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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Monday, October 20, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blu-rays:

MAD MEN: THE FINAL SEASON PART 1 [SEASON 7] - TV/Drama. Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, January Jones, Robert Morse, Aaron Stanton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Unrated.

SNOWPIERCER - Sci-fi/Action/South Korea-Czech-US-France. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Alison Pill. Directed by Joon-ho Bong. 2013. Rated R. 126 minutes. Box Office: $5 million. 

DVDs:

AMERICAN MASTERS: DOROTHEA LANGE: GRAB A HUNK OF LIGHTNING - Documentary/PBS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. 90 minutes.

CANOPY - War/Australia-Singapore. Starring Khan Chittenden, Tzu-yi Mo, Robert Menzies, Edwina Wren. Directed by Aaron Wilson. 2014. Rated PG-13. 84 minutes.

COFFEE IN BERLIN, A - Drama/German. Starring Tom Schilling, Katharina Shuttler, Justin von Dohnanyl. Directed by Jan Ole Gerster. 2012. Unrated. 83 minutes.

EARTH TO ECHO - Sci-fi/Family/Action. Starring Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray- Stanford, Alga Smith, Valerie Wildman. Directed by Dave Green. 2014. Rated PG. 91 minutes. Box Office: $39 million.

FOR A WOMAN - Drama/France. Starring Benoit Magimel, Melanie Thierry, Nicholas Duvauchelle, Sylvie Testud, Julie Ferrier, Clothilde Hesme. Directed by Diane Kurys. 2013. Unrated. 110 minutes.

GABRIELLE [2013] - Drama/Canada. Starring Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin. Directed by Louise Archambault. Rated R. 104 minutes. 

LETTER TO MOMO, A - Japanese Animation/Drama/Family. Japanese voices by Karen Miyama, Yuka, Daizaburo Arakawa, Toshiyuki Nishida, Koichi Yamadera. English dubbed voices by Amanda Pace, Stephanie Sheh, Fred Tatasclore, Dana Snyder. 2012. Unrated. 120 minutes. Japanese with subtitles+English dubbed versions.

LIFE AFTER BETH - Horror Comedy. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Ceryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick. Directed by Jeff Baena. 2014. Rated R. 89 minutes.

MAD MEN: THE FINAL SEASON PART 1 [SEASON 7] - TV/Drama. Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, January Jones, Robert Morse, Aaron Stanton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Unrated.

PURGE, THE: ANARCHY - Horror. Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gifford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley. Directed by James DeMonaco. 2014. Rated R. 103 minutes. Box Office: $72 million.

SEX TAPE - Comedy. Starring Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Nat Paxton. Directed by Jake Kasdan. 2014. Rated R. 94 minutes. Box Office: $39 million.

SNOWPIERCER - Sci-fi/Action/South Korea-Czech-US-France. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Alison Pill. Directed by Joon-ho Bong. 2013. Rated R. 126 minutes. Box Office: $5 million.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

3D BLU-RAY:

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST - Action/Sci-fi. Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hault, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters. Directed by Bryan Singer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  2014. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Box Office: $234 million.

BLU-RAYS:

MYSTERY ROAD - Mystery/Australia. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tamsa Walton, Bruce Spence. Directed by Ivan Sen. 2013. Unrated. 131 minutes.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST - Action/Sci-fi. Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hault, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters. Directed by Bryan Singer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Box Office: $234 million.

DVDs:

BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY - Drama. Starring Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe, Kymberli Bryant, Zoe Levin, Natalie Johnson, Sarah Sutherland. Directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. 2014. Unrated. 116 minutes.

CHINESE PUZZLE - Comedy/France-US-Belgium. Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France, Kelly Reilly, Sandrine Holt. Directed by Cedric Klapisch. 2013. Rated R. 116 minutes.

EUROCRIME! THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMA THAT RULED THE WORLD - Film Documentary. Starring Franco Nero, Henry Silva, John Saxon, Antionio Sabato, Luc Merenda, Fred Williamson, Richard Harrison, Christopher Mitchum, Joe Dallesandro. Directed by Mike Malloy. 2014. Unrated. 137 minutes.

