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, February 6, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016

BLU-RAYS:

CRIMSON PEAK - Horror/Sci-fi-Drama. Starring Mia Wasikowska,  Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston. Charles Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Leslie Hope, Doug Jones, Jonathan Hyde. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 119 minutes. Box Office: $32 million.

SPECTRE - James Bond/Action/Suspense/British Isles. Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautistia, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen. Directed by Sam Mendes. HIGHLY  RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 148 minutes. Box Office: $200 million.

DVDS:

99 HOMES -  Drama. Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee, Albert C. Bates. Directed by Ramin Bahrani. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 112 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.

ALL THINGS MUST PASS: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records - Music Documentary/San Francisco. Starring Russ Solomon, Chuck D., Chris Cornell, David Geffen, David Grohl, Elton John. Directed by Colin Hanks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated. 94 minutes.

CRIMSON PEAK - Horror/Sci-fi-Drama. Starring Mia Wasikowska,  Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston. Charles Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Leslie Hope, Doug Jones, Jonathan Hyde. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 119 minutes. Box Office: $32 million.

GRANDMA -Comedy/Drama. Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Laverne Cox, John Cho, Elizabeth Pena, Judy Greer, Sam Elliott. Directed by Paul Weitz. 2015. Rated R. 79 minutes. Box Office: $7 million.

MI-5 [2015 Feature Film] - Suspense/Cult/British Isles/Action. Starring Kit Harrington, Peter Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Tuppence Middleton, Elyes Gabel, David Harewood, Tim McInnerny, Luke Harris, Lara Pulver. Directed by Bharat Nalluri. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated R. 104 minutes.

PAULETTE - France/Comedy/Suspense. Starring Bernadette Lafont, Carmen Maura, Dominique Lavanant, Francoise Bertin, Directed by Jerome Enrico. 2012. Rated R. 87 minutes. 

SECOND COMING - British Isles/Black Cinema/Drama. Starring Nadine Hunter, Idris Elba, Kai Francis Lewis, Sharlene Whyte, Nicola Walker, David Fernandez, Arinda Sadhra. Directed by Debbie Tucker Green. 2015. Unrated. 105 minutes.


SPECTRE - James Bond/Action/Suspense/British Isles. Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautistia, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen. Directed by Sam Mendes. HIGHLY  RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 148 minutes. Box Office: $200 million.

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER [2014[ - Music Documentary. Starring Terrence Howard, James Alexander, Bobby Bland, Otis Clay, Booker T. Jones, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Bobby Rush, Charles "Skip" Pitts, Al Kapone, Archie Love, Benjamin Flores Jr. Directed by Martin Shore. Rated PG.  95 minutes.

WELCOME TO LEITH -  Documentary/Suspense. Directed by Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker. Unrated. 85 minutes.


                                                              *****

R.I.P.:

JOE ALASKEY - Actor (the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and many others - The Rugrats Movie, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, TV's Tiny Toon Adventures).                                               

MAURICE WHITE - Singer-Actor (lead singer Earth, Wind and Fire - That's the Way of the World, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band).

Sunday, January 31, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2016

BLU-RAY:

BRIDGE OF SPIES - Suspense/Drama/Spielberg/Oscar. Starring Tom Hanks,  Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Austin Stowell, Joshua Harris, Michael Gaston. Directed by Steven Spielberg. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 148 minutes. Box Office: $72 million. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance),  Original Screenplay, Production Design, Music, Sound Editing.

DVDS:

BALLERINA'S TALE, A - Documentary/Fine Arts/Ballet. Starring Misty Copeland, Deirdre Kelly, Susan Fales-Hill, Leyla Fayyaz, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Robyn Gardenhire. Directed by Nelson George. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated. 85 minutes.

BIG STONE GAP - Comedy/Romance. Starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Judith Ivey, John Benjamin Hickey, Jenna Elfman, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia. Directed by Adriana Trigani. 2015. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Box Office: $1 million.

BREATHE [2014] - Drama/France. Starring Josephine Japy, Lou de Laage, Isabelle Carre, Claire Keim, Radivoje Bukvic, Roxanne Duran. Directed by Melanie Laurent. Unrated. 93 minutes.

BRIDGE OF SPIES - Suspense/Drama/Spielberg/Oscar. Starring Tom Hanks,  Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Austin Stowell, Joshua Harris, Michael Gaston. Directed by Steven Spielberg. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 148 minutes. Box Office: $72 million. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance),  Original Screenplay, Production Design, Music, Sound Editing.

