VIDEO ROOM

Video Room has been serving the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood since 1988. We carry a large selection of movies on DVD and have an ever growing Blu-ray library. We specialize in hard-to-find and obscure cult classics, TV shows, foreign cinema, and film noir, in addition to the latest new releases. Check out our large Directors section and offbeat categories that make us unique. Kids and dogs are welcome. Senior discounts available. We do same day reservations. Free parking.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

BLU-RAY:

JOY [2015] -  Comedy/Drama/Cult/Oscars. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, Elisabeth Rohm, Susan Lucci, Donna Mills, Ken Howard. Directed by David O. Russell. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG-13. 124 Minutes. US Box Office: $57 million. Academy Award Nomination: Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2446980/?ref_=nv_sr_2

DVDS:

5TH WAVE, THE - Sci-fi/Action. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez, Bailey Anne Borders, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff. Directed by J Blakeson. 2016. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. US Box Office: $35 million. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2304933/?ref_=nv_sr_1

ARABIAN NIGHTS [2015 3 PART FILM] - Drama/Fantasy/Portugal-France-Germany-Switzerland. Starring Crista Alfaiate, Miguel Gomes, Maria Rueff, Bruno Bravo, Rogerio Samora, Dinarte Branco, Americo Silva, Luisa Cruz, Chico Chapas,  Carloto Cotta, Diogo Doria, Adriano Luz. Directed by Miguel Gomes. Unrated. 382 minutes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3284178/?ref_=nv_sr_3

CHOICE, THE [2016] -  Drama/Romance. Starring Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Alexandra Daddario, Maggie Grace, Tom Wilkonson, Tom Welling, Jesse C. Boyd, Brad James, Noree Victoria. Directed by Ross Katz. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. US Box Office: $19 million. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3797868/?ref_=nv_sr_1

CLUB, THE [2015] - Chile/Drama/Suspense. Starring Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farias, Antonia Zegers, Marcelo Alonso, Jaime Vadell, Alejandro Goic.  Directed by Pablo Garrain. Unrated. 98 minutes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4375438/?ref_=nv_sr_1

EAST SIDE SUSHI - SF Bay Area/Oakland/Comedy/Drama/Cult/Foodie. Starring Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark, Kaya Jade Aguirre, Roji Oyama, Lane Nishikawa, Miyoko Sakatani, Melissa Locsin. Directed by Anthony Locero. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated. Rated PG. 100 minutes.  NOTE: Shot on location in Oakland, California. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2340650/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

EMELIE - Horror/Suspense. Starring Sarah Bolger, Carly Adams, Carl Bailey, Thomas Bair, Joshua Rush, Susan Pourfar, Chris Beetem. Directed by Michael Thelin. 2016. Unrated. 80 minutes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4503598/?ref_=nv_sr_1

GLASSLAND - Ireland/Drama. Starring Will Poulter, Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Shashi Rami, Joe Mullins. Directed by Gerard Barrett. 2015. Unrated. 93 minutes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3407428/?ref_=nv_sr_1

JACK OF THE RED HEARTS - Drama. Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Famke Janssen, Israel Broussard, Sophia Anne Caruso, Scott Cohen, John D'Leo,  Taylor Richardson. Directed by Janet Grillo. 2016. Rated PG. 102 minutes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3833520/?ref_=nv_sr_1

JOY [2015] -  Comedy/Drama/Cult/Oscars. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, Elisabeth Rohm, Susan Lucci, Donna Mills, Ken Howard. Directed by David O. Russell. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG-13. 124 Minutes. US Box Office: $57 million. Academy Award Nomination: Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2446980/?ref_=nv_sr_2

MESSENGER, THE [2015 DOCUMENTARY] - Documentary/Family/Nature. Directed by Su Rynard. Unrated. 89 minutes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4984930/?ref_=fn_al_tt_7

REMEMBER [2015] - Drama/Canada-Germany. Starring Christopher Plummer, Dean Norris, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz, Henry Czerny, Jurgen Prochnow, Natalie Krill, James Cade. Directed by Atom Egoyan. Rated R. 94 minutes. US Box Office: $1 million. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3704050/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Saturday, April 23, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

BLU-RAY:

SON OF SAUL - Hungary/Oscars/War/Drama/Suspense. Starring Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Sandor Zsoter. Directed by Laszlo Nemes. 2015. Rated R. 147 minutes. US Box Office: $2 million. Academy Award winner: Best Foreign Language Film. 

