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, July 28, 2014

New Releases - July 29, 2014

Blu-rays:

Noah [2014] [Epic and well-mounted telling of the famous Biblical story in which family man Noah builds a huge ark to hold two of every animal and as many people as possible who want to survive an upcoming huge flood he predicts, but most of his neighbors and friends do not believe him or think he is crazy. The great cast is lead by Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly (in her third film with Crowe), Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte, Douglas Booth, and Mark Margolis. The expensive action drama drew a typically polarizing response from audiences and critics for a Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) film but was considered a hit and a worthy film overall. Highly recommended! Rated PG-13. 138 minutes. Box Office: $102 million.]

Other Woman, The [2014] [Darkly funny comedy in which Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton play beauties who discover they are all sexually involved with the same handsome man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the equally sexy Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones)
and decide to get nasty revenge. What they don't expect is the fun friendship that develops. Taylor Kinney and singer Nicki Minaj also appear. This is one of Diaz's biggest hits (although not quite as big as 2011's Bad Teacher) and is worth a look for it's attractive and talented cast even if it bears a strong resemblance to Chasing Papi and John Tucker Must Die. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dog) directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Box Office: $84 million.]

DVDs:

Half of a Yellow Sun [Moving Nigerian-UK drama starring Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose as two very different sisters who move back to Nigeria in the 1960's and find common ground when a civil war breaks out and both support the nation's search for independence. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rob Davis, Joseph Mawle, John Boyega, Onyeka Onwenu, and Genevieve Nnaji also star. 2014. Rated R. 111 minutes.]

Killing, The: Seasons 2 and 3 [We finally have rental DVD sets of seasons 2 and 3 of the popular and excellent film noir AMC TV series. In Season 2, Mireille Enos returns as troubled Seattle detective Sarah Linden along with her streetwise partner detective Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman from the 2014 Robocop), and they finally solve the murder of teen Rosie Larsen from Season 1 that leads to a dark, twisted, and shocking cover-up. Enos and Kinnaman give brilliant performances along with a fine supporting cast that includes Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton, Kristin Lehman, Eric Ladin, and Jamie Anne Allmann.  In Season 3, Detective Holder reunites with ex-partner Linden when a gruesome serial killer who targets vulnerable teen runaways may be connected to a previous case Linden thought she solved.  The terrific guest cast features Peter Sarsgaard (in a dazzling performance), Elias Koteas, Amy Seimetz, and Gregg Henry. Highly recommended! 2012-2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals for each season.]

Lullaby [An incredible all-star cast (Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund, Jessica Brown Findlay, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Daniel Sunjata, Anne Archer, Frances Shaw, and Richard Jenkins) highlight this drama in which Hedlund stars as a young man who reunites with his estranged family and friends when his cancer-stricken dad Jenkins announces he is committing suicide in two days. Actor Andrew Levitas made his writing-directing debut with this film. 2014. Rated R. 117 minutes.]

Noah [2014] [Epic and well-mounted telling of the famous Biblical story in which family man Noah builds a huge ark to hold two of every animal and as many people as possible who want to survive an upcoming huge flood he predicts, but most of his neighbors and friends do not believe him or think he is crazy. The great cast is lead by Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly (in her third film with Crowe), Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte, Douglas Booth, and Mark Margolis. The expensive action drama drew a typically polarizing response from audiences and critics for a Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) film but was considered a hit and a worthy film overall. Highly recommended! Rated PG-13. 138 minutes. Box Office: $102 million.]

On My Way [Catherine Denueve is luminous as a woman who goes on a trip with her grandson while facing a failed relationship and her struggling restaurant in this French comedy-drama co-starring Nemo Schiffman, Gerard Garouste, Camille, Claude Gensac, Paul Hamy, Mylene Demongeot, and Hafsia Herzi. Directed by actress-director Emanuelle Bercot. 2013. Unrated. 116 minutes.]

Other Woman, The [2014] [Darkly funny comedy in which Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton play beauties who discover they are all sexually involved with the same handsome man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the equally sexy Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones)
and decide to get nasty revenge. What they don't expect is the fun friendship that develops. Taylor Kinney and singer Nicki Minaj also appear. This is one of Diaz's biggest hits (although not quite as big as 2011's Bad Teacher) and is worth a look for it's attractive and talented cast even if it bears a strong resemblance to Chasing Papi and John Tucker Must Die. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dog) directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Box Office: $84 million.]

Protector 2, The [aka Warrior  King 2] [Magnetic martial arts phenom Tony Jaa stars as an innocent man who becomes the main suspect when the owner of an elephant camp is murdered and is hunted both by the police and the victim's twin nieces. Co-starring Pechtai Wongkamiao, RZA, Marrese Crump, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam.  Another Thai action hit directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-Bak, The Protector, Chocolate).  2013. Rated R. 103 minutes.]

When I Walk [Inspirational documentary about a 25 year old man who was vacationing with his family on a beach when his legs stopped working due to his encroaching MS. He then picked up a camera and started documenting the affect the disease had on him and how he stayed positive against this adversity.  Directed by and starring Jason DaSilva. 2013. Unrated. 84 mins.]    

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.
  

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