BURNT - Foodie/Comedy/Romance/Drama. Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scarmacio, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Sam Keeley. Directed by John Wells. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R.  101 minutes. Box Office: $14 million.

CHI-RAQ - Comedy/Drama/Spike Lee/Black Cinema/Cult. Starring Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes,  Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackxon, John Cusack, David Patrick Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Dave Chappelle, Steve Harris, 2015. Rated R. 127 minutes. Box Office: $3 million.

EFFIE GRAY - Drama/British Isles. Starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Julie Walters,   Tom Herriott, David Suchet, James Fox, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, Derek Jacobi. Directed by Richard Laxton. 2015. Rated PG-13. 104 minutes.

FREEHELD -  Drama/Gay/Romance. Starring Julianne Moore,   Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Luke Grimes, Gabriel Luna, Josh Charles. Directed by Peter Sollett. 2015. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Box Office: $1 million.

HE NEVER DIED - Cult/Comedy/Suspense. Starring Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Steven Ogg, Jordan Todosey, James Cade, Chantal Craig. Directed by Jason Crawczyk. 2015. Rated R. 99 minutes.

KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET - Animation/Drama/US-France-Canada-Lebanon-Qatar. Starring voice actors Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhane Wallis, Alfred Molina, john Krasinski, Frank Langella. 2015. Rated PG. 84 minutes.

KEEPING ROOM, THE -  Drama. Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington, Muna Otaru, Kyle Soller, Ned Dennehy. Directed by Daniel Barber. 2015. Rated R. 95 minutes.

MAN UP - Comedy/Romance/British Isles-France. Starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Olivia Williams, Rory Kinnear, Ophelia Lovibond, Harriet Walter. Directed by Ben Palmer. 2015. Rated R. 88 minutes. 

MEADOWLAND - Drama. Starring Olivia Wilde, Merritt Wever, Juno Temple, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, John Leguizamo, Luke Wilson, Ty Simkins, Kevin Corrigan, Mark Feuerstein. Directed by Reed Morano. 2015. Rated R. 105 minutes.

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS -  Comedy/Cult. Starring Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan. Directed by David Gordon Green. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 107 minutes. Box Office: $7 million.

SECOND MOTHER, THE - Drama/Brazil. Starring Regina Case, Helena Albegaria, Michel Joelsas. Directed by Anna Muylaert. 2015. Rated R. 112 minutes.

SHELTER [2015] - Drama. Starring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie, Adolfo Mendez Nouel, Kevin Hoffman, Teddy Canez, Steve Cirbus. Directed by Kevin Hoffman. Unrated. 105 minutes.

SHOW ME A HERO - TV/Drama/Miniseries. Starring Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Peter Riegert, Natalie Paul, Carla Quevedo, Alfred Molina, Ilfrensh Hadera, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Bruce Altman, Winona Ryder, Bob Balaban, Jordan Bridges. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

SUFFRAGETTE - Drama/British Isles. Starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep, Romola Garai, Natalie Press. Directed by Sarah Gavron. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. Box Office: $5 million.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING - Documentary/Canada-US. Directed by Avi Lewis. 2015. Unrated. 89 minutes. 

TRUTH [2015] - Drama/US-Audtralia. Starring Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach, John Benjamin Hickey, Dermot Mulroney. Directed by James Vanderbilt. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 125 minutes. Box Office: $3 million.

WORLD OF KANAKO, THE - Japan/Film Noir/Suspense/Cult. Starring Koji Yakusho, Nana Kamtsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroya Shimizu, Fumi Kikaido, Ai Hashimoto. Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Unrated. 118 minutes. 

                                                             ******

R.I.P.:

ABE VIGODA - Actor (The Godfather, Look Who's Talking, TV's Barney Miller).

PAUL KANTNER - Musician (member of Jefferson Aiplane and Jefferson Starship - Gimme Shelter, Fillmore, Monterey Pop).

JACQUES RIVETTE - Director (La Belle Noiseuse, Va Savoir?, Celine and Julie Go Boating).

Saturday, January 23, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016

3D BLU-RAY:

GOOSEBUMPS [2015 FILM} - Sci-Fi/Comedy/Horror/Cult/Family. Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Halston Sage. Directed by Rob Letterman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  Rated PG. 103 minutes. Box Office: $80 million.