FARGO: SEASON 1 - TV/Film Noir/Mystery. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Rachel Blanchard, Oliver Platt, Joey King. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Unrated.

FORT BLISS - War/Drama. Starring Michelle Monaghan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber, Dash Mihok, Ron Livingston, Freddy Rodriguez, John Savage. Directed by Claudia Myers. 2014. Unrated. 116 minutes.

HIMIZU - Mystery/Japan. Starring Shota Sometani, Fumi Nikaido, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Megumi Kagurazaka. Directed by Shion Sono. 2012. Unrated. 129 minutes.

HONORABLE WOMAN, THE [BBC} - TV/British-US Miniseries. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Rea, Lubna Azabal, Katherine Parkinson, Andrew Buchan, Janet McTeer, Eve Best, Lindsay Duncan. 2014. Unrated.

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN [2014] - Family/Animation/Comedy. Voices by Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Lauri Fraser, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Dennis Haysbert, Leslie Mann. Directed by Rob Minkoff.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Rated PG. 92 minutes. Box Office: $112 million. 

MYSTERY ROAD - Mystery/Australia. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tamsa Walton, Bruce Spence. Directed by Ivan Sen. 2013. Unrated. 131 minutes.

PENNY DREADFUL: SEASON 1 - TV/Drama/Horror. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Simon Russell Beale, Helen McCrory, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Henry Treadway. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Unrated.

VENUS IN FUR - Drama/Eroticism/France-Poland. Starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric. Directed by Roman Polanski. 2013. Unrated. 96 minutes.

VIOLETTE [2014] - Drama/Bio/France-Belgium. Starring Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet. Catherine Hiegel, Jacques Bonnaffe, Olivier Py. Directed by Martin Provost. Unrated. 139 minutes.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST - Action/Sci-fi. Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hault, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters. Directed by Bryan Singer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Box Office: $234 million.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3D Blu-ray:

EDGE OF TOMORROW [AKA LIVE DIE REPEAT]  - Sci-fi/Action. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way. Directed by Doug Liman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Box Office: $101 million.

Blu-rays:
EDGE OF TOMORROW [AKA LIVE DIE REPEAT] - Sci-fi/Action. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way. Directed by Doug Liman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Box Office: $101 million.

MILLION DOLLAR ARM - Sports Drama. Starring Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Darshan Jariwata, Gregory Alan Williams, Tzi Ma. Directed by Craig Gillespie. 2014. Rated PG. 124 minutes. Box Office: $37 million.

DVDs:

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN - TV/horror. Starring Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2013. Unrated.

EDGE OF TOMORROW [AKA LIVE DIE REPEAT] - Sci-fi/Action. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way. Directed by Doug Liman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2014. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Box Office: $101 million.

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW - Fantasy/Horror. Starring Roy Abrahamsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelyn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton, Danielle Safady. Directed by Randy Moore. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes. 

FOLLOWING, THE: SEASON 2 - TV/mystery/film noir. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Natalie Zea, Valorie Curry, Connie Nielsen, Jake Weber. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2013. Unrated.

GRAND SEDUCTION, THE - Comedy/Canada. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent. Directed by Don McKellar. 2014. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.

HOUDINI [2014] - TV Miniseries/Drama. Starring Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Evan Jones, Tim Pigott-Smith. Tom Benedict Knight. Directed by Uli Edel. Unrated. 324 minutes.  

MILLION DOLLAR ARM - Sports Drama. Starring Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Darshan Jariwata, Gregory Alan Williams, Tzi Ma. Directed by Craig Gillespie. 2014. Rated PG. 124 minutes. Box Office: $37 million.

MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, A - Comedy/Western. Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Wes Studi. Directed by Seth MacFarlane. 2014. Rated R. 116 minutes. Box Office: $43 million. 

OBVIOUS CHILD - Comedy. Starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman,  David Cross, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, Cindy Cheung. Directed by Gillian Robespierre. 2014. Rated R. 84 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.

SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE  - TV/Cult/Turkey.  Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri, Judd Hirsch, Downtown Julie Brown, Matt Lauer, Ed Roker. Directed by local native Anthony C. Ferrante. 2014. Unrated. 90 minutes.

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION - TV/Sci-fi/Animation. Voices by Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Steve Blum. 2014. Unrated. 43 minutes.

TASTING MENU - Food Comedy/Spain-Ireland. Starring Jan Cornet, Claudia Bassols, Vincenta N'Dongo, Andrew Tarbet, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Rea, Togo Igawa. Directed by Roger Gual. 2013. Rated PG-13. 85 minutes. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW RELEASES - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

3D Blu-ray:

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - Action/sci-fi. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles. Directed by Michael Bay. RECOMMNDED! 2014. Rated PG-13. 165 minutes. Box Office: $246 million.

Blu-rays:

CHEF [2014] - Comedy. Starring Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sophia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, Bobby Cannavale. Directed by Jon Favreau. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  Rated R. 114 minutes. Box Office: $32 million.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - Action/sci-fi. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles. Directed by Michael Bay. RECOMMENDED!  2014. Rated PG-13. 165 minutes. Box Office: $246 million.

DVDs:

CHEF [2014] - Comedy. Starring Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sophia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, Bobby Cannavale. Directed by Jon Favreau. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  Rated R. 114 minutes. Box Office: $32 million.

COLD IN JULY - Mystery/film noir. Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell. Directed by Jim Mickle. 2014. Rated R. 109 minutes. Box Office: $1 million.

DECODING ANNIE PARKER - Drama. Starring Aaron Paul, Alice Eve, Corey Stoll, Maggie Grace, Samantha Morton, Ben McKenzie, Rashida Jones, Helen Hunt, Marley Shelton. Directed by Steven Bernstein. 2014. Rated R. 91 minutes.

HELLION - Drama/mystery. Starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, josh Wiggins, Deke Connor. Directed by Kat Candler. 2014. Rated R. 94 minutes.

IVORY TOWER - Documentary. Starring Andrew Delbanco. Directed by Andrew Rossi. 2014. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes. 

THIRD PERSON - Drama/romance. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, Olivia Wilde, James Franco. Directed by Paul Haggis. 2014. Rated R. 137 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - Action/sci-fi. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles. Directed by Michael Bay. RECOMMENDED! 2014. Rated PG-13. 165 minutes. Box Office: $246 million.

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NEW RELEASES - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BLU-RAYS:

IDA - Foreign Drama. Starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trezebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Joanna Kulig. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. 2013. Rated PG-13. 82 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.

NEIGHBORS [2014] - Comedy. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Halston Sage. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. 2014. Rated R. 97 minutes. Box Office: $151 million.

ROVER, THE [2014] - Mystery/Drama. Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy. Directed by David Michod. Rated R. 2013 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.

SIGNAL, THE [2014] - Sci-fi. Starring Brendon Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne, Lin Shaye. Directed by William Eubank. Rated PG-13. 97 minutes.

DVDs:

CALLING, THE [2014] - Mystery. Starring Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland, Christopher Heyerdahl. Directed by Jason Stone. 2014. Rated R. 108 minutes.

IDA - Foreign Drama. Starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trezebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Joanna Kulig. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. 2013. Rated PG-13. 82 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.

LAST OF THE UNJUST, THE - Documentary. Starring  Benjamin Murmelstein. Directed by Claude Lanzmann. 2013. Rated PG-13. 220 minutes.

MODERN FAMILY: SEASON 5 - TV comedy. Starring Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson.  2013-2014. Unrated.

NEIGHBORS [2014] - Comedy. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Halston Sage. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. 2014. Rated R. 97 minutes. Box Office: $151 million.

ROVER, THE [2014] - Mystery/Drama. Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy. Directed by David Michod. Rated R. 2013 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.

SCANDAL: SEASON 3 - TV Drama. Starring Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Davis, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Columbus Short. 2013-2014. Unrated.

