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, December 2, 2013

New Releases - December 3, 2013

Blu-ray:

Wolverine, The [2013] [After an OK stand-alone X-Men Origins film in 2009, Hugh Jackman's iconic Marvel superhero Wolverine returns in this much improved and more exotic solo adventure hit directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma). Jackman keeps on getting better in the role that made him a star, and this time, the brooding anti-hero gets to slash and fight his way through Japan, seeking revenge and a path to his identity. Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rita Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Noburo Mori, Famke Janssen, and Svetlana Khodchenkova also star. This X-men outing is full of non-stop action, great Japanese location work, and enough character development to make this a better than average action thriller. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Box Office: $133 million.]

DVDs:

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay [Famous magician, author, historian and actor (Boogie Nights, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Prestige) Jay finally gets a feature length exploration of his long and underrated career in magic that is enhanced with rare TV footage and interviews in this fascinating documentary by Molly Bernstein. Friend Dick Cavett also appears. 2012. Unrated. 88 minutes.]

Drinking Buddies [Cute romantic comedy in which Chicago brewery workers Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde are good flirty friends who really like each other but whose relationship seems to go nowhere because they already have significant others. However, you never know when things are going to change. The attractive cast also includes Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Joe Swanberg directed. 2013. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Fitzgerald Family Christmas, The [Director-actor-auteur Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, She's the One) returns to form in this warm dramedy as a son who has a difficult time accepting his estranged dad when he makes a request to attend the Christmas family gathering. Co-starring Kerry Bishe, Heather Burns, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Anita Gillette, Tom Curry, Ed Lauter, Michael McGlone, Nick Sandow, Noah Emmerich and Connie Britton. 2012. Rated PG-13. 97 minutes.]

Getaway [2013] [Exciting, pedal to the metal car chase thriller starring Ethan Hawke as a race car driver who has to speed around Bulgaria with computer hacker Selena Gomez to save his kidnapped wife. Unlike some other recent chase films, director Courtney Solomon opted for real-life, old school car crashes as opposed to CGI ones. Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman and Bruce Payne co-star. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes. Box Office: $11 million.]

Good Ol' Freda [Excellent documentary about one of the unsung heroes of the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time: Freda Kelly, the loyal secretary of The Beatles, who was there at the beginning as well as The End. Featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. 2013. Rated PG. 86 minutes.]

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones [In this better than average teen oriented fantasy based on Cassandra Clare's best-selling young adult series, vampires and werewolves are accepted as part of the populace, but three attractive teens are chosen to battle evil in the form of turncoat Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who threatens their entire universe. Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror, Stuck in Love),  Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, and Lena Headey star.  Directed by Harald Zawart. 2013. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Box Office: $32 million.]

Pablo [Revealing documentary about the great film title designer Pablo Ferro and how his career began in the New York counter culture and how his life was transformed by a near-death experience. Jeff Bridges narrates and Anjelica Huston, Stan Lee, Jonathan Demme, Andy Garcia, Jon Voight, Beau Bridges, Norman Lear, Leonard Maltin and Robert Downey, Sr. appear. Directed by Richard Goldgewicht.  2012. Unrated. 93 minutes.]

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers [Exciting and unusually stylish documentary combining real-life footage and animation telling about an audacious gang of international jewel thieves named The Pink Panthers after the classic Blake Edwards films. Havana Marking directed. 2013. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Smurfs 2 [After the first Smurfs movie was a smash hit, a sequel was sure to follow, and like clockwork, the blue heroes are back. Hank Azaria reprises his role as the evil wizard Gargamel, who invents the Naughties to replicate the magic of the Smurfs, but the problem is he needs Smurfette to complete the formula so he kidnaps her.  Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays (who were also the human friends in the original) and the fellow Smurfs naturally come to the rescue. Brendan Gleeson also appears. Raja Gosnell, who directed the first hit and the Scooby-Doo features, returned to helm this. Sadly this was also comic genius Jonathan Winters' last film (he voiced Papa Smurf). Other notable voices include Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, J.B. Smoove, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman), Shaun White, Mario Lopez, Jimmy Kimmel, Shaquille O'Neal, and Keenan Thompson. Those little blue people certainly have fans in high places.  The kids should love it. 2013. Rated PG. 105 minutes. Box Office: $72 million.]

Wolverine, The [2013] [After an OK stand-alone X-Men Origins film in 2009, Hugh Jackman's iconic Marvel superhero Wolverine returns in this much improved and more exotic solo adventure hit directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma). Jackman keeps on getting better in the role that made him a star, and this time, the brooding anti-hero gets to slash and fight his way through Japan, seeking revenge and a path to his identity. Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rita Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Noburo Mori, Famke Janssen, and Svetlana Khodchenkova also star. This X-men outing is full of non-stop action, great Japanese location work, and enough character development to make this a better than average action thriller. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Box Office: $133 million.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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