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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, July 21, 2014

New Releases - July 22, 2014

Blu-rays:

Cesar Chavez [Solid bio of the famous activist/leader of the United States farm worker movement with Michael Pena (End of Watch, Flags of Our Fathers) magnetic in the title role. Actor turned director Diego Luna helmed this long overdue film with a fine supporting cast: John Malkovich, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson, Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, Jacob Vargas, Lisa Brenner, and John Ortiz. 2014. PG-13. 102 minutes. Box Office: $6 million.]

Dom Hemingway [Jude Law gives a standout comic performance as an angry safecracker who spends 12 years in prison and tries to get back the money he is owed and reunite with estranged daughter Emilia Clarke when he gets out. Co-starring Richard E. Grant, Demian Bechir (TV's The Bridge), Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
Directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador, TV's Girls). 2013. Rated R. $1 million. Please note that this is available on BLU-RAY ONLY!

Heaven Is for Real [This faith-based hit true life drama stars Greg Kinnear as a father whose son has a near-death experience that he shares with the world despite skepticism and critics. Thankfully, director Randall Wallace (Secretariat, We Were Soldiers) created a moving story without being overly sentimental. The first-rate co-stars include Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum, Lane Styles, Margo Martindale, and Jacob Vargas. 2014. Rated PG. 99 minutes. Box Office: $91 million.]

Sabotage [2014] [Better than average action thriller with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a DEA task force in which a few rogue agents steal $10 million, causing the entire team to be killed off one by one unless Arnie can stop them. The superb supporting cast stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Mangianello, Josh Holloway, Mireille Enos, Martin Donovan, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau, and Max Martin. David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings) directed. Rated R. 109 minutes. Box Office: $11 million.]

Transcendence [Johnny Depp taps his dark side for a change playing a leading artificial intelligence research scientist whose controversial stance draws violent opposition from anti-tech extremists. Things get out of control when his psyche is downloaded into a computer and he becomes a megalomaniac. The story has been done before (in the better Colossus: The Forbin Project), but the excellent cast (Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins, Jr.) keeps this sci-fi tech thriller afloat. Christopher Nolan's brilliant cinematographer Wally Pfister (who did The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception) made his directing debut here. 2014. Rated PG-13. 119 minutes. Box Office: $34 million.]

DVDs:

American Girl, An: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight [The popular series continues with this story about a nine year old girl who studies ballet at a prestigious performing arts school and feels pressure to compete with equally talented girls and the shadow of her skilled sister. Starring Erin Pitt, Grace Davidson, Genneya Walton, Devyn Nekoda, and Jake Simons. Directed by Vince Marcello. 2014. Unrated.]

Angriest Man in Brooklyn, The [Clever if frantic and manic comedy starring Robin Williams as the title character, a curmudgeon who is told by his doctor that he has 90 minutes to live so he tries to reconcile with his wife, brother, and friends before it's too late. The solid cast includes Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones, Hamish Linklater, and Richard Kind. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams, Sneakers). 2014. Rated R. 83 minutes.] 

Cesar Chavez [Solid bio of the famous activist/leader of the United States farm worker movement with Michael Pena (End of Watch, Flags of Our Fathers) magnetic in the title role. Actor turned director Diego Luna helmed this long overdue film with a fine supporting cast: John Malkovich, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson, Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, Jacob Vargas, Lisa Brenner, and John Ortiz. 2014. PG-13. 102 minutes. Box Office: $6 million.]

Great Flood, The [Fascinating documentary of how the massive Mississippi River Flood of 1927 forced black Delta Blues musicians to migrate to Chicago and created a new fusion of R & B and rock'n'roll. Directed by Bill Morrison. 2014. Unrated.]

Heaven Is for Real [This faith-based hit true life drama stars Greg Kinnear as a father whose son has a near-death experience that he shares with the world despite skepticism and critics. Thankfully, director Randall Wallace (Secretariat, We Were Soldiers) created a moving story without being overly sentimental. The first-rate co-stars include Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum, Lane Styles, Margo Martindale, and Jacob Vargas. 2014. Rated PG. 99 minutes. Box Office: $91 million.]

Justin and the Knights of Valor [A great voice cast (Freddie Highmore, Mark Strong, Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Williams, Antonio Banderas, James Cosmo, Michael Culkin, Charles Dance, Tamsin Egerton, Rupert Everett, Barry Humphries, and Julie Walters) highlights this animated family feature about a young boy who becomes a man while trying to become a knight. 2013. Rated PG. 90 minutes.]

Made in America [2013] [Ron Howard directed this surprising, rousing film version of Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival that featured artists Gary Clark, Jr., D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, The Hives, Miike Snow, Janelle Monae, Odd Future, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Skrillex, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Jay-Z,  Eddie Vedder, and Jill Scott. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Red Wing [Intriguing drama about a young couple who take in a foster child, but when he grows up to be a handsome young man, the stepfather kicks him out because he thinks his wife is attracted to him. Bill Paxton, Luke Perry, Frances Fisher, Glen Powell, Jaime Gallagher, Will Wallace, Lucas Adams, Breann Johnson, and Joelle Carter star. Actor-producer Will Wallace directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes.]

Sabotage [2014] [Better than average action thriller with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a DEA task force in which a few rogue agents steal $10 million, causing the entire team to be killed off one by one unless Arnie can stop them. The superb supporting cast stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Mangianello, Josh Holloway, Mireille Enos, Martin Donovan, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau, and Max Martin. David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings) directed. Rated R. 109 minutes. Box Office: $11 million.]

Suspect, The [2013 Korean] [Exciting thriller in which a betrayed agent goes on the run after his wife and daughter are murdered and discovers a huge conspiracy that puts him in danger again. Starring Gong Yoo, Jo Jae-Yun, Jo Seong-ha, and Kim Seong-gyoon. Won Shin-yeon directed. Unrated. 137 minutes.]

Transcendence [Johnny Depp taps his dark side for a change playing a leading artificial intelligence research scientist whose controversial stance draws violent opposition from anti-tech extremists. Things get out of control when his psyche is downloaded into a computer and he becomes a megalomaniac. The story has been done before (in the better Colossus: The Forbin Project), but the excellent cast (Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins, Jr.) keeps this sci-fi tech thriller afloat. Christopher Nolan's brilliant cinematographer Wally Pfister (who did The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception) made his directing debut here. 2014. Rated PG-13. 119 minutes. Box Office: $34 million.]

Young Doctor's Notebook, A [BBC] [Fun, dark, and twisted British TV dramedy starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as a fresh, unprepared doctor who takes the reins of a hospital on the eve of the Russian Revolution and has to consult with his older self (Mad Men's Jon Hamm) to deal with all of his crazy patients and their odd maladies. 2012. Unrated.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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