DVDS:

BITTER HONEY - Documentary. Starring Luh Putu Anggreni, Suci Ati, Darma, Ketut, Keawati, Murni. Directed by Robert Lemelson. 2014. Unrated. 81 minutes.

DRIFTLESS AREA, THE - Comedy/Suspense. Starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Aubrey Plaza. Directed by Zachary Sluser. 2016. Rated R. 95 minutes.

JANE GOT A GUN - Western/Action. Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Boyd Holbrook, Rodrigo Santoro, Sam Quinn. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. 2016. Rated R. 98 minutes. US Box Office: $2 million.

KRAMPUS - Comedy/Horror/Christmas/Cult. Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler, Alsison Tolman, Conchata Farrell. Directed by Michael Dougherty. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13.  98 minutes. US Box Office: $43 million.

PHOENIX [2014][THE CRITERION COLLECTION] - German-Poland/Drama. Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfield, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Puter, Michael Maertens, Imogen Kogge. Directed by Christian Petzold. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes.

RIDE ALONG 2 -  Comedy. Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Bruce McGill, Michael Rose, Sherri Shepherd. Directed by Tim Story. 2016. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. US Box Office: $91 million.


SON OF SAUL - Hungary/Oscars/War/Drama/Suspense. Starring Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Sandor Zsoter. Directed by Laszlo Nemes. 2015. Rated R. 147 minutes. US Box Office: $2 million. Academy Award winner: Best Foreign Language Film. 


R.I.P.:

CHYNA [aka Joan Laurer] - Wrestler/Actress [3rd Rock from the Sun (TV), Illegal Aliens, Cougar Club].

GUY HAMILTON - Director [The Devil's Disciple, Goldfinger, Funeral in Berlin, Battle of Britain, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Force 10 from Navarone].

MICHI KOBI - Actress [Tokyo After Dark, 12 to the Moon, Hell to Eternity, Cry for Happy, American Tiger].

PRINCE - Singer/Songwriter/Actor [Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon].

DORIS ROBERTS - Actress [Little Murders, A New Leaf, Remington Steele (TV), Everybody Love Raymond (TV)].

VICTORIA WOOD - Actress [Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Housewife, 49 (TV Movie), Ballet Shoes].
 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016

BLU-RAY:

REVENANT, THE [2015] - Action/Drama/Suspense/Oscars - Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Lukas Haas. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 156 minutes. US Box Office: $183 million. Winner of 3 Academy Awards: Best Actor (DiCaprio), Director, and Cinemtography. Nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Hardy), Film Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Makeup, Visual Effects, Production Design.

DVDS:

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE [2015 Mini-Series] -  Agatha Christie/British TV/Suspense. Starring Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman, Aidan Turner,  Miranda Richardson, Sam Neill. Directed by Viveiros. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Unrated. 177 minutes.

GRACE AND FRANKIE: SEASON 1 - TV/Comedy. Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, June Diane Raphael, Baron Vaughn, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry. 2015. Unrated.

IP MAN 3 -  Hong Kong Cinema/Action/China. Starring Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson, Kwok-Kwan Chan. Directed by Wilson Yip. 2015. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. US Box Office: $3 million.

JACKIE ROBINSON [KEN BURNS/PBS] - Sports/Ken Burns/Documentary. Starring Jackie Robinson. Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2016. Unrated. 240 minutes.

LADY IN THE VAN, THE - British Isles/Comedy/Drama. Starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Richard Griffiths, Debroah Findlay. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 104 mins. US Box Office: $10 million.

LAMB [2016] - Drama. Starring Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, Jess Weixler, Tom Bower, Scoot McNairy, Lindsay Pulsipher, Jennifer Lafleur, Joel Murray. Directed by Ross Patridge. Rated R.  97 minutes. 

