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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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Releases - April 29, 2014

Blu-rays:

Labor Day [Due to arrive Tuesday 4/29 or Wednesday 4/30][Solid romantic drama starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who is helped by lonely single mom Kate Winslet and her son Gattlin Griffiths. She falls for him after she learns his story and what kind of man he really is. The fine supporting cast includes Tobey Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and J.K. Simmons. Directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno). 2014. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $14 million.]

DVDs:

Approved for Adoption [Offbeat animated documentary about comic book artist Jung, who returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned there at the age of 5. Maxym Anciaux and Cathy Boquet also appear. Laurent Boileau and Jung directed. 2012. Unrated. 70 minutes.]

Bad Country [2014] [Good shoot 'em up actioner with a great cast: Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger, Chris Marquette, Kevin Chapman, and Bill Duke. The story has Baton Rouge cop Dafoe convincing hired killer Dillon to flip on big crime boss Berenger and his gang, causing them to bring them down violently. Directed by Chris Brinker of The Boondock Saints fame. Unrated. 95 minutes.]

Best Offer, The [Well-acted romantic thriller about an auctioneer who becomes obsessed with a reclusive heiress who collects fine art. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, Malena). 2013. Rated R. 131 minutes.]

Caesar Must Die [Excellent Italian drama about inmates in a high security prison who prepare for a public performance of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, and Giovanni Arcuri star. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani directed. 2012. Unrated. 76 minutes.]

Gimme Shelter [2014] [Moving true drama starring Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, High School Musical) as a teenage girl who leaves abusive mom Rosario Dawson to find rich father Brendan Fraser whom she has never known. Also starring James Earl Jones, Ann Dodd, Stephanie Szostak, and Emily Meade. Ron Krauss directed. Rated PG-13. 101 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Gloria [2013] [Acclaimed Chilean-Spanish drama that will appeal to middle aged audiences as the story deals with a free-spirited older woman who starts a relationship with a former naval officer she meets while out nightclubbing. Starring Paulina Garcia and Sergio Hernandez. Sebastian Lelio (The Sacred Family) directed. Rated R. 110 minutes. $3 million.]

Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed [Hilarious live performance by one of the best family friendly and one of the easiest to relate to stand up comics working today. You've all seen him in everything from current Comcast commercials about how they've changed to TV shows like That '70's Show and Ed and movies like 17 Again and Three Kings. 2014. Unrated.]

Labor Day [Due to arrive Tuesday 4/29 or Wednesday 4/30][Solid romantic drama starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who is helped by lonely single mom Kate Winslet and her son Gattlin Griffiths. She falls for him after she learns his story and what kind of man he really is. The fine supporting cast includes Tobey Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and J.K. Simmons. Directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno). 2014. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $14 million.]

Legend of Hercules, The [2014] [Brawny and macho Kellan Lutz (from the Twilight series and Immortals) stars in this first attempt to resurrect the hero who kickstarted the sword and sandal genre in the 1950's. He plays the banished son of Zeus, who uses his demigod powers to gather an army and battle his way back to his rightful throne in this decent action-packed epic. Guys will be drawn to the usual Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) overload of pyrotechnics and violence while women will be treated to a lot of Lutz's washboard abs since he wears a loincloth a lot of the time. Scott Adkins, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Jonathan Schaech, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, and Rade Serbedzija also star. Note that this is only the warm-up for the higher profile Paramount-MGM film Hercules coming this July starring Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, and Ian McShane and directed by Brett Ratner. It will be interesting to see how that one turns out in comparison. Rated PG-13. 99 minutes. Box Office: $19 million.]

Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 [This acclaimed British TV series returns with title star Jeremy Piven now an established businessman in London trying to win his estranged wife back while war looms on the horizon. Frances O'Connor co-stars. 2014. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Rocket, The [Fine Aussie-Thai-Laotian drama about a supposedly cursed boy who leads his family to a new home in Laos through a calamity-filled journey. He then tries to build a rocket for a contest to prove that he is not cursed with bad luck. Starring Sitthiphon Disamoe. Kim Mordaunt (Speed City) directed. 2013. Unrated. 96 minutes.]

Selfish Giant, The [Two teen friends and society outcasts sell scrap metal to feed their families and take a fateful turn when they get involved with a scrap dealer/criminal that leads to tragedy. Starring Conner Chapman, Sean Gilder, Shaun Thomas, Lorraine Ashbourne, Ian Burfield, Steve Evets, Siobhan Finneran, Ralph Ineson, and Rebecca Marley. Clio Barnard made her feature directing debut directing this well-reviewed UK drama. 2013. Unrated. 91 minutes.]
 
Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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