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, February 19, 2012

New Releases - February 21 and 24, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012:

J. Edgar [Leonardo Dicaprio gives a terrific performance as J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial head of the FBI for over 50 years, in this controversial Clint Eastwood bio. For decades, Hoover kept his private life well-guarded, but after his death, his dark secrets came to light (his struggle with his sexual orientation, his paranoia, his sexual fetishes, his willingness to subvert the law, and more). Eastwood took some hits from both critics and the real FBI, but the film is still worth seeing, like its fascinating subject, warts and all. If nothing else, you can revel in Dicaprio's dead-on portrayal (surprisingly not even Oscar nominated for Best Actor) and its stunning art direction. The fine supporting cast includes Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, and Josh Lucas. 2011.]

London Boulevard [William Monahan, Oscar-winning screenwriter from The Departed, makes his directing debut with this romantic crime thriller starring Colin Farrell as an ex-con who is hired to protect a beautiful actress (Keira Knightley) and falls for her, leading British gangsters to target them. Ray Winstone, David Thewlis, and Anna Friel also star. 2011.]

Martha Marcy May Marlene [Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sibling to The Olsen Twins, gives an excellent and subtle performance as a young woman who tries to rebuild her life through various identities after escaping a weird cult. The fine supporting cast includes John Hawkes (Winter's Bone), Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy. Sean Durkin directed this exciting 2011 film noir character driven thriller.]

Mighty Macs, The [One of America's premiere sexpots, Carla Gugino (Sucker Punch, Watchmen, Women in Trouble), goes wholesome (!) and blonde (!!!) in this inspiring sports drama based on a true story. Gugino plays a coach who takes over a ragtag Catholic women's basketball team, and, without much of a budget, turns them into champions. The surprising cast also features David Boreanaz (TV's Bones and Angel), Ellen Burstyn, Marley Shelton (another hottie turned nun!), and Lauren Bittner. Tim Kincaid directed this G-rated 2011 film.]

Nurse Jackie: Season 3 [Edie Falco returns as everyone's favorite dysfunctional nurse in Season 3 of this darkly funny Showtime sitcom co-starring Twilight's Peter Facinelli. Who would have thought pill-popping addiction would be fodder for a TV comedy?]

Prairie Love [From Film Movement: This offbeat dramedy set in North Dakota has a drifter finding a frozen man.  After he helps him thaw out, he discovers that he's on his way to meet a pen-pal girlfriend who is being released from prison.  Desperate for his own girlfriend, he decides to take his new friend's identity and his unseen galpal.  Directed by Dusty Bias.  2012.]

Retreat [Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy play an attractive couple who go to an island retreat for a vacation. Unfortunately for them, they come upon a bloody stranger (Billy Elliott's Jamie Bell) who warns them that a deadly virus is sweeping Europe and threatens to end the world. They brace for what is to come, but is he just a psychotic madman or is he telling the truth? Carl Tibbetts directed this 2011 horror/thriller.] 

Southland: Season 2 Uncensored [This gritty TV drama about the dangerous life of those who police Los Angeles streets while dealing with their own personal problems returns for an excellent second season. Regina King, Shawn Hatosy, Kevin Alejandro, Michael Cudlitz and Arija Bareikis star in this uncensored version that includes all of the unexpurgated language and moments that could not be shown on TNT.] 

Space Between, The [Oscar winner Melissa Leo stars as a flight attendant who suddenly finds herself  trying to get a young Muslim boy(Anthony Keyvan) home to New York on September 11, 2001, the very day that air transportation is shut down. Co-starring Brad William Henke, Anna Sophia Robb, and Phillip Rhys. This moving drama was directed by Travis Fine. 2010.]

Tower Heist [Both Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy are back in top form in this anarchic action heist comedy in which they gather a wonderfully off-kilter crew (Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and Gabourey Sibide) to rob an evil financier (Alan Alda) who screwed them out of their pensions. Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour) directed this enjoyable 2011 hit that co-stars Tea Leoni.]

War of the Arrows [Korean period war action set in 1623 with two dynasties at war and two men on a mission. Park Hae-Il and Ryu Seung-Ryong star. Directed by Kim Han-Min in 2011.]

Way, The [Martin Sheen gives a moving performance as a grieving father who goes to France to pick up his son's remains and decides to complete the difficult walking pilgrimage in the Pyrenees that took his son's life. Real-life son Emilio Estevez directed this inspiring film and also appears as his late son. Also starring Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick Van Wageningen, James Nesbitt, and Tcheky Karyo. 2011.]

Weeds; Season 7 [Mary-Louise Parker has fun again in this hilariously over-the-top Showtime sitcom. In this 7th season, Parker moves to NYC to start over again after spending 3 years in the joint, and she goes right back to selling pot, which seems to go okay until old friends and family start showing up again. Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon co-star.]

Blu-rays:

J. Edgar

Tower Heist

Friday, February 24: 

Puss in Boots [One of Shrek's funniest and most beloved characters gets his own film and may give Shrek a run for the money when it comes to laughs. In this animated prequel that should be a hoot for all ages, Antonio Banderas returns as the voice of Puss in Boots, the suave, egotistical, romancing, swashbuckling cat.  This time, Puss is recruited by old pal Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) and sexy Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) to help steal magic beans from the evil and dysfunctional Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris). This wacky hit is nominated for a Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award and is  favored to win. 2011.]


Blu-ray:

Puss in Boots

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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