LONDON SPY [BBC MINI-SERIES] -  British TV/Suspense/Gay. Starring Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Zrinka Cvitesic, Samantha Spiro, Harriet Walker. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated. 289 minutes.

MAGICAL GIRL -  Spain-France/Suspense/Film Noir - Starring Jose Sacristan, Marina Andruix, Raimundo de los Reyes, Lucia Pollan, Luis Bermejo, Alberto Chaves. Directed by Carlos Vermut. 2014. Unrated. 127 minutes.

NATIONAL LAMPOON: DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD - Documentary/National Lampoon. Starring Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Richard Belzer, John Candy, Chevy Chase, George Coe, Beverly D'Angelo, John Goodman, Christopher Guest, Fred Gwynne, John Hughes, John Landis, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman, Billy Bob Thornton, John Updike. Directed by Douglas Tirola. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated. 98 minutes.

PATRICK'S DAY -  Ireland/Drama. Starring Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, Philip Jackson, Catherine Walker, Aaron Monaghan, Conor Mullen. Directed by Terry McMahon. 2015. Unrated. 102 minutes.




REVENANT, THE [2015] - Action/Drama/Suspense/Oscars - Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Lukas Haas. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 156 minutes. US Box Office: $183 million. Winner of 3 Academy Awards: Best Actor (DiCaprio), Director, and Cinemtography. Nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Hardy), Film Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Makeup, Visual Effects, Production Design.

SEMBENE! -US-Senegal/Documentary. Starring Ousmane Sembene. Directed by Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silversman. 2016. Unrated. 87 minutes.

STANDOFF [2016] - Suspense. Starring Thomas Jane. Laurence Fishburne, Joanna Douglas, Ella Ballentine, Jim Watson, Laura de Carteret, John Tench. Directed by Adam Alleca. Rated R. 80 minutes.

VEEP: SEASON 4 - TV/Comedy/Cult. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

VESSEL - Documentary/Multi-National. Starring Rebecca Gomperts. Directed by Diana Whitten. 2015. Unrated. 90 minutes.

R.I.P.:

DAN IRELAND - Director [The Whole Wide World, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Jolene]. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

IMPORTANT NOTE:  THERE ARE NO MAJOR NEW DVD OR BLU-RAY RELEASES THIS WEEK.

                                *****

R.I.P.:

MERLE HAGGARD - Singer/Actor [Hillbillys in a Haunted House, Killers Three, The Legend of the Lone Ranger].

BARBARA TURNER - Screenwriter [Petulia, Georgia, Pollock].

Saturday, April 2, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

BLU-RAY:

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS - Star Wars/Sci-fi/Cult. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson,  Anthony Daniels, Max Von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Gwendoline Christie. Directed by J.J.Abrams. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 135 minutes. US Box Office: $934 million. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

DVDS:

BANSHEE: SEASON 3 -  TV/Action/Suspense/Cult. Starring Anthony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Matt Servitto, Ryann Shayne, Lili Simmons.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

CREEP [2015] - Horror/Cult. Starring Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass. Directed by Patrick Brice. Rated R. 77 minutes.

GHOST IN THE SHELL: THE NEW MOVIE [2015] - Japanimation/Sci-fi/Cult/Japan. Starring the voices of Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichiro Matsuda, Ikkyu Juku, Kazuya Nakai, Kenji Nojima, Mayumi Asano. Directed by Kazuchika Kise, Kazuya Nomura. Unrated. 100 minutes.

HALLOW, THE - Horror/USA-United Kingdon-Ireland. Starring Joseph Mawle, Bohana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley, Gary Lydon, Stuart Graham. Directed by Corin Hardy. Unrated. 97 minutes.

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD - Documentary/US-Canada-United Kingdom-Netherlands. Starring Bill Darnell, David Garrick, Bobbi Hunter, Emily Hunter, Robert Hunter, Barry Pepper. Directed by Jerry Rothwell. 2015. 110 minutes.


STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS - Star Wars/Sci-fi/Cult. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson,  Anthony Daniels, Max Von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Gwendoline Christie. Directed by J.J.Abrams. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 135 minutes. US Box Office: $934 million. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effect.

