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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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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Releases - September 18, 2012

Blu-rays:
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The [One of the feel-good comedies of the year and one of the best films of 2012 period, this delightful and moving film features a stellar cast of British ex-pats who retire to a resort in India of all places where unlikely friendships and romances develop. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith star in this hit dramedy directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). 2012.]

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [Fun but over-the-top action as Harrison Ford returns as Indy and teams with young and earnest Shia LaBeouf to battle 1950's Nazis over a powerful Crystal Skull in South America. Cate Blanchett is great as the femme Nazi, and the supporting cast includes Ray Winstone, John Hurt and a welcome return by Karen Allen. Steven Spielberg again directed this action-packed 4th Indy film in 2008. Highlights: Indy surviving an A-Bomb, the ridiculous but fun jungle car chase and boat chase, and the Skull coming to life.]

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [The 3rd and arguably best Indy film adds depth as he teams with and bonds with his professor dad Sean Connery while keeping Nazis from getting the Holy Grail. Connery gives one of his best performances, obviously having fun playing with Ford under Spielberg's direction. Alison Doody is the sexy female lead. Highlights: River Phoenix as young Indy in the opening, the Joneses tied back to back in peril, the rat attack, the cycle chase, and the ride into the sunset. Blu-ray debut!]

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [Adventurer and archaeologist Jones is introduced in this terrific action classic in which he fights Nazis over the mysterious and powerful Lost Ark. Karen Allen and Denholm Elliott co-star in this Steven Spielberg adventure that is one of the best action films ever made. Highlights: way too many to mention but the boulder opening, the bar shootout, the truck chase, the snake pit, sword vs. gun fight,and the Ark lighting up.  Blu-ray debut!]

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom [Fun but over the top and much darker 2nd Indy film teams him with sexy singer Kate Capshaw as they try to topple a nasty religious cult in exotic India. Highlights: the nightclub shootout, the amazing gross-out dining scene, the equally creepy bug scene, the roller coaster ride mine cart chase, and the rope bridge crossing.  Blu-ray debut!]
 
DVDs:

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The

Cabin in the Woods [Co-written by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), this great horror satire/thriller starts with the familiar story of five college friends who end up in a cabin in the woods being attacked by supernatural creatures, but that's only the beginning in this movie filled with surprises that turn the genre on its head. Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford star. Drew Goddard directed this 2012 cult hit.]

Castle: Season 4 [In this terrific season, likable mystery writer Nathan Fillion and lovely detective Stana Katic work through their many issues and secrets and finally take the next step in their sexy relationship. Guest stars include Jennifer Beals, Geoff Pierson and Adam Baldwin.]

Conception [A terrific cast headlines this adult comedy that follows nine very different couples on the night they conceive. a Tribeca Film directed by Josh Stolberg and starring David Arquette, Moon Bloodgood, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Finnegan, Leah Pipes, Gregory Smith, Alan Tudyk, Sarah Hyland, and Jason Mantzoukas. 2012.]

For Greater Glory [Andy Garcia stars in this old-fashioned sweeping epic about Mexico's little known Cristero War, the 1926-1929 period when the largely Catholic population was denied their faith until the violent revolution was won. Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Santiago Cabrera and Ruben Blades also star. 2012.]

Goats [2012] [Genial cult farce starring Graham Phillips as a young man whose mentor is offbeat Goat Man David Duchovny, but when he has to go to an East Coast prep school, changes come fast and furious. Starring Vera Farmiga, Justin Kirk and Ty Burrell.]

Goodnight, We Love You (The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller)  [The iconic and ground-breaking stand up comic's fascinating life is recalled in this documentary directed by Greg Barson.]

Katy Perry the Movie: Part of Me [The beautiful, sexy, talented and yet wholesome pop rock singer ;ets cameras follow her around as she goes on a world tour, interacting with her enthusiastic and sometimes eccentric fans, and displaying her irresistible charm and wild sense of humor in this feel-good music documentary. 2012.]

Kung Fu Panda: Awesome Secrets Collection [More hilarious adventures with the lovable roly poly martial arts disciple panda. 2012.]

Magic of Belle Island, The [After a long absence from filmmaking, Rob Reiner returns with this warm family dramedy starring Morgan Freeman as a western novelist with writer's block who finds inspiration from the single mom and her kids in the summer cabin next door. Virginia Madsen (Sideways) plays the appealing neighbor. 2012]

Mentalist, The: Season 4 [Simon Baker brings his usual charisma and charm to his role as crime solving consultant Patrick Jane in this great, twisted and fun season in which he discovers that his nemesis is actually not dead, leading to a truly shocking season finale.]

Modern Family: Season 3 [America's favorite dysfunctional TV family (including Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) returns for another cutting edge, in-your-face season. Highlight: the episode where one of the young kids utters profanity in public after hearing an adult use the word.]

Produced by George Martin [Long overdue documentary focusing on the brilliant music producer/genius who helped shape The Beatles into one of the biggest influences of the Twentieth Century. Interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Jeff Beck, Cilla Black. Millicent Martin, Bernard Cribbins, Rolf Harris and many others are featured as it covers his long and colorful career that began with working with other geniuses like Peter Sellers and John Barry in creating pop hits to his post-Beatles experimentation. 2012.]

Salvation Boulevard [A terrific cast propels this wild satire starring Greg Kinnear as an ex-Grateful Deadhead turned devout evangelical convert who runs afoul of pastor Pierce Brosnan when he witnesses him in a sinful act. He ends up on the run from the church and is torn between religious wife Jennifer Connelly and Dead groupie Marisa Tomei. Ed Harris also stars. George Ratliff directed in 2012.]

We Have a Pope [Michel Piccoli plays Cardinal Melville, an unassuming man who is suddenly chosen as Pope, but he suffers extreme anxiety before taking the important job until he gets help from psychiatrist Nanni Moretti, who also directed the true story. Renato Scarpa, Margherita Buy, Jerzy Stuhr and Franco Graziosi co-star.]

Woman in the Fifth [This French-Polish-British thriller stars Ethan Hawke as a novelist who tries to reconcile with his estranged wife and daughter in Paris. When that fails, he takes a job as a night guard and meets magnetic translator Kristin Scott Thomas whom he finds fascinating. Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi, Delphine Chuillot and Julie Papillon also appear in this film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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