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The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel

A must-see for anyone with an interest in WWII or military history.


Berlin Alexanderplatz

Recently released from prison for murdering a prostitute, Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) tries hard to go straight by taking a series a menial jobs in Depression-era Germany...

When Giants Fall

This film is often difficult to watch. Though elephants have survived for two million years, human ambition for unlimited wealth and living space seem to be dooming these intelligent social behemoths. Environmentalists of all stripes will be intrigued.

Horse Speak: The Equine-Human Translation Guide; First Conversations

Particularly useful to therapeutic riding instructors, horse rescue workers, and anyone who likes to spend time around horses.


Wealthy New Orleans real estate developer Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) loses his wife, Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold), and nine-year-old daughter during a bungled kidnap rescue...


A multilayered chronicle that highlights many of the challenges facing young women worldwide, this will appeal to those concerned with women's rights and the global climate for women's sports.

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable

A fascinating film about a flawed man who shares his point of view, literally, this could inspire future photojournalists or anyone with a camera to look past the selfie and toward creating a narrative with a picture. [See Trailers, LJ Winter 2018.]

No Offence: Series 2

Fast-moving and entertaining, No Offence features an outstandingly strong female cast. Recommended for viewers who enjoy a particular style of British irreverence.


Experimental brain surgery makes a genius out of a mentally challenged man who cannot outwit a mouse, but his emotional development does not keep up in Ralph Nelson's big-screen adaptation of the classic Daniel Keyes short story-cum-novel Flowers for Algernon...


Recommended for art and philosophy lovers. This film is especially valuable for its profile of the late Alfred (1981–2016).

Exorcist II: The Heretic Collector's Edition

This unusual sequel by visionary director Boorman delivers a powerful view of a world in which science, magic, and religion combine as an antidote to demonic horrors. Imperfections exist in editing and script, but the results remain boldly evocative.

Chef Flynn

An examination of talent, ambition, maturity, and parent-child interaction in the context of exquisite cuisine.

Elizabeth I and Her Enemies

Fans of the History Channel as well as readers who have devoured the novels of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir will be equally entertained.

Left Behind America

The documentary sums up the region's problems astutely and is highly recommended to everyone with an interest in the region or the nation's economy overall.

Yellowstone: Season 1

Complicated, violent, and tension-filled, this series for adults should appeal to Western fans as well as those who enjoy family drama.

No Date, No Signature

A forensic pathologist (Amir Aghaee) blames himself when the boy he injured in a car accident turns up in the morgue, in spite of an autopsy showing food poisoning as the most probable cause of death...

Move! Dance Your Life

Recommended for most dance collections.

The Guilty

Reassigned to emergency dispatching duties while awaiting a disciplinary hearing, a sidelined cop (Jakob Cedergren) at the end of his shift gets a frantic call from a woman being abducted by her husband...

Poetry in America: Season 1

Viewers should freely sample the videos from the series website if they are still unconvinced that poetry discussions can be that fascinating. A quality addition to libraries' literature collections.

Angry Inuk

This beautifully shot production makes a strong case to viewers. However, the argument is complex, and the group's resources are tiny and no match for the organizations that apparently intend to stop all commercial seal hunting.

Parkland: Inside Building 12

Strongly recommended for public libraries, as well as education and history collections. Some of the film is graphic, and before viewing, students would need preparation, especially high school classes.

King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story; The Star Maker

Like all great stories, they are best when told by those who lived them. An essential addition for all collections.

The Magnificent Ambersons

A must-have for serious collections—appealing to casual TCM fans even if best treasured by die-hard film buffs. [See Trailers, LJ 10/1/18.]

I Am Another You

Both Olsen and Wang unveil a growing awareness before viewers' eyes in this absorbing portrait of a young man.

Elementary: The Sixth Season

Recommended for viewers who are fans of the series as well as those who enjoy police dramedies. [See Trailers, LJ 10/1/18.]

Horrors of Malformed Men

Based on works and themes by the classic Japanese detective writer Edogawa Rampo, this surrealist dream of mystery, imagination, and grotesque experimentation captures the author's fevered narratives, both beautiful and chilling.