SIGNAL, THE [2014] - Sci-fi. Starring Brendon Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne, Lin Shaye. Directed by William Eubank. Rated PG-13. 97 minutes.

WER - Horror. Starring A.J. Cook, Sebastian Roche, Vik Sahay, Stephanie Lemelin, Oaklee Pendergast. Directed by William Brent Bell. 2013. Rated R. 89 minutes. 


Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

3D Blu-ray:

GODZILLA [2014] - Sci-fi/horror/action. Aaron Taylor Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Richard T. Jones. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. Box Office: $201 million.

Blu-rays:

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - Drama/romance. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort,  Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe. Directed by Josh Boone. 2013. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Box Office: $125 million.

GODZILLA [2014] - Sci-fi/horror/action. Aaron Taylor Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Richard T. Jones. Directed by Gareth Edwards.  Highly recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. Box Office: $201 million.


DVDs:

BURNING BLUE - Drama/Biography. Trent Ford, Tammy Blanchard, Morgan Spector, Rob Mayes, Willard Lee Scott, Cotter Smith. Directed by D.M.W. Greer. 2014. Rated R. 96 minutes.

BURNING BUSH - Czech TV miniseries. Tatiana Pauhofova, Jaroslava Pokorna, Petr Stach. 2013. 231 minutes.

DCI BANKS: SEASON 2 - British TV. Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Kowe. 2011.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - Drama/romance. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort,  Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe. Directed by Josh Boone. 2013. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Box Office: $125 million.

GODZILLA [2014] - Sci-fi/horror/action. Aaron Taylor Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Richard T. Jones. Directed by Gareth Edwards.  Highly recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. Box Office: $201 million.

KEN BURNS' THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY - PBS documentary. Voices by Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Edward Herrmann. Highly recommended! Directed by Ken Burns. Unrated. 14 hours.

A LONG WAY DOWN - Comedy/drama. Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Rosamund Pike. Directed by Pascale Chaumeil. 2014. Rated R. 96 minutes.

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO - Comedy. Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Taraji P. Henson, Jenifer Lewis. Directed by Tim Story. 2014. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. Box Office: $66 million.

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

3D Blu-Ray:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER - Superhero action. Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Shaw, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. 2014. Rated PG-13. 136 minutes. Box Office: $260 million. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Blu-Rays:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER - Superhero action. Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Shaw, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. 2014. Rated PG-13. 136 minutes. Box Office: $260 million. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

HOMELAND:  SEASON 3 - TV series. Drama/Suspense. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, Rupert Friend. 2013. Unrated. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

DVDs:

BORGMAN - Foreign. Jan Bjivoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjoret Ditlevsen. Directed by Alex Van Warmerdam. 2013. In Dutch with English subtitles. Rated R. 113 minutes.

BRICK MANSIONS - Action. Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa. Directed by Camille Delamarre. 2014. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $21 million.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER - Superhero action. Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Shaw, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. 2014. Rated PG-13. 136 minutes. Box Office: $260 million. HIOHLY RECOMMENDED!

FED UP - Documentary. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig. 2014. Rated PG. 92 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.

GOD'S POCKET - Drama. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, Eddie Marsan. Directed by John Slattery (MAD MEN). 2014. Rated R. 88 minutes.

GO FOR SISTERS - Drama. LisaGay Hamilton, Yolanda Ross, Edward James Olmos, Harold Perrineawu, Isaiah Washington.  Directed by John Sayles. 2013. Unrated. 123 minutes.

HOMELAND:  SEASON 3 -  TV series. Drama/Suspense. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, Rupert Friend. 2013. Unrated. HIOHLY RECOMMENDED!

KORENGAL - Documentary. Directed by Sebastian Junger. 2014. Rated R. 84 minutes.

LOUDER THAN WORDS - Drama. Adelaide Kane, David Duchovny, Hope Davis, Timothy Hutton, Xander Berkley, Craig Bierko, Victoria Tennant. Directed by Anthony Fabian. 2014. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: SEASON 1 - TV series. Superhero Action. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Bill Paxton, and guest appearances by Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, and Patton Oswalt. 2013-2014. Unrated. HIOHLY RECOMMENDED!

