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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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Monday, October 7, 2013

New Releases - October 8, 2013

Blu-rays:

After Earth [One of the biggest critical and box office disappointments of the summer of 2013, this sci-fi action epic at least boasts state of the art special effects in addition to an all too familiar story. Will Smith and son Jaden star as (surprise!) a father and son who crash land on a hostile planet earth and try to survive all sorts of weird and dangerous creatures. With the dad injured, Jaden has to do most of the heavy lifting. Director M. Night Shymalan is still looking for a movie to equal his The Sixth Sense (or even Unbreakable or Signs), but he's going to have to keep looking. This also marked one of Will Smith's few film missteps in years. If you are a fan of Smith or the genre, it's probably worth checking out. Just don't expect anything ground-breaking. This is mastered in 4K. 2013. 100 minutes.]

Europa Report [Dazzling sci-fi about six of the best astronauts that are sent to explore the possibility of life on Europa and must overcome an in-space accident to continue their work. Starring Christian Carmago, Embeth Davidtz, Daniel Wu, Sharlito Copley, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, and Karolina Wyora. Directed by Sebastian Cordero. 2013. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.]

Hangover, The: Part III [In the final chapter of the trilogy, director Todd Phillips surprisingly jettisons the hilarious flashback format of the first two films and instead gives us a much darker if still shockingly funny straight-forward finale in which the Wolfpack return to Las Vegas to create havoc at every turn. Regulars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor return. Also, after missing Part II, Heather Graham makes a welcome comeback. 2013. Rated R. 100 minutes.]

Much Ado About Nothing [2013] [Director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity) impresses once again with this modernized and sexier version of Shakespeare's romantic comedy about two very different couples struggling with love and all its glorious complications. The wonderful cast contains many of Whedon's favorites from other projects: Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese. Recommended! Black and white. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes.]

DVDs:

After Earth [One of the biggest critical and box office disappointments of the summer of 2013, this sci-fi action epic at least boasts state of the art special effects in addition to an all too familiar story. Will Smith and son Jaden star as (surprise!) a father and son who crash land on a hostile planet earth and try to survive all sorts of weird and dangerous creatures. With the dad injured, Jaden has to do most of the heavy lifting. Director M. Night Shymalan is still looking for a movie to equal his The Sixth Sense (or even Unbreakable or Signs), but he's going to have to keep looking. This also marked one of Will Smith's few film missteps in years. If you are a fan of Smith or the genre, it's probably worth checking out. Just don't expect anything ground-breaking. 2013. 100 minutes.]

American Horror Story: Season 2 [Asylum] [If it is possible, things get much creepier for Season 2 as we go inside a madhouse that is quite literally mad and run by a bunch of sadists, including Jessica Lange and James Cromwell.  The other nuts, excuse me, actors, include Zachary Quinto, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Taissa Farmiga. Four separate rentals. 2012-2013. Unrated.]

Borrowers, The [2011] [A fun cast and first-rate special effects highlight this British version of the beloved novel about a tiny girl "borrower" who befriends the lonely boy who lives in the house her tiny family also lives in under the floor. When the boy's parents find out, the family of Borrowers have to go on the run. Christopher Eccelston, Sharon Horgan, Aisling Loftus, Robert Sheehan, Stephen Fry, Shaun Dooley, Victoria Wood and Charlie Hisock star. Tom Harper directed. Rated PG. 88 minutes.] 

Europa Report [Dazzling sci-fi about six of the best astronauts that are sent to explore the possibility of life on Europa and must overcome an in-space accident to continue their work. Starring Christian Carmago, Embeth Davidtz, Daniel Wu, Sharlito Copley, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, and Karolina Wyora. Directed by Sebastian Cordero. 2013. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.]

Freedom's Fury: Special Collector's Edition [Acclaimed documentary about the Hungarian Revolution and the historic and bloody water polo showdown between Hungary and the Soviet Union that marked a turning point during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Narrated by Mark Spitz and directed by The Sibs. 2007. Unrated. 90 minutes.]  

Hangover, The: Part III: 2 Disc Special Edition [In the final chapter of the trilogy, director Todd Phillips surprisingly jettisons the hilarious flashback format of the first two films and instead gives us a much darker if still shockingly funny straight-forward finale in which the Wolfpack return to Las Vegas to create havoc at every turn. Regulars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor return. Also, after missing Part II, Heather Graham makes a welcome comeback. 2013. Rated R. 100 minutes.]

Home Run [Crowd-pleasing tearjerker about a baseball all-star with a troubled past who gets a second chance at happiness in this faith based hit. Starring Scott Elrod, Charles Henry Wyson and Vivica A. Fox. Directed by David Boyd. 2013. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes.]

Laurence Anyways [Offbeat French romantic drama about an author/teacher who tells his faithful fiancée on his 35th birthday that he wants to become a woman and wants her support. Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clement, Nathalie Baye, and Monia Chokri star. Directed by Xavier Dolan. 2012. Unrated. 161 minutes.]

Look of Love, The [Enjoyable bio of the rise and fall of British nudie theater impresario Paul Raymond, who was a trendsetter from the '60's to the '80's.  Starring Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton, Chris Addison, James Lance, Shirley Henderson, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Simon Bird and Stephen Fry. 2013. Rated R. 101 minutes.]

Much Ado About Nothing [2013] [Director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity) impresses once again with this modernized and sexier version of Shakespeare's romantic comedy about two very different couples struggling with love and all its glorious complications. The wonderful cast contains many of Whedon's favorites from other projects: Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese. Recommended! Black and white. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes.]

Purge, The [This creepy terror that was a surprise hit has a family held hostage by masked killers for harboring a target of a murderous syndicate during The Purge, a 12 hour period in which all crimes go unpunished. Interesting premise and a solid cast. Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder and Rhys Wakefield. Directed by James DeMonaco. 2013. Rated R.

Soap [2006] [Unusual Danish romance about a woman who leaves her boyfriend and surprisingly bonds with her transsexual neighbor who loves soap operas. Frank Thiel, Elisebeth Steentoft, Trine Dryholm, Christian Tafdrup, Pauli Ryberg, Jacob Lohmann, and Claes Bang star. Directed by Pernille Fischer. Unrated. 104 minutes.]

Stuck in Love [Bittersweet romantic comedy starring Greg Kinnear as a divorced author who is still obsessed with beautiful ex Jennifer Connelly even though she left him for another man. Co-starring Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell and Lily Collins. Directed by John Boone. 2013. Rated R. 97 minutes.]

Swan Princess Christmas, The [Princess Odette, Prince Derek and their cherished woodland friends reunite for their first Christmas together in this new animated feature directed by Richard Rich.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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