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New on DVD/Blu-ray: From Page to Screen 'Where the Lilies Bloom'; 'Raging Bull'; and More

Top Docs: Star-Worthy 'Rolling Like Thunder'; 'Laserium'; and More

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: Fantastical 'Strawberry Mansion'; 'The Artist's Wife'; and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Coming-of-Age Classic 'Pretty in Pink'; 'Benedetta'; and More

Top Docs: Thrilling 'The Lost Leonardo'; 'Breaking Bread'; and More

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: Hard-Hitting 'Oranges and Sunshine'; 'The Worst Person in the World'; and More

Top Docs: Inspiring 'A Song for Cesar'; 'Julia'; and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Cult Classic 'Femme Fatale'; 'Mississippi Masala'; 'Belle'; and More

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: Suspenseful Set 'Twisting the Knife'; 'France'; and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: British Film Noir 'Jigsaw'; 'Scream'; and More

Top Docs: Compelling 'Time'; 'Dick Johnson Is Dead'; and More

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: Thrilling 'The Novice'; 'We of the Never Never'; and More

Top Docs: Thought-Provoking ‘The Big Scary ‘S’ Word'; ‘Kingdom of Silence’; and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Mystery Classic ‘Murder on the Orient Express’; ‘Encanto’; and More

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: From Page to Screen ‘The Dry’; ‘Belfast’; and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Sci-Fi Classic ‘Dune’; ‘Titane’; and More

Top Docs: Adrenaline-Pumping ‘Super Frenchie’; ‘The Human Factor’; and More

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: Modern Fairytale ‘Undine’; Stellan Skarsgård in ‘Hope’; and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’; Sci-Fi Classic ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’; and Criterion’s ‘Uncut Gems,’ Among Others

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-Ray: A New Coming-of-Age Film from François Ozon; Lynne Ramsay’s Glasgow-Set ‘Ratcatcher’; and More

Top Docs: A Grand Canyon Trek; New Hindenburg Evidence; and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: ‘Love & Basketball’; HBO’s ‘Mare of Easttown’; the Essential Films of Melvin Van Peebles

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Top Docs: Sesame Street, Chuck Berry, and an Abandoned New Orleans Theme Park

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Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-Ray: Toni Collette as a Welsh Barmaid and Racehorse Owner; A Restoration of 1969 Thriller ‘La Piscine’

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’; Clint Eastwood as Arizona Lawman in 1968’s ‘Coogan’s Bluff’

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Top Docs: The Life of L. Frank Baum; a Wild Ride into the World of Simulation Theory Believers

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Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: Maggie Cheung Plays Silent-Film Star Ruan Lingyu; Benedict Cumberbatch as a Businessman-Turned Spy

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-Ray: Shaka King’s Oscar-Nominated ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’; Plus Dramatizations of a Guantánamo Memoir and the Border Crisis

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: Laurence Fishburne’s 1992 Thriller ‘Deep Cover’; Otto Preminger’s Pearl Harbor Drama

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Top Docs: ‘Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President’; Residents’ Activism in Oakland, CA; and an ‘American Masters’ profile of Flannery O’Connor

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Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-Ray: Chloé Zhao’s Oscars-Dominating ‘Nomadland’; Plus Oscar-Winning Performances by Youn Yuh-Jung & Anthony Hopkins

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: Eddie Huang’s NYC Coming-of-Age Story; Plus Restored Kirk Douglas & Faye Dunaway Gems

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Top Docs: Voguing in Northern England’s Ballroom Scene; Plus the Go-Go’s & WWII Codebreaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-Ray: An Early Bong Joon-ho Police Procedural; Julie Christie & Donald Sutherland in a Foreboding Wintry Venice

Top Docs: 21st-Century Cowboys, a Utopian Florida Retirement Village, and the Romanian Health Care System

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Dennis Hopper’s Campy Neo-Noir; Robin Wright’s Directorial Debut

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Mel Brooks’s 1968 ‘The Producers’; Goro Miyazaki Adapts a Diana Wynne Jones Novel

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-Ray: A 1950s-Set Neo-Western; Ang Lee’s Tale of China Under Japanese Occupation

Top Docs: Billie Holiday, Margaret Atwood, and Pepe the Frog

Top Docs: Two Generations of Black Women Entertainers; the Last Blockbuster; a Wildfire’s Devastation

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: A Joyce Carol Oates Adaptation; a Historical Drama of WWII Women Spies

New on DVD/Blu-ray: A Peckinpah Western; a Wyatt Earp Biopic; Sigourney Weaver as Primatologist Dian Fossey