PALO ALTO - Drama+Local Interest. Emma Roberts, James Franco, Val Kilmer, Olivia, Crocicchia, Claudia Levy. Directed by Gia Coppola. 2014. Rated R. 100 minutes. Box Office: $1 million.

REFUGE - Drama. Krysten Ritter, Brian Geraghty, Logan Huffman, Madeleine Martin. Directed by Jessica Goldberg. 2014. Unrated. 84 minutes.

WILLOW CREEK - Horror satire. Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson, Laura Montagna. Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. 2014. Unrated. 77 minutes.

WORDS AND PICTURES - Comedy/romance.  Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Amy Brenneman. Directed by Fred Svhepesi (ROXANNE, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION). 2014. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Releases - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Blu-rays:

DRAFT DAY -  Sports Drama. Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman, Chi McBride. Directed by Ivan Reitman. 2014. Rated R. 110 minutes. Box Office: $29 million.

FOR NO GOOD REASON - Documentary. Johnny Depp, Ralph Steadman, Richard E. Grant, Terry Gilliam, Jann Wenner. Directed by Charlie Paul. 2014. Rated R. 89 minutes.

DVDs:

DRAFT DAY -  Sports Drama. Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman, Chi McBride. Directed by Ivan Reitman. 2014. Rated R. 110 minutes. Box Office: $29 million.

FOR NO GOOD REASON - Documentary. Johnny Depp, Ralph Steadman, Richard E. Grant, Terry Gilliam, Jann Wenner. Directed by Charlie Paul. 2014. Rated R. 89 minutes.

MOM'S NIGHT OUT - Comedy. Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins. Directed by the Erwin Brothers. 2014. Rated PG. 98 minutes. Box Office: $11 million.

THEY CAME TOGETHER - Comedy. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Ed Helms, Kenan Thompson, Ellie Kemper, Max Greenfield. Directed by David Wain. 2014. Rated R. 83 minutes.

WHITEWASH - Film noir/thriller. Thomas Haden Church, Anie Pascale. Directed by Emmanuel Hoss-Desmaris. 2014. Unrated. 90 minutes.



Monday, August 25, 2014

New Releases - August 26, 2014

Blu-rays:

Belle [2014] [Fascinating true story starring newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral who is raised as an aristocrat by her great-uncle  in Eighteenth Century England. The fine cast includes Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Alan McKenna, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, and Tom Felton. Directed by actress turned director Amma Asante ( A Way of Life). Rated PG. 104 minutes. Box Office: $11 million. THIS IS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY ONLY!]

Double, The [2014] [This witty and darkly comic thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg as a meek government agency clerk whose life becomes a living nightmare when his new co-worker turns out to be his exact physical double but a polar opposite when it comes to personality. Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, and Phyllis Somerville also star. Actor-director Richard Ayoade (Submarine) directed this British film that bears a resemblance to Jake Gyllenhaal's recent Enemy but is more tongue-in-cheek. Rated R. 93 minutes.]

Normal Heart, The [Moving true HBO movie about a gay activist trying to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the early Eighties. The stellar cast features great work by Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts. Ryan Murphy (Eat Pray Love) directed. Emmy winner for Outstanding TV Movie. 2014. Unrated. 132 minutes.] 


DVDs:

Blended [One of Adam Sandler's better recent farces, this benefits from his chemistry with his 50 First Dates co-star Drew Barrymore. This time they play a couple who go on a disastrous blind date but start to fall in love with each other when they end up at the same resort with their families in tow for a vacation. Co-starring Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joel McHale, and Shaquille O'Neal. 2014. Rated PG-13. 117 minutes. Box Office: $47 million.]

Double, The [2014] [This witty and darkly comic thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg as a meek government agency clerk whose life becomes a living nightmare when his new co-worker turns out to be his exact physical double but a polar opposite when it comes to personality. Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, and Phyllis Somerville also star. Actor-director Richard Ayoade (Submarine) directed this British film that bears a resemblance to Jake Gyllenhaal's recent Enemy but is more tongue-in-cheek. Rated R. 93 minutes.]

