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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 5, 2013

New Releases - February 5, 2013

Blu-rays:

Flight [2012] [Denzel Washington gives a superb Academy Award nominated performance in this powerful thriller as a pilot who becomes a hero when he miraculously lands a plane after a mid-air disaster. However, his actions and his character come under fire as the media probes his life. The fine cast also includes Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood,  and Melissa Leo. One of the best films of the year, it also is the first true live action film that Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Forrest Gump) has done in years after doing several motion capture films like Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.]

Late Quartet, A [Well-acted and moving musical drama starring Christopher Walken as a beloved cellist who may be forced to retire from a world-renowned quartet, stirring up emotions and egos that disrupt the normally tight group's harmony. The amazing cast features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots, Liraz Charhi, and Wallace Shawn.  Directed by Yaron Zilberman in 2012.]

Little White Lies [In this French ensemble drama resembling The Big Chill, Jean Dujardin (The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) plays the charismatic leader of a group of close friends. When a motorcycle accident puts him in intensive care, the friends spend the summer at a rich man's home where the clique's lies in their past threaten to ruin their friendships. Marion Cotillard, Francois Cluzet, Benoit Magimel, Gilies Lellouche, Laurent Lafitte, Valeries Bonneton and Pascale Arbillot also star. Guilliaume Canet directed.]  

Side by Side [2012] [Keanu Reeves hosts this beautiful and fascinating documentary about the past and the future of filmmaking as digital filmmaking becomes the norm. The major directors interviewed include digital pioneers James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Soderbergh. Chris Kenneally directed. A must for film lovers of all ages. 2012.]

 DVDs:

Above Suspicion: Set 2 [Kelly Reilly returns as newly promoted DI Anna Travis, who reunites with Ciaran Hinds' DCS James Langton to find out who killed a former police officer in this 3 episode popular British TV mystery.]

Alex Cross [For a change, Tyler Perry ditches the Madea drag dress for a suit and tie, playing  author James Patterson's popular character Alex Cross, a homicide detective and psychologist who matches wits with psychotic serial Killer Matthew Fox.  Rob Cohen (XXX, Fast and Furious) directed this film noir thriller that is still intense for a PG13 rating. Although Perry won't make you forget Morgan Freeman as Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, he scores points for doing a decent job in the role and trying to break out of his Madea typecasting. Please no jokes about changing the title to Alex Crossdressing.  Ironically,  Fox (the hunk from Vantage Point and TV's Lost) is the real scene stealer as the truly nasty villain with Fox adopting a DeNiro/Quaid/Bale/McConaughey extreme weight loss regimen to play the role. The excellent cast includes Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Cicely Tyson, Carmen Ejogo, Giancarlo Esposito, John C. McGinley, Stephanie Jacobsen, Werner Daehn, and Jean Reno.]

Celeste and Jessie Forever [Charming and offbeat romantic comedy starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as a married couple who are at a crossroads as they turn 30. They were childhood sweethearts and married young, and now, she is a success and he is adrift and unemployed. They decide to divorce to stay friends, but that decision creates more problems than solutions. Will McCormack, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor, and Erci Christian Olsen. Lee Toland Krieger directed.] 

Deadfall [2012] [In this snowbound noir heist thriller, Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde play a brother and sister who rob a casino and accidentally kill a state trooper.  They decide to split up, and while Bana creates violent chaos, Wilde finds solace with an ex-boxer played by Charlie Hunnam. Unfortunately for all, Bana makes his way back to Wilde for an unwanted reunion. Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson and Kate Mara also star. Stefan Ruzowitzky directed this stylish, well-acted and offbeat film.] 

Flight

Here Comes the Boom [Likable Kevin James plays a former collegiate wrestler turned high school gym teacher who decides to moonlight as a mixed martial artist to help save some school programs facing the axe. Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler co-star in this feel good comedy directed by Frank Coraci.]

Late Quartet, A

Little White Lies

My Worst Nightmare [Isabelle Huppert and Andre Dussolier star as married tenants in a rich apartment, but Huppert's life is turned into a nightmare when her husband hires Benoit Oelvoorde, a skirt-chasing, unemployed single father, to remodel their place in this wacky odd couple French farce. Directed by Anne Fontaine.]

Paul Williams: Still Alive [Fascinating documentary about the diminutive and award-winning singer/songwriter/actor who went from extreme fame to obscurity. Super fan Stephen Kessler directed and coaxed Williams back into the limelight. Williams made an amazing 50 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was also known for appearances on The Muppet Show and movies like Smokey and the Bandit and Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, as well as writing hit songs like Rainy Days and Mondays, We've Only Just Begun and You and Me Against the World. Robert Blake, Angie Dickinson, Tony Randall, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta and Kermit the Frog share their encounters with Williams.] 

Side by Side [2012]

Yelling to the Sky [Solid, gritty indie drama starring Zoe Kravitz as an attractive mixed race 17 year old with an absent/abusive father living in a rough neighborhood. When she finds herself turning to dealing, shoplifting and fighting, she realizes that she is the only one who can save herself. Gabourey Sidibe, Antonique Smith and Tim Blake Nelson co-star. Victoria Mahoney directed.]

Recent Arrivals:

Ballad of Narayama, The [1958][The Criterion Collection] [Moving Japanese period drama about a poor, remote mountain village where people who reach 70 years old are expected to spend the rest of their loves on the peak of Mount Narayama and how one woman deals with her family as she prepares to leave. Kinuyo Tanaka is excellent in the lead. Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita.]

Notes by maanager Steven Y. Mori.

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