The Third Murder

Winner of seven Japanese Academy Awards, Hirokazu Kore-eda's (Like Father, Like Son; After the Storm) "murder mystery" unfolds more like a psychological thriller owing to an accused (Koji Yakusho) who, much to the consternation of his lawyer (Masaharu Fukuyama), keeps changing his story after having confessed...

Full Circle: Circle of Dust; The Birth, Death & Rebirth of Circle of Dust

An ultimately uplifting film not only about Circle of Dust but also about committing to creativity and continuing through adversity. Recommended for any fan of industrial music and the mid-1990s alternative music scene.

Ghost Stories

A carefully paced modern take on traditional tales of phantoms and monsters, with some nifty, reality-rending twists and unusual filmmaking sleight of hand, the film delivers scares and dramatic storytelling equally. [See Trailers, LJ 8/18.]

To Auschwitz and Back: The Joe Engel Story

This moving documentary is a must-see for students of history and anyone interested in World War II and the Holocaust.

TVTV: Video Revolutionaries

Former members recall their hits and misses, proudly noting the roles of actor-comedian Bill Murray and future director Harold Ramis, plus their mixed legacy as reality TV pioneers.

Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge

Some scenes are unsuitable for children; overall, this film is highly recommended for a general audience.

We, the Marines

Highly recommended for military history collections.

Love, Gilda

A genuine, intimate, and informative production on the all-too-short life of a comic genius. [See Trailers, LJ 12/18.]

The Captain

A German army deserter (Max Hubacher) puts on a discarded captain's uniform only to allow the authority it confers to go to his head...


Sage advice from five athletes who reached the pinnacle of their sport. Will appeal to young athletes looking for inspiration, coaches looking to motivate their athletes, and fans of the featured activities.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

An undeniable treat for Potter fans and an indispensable reminder to all libraries, museums, and archives that connecting to the Potterverse is an ideal way to promote themselves as the places where magic lives.

The Good Karma Hospital: Series 2

Series 2 successfully expands viewers' understanding of the main players, while the Indian location and culture contribute a colorful setting. Recommended for serial drama devotees.

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg

Like Sigg himself, this documentary pulls off impressive tasks without pretension—a strong optional suggestion for general viewers interested in contemporary art or China.

The American Artist: The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham

An important and engaging film that will be of interest to history and art students as well as general audiences.

The Outer Limits: Season Two

This essential companion volume to the first season showcases an original network TV series—a moody sf/horror anthology—with a cult following sure to appreciate this high-def update over prior releases.

Polluting Paradise

Viewers concerned about the environment and democracy in developing nations will be strongly disturbed by this horrific situation.

The Bounty

The true story of mutiny on the high seas in 1787 benefits from a new perspective taken by scriptwriter Robert Bolt (Lawrence of Arabia) and New Zealand director Roger Donaldson (Smash Palace)...

The Durrells in Corfu: The Complete Third Season

A totally engaging series filled with unconventional characters and amusing situations; an A+ choice for public libraries.

Gosford Park

Featuring a who's who of British performers and a smattering of lesser-known but gifted American ones, Robert Altman's tongue-in-cheek comedy of manners laced with a period murder mystery à la Agatha Christie plays like a trial run for scripter Julian Fellowes's subsequent Downton Abbey...

Our Man in Tehran

This fascinating look at an important but poorly understood country reveals the gulf that lies between the government's harsh anti-American rhetoric and the feelings of ordinary Iranians. Highly recommended.


Reclusive suburban-Paris photographer Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) falls for his fetching new neighbor (Viviane Romance), fresh out of jail for taking a robbery rap for her boyfriend...

The Long Shadow

Recommended to viewers with an interest in American race relations.

The Return of Swamp Thing

A campy B movie delight that captures the fun and spectacle of the Saturday matinee.

Sickies Making Films

Cinematic provocateur, Baltimore native, and director John Waters lends needed humor and a dose of common sense here. While lacking first-rate production values, the video is recommended for mature audiences.

Sid Caesar: The Works

The Gleason Show is strictly for Gleasonites and die-hard fans of that era of TV comedy; Caesar's The Works is highly recommended to all comedy fans who want to visit the font of TV sketch comedy as it is known today. In both releases, the sound and picture are only as good as one can expect from aged kinescopes and videotape.

