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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, March 24, 2014

New Release - March 25, 2014

Blu-rays:

Great Beauty, The: The Criterion Collection [This acclaimed Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The story tells the tale of an aging playboy who has lived la dolce vita in real life, but when he gets a shock from the past on his 65th birthday, he starts reflecting on his life from a different point of view. Starring Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, and Iaia Forte. 2013. Unrated. 142 minutes. Box Office: $3 million.]

Walking with Dinosaurs The Movie [2013] [Enjoyable animated family adventure about a small dinosaur who tries to find his place in his prehistoric world.  Based loosely on the BBC documentary of the same name, this film featuring state of the art CGI effects purports to show audiences what it was really like to be a dinosaur, but it also has its cutesy side and is overall not as menacing as the BBC show was so it is family friendly. Justin Long, John Leguizamo, Tyra Sircar, and Karl Urban provide the voices. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale. 2013. Rated PG. 87 minutes. Box Office: $36 million.]

Wolf of Wall Street, The [This is probably the most controversial Martin Scorsese film in years but also one of his all-time best. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has worked with Scorsese 4 times before this (Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York), gives a career-defining performance as real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who did anything and everything to make money no matter who got hurt in a whirlwind of debauchery, crime, corruption, and government scandal that landed him a 3 year prison sentence. The equally terrific supporting cast includes Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Jon Bernthal, Christine Baranski, and Jean Dujardin. The film received 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and noms for DiCaprio and Hill despite raising the ire of more conservative voters who were outraged by the sexual depravity and the over-the-top bad behavior displayed in the film. Scorsese was ironically lambasted by some critics for exploiting the real-life events and perversion too much, but hey people, that's the entire point of the film! For those of you who were too scared to be caught in a theatre watching the bacchanal or were afraid of not surviving the three hour length, you can now view this great film in the comfort of your own home. You can also the appreciate the maturing of DiCaprio, who keeps on getting better and better with each film. Highly recommended! 2013. Rated R. 180 minutes. Box Office: $117 million.]

DVDs:

Chinese Zodiac [Martial Arts stunt legend Jackie Chan directed and stars in this amiable action adventure that is purportedly the last film in which he will perform all of his own stunts. He plays a modern day daring adventurer in the Indiana Jones mold who is hired by rich Oliver Platt to find rare Chinese bronze busts, but he is torn between making tons of money versus archiving the relics. Co-starring Kwone Sang Woo, Liao Fan, Yao Xingtong, Zhang Lanxin, Laura Weissbecker, Alaa Safi, Rosario Amedeo, and Caitlin Dechelle. 2013. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes.]

Conspiracy, The [2013] [Effective indie horror-thriller starring Aaron Poole and James Gilbert as documentarians who work on a conspiracy theory film and uncover a lethal secret society. Christopher MacBride directed this well-reviewed film. Unrated. 84 minutes.]

Delivery Man [Fun remake of the 2007 indie comedy Starbuck with Vince Vaughan as a slacker who discovers that he fathered 533 kids thanks to donating to a sperm bank. When 142 of them sue, he has to decide whether to take responsibility or not. Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation) also star in this surprise hit film. Ken Scott directed this remake as well as the original. 2013. PG-13. 105 minutes. Box Office: $31 million.]

Girl on a Bicycle [Likable German-US comic farce about an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, proposes to a German stewardess, and then falls in love with a French beauty leading to lots of wacky romantic troubles. Starring Vincenzo Amato, Nora Tschirner, Paddy Considine, Louise Monot, and Stephanie Debac. Directed by Jeremy Leven of The Notebook and Don Juan DeMarco fame. 2013. Rated R. 101 minutes.]

Great Beauty, The: The Criterion Collection [This acclaimed Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The story tells the tale of an aging playboy who has lived la dolce vita in real life, but when he gets a shock from the past on his 65th birthday, he starts reflecting on his life from a different point of view. Starring Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, and Iaia Forte. 2013. Unrated. 142 minutes. Box Office: $3 million.]

Loves Her Gun [Intriguing indie drama starring Trieste Kelly Dunn as a young woman who from NYC to rural Texas to escape violence and ironically finds herself caught up in the local gun culture. Co-starring Francisco Barrerro, Ashley Rae Spillers, Melissa Hideko Bisagni, John Merriman, Heather Kafka, Chris Doubek, and Jennymarie Jemson.  Geoff Marslett (Mars) directed this acclaimed film.  2014. Unrated. 99 minutes.]

Odd Thomas [Stephen Sommers, who directed The Mummy series, directed this enjoyable horror-action satire about a short order cook who can talk to the dead and finds himself caught between the light and dark worlds as war brews. Starring Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin, Leonor Varela, Patton Oswalt, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Nico Tortorella. 2013. Unrated. 100 minutes.]

Veep: Season 2 [Julia-Louis Dreyfus is even better in her second term as an ex-senator turned first woman Vice President with a highly dysfunctional family and staff. Dreyfus has won the Best Actress in a Comedy Emmy for both seasons, and hilarious Tony Hale also won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for this season. The very funny cast also includes Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh and Sufe Bradshaw. Highly Recommended! Two separate rentals. 2013. Unrated.]

Walking with Dinosaurs The Movie [2013] [Enjoyable animated family adventure about a small dinosaur who tries to find his place in his prehistoric world.  Based loosely on the BBC documentary of the same name, this film featuring state of the art CGI effects purports to show audiences what it was really like to be a dinosaur, but it also has its cutesy side and is overall not as menacing as the BBC show was so it is family friendly. Justin Long, John Leguizamo, Tyra Sircar, and Karl Urban provide the voices. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale. 2013. Rated PG. 87 minutes. Box Office: $36 million.]

Wolf of Wall Street, The [This is probably the most controversial Martin Scorsese film in years but also one of his all-time best. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has worked with Scorsese 4 times before this (Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York), gives a career-defining performance as real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who did anything and everything to make money no matter who got hurt in a whirlwind of debauchery, crime, corruption, and government scandal that landed him a 3 year prison sentence. The equally terrific supporting cast includes Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Jon Bernthal, Christine Baranski, and Jean Dujardin. The film received 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and noms for DiCaprio and Hill despite raising the ire of more conservative voters who were outraged by the sexual depravity and the over-the-top bad behavior displayed in the film. Scorsese was ironically lambasted by some critics for exploiting the real-life events and perversion too much, but hey people, that's the entire point of the film! For those of you who were too scared to be caught in a theatre watching the bacchanal or were afraid of not surviving the three hour length, you can now view this great film in the comfort of your own home. You can also the appreciate the maturing of DiCaprio, who keeps on getting better and better with each film. Highly recommended! 2013. Rated R. 180 minutes. Box Office: $117 million.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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