2D BLU-RAYS:

GOOSEBUMPS [2015 FILM} - Sci-Fi/Comedy/Horror/Cult/Family. Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Halston Sage. Directed by Rob Letterman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  Rated PG. 103 minutes. Box Office: $80 million.

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - Drama/Musical. Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti, Elena Goode, Keith Powers. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 147 minutes. Box Office: $162 million. Academy Awards: Nominated Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

DVDS:

ASSASSIN, THE [2015]Taiwan-China-Hong Kong-France/Action/Suspense/Hong Kong Cinema. Starring Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki. Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou.
Unrated. 105 minutes. Box Office: $1 million.

DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 9 PART 2 -  British TV/Sci-Fi/Cult. Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 6 [THE FINAL SEASON] - British TV/Drama. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicole, Penelope Wilton. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2016. Unrated. 

GOOSEBUMPS [2015 FILM} - Sci-Fi/Comedy/Horror/Cult/Family. Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Halston Sage. Directed by Rob Letterman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  Rated PG. 103 minutes. Box Office: $80 million.

MEET THE PATELS -  Documentary/Comedy/Romance. Starring Ravi Patel, Geeta Patel, Champa Patel, Vasant Patel, Chandar Abboy, Renita Abboy, Rishika Advani, Rali Amin. Directed by Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel. 2015. Rated PG. 88 minutes. Box Office: $2 million. 

NEW GIRLFRIEND, THE - France/Drama. Starring Romain Duris, Anais Demoustier, Raphael Personnaz, Isild Le Besco, Aurore Clement. Directed by Francois Ozon. 2014. Rated R. 108 minutes. 

WANNABE, THE - Suspense/Drama. Starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza, Michael Imperoli, David Zayas, , Doug E. Doug, Mike Starr. Directed by Nick Sandow. 2015. Rated R. 90 minutes.  


NEW ARRIVALS:

MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE: SEASON 1 -  TV/Cult/Action. Starring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll. Guest Stars include Fritz Weaver, Patricia Crowley, Elsa Lanchester, , Anne Francis, Jill Ireland, Katherine Crawford, Slim Pickens, Robert Culp, Senta Berger, Carroll O'Connor, Joan O'Brien, Susan Oliver, Luciana Paluzzi, Sharon Farrell, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Peggy Ann Garner, Kurt Russell, Ricardo Montalban, Jeremy Slate, Marta Kristen, June Lockhart, Rakph Taeger, Richard Haydn, Vincent Price, Sharon Tate, Kathryn Hays, Cesar Romero, Barbara Feldon, Karen Sharpe, Eddie Albert, Martin Balsam, George Sanders, Pat Harrington Jr., Dan O'Herlihy, Madlyn Rhue, Zohra Lampert, Ziva Rodann, Kamela Devi.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 1964-1965.

                                                        *****

R.I.P.:

GLENN FREY (actor, singer-musician, Eagles: Hell Freezes Over, Jerry Maguire, Let's Get Harry, TV's Miami Vice).

Saturday, January 16, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016

3D BLU-RAY:

EVEREST [2015] - Action/Suspense/US-British Isles-Iceland. Starring Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Chris Reilly, Naoko Mori. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Box Office: $44 million.

2D BLU-RAY:

EVEREST [2015] - Action/Suspense/US-British Isles-Iceland. Starring Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Chris Reilly, Naoko Mori. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Box Office: $44 million.


DVDS:

CUT, THE [2014] -  Drama/Misc.Foreign/Germany-France-Italy-Russia-Poland-Canada-Turkey-Jordan. Starring Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram Khoury, Hindi Zahra, Kevorck Malikyan. Directed by Faith Akin.  Unrated. 138 minutes.

DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, THE - Drama. Starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni, Madeleine Waters. Directed by Marielle Heller. 2015. Rated R. 102 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.

EVEREST [2015] - Action/Suspense/US-British Isles-Iceland. Starring Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Chris Reilly, Naoko Mori. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Box Office: $44 million.

IN THE BASEMENT -  Documentary/Austria. Starring Fritz Lang, Alfreda Klebinger, Manfred Ellinger, Inge Ellinger, Josef Ochs, Alessa Duchek. Directed by Ulric Seidl. 2014. Unrated. 81 minutes.

INTERN, THE [2015]Comedy/Romance. Starring Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Jojo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Linda Lavin, Nat Wolff. Directed by Nancy Myers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Box Office: $76 million.