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead

This tale of the clash between the Dead's communal, carefree ideals and the sobering realities of drugs and international stardom will appeal to music fans and general viewers alike.

Memoir of War

In Nazi-occupied France, Resistance member and budding writer Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) flirts with a French collaborator (Benoît Magimel) to determine the fate of her captive husband...

Like Any Other Kid

An important subject and a powerful film. Nothing comes easy to these young people, and nothing is sugarcoated. This presentation is eye-opening, offering a sensible alternative to juvenile incarceration; recommended for public library, law, and justice and education collections.

Single-Handed: The Complete Collection

Viewers who enjoy mysteries amid piercing desolation, such as Hinterland, will find Single-Handed most satisfying.

The Good Fight: Season Two

Selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the ten best shows of 2018, the second season of The Good Fight does not disappoint.

Doom Asylum

A gonzo horror comedy that nauseates with ludicrous puns as well as gore, Doom Asylum's off-kilter humor will tickle some viewers' funny bone.

Sir Edmund Hillary: Everest and Beyond

This version of Hillary as an ordinary man who had extraordinary adventures is recommended for general audiences.

The Official Story

High school teacher Alicia (Norma Aleandro) gradually learns that her five-year-old adopted daughter was illegally procured by her government-official husband (Roberto Ibáñez)...

The Woman in White

Fans of British period dramas that are served up with a generous side dish of danger will gobble up this superbly crafted cinematic jewel.

Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge; 50 Years of Defining Culture

Gibney's slick film, produced in association with HBO and Rolling Stone Productions, could have used better editing for what is, essentially, a puff piece. Despite the film's congratulatory tone, viewers are left with the sense that the magazine was a reaction to the culture, not its creator.

The Jackie Gleason Show: In Color



A loving film about a massively talented artist with a genial, expansive personality.

Reminiscence Therapy: Favorite Things

Excellent memory prodders and conversation starters, these items provide flexible, professional resources for those working with dementia and memory-impaired patients. They will be of interest to elder-care facilities, activity directors, and those supporting home caregivers. [Additional collections—e.g., Farms, Cats, Dogs, Signs—are available on the producer's website.—Ed.]

Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers

Our society must find a way to compensate veterans for the lingering, hidden costs of our recent wars. Highly recommended for adult collections.

95 and 6 to Go

A tender and gentle examination of a man nearing the end of his days, full of humor and small moments about loss, family, romance, and the will to survive. Recommended.

White Right: Meeting the Enemy

This powerful, moving film is a must-see for all audiences.

End of Life

A moving portrait of dying (the actual moment of death is not shown), as viewers are made privy to this phase of life in a most intimate way and are almost challenged to consider how they would approach death or help another approach that state.

Some Like It Hot

On the lam with an all-female band after witnessing a mob hit, cross-dressing musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) both fall for sexy singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) in Billy Wilder's classic slapstick comedy...

Gas Food Lodging

Abandoned by her husband, single mom Nora (Brooke Adams) waitresses in a tiny New Mexico town, struggling to raise her teen daughtersmovie-matinee dreamer Shade (Independent Spirit Awardwinning Fairuza Balk) and cheekily guy-focused Trudi (Ione Skye)while trying to find a little romance herself...

Who We Are Now

After ten years in prison, an embittered single mother (Julianne Nicholson) works with a public defender (Jimmy Smits), and later his more idealistic protégé (Emma Roberts), in a custody battle with the boy's legal guardiansher possessive sister and brother-in-law...

Keeping Faith

Suitable for public libraries.

The Rest I Make Up

It is high time for The Rest I Make Up. [Fornés died this past October.—Ed.]

Records Collecting Dust II

Recommended only for hard-core punk fans.

Best Audiobooks and DVDs of 2018


Shakespeare Uncovered: Series 3

This engaging, entertaining, and erudite exploration of some of the works of literature's greatest playwright has across-the-board appeal for both Shakespeare newbies as well as serious students of the Bard's theatrical oeuvre.

G Is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America

This film will spark much discussion especially if it were shown to combined groups of school personnel and parents or school staff and law enforcement agents. Highly recommended as a tool for beginning a rational discourse about this measure to keep schools safe.


