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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 10, 2014

New Releases - March 11, 2014

Blu-rays:

Book Thief, The [Sure to be a big hit with mature children, young adults and teachers, this acclaimed adaptation of Marcus Zusak's bestselling book tells the moving story of an illiterate girl who is adopted by a German couple in WWII Germany and learns the joy of reading from a Jewish boarder hiding from the Nazis. She soon starts stealing books and shares them with others to keep hope alive during the war. Sophie Nelisse, Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, and Ben Scnetzer star. Composer John Williams (Schindler's List, Amistad) created the beautiful music score, which earned the film's only Academy Award nomination. 2013. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Box Office: $22 million.] 

Inside Llewyn Davis [The Coen Brothers (Fargo, True Grit) return to O Brother Where Art Thou territory in this affectionate musical dramedy that is an homage to the early Sixties' folkie pop scene of Greenwich Village. Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, an aspiring folk singer who is trying to make it in the big time despite personal problems and a quirky personality that is a hard sell. Nominated for 2 Oscars, this feel good movie is full of catchy tunes and a charming cast that includes Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, and F. Murray Abraham. If you are a fan of the period or curious about how the folk movement began, this film is a must.  The poster art on the cover definitely evokes early Bob Dylan LP covers. One of the best of 2013.  Recommended! Rated R. 104 minutes. Box Office: $14 million.]

Out of the Furnace [Well-acted and underrated suspense drama starring Christian Bale (American Hustle, The Fighter) as a steel mill worker who tries to find his missing Iraq veteran brother Casey Affleck when he gets involved in a crime ring and the police won't help. In addition to fine work from Bale and Affleck, the film also contains superb performances by Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard. Directed by Scott Cooper of Crazy Heart fame. 2013. Rated R. 116 minutes. Box Office: $12 million.] 

DVDs:

Barbie: The Pearl Princess [The newest feature in the hugely popular animated series finds Barbie playing a mermaid who dreams of becoming a princess.  With the help of her friends, her dream may come true. The voice cast features Kelly Sheridan, Katie Crown, Mark Oliver, Rebecca Shoicet, and and Patricia Pattenden. Directed by Zeke Norton.  2014. Unrated. 74 minutes.]

Beyond Outrage ["Beat" Takeshi Kitano directed and stars in this sequel to his popular 2010 yakuza thriller Outrage.  This wild Japanese action flick has a great premise that recalls Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars: an anti-gang detective wants to use rumored dead yakuza boss Kitano as bait to start a gang war that will wipe both factions out of existence.  Toshiyuki Noshida, Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase, Hideo Kakano, and Yutaka Matsushige also star. 2012. Rated R. 112 minutes.]

Book Thief, The [Sure to be a big hit with mature children, young adults and teachers, this acclaimed adaptation of Marcus Zusak's bestselling book tells the moving story of an illiterate girl who is adopted by a German couple in WWII Germany and learns the joy of reading from a Jewish boarder hiding from the Nazis. She soon starts stealing books and shares them with others to keep hope alive during the war. Sophie Nelisse, Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, and Ben Scnetzer star. Composer John Williams (Schindler's List, Amistad) created the beautiful music score, which earned the film's only Academy Award nomination. 2013. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Box Office: $22 million.]

Broken Circle Breakdown, The [Acclaimed Belgian Netherlands Best Foreign Film Academy Award nominee starring Veerie Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh as a tattoo shop owner and a banjo player who fall in love at first despite being very different but sharing a love of American music. Unfortunately, their love is put to the test by unforeseen tragedy. Felix Van Groeningen (The Misfortunates, With Friends Like These) directed this moving musical love story. 2013. Unrated. 111 minutes.]

Homefront [2013] [Action star Jason Staham plays a widowed ex-DEA agent who moves to a small Southern town with his young daughter and is shocked to find it full of drugs and violence. He soon decides to lead a personal war against the town's drug kingpin, wonderfully played by Bay Area actor James Franco (This Is the End, Oz the Great and Powerful) going against type. Co-starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Rachelle Lefevre.  Directed by Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls, Runaway Jury). Rated R. 100 minutes.]

Inside Llewyn Davis [The Coen Brothers (Fargo, True Grit) return to O Brother Where Art Thou territory in this affectionate musical dramedy that is an homage to the early Sixties' folkie pop scene of Greenwich Village. Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, an aspiring folk singer who is trying to make it in the big time despite personal problems and a quirky personality that is a hard sell. Nominated for 2 Oscars, this feel good movie is full of catchy tunes and a charming cast that includes Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, and F. Murray Abraham. If you are a fan of the period or curious about how the folk movement began, this film is a must.  The poster art on the cover definitely evokes early Bob Dylan LP covers. One of the best of 2013.  Recommended! Rated R. 104 minutes. Box Office: $14 million.] 

Lost in Thailand [Deliriously funny Chinese film about two very different rival businessmen who must track their boss down at a Buddhist temple to secure a valuable patent. During their wacky search, they discover that they may have some things in common after all. Xu Zheng directed this screwball farce that was China's biggest hit ever. Wang Baoqiang, Fan Bingbing, Huang Bo, and Xu Zheng star. 2012. Unrated. 105 minutes.]

Mademoiselle C [Absorbing and chic documentary about Carine Roitfeld as she moves from leader of French Vogue to starting a new magazine called CR Fashion Book. Tom Ford, Karl Langerfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Upton, Donatella Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Bruce Weber, and Jean Paul Gaultier appear. Directed by Fabien Constant. 2013. Rated R. 93 minutes.]

Monsters vs. Aliens: Supersonic Joyride [More adventures of the lovable monsters as they try to save the world from aliens in these fun TV episodes.] 

Noi [aka Noi the Albino] [Acclaimed Icelandic-German-UK-Denmark co-production about a teen slacker who lives in Iceland, meets a pretty girl and wants to move to a warmer clime but discovers lots of cold obstacles. Dagur Kari directed this offbeat coming of age comedy. Starring Tomas Lemarquis, Prostur Leo Gunnarsson, and Elin Hasdotte. 2003. Rated PG-13. 93 minutes.]

Out of the Furnace [Well-acted and underrated suspense drama starring Christian Bale (American Hustle, The Fighter) as a steel mill worker who tries to find his missing Iraq veteran brother Casey Affleck when he gets involved in a crime ring and the police won't help. In addition to fine work from Bale and Affleck, the film also contains superb performances by Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard. Directed by Scott Cooper of Crazy Heart fame. 2013. Rated R. 116 minutes. Box Office: $12 million.]

Patience Stone, The [Excellent Afghan-French-German-UK co-production featuring a fascinating story about a thirtysomething Persian Afghan woman who starts confessing her hopes and dreams to her comatose older husband, turning him into a Patience Stone, a mythological Persian stone that absorbs the confider's plight and shields them from pain and unhappiness. Hamidreza Javdan, Massi Mrowat and Hassina Burgan star. Atiq Rahimi (Earth and Ashes) directed. 2013. Rated R. 103 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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