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, November 6, 2011

New Releases - November 8 and 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011:

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 [Ayn Rand's controversial, classic epic novel is brought to the screen for the first time in this ambitious, beautiful and equally controversial 2011 Paul Johansson film starring Edi Gathegi and Taylor Schilling. The topical plot is set in 2016 when the world is on the brink of economic disaster and the world's greatest citizens are targeted. Only two young individualists stand between world destruction by dark forces and a glimmer of survival.]

Barbie: A Perfect Christmas [2011 Barbie Christmas special.]

Beethoven's Christmas Adventure [When an elf crashlands Santa's sleigh, it's up the famous saint bernard to rescue Christmas and all the presents he was carrying. John Cleese, Tom Arnold, Robert Picardo, Kim Rhodes, Munro Chambers and John O'Hurley star. 2011.]

Beginners [Ewan McGregor gives one of his best performances in this moving dramedy as a graphic artist who discovers his father is gay and has terminal cancer after his mother dies and tries to cram in as much life as he can with his dad in the time he has left. Christopher Plummer gives another brilliant performance as the father, and Melanie Laurent is fine as Ewan's reluctant love interest. Directed and written by Thumbsucker's Mike Mills. 2011.]

Better Tomorrow, A [Action-packed 2010 Korean remake of the John Woo-Chow Yun-Fat classic starring Ju Jin-Mo,  Song Seung-Heon, Kim Gang-Woo, and Jo Han-Sun. Directed by Song Hae-Sung and produced by Woo.]

Change-Up, The [It may be deju vu all over again with this familiar fantasy comedy tale of the ultimate swinging bachelor magically switching places with his best friend, a happily married but overworked  lawyer and family man. Thankfully leads Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman are charming enough to carry the 2011 farce along with an excellent supporting cast featuring Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann and Alan Arkin. Directed by David Dobkin.] 

Dr. Seuss' Holidays on the Loose [Animated Grinch specials The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat and Halloween is Grinch Night join the classic Boris Karloff-voiced How the Grinch Stole Christmas special in this new two disc set.]  

Life in a Day [Director Kevin Macdonald narrowed 4500 hours of footage shot by YouTube filmmakers for this enjoyable and surprising 95 minute 2011 film featuring videos that were all shot or done on 7/24/2010.]


Restitution [Mena Suvari, Mark Bierlein, C. Thomas Howell, William Sadler, and Tom Arnold head a better than average cast in this film noir thriller about a young reporter who gets in over his head when he tries to solve the murder of a fraud insurance investigator and informants start turning up dead.]


River Why, The [Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, Kathleen Quinlan, Dallas Roberts, William Devane and William Hurt star in this excellent drama about a young man who decides to move out of his famous fly-fishing father's home. He finds himself in a secluded cabin where he plans to fish all day, but he finds surprising love with a sexy free-spirited girl (well-played by Drive Crazy's Amber Heard) he meets. Directed byMatthew Leutwyler. 2010.]

Sleeping Beauty [Catherine Breilliat, the director of Fat Girl, made this bizarre version of the famous fairy tale in 2010. Starring Clara Besnainou and Julia Artmonov.]

13 [Jason Statham, Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Michael Shannon, Sam Riley, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexander Skarsgard, David Zayas, and Ben Gazzara are featured in this action film in which a young man gets involved in a mob version of Russian Roulette with deadly results. Directed by Gela Babluani in 2010.]

Friday, November 11:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II [The record-breaking film series comes to a dazzling conclusion with this exciting, cathartic rollercoaster ride melding amazing special effects,  shocking character revelations, and a touching and satisfying resolution. Daniel Radcliffe gives his best performance as maturing wizard Harry as he finally deals with his arch nemesis, the creepy nose-less Valdemort (played with exquisite reptilian venom by Ralph Fiennes). Add to this, great performances by his partners Rupert Grint (as Ron) and Emma Watson (as Hermionie) and by other regulars Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, and Jim Broadbant, and you have one of the best films in the entire series. Directed by David Yates, it is still the biggest grossing film of the year and will probably be up for several Oscars, althougb it remains to be seen whether it can win Best Picture as Lord of the Rings did with its conclusion Return of the King, but I would not bet against it as it is one of the best pictures of the year so far. 2011.] 

Blu-Ray:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  • Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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