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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Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Releases - October 11 and 14, 2011

Tuesday, October 11:

Arena [Kellan Lutz, Samuel L. Jackson, Nina Dobrev, Irene Choi and James Remar star in an action-packed 2011 futuristic thriller about a winning gladiator in a fight to the death game who uncovers a huge conspiracy]

Beautiful Boy {Maria Bello and Michael Sheen star as a couple who try to reconcile when tragedy strikes their family in this moving 2010 drama co-starring Kyle Gallner, Alan Tudyk and Meatloaf Aday]

Bow, The [2005 Korean drama about a young girl who promises to marry her much older guardian, but  trouble strikes when she meets a younger man]

Cafe [An upscale and popular Philly coffeehouse is run by a lovable Jennifer Love Hewitt but may harbor a dark side as well in this offbeat dramedy co-starring Jamie Kennedy, Alexa Vega and Madeline Carroll/2010]

Horrible Bosses [Hilarious 2011 dark comedy hit in which friends decide to literally get rid of terrible bosses who drive them crazy. The great cast includes Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudekis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey]

Hour, The: Season 1 [Excellent BBC romantic thriller set around a 1950's BBC news magazine show brimming with romantic entanglements, intrigue and murder. Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Romola Gari, Andrew Scott and Oona Chaplin star]

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer [Based on a popular book series, this fun family comedy stars Jordana Beatty as a young girl whose potentially terrible summer spent with her second best pal and her irritating brother is turned upside when she is left in the charge of an equally cool and imaginative aunt, played by Heather Graham. A delightful fantasy for the whole family, although maybe skewed toward pre-teen girls/2011]

Moby Dick [William Hurt gives a fine performance as Captain Ahab, the man obsessed with killing the legendary white whale Moby Dick, in this epic 2010 cable version of Herman Melville's literary classic. Ethan Hawke and Donald Sutherland co-star]

New Tricks: Season 5 [Amanda Redman, Alun Arnstrong, James Bolam and Nick Waterman return for another fine season of this British TV series about underestimated senior cops solving cold cases no one else can]

People Speak, The [2010 documentary and stage show based mostly on Howard Zinn's The People's History of the United States featuring Zinn, Morgan Freeman. Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, Viggo Motensen, Danny Glover, David Strathairn, Rosario Dawson and others reading from the Declaration of Independence]

Presence, The [Excellent, chilling 2010 romantic thriller starring Mira Sorvino as a woman who goes to an isolated cabin and is stalked by a male apparition that becomes more agigated when her boyfriend arrives. Also starring Justin Kirk, Tony Curran, and Shane West. Directed byTom Provost]

Terri [Quirky 2011 comedy starring Jacob Wysocki as a teen misfit who has to take care of his uncle and is encouraged by a vice principal and a beauty to break out of his shell. With John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton and Olivia Crocicchia]

Tree of Life [Both acclaimed and confounding time-bending epic drama starring Sean Penn as a successful man who looks back on his childhood in 1950's Texas with his charismatic but complex dad Brad Pitt to try to find answers about why we exist. Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCarcken, and Fiona Shaw co-star. There is a lot of Oscar buzz for this unusual film directed by Terrence Malick, who also made the beloved Badlands and Days of Heaven]

Trip, The [When his girlfriend backs out, writer Steve Coogan asks best pal Robert Brydon to help him tour Britain's finest restaurants for a story for The Observer in this witty, foodie road trip from 2010]

Zookeeper [Lovable lug Kevin James is back as a lonely zookeeper who decides to leave his job until the animals start talking to him and give him advice on how to win his true love Leslie Bibb! Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, and Cher provide voices in this silly but funny 2011 family comedy hit] 

Blu-ray:

Tree of Life

Recent/New Arrivals:

Lady Vanishes, The: The Criterion Collection [Alfred Hitchcock gained major attention with this wonderful 1938 mystery-comedy about an older woman who mysteriously disappears during a train trip. Starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Paul Lukas/back in stock!]

Last Exit to Brooklyn [stunning 1989 cult shocker about the working class hell of 1950's Brooklyn in this ultra-grim character study starring Jennifer Jason leigh, Avatar's Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Peter Dobson, Jerry Orbach. Uli Edel directed/DVD debut!] 

Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, The [Jodie Foster. Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Schuman and Scott Jacoby star in this chiller about a young girl who lives with her father and harbors a dark side. Foster has fun doing The Bad Seed in this underrated 1975 film]

Some Came Running [Terrific ripe melodrama starring an excellent Frank Sinatra as a WWII vet/failed writer who returns to his uptight Midwest hometown and has trouble fitting into civilian life thanks to his boozing and his uncoventional friends. Shirley Maclaine gives a heartbreaking performance as the floozy who loves him. The fine cast also includes Dean Martin, Arthur Kennedy and Martha Hyer. Vincente Minnelli directed this hit film. Terrific jazz score by Elmer Bernstein/1958]

Friday, October 14, 2011:

Green Lantern, The [Although this expensive 2011 big screen adaptaion of the DC Comics superhero drew critical brickbats, it is still an enjoyable action fantasy with superb special effects. Ryan Reynolds stars as a slacker hotshot pilot who becomes a superhero thanks to a special ring given to him by peace monitoring aliens who have chosen him to fight a universe threatening evil supervillain, well played by scene-stealing Peter Sarsgaard. Mark Strong, Blake Lively, Angela Bassett and Tim Robbins co-star. Casino Royale's Martin Campbell directed with the emphasis on action and FX over character development] 

Blu-ray:

Green Lantern, The [2011]

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