LEARNING TO DRIVE - Comedy/Drama/Romance/US-British Isles. Starring Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury. Directed by Isabel Coixet. 2015. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.

SAMBA [2014] - Comedy/Drama/France. Starring Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izia Higelin, Liya Kebede. Directed by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano. Rated R. 118 minutes. 

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - Drama/Musical. Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti, Elena Goode, Keith Powers. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 147 minutes. Box Office: $162 million. Academy Awards: Nominated Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

TRUE DETECTIVE: SEASON 2 - TV/Film Noir/Suspense. Starring Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, Chris Kerson, Ritchie Coster, Christopher James Baker, Alfemo Omilami, James Frain, Lolita Davidovich, David Morse, Rick Spingfield.
RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

                                                      *****

R.I.P.: 

DAVID BOWIE (actor-singer, The Man who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, Labryinth). 

DAN HAGGERTY (actor, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Big Stan, Muscle Beach Party).

PAT HARRINGTON JR. (actor, The President's Analyst, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, TV's One Day at a Time).

ALAN RICKMAN (actor, the Harry Potter series, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, Sense and Sensibility).


ANGUS SCRIMM (actor, the Phantasm series, John Dies at the End).

Saturday, January 9, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016

3D BLU-RAY:

MARTIAN, THE - Sci-fi/Drama/Action/Suspense. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis. Directed by Ridley Scott. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 144 minutes. Box Office: $229 million.

2D BLU-RAY:


MARTIAN, THE - Sci-fi//Drama/Action/Suspense. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis. Directed by Ridley Scott. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 144 minutes. Box Office: $229 million.

DVDS:

ASHBY - Comedy/Drama. Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Dunn, Zachary Knighton, Michael Lerner, John Enos III, Steve Coulter. Directed by Tony McNamara. 2015. Rated R. 100 minutes.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 - Family/Comedy/Animation. Starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevi James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Kay, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullaly, Asher Blinkoff, Nick Offerman, Davd Carvey, Rob Riggle, Mel Brooks. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG. 89 minutes. Box Office: $169 million.

IRRATIONAL MAN - Woody Allen/Drama/Suspense. Starring River Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Jamie Blackley. Directed by Woody Allen.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 95 minutes. Box Office: $5 million.

LOOK OF SILENCE, THE - Documentary. Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. 2014. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes.

LUTHER: SEASON 4 - Brit TV/Film Noir/Suspense. Starring Idris Elba, Rose Leslie, Laura Haddock, Patrick Malahide, John Heffernan. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated. 120 minutes.


MARTIAN, THE - Sci-fi/Drama/Action/Suspense. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis. Directed by Ridley Scott. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 144 minutes. Box Office: $229 million.

MR. ROBOT: SEASON 1 - TV/Cult/Suspense/Tech Noir. Starring Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallstrom, Sunita Mani. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE - Sherlock Holmes/Brit TV/Suspense/Film Noir. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, Louise Brealey, Amanda Abbington, Catherine McCormack. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2016. Unrated. 115 minutes.

VISIT, THE [2015] - Horror/Comedy. Starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Celia Keenan-Bolger. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Rated PG-13. 94 minutes.  Box Office: $66 million.

                                                               *****

R.I.P.: VILMOS ZSIGMOND (cinematographer, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Deliverance, The Deer Hunter).

Saturday, January 2, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016

                                         HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
  
3D BLU RAY:

WALK, THE [2015] - Drama/Suspense. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Badge Dale, Ben Kingsley, Benedict Samuel, Ben Schwartz, Clement Sibony, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG. 123 minutes. Box Office: $11 million.


2D BLU RAYS:

SICARIO - Action/Suspense/Drama. Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo. Directed by Denis Villenueve. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 121 minutes. Box Office: $47 million.

WALK, THE [2015] - Drama/Suspense. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Badge Dale, Ben Kingsley, Benedict Samuel, Ben Schwartz, Clement Sibony, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG. 123 minutes. Box Office: $11 million.

DVDS:

EXPERIMENTER -  Drama. Starring Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Taryn Manning, Kellan Lutz, Jim Gaffigan, John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin, Dennis Haysbert, Vondie Curtis Hall, Josh Hamilton. Directed by Michael Almereyda. 2015. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes.

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR -  Comedy/Drama. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Keir Dullea. Directed by Maya Forbes. 2015. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.

