies

LJ Media Reviews: June 1, 2017

Classic mystery fans will enjoy this fine listen, especially when Hercule Poirot is on the case; recommend The Nature Fix for listeners interested in health issues and the outdoors; Jack T. Ripper lodges in two terrifying films; a perfect film for viewers who like their happy ever after with a side of grit

Intoxicating Reads, Listens, and Views: Begin with Bianca Bosker’s “Cork Dork” | RA Crossroads

As Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or conversations?” Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, wine leads me down a winding path.

LJ Media Reviews: May 1, 2017

First thing, get Higgins’s On Second Thought; Tinti’s complicated and suspenseful story is perfectly complimented by Wiley’s nuanced narrative; a truly singular film, Speed Sisters will appeal to women and girls who dare to be different; impeccable timing makes His Girl Friday the perfect screwball comedy

LJ Media Reviews: April 15, 2017

Doctorow was a master of the short form, check out his Collected Stories; in the current climate of threatening immigration bans and civil rights violations, Muslim Girl is essential; a poignant yet positive film recommended for viewers interested in Los Angeles and criminal justice; Sherlock and Cumberbatch; it’s elementary

The Voices of Islam | Collection Development

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform users of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. These 35 sources should be available in most libraries.

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