We're more than a little obsessed with "Attack the Block," which crash-lands in theaters today. The film has been a massive hit with UK audiences, and it won the midnight feature award at SXSW this year, along with the best narrative audience award at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. We're also willing to bet that at least one of your friends (or favorite movie writers - ehem) nabbed an early ticket and has gone on to extoll the many virtues of this righteously rowdy action/sci-fi/horror flick. Dark horse contender for best summer blockbuster? Believe!
Sure, there are comparisons to be made regarding the vintage aspect of director Joe Cornish's narrative, which follows a young London-based street gang as they defend their housing complex from an infestation of the otherworldly sort. There's a smattering of Spielberg, a dash of Dante at play…but, truly, that just scratches the surface.
Lest you remain unconvinced about the awesome that is "Attack the Block," we'll acquiesce in that G.I. Joe sorta way: knowing is half the battle. So here's what you need to know to get your butt in a seat this weekend. 88 minutes later, you'll emerge an official Blockhead. Trust.
by Danielle Genet
While "Harry Potter" may be blowing up the box office right now, on the quieter side a film called “The Myth of the American Sleepover” will sneak its way to select theater locations this Friday (July 22). MTV News was lucky enough to catch a special screening at the Ace Hotel in New York City on Sunday night (July 17), and we're here to tell you all about it.
Here are five reasons why you should throw on those onesies, play a game of “Truth or Dare,” grab a tub of popcorn and experience this flick after the jump.
Make no mistake: despite whatever flaws "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" may have (and it certainly does have a few), director David Yates has brought the series home in an absolutely beautiful finale. Every actor in the franchise steps up their game, and nearly every beloved character gets their due in this movie. Really, is there anything more a viewer could ask for?
It's easy for me to say that as "a 'Harry Potter' fan," but this final installment of the epic saga is a movie that transcends that stipulation for enjoyment. Of course, if you haven't seen any of the previous "Potter" movies then "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will probably be a bit confusing (but hey, you can always read our primers!), but even the casual enthusiast will be blown away by what proves to be an entirely satisfying conclusion to a decade-long film franchise. Check out five reasons why you need to see this movie after the jump.
"Super 8" isn't a perfect movie -- really, no movie is -- but for my money, it's pretty darn close. J.J. Abrams has lovingly crafted the exact kind of summer blockbuster you wish you could see more often these days : plenty of action, one hell of a train crash (trust me, the trailers and commercials don't do the real disaster justice), and a whole lot of heart.
There's a lot of mystery surrounding the new Amblin Entertainment movie, yes, so I'll do my best not to spoil any of the big surprises for you. But for now, I don't think it's spoiling anything to say this: cheesy as it sounds, "Super 8" really is (wait for it) super great. Check out five reasons you need to see this movie past the jump.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in Bangkok, however… well, all bets are off.
"The Hangover Part II" hit theaters this week and is already on track for a monstrously successful Memorial Day weekend. But put the commercial victory on the back-burner for a moment… how does it stack up creatively? Is Todd Phillips' second voyage with the ill-fated wolf-pack worth your hard-earned ticket money?
Well, that depends upon who you are and what you thought of the first "Hangover" movie — but for my money, I can think of at least five reasons you'll want to see this latest outing. Check 'em out after the jump.
"Toy Story 3" gets the awards-season glory, "Shrek" stands as the most successful animated series of all-time, but I confess one of my favorite CGI flicks of the last several years remains 2008's "Kung Fu Panda." Even when I catch snippets on TV, Jack Black's wild, panda abandon never gets old. The fight sequences manage to be both creative and LOL-inducing. And, as my 10-year-old cousin can attest, there's a potent moral hidden within that's a bit cheesy but also super truthful.
But in breaking down a film into a cinematic laundry list, we shouldn't miss the overall point: as a whole, "Kung Fu Panda" is just so much darn fun. And that's exactly what the sequel is too: a blast. Here are five reasons why you need to check out "Kung Fu Panda 2."
Haters, get ready to hate: I believe it's time for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise to sail firmly into Geoffrey Rush's hands.
No disrespect intended towards Captain Jack Sparrow whatsoever — I love the character to pieces and imagine that we'll be seeing a lot more of him in the coming years — but I'm equally enamored with Rush's comparatively underrated Barbossa, and I think we're at the point where the formerly dead pirate needs to get his hands on the franchise. I'll give you five reasons why after the jump.
Today's your unlucky day, and we want you to celebrate the occasion with us by checking out five of the most memorable moments in "Friday the 13th" history. The classic slasher series that stalked camp counselors and horny teenagers into the woods is synonymous with today's legendary date. The series' baddie, Jason Voorhees, has sliced and diced his way through the camp grounds of Crystal Lake, New York City, and even space to seek revenge against the neglectful camp counselors who made out while he drowned.
Whether you're superstitious, a horror junkie, or find yourself inexplicably drawn to a mute man-child wearing a hockey mask, here are a few things we love to wax nostalgic about "Friday the 13th."
As soon as trailers for the new comedy "Bridesmaids" (in theaters this Friday) hit, the first thing you heard -- well, after the bouts of laughter had subsided -- was talk about how it looked like "the female version of 'The Hangover.'"
Sure, on the surface, there are similar elements (a group of oddballs get together in preparation for a wedding, Vegas is involved, things go terribly awry), but there's way more to "Bridesmaids" than meets the eye -- and don't let those previews with the Pink song fool you, this is no run-of-the-mill chick flick! Walk down the aisle with us as we compare and contrast the two gut-busting comedies.
Grab your copies of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and share a moment of silence with us, because today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of author Douglas Adams.
With his quirky sense of humor combined with a unique take on life in outer space, Adams remains on our list of all-time favorite science fiction novelists. In honor of his memory, we've decided to take a look back at Hollywood's best attempt to bring his best-selling book to the big screen: the 2005 adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Though it's not a universally adored adaptation -- though there's something appropriate to that fact -- we'd be lying if we said we didn't appreciate the effort involved with "Hitchhiker." After the jump, we'll tell you everything we loved about that movie, from saving "The Hobbit" to making Alan Rickman cute and cuddly.