With genre veterans such as Jeffrey Combs and Lance Henriksen on board as local hunters, Abominable delivers a fun, low-budget horror excursion in the vein of Rear Window, only with more carnage-reveling Yeti action than the Hitchcock classic.

Mr. Capra Goes To War: Frank Capra's World War II Documentaries

Far from the "Capra-corn" features (It's a Wonderful Life; Mr...


A Staten Island, NY, reporter (Jennifer Salt) observes a murder in an adjacent apartment building, leading to an investigation that reveals a separated Siamese twin (Margot Kidder) and her former husband (William Finley) hiding a lot more than a dead body...

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

The documentary will be enjoyed by fans of Jones and the director.

Revival: The Sam Bush Story

Some may prefer to see footage of Bush's past bands (New Grass Revival) and collaborations (with Leon Russell, John Hartford, Harris) instead of quite so many talking heads, but fans of bluegrass, Newgrass, and Bush will enjoy this tribute.

No Offence: Series 1

This smartly written police procedural with its cast of quirky main and supporting characters is a cut above standard genre fare.

Sundance Film Festival: Shorts Collection 2017

A fine addition to academic libraries with film studies curricula.

The Children Act

Family-law judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) routinely makes life-or-death decisions for minors under British law without it becoming personal—until she visits a hospitalized teen (Fionn Whitehead) before ordering a blood transfusion against his religious faith...

La Belle Noiseuse ("The Beautiful Troublemaker")

A late-middle-aged painter (Michel Piccoli) takes up a long-abandoned work after given fresh inspiration by a new model (Emmanuel Beart) in lieu of his wife (Jane Birkin)...

The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce

This compelling story combines with flashy visuals, a cool sound track, and lots of heart. Highly recommended.

Nellie Bly Makes the News

This animated documentary examines the delicate line that all journalists walk as they try to combine investigative reporting with storytelling. As Lane shows here, sometimes the story is as much about the teller as it is about anything else. Recommended. [The Lifetime movie Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story premieres in January.—Ed.]

Our Library

A love letter to the history and importance of the Louisville Free Public Library community and all libraries. Recommended to libraries in Kentucky and libraries that want to add something positive about the profession to their holdings.

When Calls the Heart: Year Five

Recommended especially for family viewing.

What Will People Say

Inspired by her own experience, writer-director Iram Haq's (I Am Yours) second feature deals with a Norwegian-Pakistani teenager (Maria Mozhdah) whose strict father (Adil Hussain) forces her to live with relatives in Islamabad after catching her making out with a boyfriend...

Striking Out: Series 2

Thought-provoking legal issues and complex characters; recommended for public library patrons.

Between Land and Sea

Filmed among stunning scenery of rugged shores, sandy beaches, powerful (and likely bone chilling) waves, and verdant fields, the movie is sure to capture even those who have only a modest interest in the sport of surfing.


After a tense hearing at which a judge rules against Miriam (Léa Drucker) for sole custody of her young son (Thomas Gioria) and teen daughter (Mathilde Auneveux), sharing instead with her ex-spouse Antoine (Denis Ménochet) becomes the new front in their ongoing war...

Shadow Girl

While neither pathetic nor bathetic, this look at the impact of blindness isn't insightful or inspiring enough to stand on its own. An optional purchase for general audiences as a supplement to factual information about the condition.

Mile Marker: 8000 Miles on the Road to Recovery

This excellent film includes vital information on PTSD, opioid painkillers, and medical marijuana that can be put to use in most communities. A must-purchase for adult collections.

Anna Karenina

Fans of the book and viewers who enjoy weepy costume dramas will revel in the well-wrought pathos of this smartly executed presentation.

Poldark: The Complete Fourth Season

Very highly recommended for all video collections. [See Trailers, LJ 10/1/18.]

Jesus Meets the Gay Man

While both productions try to make the same point, their approach is decidedly different. Jesus Meets would appeal to the more radical element of the gay (and gay-friendly) Christian population, while Love the Sinner could be used as a conversation starter even in a relatively conservative congregation that is open to significant dialog.

Revolution: New Art for a New World

Art enthusiasts and those interested in art and politics will look upon this chronicle as an exciting opportunity to see artistic works that have not been available outside of Russia for nearly a century.

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