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 23, 2011

New Releases - October 25, 2011

Avengers, The: Vol. 3 Iron Man Unleashed and Vol. 4: Thor's Last Stand [These two volumes complete the first season of the animated series based on the comic bringing together Iron Man, Thor,  Captain America, Hulk and other Marvel heroes.]

Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest [Actor Michael Rapaport turns director for this music documentary about the rise and fall of the hip hop/jazz fusion group A Tribe Called Quest.]

Captain America: The First Avenger [One of the best comic book hero/superhero epics of the summer, this exciting sleeper benefits from a terrific performance by Chris Evans as a wimpy young draft reject who wants to fight Nazis so bad he agrees to go through a risky experiment by a kindly scientist, nicely played by Stanley Tucci. He is turned into an amazingly buffed hero, but he soon becomes a government p.r. figurehead stuck selling Savings Bonds in a silly costume. Unhappy with his new role, he takes matters into his own hands, mounts a daring rescue of POWs and fights to bring down a super nazi, played with relish by Hugo Weaving. Joe Johnston, of The Rocketeer and The Wolfman fame, directed this Marvel Comics epic with an adroit mix of WWII war action, fantasy, romance, character depth and humor. Tommy Lee Jones practically steals the show as Evans' tough as nails drill sergeant. The fine supporting cast includes Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Neal McDonough, and Dominic Cooper. Recommended!]

Faces in the Crowd [Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon, and Marianne Faithful star in a 2011 suspense thriller featuring Jovovich as the lone survivor/witness of a serial killer who becomes the next target although she suffers from an affliction in which she cannot remember faces.]

Father of Invention, The [Kevin Spacey stars as an infomercial king who goes to prison for hawking a defective product that maims thousands. When he gets out, he tries to rebuild his fortune and mend fences with his extranged daughter in this 2011 comedy.  Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson, and Virginia Madsen also star. Directed by Brent Cooper.] 

Little Help, A [Jenna Fischer, (from TV's The Office) plays an unhappy wife who finds she needs a little help when her philandering hubby dies and her son starts acting out in this 2010 comedy.  Chris O'Donnell, Rob Benedict, Brooke Smith, Kim Coates, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Leibman, Daniel Yelsky, Dion Dimucci and Aida Turturro co-star. Directed by Michael J. Weithorn.]

Nora's Will [Mariana Chenillo directed this offbeat and moving Mexican drama about an ex-wife who dies and forces her husband to spend one last Passover with their estranged family. Silvia Mariscal and Fernando Lujan star. Subtitled.]

Severe Clear [Harrowing war documentary detailing the early days of 2003's Operation Iraqi Fredom as Marines Corps Lt. Mike Scotti  shows what it's really like to lead men into battle in the Mideast]

Shaolin [This loose 2010 remake of 1982's Shaolin Temple stars Andy Lau as a warlord who takes temporary refuge in a monks' Sharloin temple, only to return to war and suffer tragedy. He decides to atone for his sins by returning to the temple and joining the Shaolin order. Nicholas Tse and Jackie Chan also appear in this epic that mixes martial arts action and emotionally charged drama. Subtitled.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

City Hall [Excellent 1996 Harold Becker political corruption drama starring Al Pacino,  John Cusack, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello.]


Pirates of Silicon Valley, The [Fun 1999 TV movie detailing the rise of Apple and Microsoft as friendly/not so friendly rivals Steve Jobs and Bill Gates compete with their own versions of the up and coming personal computer. Noah Wyle (TV's ER) and Anthony Michael Hall (TV's Dead Zone) give excellent performances as world-changing nerds Jobs and Gates.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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