TUMBLEDOWN - . Musical/Comedy/Romance. Starring Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner, Dianna Agron, Richard Masur, Griffin Dunne. Directed by Sean Mewshaw. 2016. Rated R. 105 minutes. 

VETERAN [2015] - South Korea/Action/Comedy. Starring Jeong-min Hwang, Ah In Yoo, Hae-jn Yoo, Dal-su Oh, Man-sik Jeong, Woong-in Jeong. Directed by Seung-wan Ryoo. US Box Office: $1 million.

                                        *****

R.I.P.:

RONNIE CORBETT - Actor/Comedian [Casino Royale (1967), The Two Ronnies (TV), No Sex Please: We're British, Fierce Creatures].

PATTY DUKE - Actress [The Miracle Worker, The Patty Duke Show (TV), Billie, Valley of the Dolls, My Sweet Charlie (TV), Me, Natalie].

JIM HARRISON - Writer [Legends of the Fall (novella), Wolf (co-screenwriter)].

JAMES NOBLE - Actor  [10, Being There, Airplane II: The Sequel, Benson (TV)].

Saturday, March 26, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

BLU-RAY:

HATEFUL EIGHT, THE - Western/Suspense/Tarantino/Cult.  Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 187 minutes. Box Office: $54 million. Academy Award winner: Best Original Score (Ennio Morricone). Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Leigh) and Cinemtography.

DVDS:

3 STILL STANDING -  San Francisco Bay Area/Stand-up Comedy/Documentary. Starring Will Durst, Larry "Bubbles" Brown, Johnny Steele, Geoff Bolt, Dana Carvey, Marc Hershon, Paula Poundstone, Rob Schneider, Bobby Slayton, Robin Williams. Directed by Robert Campos, Donna LoCicero. 2015. Unrated. 90 minutes.

CONCUSSION -  Drama/Sports/US-Australia-United Kingdom. Starring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Arliss Howard, Mike O'Malley, Eddie Marsan, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer, Richard T. Jones, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson. Directed by Peter Landesman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. Box Office: $35 million.

DADDY'S HOME - Comedy. Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Bobby Cannavale. Directed by Sean Anders. 2015. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Box Office: $150 million.

FORSAKEN [2016] - Western/Drama/US-France-Canada. Starring Kiefer Sutherland,  Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole. Directed by Jon Cassar. Rated R. 90 minutes.

HATEFUL EIGHT, THE - Western/Suspense/Tarantino/Cult.  Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 187 minutes. Box Office: $54 million. Academy Award winner: Best Original Score (Ennio Morricone). Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Leigh) and Cinemtography.

HUMANS: SEASON 1 -  British TV/Sci-Fi/Cult. Starring Gemma Chan, Katheriue Parkinson, Lucy Carless, William Hurt, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ivanno Jeremiah, Sope Dirisu, Theo Stevenson, Neil Maskell, Colin Morgan, Ruth Bradlkey, Pixie Davies, Emily Berrington, Danny Webb, Rebecca Front. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

KILLING THEM SAFELY - Documentary/US-Canada. Starring Rick Smith, Tom Smith. Directed by Nick Berardini. 2015. Unrated. 100 minutes.

MEDITERREANEA - Drama/Italy-France-US-Germany-Qatar. Starring Alassane Sy, Koudous Seihon, Pio Amato, Norina Ventre, Seringe Chico Baity Kane, Pomodoro. Directed by Jonas Carpignano. 2015. Unrated. 107 minutes.

OF MIND AND MUSIC - Musical/Drama. Starring Joaquim de Almeida, Aunjanue Ellis, Bill Cobbs, Ruth Negga, Sharon Lawrence, Andre Royo, Marcus Lyle Brown. Directed by Richie Adams. 2016. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes.

                                                                *****

R.I.P.:

RITA GAM - Actress [The Thief, King of Kings, Klute].

EARL HAMNER JR. - Writer [Spencer's Mountain (novel), Palm Springs Weekend, The Waltons (TV), Charlotte's Web].

KEN HOWARD - Actor [1776, Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon, The White Shadow (TV),  Dynasty (TV), The Net].

