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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, May 7, 2013

New Releases - May 7, 2013

Blu-rays:

Jack Reacher [Tom Cruise starts another exciting franchise with his intense performance as ex-military investigator Reacher who is called in to help an accused innocent man find out who really perpetrated the heinous crime. Although fans of Lee Child's bestselling novels were initially turned off by Cruise's casting because he isn't physically what they pictured, Cruise makes the part work with his usual charisma and a flash of muscle, and the picture was a hit in the US and particularly in foreign territories. Cult director Christopher McQuarrie (the writer of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie among other great films and the director of Way of the Gun) fills the film with enough non-stop action (fights, explosions, gunfire) and fun one-liners to satisfy even the most jaded action fans.  Rumors are that Cruise will probably do a sequel. Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog, and David Oyelowo co-star. 2012. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes.]   

Mama [Chilling and well-reviewed horror thriller presented by Guillermo Del Toro. Two little girls who disappeared in the woods the day their parents died show up and stay with uncle Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his girlfriend Jessica Chastain. It soon turns out that the traumatized girls might have brought something evil back from the woods. Co-starring Megan Charpenter, Isabelle Nelisse and Daniel Kash. Andy Muschietti directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.]

Upstream Color [Fascinating cult thriller starring Amy Seimetz as a young woman who is abducted and given an experimental organic drug harvested from a specific flower. When she falls in love with a stranger (director-star Shane Carruth), they realize that they may have been exposed to the same experiment and feel as if they are part of one organism. Carruth, a festival favorite, has been compared to offbeat, non-linear directors like David Lynch, Terence Malick, David Fincher and others, and after this beautiful and challenging film and his previous Primer, he is certainly one of the new generation of directors to watch.   2013. Unrated. 96 minutes.]

DVDs:

30 Rock: Season 7 [The Final Season] [Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer and company go out in style with this hilarious final season for the behind the scenes satire of Saturday Night Live created by Fey. The final two episodes are particularly satisfying, with hysterical cameos and nods to other classic TV sendoffs.]

Barrymore [Christopher Plummer gives a rich and moving performance as iconic stage and screen matinee idol John Barrymore recreating his Tony-winning performance as Barrymore goes from star to tragic has-been. John Plumpis co-stars. Directed by Erik Canuel.  2011. Unrated. 84 minutes.]

Battle for Brooklyn, The [This documentary follows the amazing 7 year fight activist Daniel Goldstein wages to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a pro basketball arena that is the densest real estate development in US history. 2011. Unrated. 93 minutes.]

Citizen Hearst [The 125 year history of the Hearst media empire is covered in this well-researched documentary that covers William Randolph Hearst's colorful yellow journalism to its global media conglomeration. William H. Macy narrates, and Dan Rather, Oprah Winfrey, Ralph Lauren, Heidi Klum. Donna Karan and Leonard Maltin are interviewed. Leslie Iwerks directed. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Fringe: Season 5 [The Final Season] [Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Blair Brown and John Noble return for this exciting final season as they battle for freedom against the baldies in both worlds. A nice wrap-up for one of the best and most complex sci-fi TV series of the decade, so far (along with Heroes). Highly Recommended! 2013. Unrated.] 

Great Gatsby, The: Midnight in Manhattan [Intriguing documentary exploring the unusual, privileged and surprisingly troubled life of brilliant author F. Scott Fitzgerald, including his disastrous marriage to Zelda and his last sad days in Hollywood. Tara Fitzgerald narrates. Eleanor Lanahan, Hunter S. Thompson, George Plimpton and Jack McInerney are interviewed. Directed by Ricky Patterson. 2013. Unrated.]

