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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Monday, March 25, 2013

New Releases - March 26, 2013

Blu-rays:

Killing Them Softly [Brad Pitt is great in this pulp thriller as a mob hit man who must restore order when a mob protected card game is heisted by amateur crooks. Andrew Dominick directed this hit action flick co-starring Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Scott McNairy, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long and Shane.]

Lincoln [2012] [Epic, beautifully shot and acted historical drama showcasing a brilliant Best Actor- winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the president as he struggles to get the 13th Amendment passed. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, including Oscar nominated Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and James Spader. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the most for 2012, and having won Production Design in addition to Actor, this is considered one of Steven Spielberg's best and most ambitious works. Recommended!]

DVDs:

Beauty Is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story [Part bio, part documentary, part live performance, this acclaimed comedy tells the story of White, quirky designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician.]

Borgias, The: Season 2 [In this fun melodramatic Showtime series, Jeremy Irons is once again deliciously wicked as the power-hungry patriarch Pope of the Borgia clan. Francois Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Lotte Verbeek, and Colm Feore also star.]

Comedy, The [2012] [In this wacky indie comedy, Tim Heidecker takes the spotlight as a slacker on the cusp of inheriting his father's estate. He decides to push the boundaries of public decorum by doing outrageous antics to see what he can get away with. Eric Wareheim and James Murphy co-star. Rick Alverson directed.]

Day of the Falcon [Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose, The Bear) directed this epic tale of two rival kingdoms who agree to end fighting until oil is discovered on their borders, reigniting the fight. Starring Tahar Rahim, Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, and Freida Pinto.]

Easy Money [2012] [Solid Swedish thriller with Joel Kinnaman (from the AMC series The Killing) excellent as a lower class business student who falls for a hot heiress and tries to keep up his lavish lifestyle working for the mob. Daniel Espinosa directed.]
 
Killing Them Softly [Brad Pitt is great in this pulp thriller as a mob hit man who must restore order when a mob protected card game is heisted by amateur crooks. Andrew Dominick directed this hit action flick co-starring Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Scott McNairy, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long and Shane.]

Lincoln [2012] [Epic, beautifully shot and acted historical drama showcasing a brilliant Best Actor- winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the president as he struggles to get the 13th Amendment passed. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, including Oscar nominated Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and James Spader. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the most for 2012, and having won Production Design in addition to Actor, this is considered one of Steven Spielberg's best and most ambitious works. Recommended!]

Parental Guidance [Funny if predictable slapstick farce in which old-fashioned grandparents Billy Crystal and Bette Midler try to outfox their daughter's tech-savvy grandkids when they have to babysit. Andy Fickman directed this moderate hit for the whole family. Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison, Tom Everett Scott, Joshua Rush, and Kyle Harrison Breitkoph.]

Royal Affair, A [Lavish and moving romantic triangle between mad Danish king Mikkel Boe Falsgaard, the enlightened and idealistic royal physician Mads Mikkelsen (the Casino Royale villain) and the beautiful but strong queen Alicia Vikander. This was nominated for a 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.]

Shakespeare Uncovered [Terrific PBS documentary series about the history of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays and how they were created, first performed and received. The first six are hosted by Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson, Jeremy Irons, Trevor Nunn, Derek Jacobi and David Tennant.]

Sleepwalk with Me [When an aspiring stand-up comic fails to express his feelings to his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. Mike Birbiglia directed and stars in this funny indie farce with Lauren Ambrose.]

This Is Not a Film [Stunning documentary shot partially on iphone depicting the life of filmmaker Jafar Panahi as he undergoes house arrest in Tehran while appealing his sentence of 6 years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking.]

Veep: Season 1 [Julia Louis-Dreyfus shines in this hysterical HBO sitcom as a rising star of her party who becomes Vice President and has to deal with plenty of issues and problems, both at home and on the job. Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh and Sue Bradshaw co-star. Dreyfus won the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy and was nominated for a Golden Globe.]

Vicar of Dibley: Season 1 [Hilarious Britcom starring Dawn French as the surprising new and female vicar in a small English village.]



Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori,

 

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