Elementary: Season 2 [Jonny Lee Miller is as OCD as ever as the modern day Sherlock Holmes who resides in New York in this even better second season. Lucy Liu reprises her fun take on the female Dr. Watson as they deal with more shocking murders and encounter the return of Sean Pertwee's desperate and envious Lestrade and seductive Natalie Dormer as Sherlock's evil ex-love Moriartyy.  Rhys Ifans also makes a very pleasant extended guest appearance as Sherlock's mysterious brother Mycroft, and beautiful Olivia D'Abo plays a memorable ex-lover. Regular co-stars include Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill. Highly Recommended! 2013-2014. Unrated. 6 separate rentals.]

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return [Delightful animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz with Dorothy returning to Oz after the tornado to save her friends: the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man, and Glinda. The great voice cast features Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammar, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Tracey Adams, Martin Short, Bernadette Peters, Oliver Platt, Hugh Dancy, and Brian Blessed. Directed by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre. 2014. Rated PG. 83 minutes. Box Office:$9 million.]

Love Punch [Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson have a great time and fine chemistry playing a divorced couple who plot to get back the retirement money that was stolen from them. Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Louise Bourgoin, and Marisa Berenson also star. Writer-director Joel Hopkins also did Last Chamce Harvey. 2014. Rated PG-13. 94 minutes.] 

Normal Heart, The [Moving true HBO movie about a gay activist trying to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the early Eighties. The stellar cast features great work by Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts. Ryan Murphy (Eat Pray Love) directed. Emmy winner for Outstanding TV Movie. 2014. Unrated. 132 minutes.]

Portlandia: Season 4 [The hilarious and affectionate lampooning of overly politically correct Portland continues with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. Highly Recommended! 2014. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Promise, A [Patrice Leconte (The Girl on the Bridge, The Hairdresser's Husband) directed
this period romantic triangle about a married beauty who falls in love with her husband's protégé just before WWI. The excellent cast is lead by Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall, Richard Madden, Tony Murray, and Jessica Steed. 2014. Unrated. 98 minutes.]

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 [Shocking twists await fans of this brutal biker action drama starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Ron Perlman, Ryan Hurst, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, and Maggie Siff. 2014. Unrated. 5 separate rentals.]

Stream, The [Set in 1981, this charming and underrated family film has five kids whose simple trip following a stream to the mall and back turns into an unexpected comic adventure. Mario Lopez, Christopher Gorham, Kelly Rutherford, Rainn Wilson, Jacob M. Williams, and Noura Jost star. 2013.PG. 82 minutes.]

Trust Me [Clark Gregg (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) directed, wrote, and starred in this quirky comedy in which he plays a struggling talent agent and ex-child star who tries to sign a top Hollywood starlet despite many adversities. The great all-star cast includes Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Niecy Nash, Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, and Molly Shannon. 2014. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Walking Dead, The: Season 4 [In this exciting season, chaos reigns as Rick's community is scattered from the prison into separate groups fighting to still survive the ever-present zombies while making new and interesting friends as well as making vicious an mysterious new enemies. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yuen, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, and Emily Kinney. Highly Recommended! 2013-2014. Unrated. 5 separate rentals.]

Young & Beautiful [Sexy Francois Ozon (The Swimming Pool, 8 Women) drama starring Marine Vacth as a young beauty who secretly becomes a call girl for no discernible reason. Geraldine Pailhaus and Frederic Pierrot co-star. 2013. Unrated. 95 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Releases - August 19, 2014

3D Blu-ray:

Amazing Spider-Man 2, The [The first film was a thrill-packed and pleasant surprise reboot, and this sequel is even better as Spider-man (Andrew Garfield) battles nasty villains from Oscorp, including Jamie Foxx as chilling Electro and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings, Chronicle) as the Green Goblin. Emma Stone, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, and Campbell Scott also star in this exciting hit sequel. Highly Recommended! 2014. PG-13. 142 minutes. Box Office: $203 million.]

