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, August 4, 2014

New Releases - August 5, 2014

Blu-rays:

Divergent [In this fun, thrill-filled start of a new femme-centric action franchise, Shailene Woodley stars as a plucky teen who is branded "Divergent," a person who does not fit into the norm of a future utopia. She is targeted for extinction when she discovers a plot to kill all the Divergents, and with the help of militant dissident Theo James, she literally fights to survive. It's nice to see Kate Winslet in a villain role for a change, and she heads an interesting cast including Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, and Maggie Q. This promising start of a new series was directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). Highly recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 139 minutes. Box Office: $151 million.]

Need for Speed [Based on the popular video game, this non-stop car chase film features Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul driving cross-country at breakneck speed (shades of the car crash/chase classic Vanishing Point) to get revenge against rich jerk Dominic Cooper, who set him up for a crime he did not do. Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, and Dakota Johnson co-star. Gearheads waiting for the next Fast & Furious film should find satisfaction with this high octane action flick directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor). 2014. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $44 million.] 

DVDs:

Bicycling with Moliere [Fun French comedy Starring Lambert Wilson as a soap opera star who wants to be taken seriously as an actor, so he tries to coax respected and retired stage icon Fabrice Luchini to return to the stage with a new production of The Misanthrope, but which one will play the coveted lead?  Co-starring Maya Sansa, Camille Japy, Geo Marlon, Stephan Wojtowicz, and Josiane Stoleru. Directed by Philippe Le Guay (The Women on the 6th Floor). 2013. Unrated. 104 minutes.] 

Divergent [In this fun, thrill-filled start of a new femme-centric action franchise, Shailene Woodley stars as a plucky teen who is branded "Divergent," a person who does not fit into the norm of a future utopia. She is targeted for extinction when she discovers a plot to kill all the Divergents, and with the help of militant dissident Theo James, she literally fights to survive. It's nice to see Kate Winslet in a villain role for a change, and she heads an interesting cast including Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, and Maggie Q. This promising start of a new series was directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). Highly recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 139 minutes. Box Office: $151 million.]

Finding Vivian Maier [Compelling documentary about nanny Maier who had a hidden cache of 100, 000 photos and was one of the most accomplished but unknown street photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. 2014. Unrated. 83 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

French Minister, The [Star Thierry Lhermite gives a brilliant and magnetic performance as the title character, an attractive but arrogant and quirky Minister of Foreign Affairs who drives his co-workers and rivals crazy. French master Bertrand Tavernier ('Round Midnight, Coup de Torchon) directed this witty and pointed political satire that also stars Raphael Personnaz, Niels Arstrup, Julie Gayet, Anais Demoustier, Bruno Raffaelli. and Thomas Chabrol. 2013. Unrated. 113 minutes.] 

Need for Speed [Based on the popular video game, this non-stop car chase film features Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul driving cross-country at breakneck speed (shades of the car crash/chase classic Vanishing Point) to get revenge against rich jerk Dominic Cooper, who set him up for a crime he did not do. Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, and Dakota Johnson co-star. Gearheads waiting for the next Fast & Furious film should find satisfaction with this high octane action flick directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor). 2014. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $44 million.]

Oculus [Better than average horror chiller in which a young man is released from a mental institution after being there for years for killing his parents, and creepy terror ensues when he reunites with his sister. She blames an antique mirror for her family's tragedy and vows to destroy it, but the evil reflection that lives in the mirror has more sadistic violence in mind. Starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwartes, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, and Garrett Ryan. Mike Flanagan (Absentia) directed. 2014. Rated R. 104 minutes. Box Office: $28 million.]

Trip to Bountiful, A [2014] [Well-cast black TV movie version of the classic drama about an elderly woman who befriends a much younger woman while on a long trip. Cicely Tyson plays the lead that earned Geraldine Page a Best Actress Oscar in 1985. In addition to Tyson's moving performance, co-stars Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Clancy Brown, Keke Palmer, and Devon Abner also deliver memorable work. Michael Wilson made his directing debut here. 2014. Unrated.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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