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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, February 12, 2013

New Releases - February 12, 2013

Blu-rays:

Kid with a Bike, The [The Criterion Collection] [In this moving French drama, 12 year old Thomas Doret lives in a group home and refuses to believe that his father rejects him, so he keeps trying to contact him by phone and by traveling on his beloved bike to find him. Cecile De France is the only person, a stranger, who appears to have any compassion for him. Jeremie Renier plays the father. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne directed. 2011.]

Man with the Iron Fists, The [Typically over-the-top fun presented by Quentin Tarantino and directed by musician RZA. In this homage to kung fu classics from the seventies, the emperor's gold is hijacked and every kung fu warrior, assassin and hired gun is out to find it in this all-out action western. Starring Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann and RZA.]

Perks of Being a Wallflower, The [One of the best coming of age movies in awhile, this smart and funny film also received a bouquet of great reviews. Logan Lehrman stars as an awkward freshman who is adrift until two seniors, lovely Emma Watson and stepbrother Ezra Miller, take him under their wing and teach him how to live in the fun lane. The leads are memorable, and Watson is particularly effective, breaking out of her Harry Potter persona. The terrific supporting cast includes Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Joan Cusack and Paul Rudd. Directed by Stephen Chbosky. One of the best of 2012.]

Sessions, The [2012] [One of the best films of 2012, this sexy adult comedy based on a true story features a great performance by John Hawkes as a 38 year old man who has spent his life in an iron lung and decides he really wants to lose his virginity to funny and beautiful sex therapist Helen Hunt (who is nominated for an Academy Award). William H. Macy also gives a standout performance as a sympathetic and amusing priest. Ben Lewin directed, and Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman and Adam Arkin co-star.]

Skyfall [In honor of James Bond 007's 50th anniversary,  MGM released this 23rd installment in the series, which turned out to be Daniel Craig's best Bond and one of the very best of the entire series. After an excellent introduction as British secret agent Bond in Casino Royale and a major misstep in the exciting but disappointing and hollow roller coaster ride follow-up Quantum of Solace, Craig returns to top form as he tries to find out the nefarious and shadowy villain who has stolen the complete list of MI-5 agents and is offing them one by one. As the killings escalate, 007 finds himself going rogue to protect the main target: M, his maternal boss (brilliantly played by Judi Dench in one of her best 007 outings).  This terrific action film is the most acclaimed Bond film since Goldfinger, having landed on many critics' top ten lists (it's certainly at the top of mine), earned 5 Academy Award nominations, won the ASC award, and won the BAFTA award for Best British Film. It is also has the most moving and emotional moments since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, giving Bond some much needed emotion and a chance for Dench to shine. Javier Bardem is wonderful as the sexually ambivalent but snarkily sadistic bad guy, joining the ranks of the best Bond villains and giving Hannibal Lechter a run for his mania. The cast is uniformly excellent: Ralph Fiennes as a seemingly pompous bureaucrat, Naomie Harris as a rookie agent, Berenice Marlohe as the stunning femme fatale, Ben Whishaw as the sharp new Q, and Albert Finney as a family friend of Bond. The direction by Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is brilliant, perfectly balancing big action set pieces with character depth and tongue-in-cheek humor while finally restoring the series hallmarks that were jettisoned in the previous two films. If you are a fan of the earlier Connery Bonds, this 007 is for you. Highly recommended!]

DVDs:

28 Hotel Rooms [Hot, erotic drama starring Marin Ireland and Chris Messina as a man and a woman who meet at a hotel while on business. They have a passionate fling, but, despite being committed to others, they decide to keep meeting for steamy, intimate fun and occasionally meaningful sex. Matt Ross directed.]

Bully [2011] [Acclaimed and controversial documentary about the bullying crisis in the US as it focuses on five families over the course of a school year. Unlike other films, this doc digs deep below the surface and is a must see for parents and teens. Directed by Lee Hirsch.]

Dangerous Liaisons [2012] [Well-acted, sexy new version of the classic tale about an illicit love triangle, lust, duplicity, and betrayal transplanted to Shanghai circa 1930. Cecilia Chung, Dong-gun Jang, Ziyi Zhang, and Shawn Dou star. Jin-Ho Hur directed.]

Imposter, The [Mesmerizing documentary about a young Frenchman who claims to be the 18 year old son who has been missing for 3 years from a grieving Texas family. But who is he? And why does the family accept him despite discrepancies? Directed by Bart Layton.]

Kid with a Bike, The [The Criterion Collection]

Man with the Iron Fists, The

Nurse Jackie: Season 4 [Edie Falco is in top form again as the title character, who finally confronts her addictions and new administrator Bobby Cannavale. Paul Schulze, Eve Best, and Haaz Sleiman also star.]

Perks of Being a Wallflower, The

Robot and Frank [Well-acted and fun quirky comedy starring Frank Langella as a retired cat burglar whose son James Marsden decides to get a robot to look after him instead of putting him in a home. The friendship that develops between Langella and his new friend takes unexpected turns. Directed by Jake Schreier. 2012.]

Sessions, The

Skyfall

Weeds: Season 8 {The Final Season] [In this final season, we will find out if Mary-Louise Parker's fresh start selling pot in NYC turns into Nirvana or a literal dead ending? Alexander Gould, Justin Kirk , Kevin Nealon, and Hunter Parrish also star.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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