MEMORIES OF THE SWORD -  South Korea/Action. Starring Byung-Hun Lee, Go-eun Kim, Do-yeon Jeon. Directed by Heung-Sik Park. 2015. Unrated. 120 minutes.

RAY DONOVAN: SEASON 3 -  Suspense/Drama. Starring Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcolmson, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerns Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Ian McShane, Katie Holmes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.


SICARIO - Action/Suspense/Drama. Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo. Directed by Denis Villenueve. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 121 minutes. Box Office: $47 million.
 
WALK, THE [2015] - Drama/Suspense. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Badge Dale, Ben Kingsley, Benedict Samuel, Ben Schwartz, Clement Sibony, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG. 123 minutes. Box Office: $11 million.

WALK IN THE WOODS, A -  Comedy/Drama. Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal. Directed by Ken Kwapis,
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 104 minutes. Box Office: $30 million.


                                           ******

R.I.P.: NATALIE COLE (singer-actress, De-Lovely, Cats Don't Dance), WAYNE ROGERS (actor, Cool Hand Luke, TV's M*A*S*H), HASKELL WEXLER (director, Medium Cool and cinematographer, American Graffiti, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Saturday, December 26, 2015

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015

DVDS:

BONE TOMAHAWK - Horror/Western/Cult. Starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, David Arquette, Fred Melamed,  Sid Haig, Kathryn Morris. Directed by S. Craig Zahler. 2015. Unrated. 132 minutes.

HEIST [2015] - Suspense. Starring Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gina Carano, Dave Bautista, Kate Bosworth, Mark-Paul Gosselar, Morris Chestnut, Summer Alice, D.B. Sweeney. Directed by Scott Mann. Rated R. 93 minutes.

JENNY'S WEDDING - Comedy. Starring Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer, Alexis Bledel, Sam McMurray, Diana Hardcastle. Directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue. 2015. Rated PG-13. 94 minutes.

PERFECT GUY, THE - Suspense. Starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell, Charles S. Dutton, John Getz, Tess Harper, Kathryn Morris. Directed by David M. Rosenthal. 2015. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Box Office: $58 million.

                                                                *****

R.I.P.: GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON (screenwriter, Logan's Run, Oceans Eleven), PATRICIA ELLIOTT (actress, TV's One Life to Live, Casper Meets Wendy).

Saturday, December 19, 2015

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015

3D BLU-RAY:

PAN - Sci-Fi/Family/Action. Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonsie Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke. Directed by Joe Wright. 2015. Rated PG. 111 minutes. Box Office: $35 million.

2D BLU-RAY:

PAN - Sci-Fi/Family/Action. Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonsie Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke. Directed by Joe Wright. 2015. Rated PG. 111 minutes. Box Office: $35 million.


DVDS:

PAN - Sci-Fi/Family/Action. Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonsie Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke. Directed by Joe Wright. 2015. Rated PG. 111 minutes. Box Office: $35 million.

PAWN SACRIFICE -  Drama. Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlberg, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigart, Alexandre Gorchkov. Directed by Edward Zwick. 2015. Rated PG-13. 115 minutes. Box Office: $3.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015

BLU-RAYS:

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS - Sci-fi/Action. Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Giancarlo Espositio, Patricia Clarkson, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores.  Directed by Wes Ball. 2015. Rated PG-13. 132 minutes. Box Office: $82 million.

MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION - Action/Suspense. Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin,  Simon McBurney, Jingchu Zhang, Tom Hollander. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Box Office: $196 million.

DVDS:

FANTASTIC FOUR [2015] -  Superheroes/Sci-Fi-/Action. Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Josh Trank. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Box Office: $57 million.

HE NAMED ME MALALA - Documentary. Starring Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekar Yousafzai. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. 2015. Rated PG-13. 88 minutes. Box Office: $3 million.

JIMMY'S HALL -  Ken Loach/Drama/British Isles--Ireland-France. Starring Barry Ward, Frances Mages, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby, Stella McGirl, Sorcha Fox. Directed by Ken Loach. 2014.  Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Box Office: $1 million.


MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS - Sci-fi/Action. Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Giancarlo Espositio, Patricia Clarkson, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores.  Directed by Wes Ball. 2015. Rated PG-13. 132 minutes. Box Office: $82 million.

MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION - Action/Suspense. Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin,  Simon McBurney, Jingchu Zhang, Tom Hollander. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Box Office: $196 million.