GARRY SHANDLING - Actor, Writer [Iron Man 2, What Planet Are You From?, The Larry Sanders Show (TV)].

Saturday, March 19, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016

BLU-RAY:

HUNGER GAMES, THE: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 -  Sci-fi/Action. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Clafin, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Paula Malcolmson, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Francis Lawrence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 137 minutes. Box Office: $282 million.

DVDs:

HUNGER GAMES, THE: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 -  Sci-fi/Action. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Clafin, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Paula Malcolmson, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Francis Lawrence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 137 minutes. Box Office: $282 million.

JAMES WHITEDrama. Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Ron Livingston, Makenzie Leigh, David Call, David Cale. Directed by Josh Mond. 2015. Rated R. 85 minutes.

PEARL BUTTON, THE - Documentary/Spanish Language/France-Spain-Chile-Switzerland. Starring Patricio Guzman (Narrator), Raul Zurita. Directed by Patricio Guzman. 2015. Unrated. 82 minutes.
                                               
                                                          *****



R.I.P.:

KEN ADAM - Production Designer [Dr. No, Dr. Strangelove, Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Spy who Loved Me, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Barry Lyndon].

RAY SANTOS - Actor [The Sopranos, Blue Thunder, The Rockford Files].

FRANK SINATRA JR. - Actor-Singer [The Sopranos, Cool World, A Man Called Adam].

Saturday, March 12, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016

BLU-RAYS:

BIG SHORT, THE - Comedy/Drama/Cult/Oscars. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, Jeremy Strong, Max Greenfield. Directed by Adam McKay. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 130 minutes. Box Office: $70 million. Academy Award winner: Best Adapted Screenplay. Also nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Bale), Director, Film Editing.

BROOKLYN - Drama/Romance/Ireland-United Kingdom-Canada/Oscars. Starring Saorise Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domnhall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Emily Bett Rickards. Directed by John Crowley. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actress (Ronan), Adapted Screenplay.

CAROL - Drama/Gay/US-United Kingdom/Oscars. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Carrie Brownstein, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Cory Michael Smith. Directed by Todd Haynes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 118 minutes. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards: Best Actress (Blanchett), Supporting Actress (Mara), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score.

GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 5 - TV/Action/Sci-fi/Cult. Starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Iain Glen, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

SISTERS [2015] -  Comedy. Starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moynihan, Greta Lee, Samantha Bee, Matt Oberg, Kate McKinnon, Chris Parnell. Directed by Jason Moore, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 122 minutes. Box Office: $88 million.

DVDs:

BIG SHORT, THE - Comedy/Drama/Cult/Oscars. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, Jeremy Strong, Max Greenfield. Directed by Adam McKay. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 130 minutes. Box Office: $70 million. Academy Award winner: Best Adapted Screenplay. Also nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Bale), Director, Film Editing.

BROOKLYN - Drama/Romance/Ireland-United Kingdom-Canada/Oscars. Starring Saorise Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domnhall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Emily Bett Rickards. Directed by John Crowley. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actress (Ronan), Adapted Screenplay. 

CAROL - Drama/Gay/US-United Kingdom/Oscars. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Carrie Brownstein, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Cory Michael Smith. Directed by Todd Haynes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 118 minutes. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards: Best Actress (Blanchett), Supporting Actress (Mara), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score.

CENSORED VOICES - Documentary/War/Israel-Germany. Directed by Mor Loushy. 2015. Unrated. 84 minutes.

GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 5 - TV/Action/Sci-fi/Cult. Starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Iain Glen, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

SISTERS [2015] -  Comedy. Starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moynihan, Greta Lee, Samantha Bee, Matt Oberg, Kate McKinnon, Chris Parnell. Directed by Jason Moore, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 122 minutes. Box Office: $88 million.

STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE - Documentary. Starring Steve Jobs, Nolan Bushnell, Steve Wozniak, Ridley Scott, Alex Gibney. Directed by Alex Gibney. 2015. Rated R. 128 minutes.


                                          *****

R.I.P.:

RICHARD DAVALOS - Actor (East of Eden, Cool Hand Luke, Kelly's Heroes).