In Another Country [Isabelle Huppert gives a tour de force performance as she plays 3 different women who visit a small Korean resort town. This triptych is Sang-soo Hong's first English language film. Kwon Hye Hyo, Jung Yu Mi and So-ri Moon star. 2012. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Jack Reacher [Tom Cruise starts another exciting franchise with his intense performance as ex-military investigator Reacher who is called in to help an accused innocent man find out who really perpetrated the heinous crime. Although fans of Lee Child's bestselling novels were initially turned off by Cruise's casting because he isn't physically what they pictured, Cruise makes the part work with his usual charisma and a flash of muscle, and the picture was a hit in the US and particularly in foreign territories. Cult director Christopher McQuarrie (the writer of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie among other great films and the director of Way of the Gun) fills the film with enough non-stop action (fights, explosions, gunfire) and fun one-liners to satisfy even the most jaded action fans.  Rumors are that Cruise will probably do a sequel. Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog, and David Oyelowo co-star. 2012. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes.]   

Mama [Chilling and well-reviewed horror thriller presented by Guillermo Del Toro. Two little girls who disappeared in the woods the day their parents died show up and stay with uncle Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his girlfriend Jessica Chastain. It soon turns out that the traumatized girls might have brought something evil back from the woods. Co-starring Megan Charpenter, Isabelle Nelisse and Daniel Kash. Andy Muschietti directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.]

Rabbi's Cat, The [Acclaimed French animated comedy based on a popular graphic novel set in 1930's Algeria about a cat that belongs to a rabbi and his beautiful daughter that eats their parrot and gains the ability to deliver acerbic wisecracks and truisms. Antoine Delesvaux directed. Mathieu Amalric, Francois Damiens and Hafsia Herzi provide the voices. 2011. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Safe Haven [An attractive cast heads this well-acted if somewhat predictable romantic drama from best-selling chicklit author Nicholas Sparks (who wrote the female friendly The Notebook, The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, etc., etc.). Julianne Hough stars as a mysterious new beauty in Southport, NC who is reluctant to start a relationship with local hunk Josh Duhamel. When she finally falls in love, her dark past comes to light and creates trouble. Yet another hit for the Sparks' franchise. Cobie Smulders and David Lyons co-star. 2013. Rated PG-13. 120 minutes.] 

Starlet [2012] [Offbeat and touching indie drama about the unusual friendship between beautiful 21 year old aspiring actress Dree Hemingway and senior citizen Besedka Johnson who meet at a yard sale and start a deep relationship against all odds in San Fernando Valley. Co-starring Stella Naeve, James Ransone, and Karren Karagulian. Directed by Sean Baker. Unrated. 103 minutes.]

Steel Magnolias [2012] [Effective African-American update of the hit dramedy about the friendship between six women in Louisiana and their complicated and funny love lives. Starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard. Directed by Kenny Leon.  Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Upstream Color [Fascinating cult thriller starring Amy Seimetz as a young woman who is abducted and given an experimental organic drug harvested from a specific flower. When she falls in love with a stranger (director-star Shane Carruth), they realize that they may have been exposed to the same experiment and feel as if they are part of one organism. Carruth, a festival favorite, has been compared to offbeat, non-linear directors like David Lynch, Terence Malick, David Fincher and others, and after this beautiful and challenging film and his previous Primer, he is certainly one of the new generation of directors to watch.   2013. Unrated. 96 minutes.]

Wild Zero [Wild Japanese cult horror comedy classic about Ace, a rockabilly fan who is on his way to see rock group Guitar Wolf when aliens invade earth and turn earthlings into zombies. He enlists his idols (the real rock band Guitar Wolf) to fight off the bloodthirsty zombies! Tetsuro Takeuchi directed this crazy Asian Pulp classic starring Guitar Wolf, Drum Wolf, Bass Wolf, Masashi Endo and Kwanchau Shitichai. 2000. Unrated. 98 minutes.]

Recent Arrivals:

Police Academy [Steve Guttenberg stars as a likable slacker who tries way to hard to pass the academy along with assorted goofballs in this classic slapstick hit. Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, and G. W. Bailey also star. Hugh Wilson directed. 1984. Rated R. 96 minutes.] 

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment and Police Academy 3: Back in Training [Most of the cast from the first film returns for both of these popular sequels that continue the screwball antics that occur as they fight crime. Jerry Paris directed both. 1985 and 1986.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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