SEX, DEATH AND BOWLING - Drama. Starring Selma Blair, Dread De Matteo, Mary Lyun Tajskub, Adrien Grenier, Bailey Chase, Drew Powell, Melora Walters, Erica Gimpel. Directed by Ally Walker. 2015. Rated R. 92 minutes.

SLOW LEARNERS - Comedy/Romance. Starring Adam Pally, Sarah Burns, Megan Neuringer, Reid Scott, Peter Grosz, Kevin Dunn. Directed by Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce. 2015. Unrated. 95 minutes.

STEVE McQUEEN: THE MAN & LE MANS - Film Documentary/US-British Isles. Starring Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, John Sturges, Neile Adams, Lee H. Katzin, Alan Trustman, Peter Samuleson, Jonathan Williams. Directed by Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated. 102 minutes.

TED 2 -  Comedy/Cult. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery. Directed by Seth MacFarlane. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated R. 115 minutes. Box Office: $82 million.

TIME OUT OF MIND - Drama. Starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael Kenneth Williams, Danielle Brooks. Directed by Oren Moverman. 2015. Unrated. 120 minutes.

WOLF TOTEM - Action/China-France. Starring Shaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. 2015. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes.

                                                      *******

R.I.P.: Marjorie Lord (actress, TV's Make Room for Daddy, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!), Rose Siggins (actress, TV's American Horror Story:Freak Show), Gabriele Ferzetti (actor, L'Avventura, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Once Upon a Time in the West), Nicholas Smith (actor, Are You Being Served?, The Twelve Chairs).

Saturday, December 5, 2015

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015

3D BLU-RAY:

ANT-MAN - Superhero/Action/Sci-fi/San Francisco. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michael Pena, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery. Directed by Peyton Reed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 117 minutes. Box Office: $181 million.

2D BLU-RAYS:

ANT-MAN - Superhero/Action/Sci-fi/San Francisco. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michael Pena, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery. Directed by Peyton Reed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 117 minutes. Box Office: $181 million.

MINIONS [2015] -  Family/Comedy/Cult/Animated. Starring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Katy Mixon. Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG. 91 minutes. Box Office: $336 million. NOTE: THIS IS DUE LATER IN THE WEEK.

SQUARE, THE [2014] - Documentary/Drama/Egypt-USA-British Isles. Starring Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam, Aida Elkashef. Directed Jehaine Noujaim. Unrated. 95 minutes.

DVDS:


ANT-MAN - Superhero/Action/Sci-fi/San Francisco. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michael Pena, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery. Directed by Peyton Reed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Rated PG-13. 117 minutes. Box Office: $181 million.

DOC MARTIN: SERIES 7 -  British TV/Comedy.  Starring Martin Clunes, Carolyn Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, Jon Marquez, Selina Cadell. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2015. Unrated.

EMPTYING THE SKIES - Documentary/Nature. Starring Peter Berthold, Sergio Coen Tanugi, David Conlin, Jonathan Franzen, Martin Hellicar, Alex Heyd. Directed by Douglas Kass, Roger Kass. 2015. Unrated. 78 minutes.

JELLYFISH EYES [THE CRITERION COLLECTION} - Japanimation/Comedy/Sci-fi. Starring the voices of Takuto Sueoka, Himeka Asami, Masataka Kubota, Shota Sometani, Hidemasa Shiozawa. Directed by Takashi Murakami. 2013. Unrated. 101 minutes.

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, THE -  Drama/Israel-France. Starring Sant Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz, Jil Ben David, Ester Rada, Guy Oren. Directed by Nadav Lapid. 2014. Unrated. 119 minutes.

MINIONS [2015]-  Family/Comedy/Cult/Animated. Starring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Katy Mixon. Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG. 91 minutes. Box Office: $336 million.

PARTISAN -  Suspense/Australia. Starring Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel, Florence Mezzara, Katalin Hegedus, Daniel Vernikovski, Samuel Eydlish. Directed by Ariel Kleiman. 2015. Unrated. 94 minutes.

SQUARE, THE [2014] - Documentary/Drama/Egypt-USA-British Isles. Starring Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam, Aida Elkashef. Directed Jehaine Noujaim. Unrated. 95 minutes.

                                                   ******

R.I.P.: Robert Loggia (actor, Scarface, Jagged Edge, Big), Melvin Williams (actor, The Wire).