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, October 21, 2013

New Releases - October 22, 2013

Blu-rays:

Before Midnight [This third film in the romantic trilogy (after Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) is the most critically acclaimed and richest of the three as Ethan Hawke's and Julie Delpy's relationship through many changes as each ponders their future while at a writers' retreat in Greece. Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed & Confused) directed once again. 2013. Rated R. 109 minutes.]

Only God Forgives [Harsh thriller starring heartthrob Ryan Gosling in yet another gritty and challenging role as a US fugitive running a boxing club in Bangkok to front his drug dealing business. Things get worse when his crime boss mum Kristin Scott Thomas arrives and demands vengeance for the death of his brother, who also killed a hooker. Co-starring Vithaya Pansringarm. Nicolas Winding Refn, who also directed Gosling in Drive, made this grim 2013 film that continues to expand Gosling's offbeat repertoire. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Way, Way Back, The [One of the best reviewed films of the year, this dramedy stars Liam James as a teen who is dragged along on vacation by his mom Toni Collette and her annoying boyfriend Steve Carell. He ends up bonding with cool Sam Rockwell who turns his summer as well as his life around. Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet also star. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash directed this sleeper hit that will hopefully be remembered during awards season. 2013. Rated PG-13. 104 minutes.]

DVDs:

As Cool As I Am [Sarah Bolger stars as an independent teen who makes love to her best friend Thomas Mann but finds herself adrift when he moves away and she has to help mom Claire Danes start her life over. Co-starring James Marsden, Jeremy Sisto, Jon Tenney, Anika Noni Rose, and Peter Fonda. Directed by Max Meyer. 2013. Rated R. 92 minutes.]

Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire [No holds barred documentary about gun control - the current laws and the rising movement to restrict the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Directed by Kris Koenig and narrated by Ice-T. 2013. Rated PG-13. 80 minutes.]

Barbie: Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale Movie [Barbie and her sisters set off for the Swiss Alps to spend a summer at a riding academy in yet another animated adventure for young girls. Kelly Sheridan, Kazumi Evans, Claire Corlett, Ashlyn Drummond and Alex Kelly provide the voices. Kyran Kelly directed. 2013. Unrated. 75 minutes.]

Before Midnight [This third film in the romantic trilogy (after Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) is the most critically acclaimed and richest of the three as Ethan Hawke's and Julie Delpy's relationship through many changes as each ponders their future while at a writers' retreat in Greece. Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed & Confused) directed once again. 2013. Rated R. 109 minutes.]

Birdemic 2: The Resurrection [The angry birds migrate from San Francisco to Los Angeles in this hilariously bad sequel to the original turkey, and who doesn't want to see L.A. hit by tons of bird poop? Director James Nguyen once again directs. Thomas Favaloro, Whitney Moore, Chelsea Turnbo, Carrie Stevens, and Alan Bagh star. 2013. Unrated. 84 minutes.]

Hello Herman [In this indie thriller, Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) plays a controversial journalist who faces his own troubled past when he confronts a teenager who brutally murdered 39 classmates. Co-starring Garrett Backstrom, Rob Estes and Martha Higareda. Directed by Michelle Danner. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Internship, The [Silly fun with a local angle, this farce stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as slacker buddies who try to go against young techies to get primo jobs at Google. Rose Byrne, Max Minghella and Aasif Mandvi also star. Directed by Shawn Levy. 2013. Rated PG-13. 120 minutes.]

Maniac [2013] [Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) goes against type in this gory horror thriller remake of the cult classic that starred Joe Spinell. Wood plays the meek and awkward owner of a mannequin store by day and a seething serial killer who preys on sexy women by night. Nora Arnezeder plays his newest obsession/victim. Directed by Frank Khalfoun. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Only God Forgives [Harsh thriller starring heartthrob Ryan Gosling in yet another gritty and challenging role as a US fugitive running a boxing club in Bangkok to front his drug dealing business. Things get worse when his crime boss mum Kristin Scott Thomas arrives and demands vengeance for the death of his brother, who also killed a hooker. Co-starring Vithaya Pansringarm. Nicolas Winding Refn, who also directed Gosling in Drive, made this grim 2013 film that continues to expand Gosling's offbeat repertoire. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Shepard & Dark [Intriguing documentary about the unusual friendship between playwright/actor Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark and how their relationships with women intertwine. Treva Wurmfeld directed. 2012. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Standing Up [A boy and a girl are ostracized by their peer group at summer camp after a prank. They run off together and face whatever may come in this family friendly adaptation of a bestseller. Starring Chandler Canterbury, Annalise Basso, Kate Maberly, Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell. Directed by D.J. Caruso (Two for the Money). 2013. Rated PG. 93 minutes.]

Star Wars-The Clone Wars: Season 5 [The great and highly underrated animated TV series comes to a satisfying end with this fifth season. 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Starbuck [Patrick Huard stars as a likeable 42 year old screw-up who finally decides to take control of his life in this feel-good comedy. Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt are starring in a remake.Julie LeBreton and Antoine Bertrand co-star. Directed by Ken Scott. 2011. Rated R. 109 minutes.]

Waking the Dead: Season 8 [Trevor Eve, Sue Johnson, Will Johnson and Tara Fitzgerald return for another excellent season of this British TV series about the solving of baffling cold cases. 2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Way, Way Back, The [One of the best reviewed films of the year, this dramedy stars Liam James as a teen who is dragged along on vacation by his mom Toni Collette and her annoying boyfriend Steve Carell. He ends up bonding with cool Sam Rockwell who turns his summer as well as his life around. Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet also star. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash directed this sleeper hit that will hopefully be remembered during awards season. 2013. Rated PG-13. 104 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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