Blu-rays:

Amazing Spider-Man 2, The [The first film was a thrill-packed and pleasant surprise reboot, and this sequel is even better as Spider-man (Andrew Garfield) battles nasty villains from Oscorp, including Jamie Foxx as chilling Electro and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings, Chronicle) as the Green Goblin. Emma Stone, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, and Campbell Scott also star in this exciting hit sequel. Highly Recommended! 2014. PG-13. 142 minutes. Box Office: $203 million.]

Fading Gigolo [John Turturro directed and stars in this hilarious Woody Allenish romantic comedy with Turturro as a New York guy who decides to become a gigolo to help his cash-challenged pal (played by Woody Allen, of course) who also becomes his manager with unexpected results. The terrific cast includes Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Live Schreiber, and Tonya Pinkins. Fans of both Turturro and Woody should be pleased with this delightful farce. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.]

Only Lovers Left Alive [After a 4 year absence from the big screen, cult director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Dead Man) returned with this typically quirky and fascinating tale of centuries old vampire lovers Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston who reunite but are rudely interrupted by Swinton's sexy and wild younger sister Mia Wasikowska who shakes things up. Co-starring Anton Yelchin, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright. 2013. Rated R. 123 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

DVDs:

Amazing Spider-Man 2, The [The first film was a thrill-packed and a pleasant surprise reboot, and this sequel is even better as Spider-man (Andrew Garfield) battles nasty villains from Oscorp, including Jamie Foxx as chilling Electro and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings, Chronicle) as the Green Goblin. Emma Stone, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, and Campbell Scott also star in this exciting hit sequel. Highly Recommended! 2014. PG-13. 142 minutes. Box Office: $203 million.]

Auction, The [Elegant but simple Canadian drama about a farmer with no sons and two daughters who decides to sell his farm when one of them has financial woes. Starring Gabriel Arcand, Lucie Laurier, Gilles Renaud, Johann-Marie Tremblay, and Sophie Desmaris. Directed by Sebastian Pilote. From Film Movement. 2013. Unrated. 111 minutes.]

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 [This season, Steve Buscemi's Nucky is laying low after surviving another battle for power, but don't worry, he's still up to his neck in corruption and bootlegging. Patricia Arquette makes a welcome and memorable guest arc. Kelly Macdoanld and Michael Shannon also return. 2013. Unrated.  4 separate rentals.]

Fading Gigolo [John Turturro directed and stars in this hilarious Woody Allenish romantic comedy with Turturro as a New York guy who decides to become a gigolo to help his cash-challenged pal (played by Woody Allen, of course) who also becomes his manager with unexpected results. The terrific cast includes Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Live Schreiber, and Tonya Pinkins. Fans of both Turturro and Woody should be pleased with this delightful farce. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $4 million.]

Good Wife, The: Season 5 [One of network TV's best dramas returns with one of its best seasons with title character Juliana Margulies giving another superb performance as she goes through shocking twists, changes,  cast exits, and guest stars galore. The excellent cast includes Josh Charles, Chris Noth, Matt Czuchry, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Michael J. Fox, and Archie Punjabi. Highly Recommended! 2013-2014. Unrated. 6 separate rentals.]

Only Lovers Left Alive [After a 4 year absence from the big screen, cult director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Dead Man) returned with this typically quirky and fascinating tale of centuries old vampire lovers Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston who reunite but are rudely interrupted by Swinton's sexy and wild younger sister Mia Wasikowska who shakes things up. Co-starring Anton Yelchin, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright. 2013. Rated R. 123 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Sacrament, The [Creepy, better than average horror thriller about a news team that follows a man looking for his missing sister. Their search leads them to a community where the leader may not be what he seems. Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lynn Sheil, AJ Bowen, Gene Jones, and Donna Biscoe star. 2014. Rated R. 99 minutes.]

When I Saw You [Moving Middle Eastern drama focusing on a boy who is separated from his parents in Jordan, circa 1967, and tries to reunite with them even though they are in separate refugee camps. Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, and Saleh Bakri star, and Annemarie Jacir directed. 2013. Unrated. 98 minutes.

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.