GEORGE MARTIN - Composer (Live and Let Die, Pulp, Ferry Cross the Mersey) and Record Producer (The Beatles).

NANCY (DAVIS) REAGAN - Actress (The Next Voice You Hear, Hellcats of the Navy, Donovan's Brain).

Saturday, March 5, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016

3D BLU-RAY:

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA - Action/Adventure/Drama/US-Australia-Spain-United Kingdom-Canada. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson,  Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland, Benjamin Walker. Directed by Ron Howard. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 122 minutes. Box Office: $25 million.

2D BLU-RAYS:



IN THE HEART OF THE SEA - Action/Adventure/Drama/US-Australia-Spain-United Kingdom-Canada. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson,  Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland, Benjamin Walker. Directed by Ron Howard. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 122 minutes. Box Office: $25 million.

PEANUTS MOVIE, THE - Peanuts/Family/Comedy/Cult/Animation. Starring the voices of Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis, Madisyn Shipman, A.J. Tecce, Noah Johnston, Alexander Garlin, Anastasia Bredikhina, Rebecca Bloom. Directed by Steve Martino. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated G. 88 minutes. Box Office: $131 million.

YOUTH - Comedy/Drama/Music/Italy-United Kingdon-France-Switzerland/Oscars. Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Mark Kozeleck. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 124 minutes. Box Office: $3 million. Academy Award nomination: Best Original Song (Simple Song #3). BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE (no DVD available currently!).

DVDS:

10,000 KM -  Spanish Language/Comedy/Drama/Romance. Starring Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer. Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet. 2014. Rated R. 99 minutes.

BREAK POINT - Comedy/Sports. Starring Jeremy Sisto, J.K. Simmons, David Walton, Adam DeVine, Any Smart, Chris Parnell, Darcy Donovan. Directed by Jay Karas. 2015. Rated R. 90 minutes.

FORBIDDEN ROOM, THE - Comedy/Suspense/Canada. Starring Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Charlotte Rampling, Maria De Medeiros. Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson. 2015. Unrated. 130 minutes.

GREASE LIVE! - Musical. Starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Elle McLemore, Keke Palmer, Didi Conn, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ana Gasteyer, Mario Lopez, Carlos Panavega, Jordan Fisher, Eve Plumb. Directed by Thomas Kail, Alex Rudzinski. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2016. Unrated. 132 minutes.


IN THE HEART OF THE SEA - Action/Adventure/Drama/US-Australia-Spain-United Kingdom-Canada. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson,  Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland, Benjamin Walker. Directed by Ron Howard. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 122 minutes. Box Office: $25 million.

MACBETH [2015] -  Shakespeare/Drama/United Kingdom-France-USA. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, David Hayman, Jack Reynor. Directed by Justin Kurzel. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated R. 113 minutes.


PEANUTS MOVIE, THE - Peanuts/Family/Comedy/Cult/Animation. Starring the voices of Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis, Madisyn Shipman, A.J. Tecce, Noah Johnston, Alexander Garlin, Anastasia Bredikhina, Rebecca Bloom. Directed by Steve Martino. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated G. 88 minutes. Box Office: $131 million.

TRIBE, THE [2014] -  Suspense/Drama/Ukraine-Netherlands. Starring Grigory Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Ivan Tishko. Directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky. Unrated. 126 minutes.

VICTORIA - Suspense/Film Noir/Germany. Starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, Andre Hennicke. Directed by Sebastian Schipper. 2015. Unrated. 138 minutes.

WE COME AS FRIENDS -  Documentary/France-Austria. Directed by Hubert Sauper. 2015. Unrated. 110 minutes.

                                                *****

R.I.P.:

PAT CONROY - Author/Screenwriter (Conrack-original novel, The Great Santini-novel, The Prince of Tides-novel and screenplay).

GILBERT R. HILL - Actor (Beverly Hills Cop series).

GEORGE KENNEDY - Actor (Charade, Cool Hand Luke, the Airport series, The Naked Gun series).

TONY WARREN - Writer (Ferry Cross the Mersey, TV's Coronation Street).

