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, April 28, 2013

New Releaes - April 30, 2013


Blu-rays:

Broken City [Charismatic stars propel this familiar film noir thriller starring Russell Crowe as a slick big city mayor who hires ex-cop turned detective Mark Wahlberg to tail cheating wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. In the process, Wahlberg gets framed for murder and then has to prove that slimy Crowe set him up. The solid supporting cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Michael Beach and Kyle Chabdler. Allen Hughes directed. 2013. 109 Minutes. Rated R. ]

Silver Linings Playbook [The best feel-good movie of 2012 and the best chick flick that guys don't mind watching with their girlfriends since Jerry Maguire, this romantic comedy also was one of the best of the year and earned several nominations, including Best Picture and nominations in all four acting categories (the first time that has happened in decades). Bradley Cooper (nominated for Best Actor) is at his best as a young man who loses his job, his wife, and his house and discovers he is bi-polar.  After spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain, he moves in with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver, nominees for Best Supporting Actor and Actress), hoping to get his act together and win his wife back. As he tries to put the pieces of his shattered life back together, he meets beautiful but equally damaged young widow played by Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress Oscar winner) who pushes his buttons the wrong and the right way and turns his life upside down.  The acting and the superb direction by David O.Russell (The Fighter, Flirting with Disaster) help make this a great film. Cooper shows that he is not just a pretty face, giving a mature performance as the troubled and complex lead, and Lawrence is wonderful as his match: funny, sexy, feisty, and heartbreaking in another difficult role that is totally different than her brilliant portrayal in Winter's Bone, for which she was also nominated. DeNiro also gives ones of his best performances in years as his loving dad, again perfectly matched with Weaver as his wife. Chris Tucker co-stars. This is the movie to watch if you are in a bad mood and want to cheer up. 122 minutes. Rated R.]

DVDs:

Broken City [Charismatic stars propel this familiar film noir thriller starring Russell Crowe as a slick big city mayor who hires ex-cop turned detective Mark Wahlberg to tail cheating wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. In the process, Wahlberg gets framed for murder and then has to prove that slimy Crowe set him up. The solid supporting cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Michael Beach and Kyle Chabdler. Allen Hughes directed. 2013. 109 Minutes. Rated R. ]


Details, The [Quirky farce in which married couple Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks get the 10 year itch. When a family attacks their yard, Maguire goes on the warpath that leads to a battle of wits with nosy neighbor Laura Linney, including infidelity, extortion, organ donation and other assorted mayhem. Co-starring Kerry Washington, Dennis Haysbert and Ray Liotta. Jacob Aaron Estes directed. 2011. 101 minutes. Rated R.]

Guilt Trip, The [Just in time for Mother's Day comes this generational road trip comedy that should appeal to fans of both Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen as unlikely as that seems. Hot comedy icon Rogen plays Streisand's son who unexpectedly invites her on an 8 day, 3000 mile road trip, leading to outrageous confrontations and revelations as they both air their grievances. This could be one of the funniest family friendly road trips since Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Vegas Vacation. Directed by Anne Fletcher. 2012. 95 minutes. Rated PG-13.]

Meanwhile [Minimalist cult director Hal Hartley returns to his old, free-flowing style with this quirky drama starring DJ Mendel as jack of all trades who can do a number of things really well but can never find his true niche because he is almost always helping others. Chelsea Crow, Kanstance Frakes, Anais Borck, Stephen Ellis and Penelope Lagos also star. 2011. 59 minutes Unrated. $2 rental.]

Not Fade Away [David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, made his feature film directing debut with this coming of age rock musical drama homage to Sixties rock. Set in that era, the story focuses on young John Magaro who, inspired by hit bands of the time like the Rolling Stones and by his success in a local band, decides to drop out of school to follow his music career. However, the tough realities of the business bear down on him, making him decide between father James Gandolfini's advice and his heart. Jack Huston, Will Brill and Brahm Vaccarella also star. 2012. 112 minutes. Unrated.]

Shelter Me [Katherine Heigl hosts this moving documentary about how people bond with their new pets acquired at shelter homes. Ellen DeGeneres' company Halo, Purely for Pets sponsored this film directed by Steven Latham. 2012. 57 minutes. Unrated. $2 rental.]

Silver Linings Playbook [The best feel-good movie of 2012 and the best chick flick that guys don't mind watching with their girlfriends since Jerry Maguire, this romantic comedy also was one of the best of the year and earned several nominations, including Best Picture and nominations in all four acting categories (the first time that has happened in decades). Bradley Cooper (nominated for Best Actor) is at his best as a young man who loses his job, his wife, and his house and discovers he is bi-polar.  After spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain, he moves in with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver, nominees for Best Supporting Actor and Actress), hoping to get his act together and win his wife back. As he tries to put the pieces of his shattered life back together, he meets beautiful but equally damaged young widow played by Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress Oscar winner) who pushes his buttons the wrong and the right way and turns his life upside down.  The acting and the superb direction by David O.Russell (The Fighter, Flirting with Disaster) help make this a great film. Cooper shows that he is not just a pretty face, giving a mature performance as the troubled and complex lead, and Lawrence is wonderful as his match: funny, sexy, feisty, and heartbreaking in another difficult role that is totally different than her brilliant portrayal in Winter's Bone, for which she was also nominated. DeNiro also gives ones of his best performances in years as his loving dad, again perfectly matched with Weaver as his wife. Chris Tucker co-stars. This is the movie to watch if you are in a bad mood and want to cheer up. 122 minutes. Rated R.]

Wuthering Heights [2011] [Beautiful new gothic noir version of the classic tale about poor orphan Heathcliff (first played by Solomon Glave and later by James Howson), who is taken in by a farmer's family, where he develops an obsessive and twisted relationship with beautiful foster sister Catherine (first played by Shannon Beer and later by Kaya Scodelario) that festers over years and creates tension with her brother (Lee Shaw). Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) directed. 129 minutes. Unrated.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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