Top Docs: A Refugee’s SoCal Donut Empire; an Ode to Glamorous Movie Palaces

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: A Paranoid ’70s-Era Political Thriller & a Neo-Noir Crime Drama

New on DVD/Blu-ray, Feb. 2021: A Go-Go’s Documentary; Diana Ross as Billie Holiday; an Animated “Little Prince”

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: A Proto-'Black Swan,' 5 Scorsese Shorts, & an Appreciation for the True King of Rock & Roll

A Julie Christie Classic & a Soviet Cinema Landmark | May's Top Indie, Foreign, & Classic DVD/Blu-ray Picks

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: A Cold War Classic, a "Kitchen Sink" Drama, & an Indie Thriller

Top Docs: A Love Song to a Music City Legend, a Journey Into America's Violent Past and Present

Gary Cooper, a John Carpenter Cult Classic, and a Star-Studded CATastrophe | Now on DVD/Blu-ray

Little Gandhi

An inspiring profile of an enlightened visionary.

Camille Claudel, Winter Kills, & Edie |Top Foreign & Indie DVD Picks

Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day, And Then They Came For Us, & Out of Omaha | RealReels

After Parkland, Wild Nights With Emily, & Serendipity | Coming Attractions

The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel

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

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Purdah

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.
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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.]
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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.
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Charly

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...
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Gift

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

An examination of talent, ambition, maturity, and parent-child interaction in the context of exquisite cuisine.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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Move! Dance Your Life

Recommended for most dance collections.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Obsession

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...
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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.
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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.

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.]

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.
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Pick of the Litter: A Service Dogumentary

This well-done program is sure to be a welcome addition to public library collections for families and young adults. High recommended.
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Iranian Cinema: Before and After the Revolution; Three Documentaries

With plenty of revealing film clips, intelligent commentary, and surprisingly frank viewpoints from Iranian filmmakers.
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Christmas at Rosemont

A cut above the usual sentimental holiday movie; suitable for public libraries. [See Trailers, LJ 11/1/18.]
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Ocean Cities: Exploring Our Connection to the Sea

Environmental change is challenging all coastal cities to develop strategies to live with the sea for the long term. For all viewers.
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The Foreigner's Home: Toni Morrison at the Louvre

An intriguing glimpse into Morrison's intellectual and artistic vision and how art can elicit powerful conversations about the human condition.
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3rd Night

This effective microbudget slasher emphasizes mystery over gore to create crackerjack tension.
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Impulso

A shock and surprise to many aficionados of flamenco but an appealing inclusion to any serious dance collection, though the price might be prohibitive for many libraries.
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Washington Square

The only child of wealthy Dr...
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A Chef's Life: The Final Harvest (Our Finest Yet)

Newcomers to the series will be immediately smitten, while longtime fans will savor every moment of this superbly produced finale.

Doctor Who: The Complete Eleventh Series

Fans of Doctor Who will be overjoyed by Whittaker's portrayal as the memorable title character. Highly recommended for all libraries.

Far from the Tree

Highly recommended for educators, medical professionals, caretakers, and loved ones and friends of those who are "different."
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Hobbyhorse Revolution: Special Edition

The tag line is "Never stop doing what you love," and the filmmakers waste no time in demonstrating why that is so important, using this most unlikely pastime.
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And Then They Came for Us

Though both films address important history, Resistance at Tule Lake goes deeper and brings lesser-known stories to light. Recommended for historians and World War II buffs.
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Shoplifters

The father and preteen boy in a multigenerational Tokyo clan compensate for a meager household income by shoplifting...
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In the Heat of the Night

Stopping at a Mississippi town for a train layover, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is pressed into helping the local police chief (Rod Steiger) solve a touchy murder case...
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The Process

A valuable addition to acting, directing, and general theater collections; an entertaining film for all libraries.
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

A college student (Anamaria Marinca) goes to great lengths to help her desperate roommate (Laura Vasiliu) get an illegal abortion in Cristian Mungiu's (Beyond the Hills; Graduation) humanizing story about a dilemma usually framed in political terms...
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The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilization?

An easy introduction to Fleming's cautionary but optimistic assessment of the future. Redefining Prosperity (2017) presents the story of how Nevada City, CA, created its version of a community-based economy.
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Hidden: Series 1

As a police procedural, this atmospheric miniseries is a cut above the competition; for audiences who enjoy suspenseful crime dramas.
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Shampoo

For movie fans interested in revisiting a significant if not quite classic 1970s-era film. [See Trailers, LJ 9/1/18.]
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Genesis 2.0

Equal parts thought provoking and frightening, Genesis 2.0 takes viewers deep into the world of synthetic biology.
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