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, September 2, 2013

New Releases - September 3, 2013

Blu-rays:

From Up on Poppy Hill [Another beautiful Japanime from Studio Ghibli about a romance that blossoms between two high school students when they try to save a beloved but dilapidated building in Yokohama that houses their club before it is destroyed for the clean up preceding the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Goro Miyazaki did an excellent job directing this moving animated film that is presented in its original Japanese language version and an English dubbed version. The US voice cast includes Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, and Anton Yelchin. Recommended! 2011. Rated PG. 91 minutes.]

Iceman, The [2013] [Excellent real-life thriller about contract killer Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski from his early days in the mob until he was arrested in 1986 for more than 100 murders. Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Boardwalk Empire) is fine in the title role, and Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and James Franco round out the interesting supporting cast. Ariel Vroman directed. Recommended! Rated R. 105 minutes.]

Now You See Me [Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) directed this stylish and crowd pleasing thriller about a group of slick magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) who perform a series of intricate heists while performing dazzling magic tricks. The FBI and the authorities may be on to them, but they are baffled by what might be their hidden agenda. Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Melanie Laurent also star. Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 115 minutes.] 



DVDs:

Arthur Newman [In this character dramedy, Colin Firth plays a depressed divorcee who decides to adopt a new identity to start over, but he immediately gets thrown a loop when he meets mysterious Emily Blunt, who sees through his scam but has one of her own. Anne Heche co-stars. Directed by Dante Ariola. 2012. Rated R. 101 minutes.]

Bomb Girls: Season 1 [Enjoyable and glossy Canadian TV soap opera about the brave and diverse women who work in a munitions factory making bombs for the Allied Forces to use against the enemy during WWII. Of course, their personal lives and loves are just as dangerous and fascinating as their ground-breaking work. Meg Tilly heads a mostly unknown cast: Jodi Balfour, Charlotte Hegele, and Ali Liebert. 2012. This series was only shown on DirecTV. Two separate rentals.]

Cockneys vs. Zombies [Wild, fun and well-reviewed horror comedy about a group of inept young criminals who have incredibly bad timing and rob a bank and run into a problem when a zombie outbreak overtakes London and impedes their escape! Hot Michelle Ryan (TV's The Bionic Woman) stars along with Harry Treadway, Rasmus Hardiker, Georgia King, Jack Doolan, Ashley Thomas, Richards Briers and Alan Ford. Directed by Matthias Hoene. 2012. Rated R. 88 minutes.]

Empire State [A good cast headlines this solid action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth as a security guard who gets roped by best pal Michael Angarano into pulling off a huge cash heist from his boss. Dwayne Johnson plays the authority out to stop them. Emma Roberts and Nikki Reed co-star. Dito Montiel directed. 2013. Rated R. 94 minutes.]

English Teacher, The [Julianne Moore shines in one of her few lighter roles as an English teacher who spends most of her life reading instead of living. However, when her ex-student returns from New York as a failed playwright, she decides to encourage him to try again by having the high school perform his play. The likable cast includes Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Nathan Lane. Directed by Craig Zisk. 2013. Unrated. 93 minutes.]

From Up on Poppy Hill [Another beautiful Japanime from Studio Ghibli about a romance that blossoms between two high school students when they try to save a beloved but dilapidated building in Yokohama that houses their club before it is destroyed for the clean up preceding the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Goro Miyazaki did an excellent job directing this moving animated film that is presented in its original Japanese language version and an English dubbed version. The US voice cast includes Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, and Anton Yelchin. Recommended! 2011. Rated PG. 91 minutes.]

Hunted: Season 1 [Melissa George (Alias, Triangle) is terrific as the lead in this sexy and exciting Cinemax British TV series. She plays an operative for an elite security organization who is targeted for assassination. However, when the attempt on her life fails, she returns to duty a year later and takes a dangerous undercover mission to unearth the traitors within her organization as well as find the person who tried to kill her. Adam Rayner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje,  and Morven Christie. If you like sexy spy thrillers like Alias, Nikita, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, you will enjoy this violent and erotic show. Highly recommended! 2013. Two separate rentals.] 

Iceman, The [2013] [Excellent real-life thriller about contract killer Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski from his early days in the mob until he was arrested in 1986 for more than 100 murders. Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Boardwalk Empire) is fine in the title role, and Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and James Franco round out the interesting supporting cast. Ariel Vroman directed. Recommended! Rated R. 105 minutes.]

Now You See Me [Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) directed this stylish and crowd pleasing thriller about a group of slick magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) who perform a series of intricate heists while performing dazzling magic tricks. The FBI and the authorities may be on to them, but they are baffled by what might be their hidden agenda. Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Melanie Laurent also star. Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 115 minutes.]

Petunia [Delightful Woody Allenish character comedy with a first-rate cast as a dysfunctional New York family trying to sort out their lives and others. Christine Lahti, Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Michael Urie, and Eddie Kaye Thomas star. Ash Christian directed. 2012. Unrated. 92 minutes.]

Scandal: Season 2 [After a fairly strong if brief opening season, this sexy political soap opera returns with an even better, sexier and dishier sophomore season. Kerry Washington once again dominates the series as a high profile Washington, D.C. power broker whose team usually helps put out clients' fires, but this time, the spotlight turns on them and reveals her darkest secret - something so shocking and enormous that it may affect the entire nation. Tony Goldwyn and Jeff Perry also star. Washington has been nominated for a well-deserved Best Actress Emmy this year. 2012-2013. Unrated. Five separate rentals.]

Stories We Tell [Actress turned director Sarah Polley (Away from Her) turned the camera on her own family in this fascinating documentary about her storytelling relatives that reveals their truths and buried secrets. 2012. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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