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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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Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Releases - August 12, 2014

Blu-rays:

Disneynature: Bears [Another beautiful, must watch Disney nature documentary, this time about an Alaskan bear family's cubs as they grow to maturity. Narrated by John C. Reilly and directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. 2014. Rated G. 78 minutes. Box Office: $18 million.]

Locke [Tom Hardy (Lawless, Warrior) gives an extraordinary performance in this film noir thriller that is virtually a one man show as Hardy plays a family man and successful construction manager who receives a phone call that could ruin his life and goes driving through the night. Writer-director Steven Knight (Redemption) helmed this novel film that is a bit similar in concept to the Ryan Reynolds film Buried. Recommended! 2014. Rated R. 85 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Muppets Most Wanted [The rejuvenated Muppets return in this wild and funny (and a bit darker than the previous film) farce in which they are thrown into a European prison thanks to a jewel heist masterminded by Kermit's exact double.  Of course, there are a who's who of cameos and lots of one liners that will have adults laughing maybe more than kids. The all-star cast is lead by Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, and Jemaine Clement. James Bobin, who directed the hit 2011 reboot, reprises. Recommended!  2014. Rated PG. Box Office: $52 million.]

Railway Man, The [Acclaimed Australian-British-Swiss co-production starring Colin Firth as a British officer who was tortured in a WWII Japanese POW camp and finds out that the main soldier who tormented him wants to confront him again years later. This is based on the real story of Eric Lomax. Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, Michael Mackenzie, Tanroh Ishida, and Tom Stoke also star. Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man) directed. 2014. Rated R. 116 minutes. Box Office: $5 million.]

DVDs:

Around the Block [Aussie-US co-production about an Aboriginal boy who is caught between his love of acting and his dysfunctional family. Starring Christina Ricci, Jack Thompson, Matt Nable, Mark Coles Smith, Daniel Henshall, Trevor Jamieson, Madeleine Madden, and Hunter Page-Lochard. Written and directed by Sarah Spillane. 2014. Unrated. 104 minutes.]

Blacklist, The: Season 1 [James Spader (TV's Boston Legal) gives a mesmerizing performance as a criminal mastermind who turns himself in to the FBI and agrees to give up a list of lethal personal enemies in exchange for working with young but effective and attractive agent Megan Boone. As this terrific noirish series progresses, we learn that Spader's obsession with the agent is very personal and also involves a conspiracy within the government as well as Boone's dubious teacher-husband.. In addition to the great work by Spader and Boone, there is exceptional work done by co-stars Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Parminder Nagra, Harry Lennix, Jane Alexander, Hisham Tawfiq, Amir Arison, and Alan Alda. This was the highest rated new series of the 2013 season and also drew the most buzz of almost any show, for good reason. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 2013-2014. Unrated. 5 separate rentals.]

Breathe In [Mostly improvised romantic drama about an attractive foreign exchange student who moves in with an upscale NY family and changes their dynamic forever. Although this movie polarized audiences and had both lovers and haters, the superb cast cannot be denied: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Mackenzie Davis (the breakthrough star from AMC's Halt and Catch Fire), Amy Ryan, Matthew Daddario, Ben Shenkman, and Alexandra Wentworth. Directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Spooner). 2014. Rated R. 98 minutes.]

Dancing in Jaffa [Uplifting documentary about acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, who returns to his hometown and teaches natural enemies to compete without animosity in ballroom dancing competitions. Directed by Hilla Medalia. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.] 

Disneynature: Bears [Another beautiful, must watch Disney nature documentary, this time about an Alaskan bear family's cubs as they grow to maturity. Narrated by John C. Reilly and directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. 2014. Rated G. 78 minutes. Box Office: $18 million.]

Filth [James McAvoy channels his dark side in this black comedy as a corrupt cop who will do anything to get a promotion and win back his family. Co-starring Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent. Jon S. Baird (Greet Street Hooligans) directed. 2013. Rated R. 97 minutes.]

Frankie & Alice [Halle Berry gives a memorable performance as a go-go dancer with multiple personalities who goes to a psychotherapist to try to get to the root of her problem. Also starring Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Roselyn Coleman, Joanne Baron, and Brian Markinson. Directed by Geoffrey Sax. 2014. Rated R. 101 minutes.]

Girl on the Train, The [Fascinating thriller about a documentary filmmaker who meets a mysterious young woman who changes the course of his current project. Starring Henry Ian Cusack, Nicki Aycox, and Stephen Lang. Larry Brand directed. 2014. Rated R. 80 minutes.]

God's Not Dead [Faith-based drama starring Kevin Sorbo (TV's Hercules) as a philosophy professor who shocks students when he proclaims God is dead, but a new student challenges his lack of faith. Shane Harper and David A.R. White star in this big hit. Directed by Harold Cronk. 2014. Rated PG. 113 minutes. Box Office: $61 million.]

Hateship Loveship [Interesting casting highlights this drama about a wild teen girl who sets up her recovering addict father with her nanny. The impressive cast includes Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sami Gayle, Christine Lahti, and Nick Nolte. Directed by Liza Johnson. 2014. Rated R. 104 minutes.]

Locke [Tom Hardy (Lawless, Warrior) gives an extraordinary performance in this film noir thriller that is virtually a one man show as Hardy plays a family man and successful construction manager who receives a phone call that could ruin his life and goes driving through the night. Writer-director Steven Knight (Redemption) helmed this novel film that is a bit similar in concept to the Ryan Reynolds film Buried. Recommended! 2014. Rated R. 85 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Muppets Most Wanted [The rejuvenated Muppets return in this wild and funny (and a bit darker than the previous film) farce in which they are thrown into a European prison thanks to a jewel heist masterminded by Kermit's exact double.  Of course, there are a who's who of cameos and lots of one liners that will have adults laughing maybe more than kids. The all-star cast is lead by Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, and Jemaine Clement. James Bobin, who directed the hit 2011 reboot, reprises.  Recommended! 2014. Rated PG. Box Office: $52 million.]

Railway Man, The [Acclaimed Australian-British-Swiss co-production starring Colin Firth as a British officer who was tortured in a WWII Japanese POW camp and finds out that the main soldier who tormented him wants to confront him again years later. This is based on the real story of Eric Lomax. Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, Michael Mackenzie, Tanroh Ishida, and Tom Stoke also star. Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man) directed. 2014. Rated R. 116 minutes. Box Office: $5 million.]

New Arrival:

Love Streams: The Criterion Collection [Emotionally draining and well-acted drama about two close but emotionally wounded siblings who reunite years later. John Cassavetes directed and stars in this classic that is making its DVD debut. Gena Rowalnds, Seymour Cassel, and Diahanne Abbott also star. 1984. Rated PG-13. 141 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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