Sunday, February 28, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016

BLU-RAYS:

CREED - Drama/Sports/Oscars. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Andree Ward, Tony Bellew. Directed by Ryan Coogler (from Oakland, California). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 133 minutes. Box Office: $109 million. Nominated for Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor {Stallone).

DANISH GIRL, THE - Drama/Oscars/US-British Isles-Belgium-Denmark-Germany. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Emetald Fennell, Ben Whishaw, Adrian Schiller. Directed by Tom Hooper. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 119 minutes. Box Office: $11 million. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Redmayne), Supporting Actress (Vikander), Costume Design, Production Design.

LEGEND [2015] - Drama/Suspense/USA-British Isles-France. Starring Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, Paul Anderson, Paul Bettany, Tara Fitzgerald. Directed by Brian Helgeland. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. Box Office: $2 million.

ROOM - Drama/Ireland-Canada/Oscars. Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay,  Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Megan Park, Amanda Brugel, Sean Bridger4s. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 118 minutes. Box Office: $13 million. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actress (Larson), Directing, Adapted Screenplay.



DVDS:

AMERICANS, THE: SEASON 3 - Suspense/Drama/Cult TV. Starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Noah Emmerich, Richard Thomas, Susan Misner, Alison Wright, Lev Gorn. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

BARBIE: SPY SQUAD - Family/Animation. 2016. Unrated. 76 minutes.


CREED - Drama/Sports/Oscars. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Andree Ward, Tony Bellew. Directed by Ryan Coogler (from Oakland, California). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 133 minutes. Box Office: $109 million. Nominated for Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor {Stallone).

DANISH GIRL, THE - Drama/Oscars/US-British Isles-Belgium-Denmark-Germany. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Emetald Fennell, Ben Whishaw, Adrian Schiller. Directed by Tom Hooper. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 119 minutes. Box Office: $11 million. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Redmayne), Supporting Actress (Vikander), Costume Design, Production Design.

FALL, THE SERIES 2 -  British TV/Film Noir/Suspense. Starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch. 2014. Unrated.

GIRL IN THE BOOK, THE -  Drama. Starring Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Talia Balsam, Ali Ahn, Mason Yam. Directed by Marya Cohn. 2015. Unrated. 86 minutes.

LABYRINTH OF LIES - Drama/Germany. Starring Andre Szymanski, Alexander Fehling, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch, Johann Von Bulow, Robert Hunger-Buler. Directed by Giulio Ricciarelli. 2014. Rated R. 124 minutes. Box Office: $1 million.


LEGEND [2015] - Drama/Suspense/USA-British Isles-France. Starring Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, Paul Anderson, Paul Bettany, Tara Fitzgerald. Directed by Brian Helgeland. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. Box Office: $2 million.

MISS YOU ALREADY -  Comedy/Drama/Romance/British Isles. Starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter, Mem Ferda, Jacqueline Bisset, Charlotte Hope. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. 2015. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. Box Office:
$2 million.

NIGHT BEFORE, THE [2015] - Comedy/Christmas. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen,
Jillian Bell, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Helene York, Michael Shannon, Mindy Kaling, Ilana Glazer, Tracy Morgan. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Rated R. 101 minutes. Box Office: $44 million. 

ROOM - Drama/Ireland-Canada/Oscars. Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay,  Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Megan Park, Amanda Brugel, Sean Bridger4s. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 118 minutes. Box Office: $13 million. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actress (Larson), Directing, Adapted Screenplay.

STRIKE BACK: SEASON 4 -  Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes, Robson Green. Unrated.

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN [2015] -  Documentary/Sports. Starring Jared Simmons, Marah Strauch, John Long, Cecilie Bull, John B. Macaulay, Eric Mofford. Directed by Marah Strauch.
Rated PG. 100 minutes.

TAXI [AKA JAFAR PANAHI'S TAXI and TAXI TEHRAN][2015] - Comedy/Iran. Starring Jafar Panahi. Directed by Panahi. Unrated. 82 minutes.


                                                               *****

R.I.P.:

TONY BURTON - Actor (Rocky, Inside Moves, The Shining, Assault on Precinct 13).

DOUGLAS SLOCOMBE - Cinematographer (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lion in Winter, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Great Gatsby).