If you don’t recognize the name Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, you probably missed the recent story about him taking the spot vacated by Elvis Mitchell on the upcoming new show Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies. The 24-year-old movie blogger will be going toe to toe with Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire each and every week discussing the latest films to come out in theaters. And that will soon make him one of the most famous film critics in the world.

Vishnevetsky voice is still new to many of us, so we thought you might be interested to see his top ten films of 2010. [EDIT: This isn't actually his top ten, per se, but a ballot submitted as part of IndieWire's Anuual Critics Survey for 2010. We apologize for any confusion as this was originally presented.] It’s quite different from most of the regular top 10′s you’re used to seeing. No Social Network, no King’s Speech and, thankfully, no Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [EDIT: Because god-forbid someone likes that movie.] But everyone’s favorite Portugese film, Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, did just make the list. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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THE SQUARE
There’s something so captivating about the caper-gone-wrong genre that, even after you’ve seen the scenario play out a dozen times before, it still maintains its appeal. There’s an inherent thrill in it—the watching of a group of people scrambling to keep their lives from falling apart, while every decision they make leads them further and further to that predetermined destination. Even though you know what’s going to happen, you hope that it won’t, and you want to keep watching to see if it does. Of course, this is all dependent on how successfully the tale is spun. And lucky for us, the Edgerton brothers know how to spin a tale. The Square isn’t perfect, but it’s a solid neo-noir thriller that gets the job done, ratcheting up the tension nicely as these normal, flawed individuals seal their fate with mistake after mistake. My one point of frustration with it: halfway into the film, a barely related incident is introduced that really strains believability. Forgiving that, The Square is everything a film like this should be.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Featurettes (“Inside The Square”, “Pre-Visualisation”, “Visual Effects”), and a short film (“Spider”).

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Inception

It’s been a few days since we’ve done a movie poster rundown. Today we bring you a new IMAX poster for Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, Survival of the Dead Poster by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlar, Splice, After Dark Films’ The Task, and another poster for The Last Airbender. Check them all out, after the jump.

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A bunch of new movie posters have been released in the last few days, so I thought it was time to do a round-up. The posters include various international posters for Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia, Nightmare on Elm Street, Survival of the Dead and some domestic one-sheets for Sex and the City 2 and The Other Guys.

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Yesterday I riled a few people up with a conversation about red-band trailers. (You guys like them; we get it.) Today we’ll flip to the other side of the coin, as IGN has new bloody and restricted clips for George Romero‘s Survival of the Dead and a UK trailer for [REC] 2. Check both out after the break. Read More »

Fantastic Fest Review: Survival of the Dead

Survival of the Dead

When George Romero walked on stage at the Paramount theatre for the introduction to his latest zombie film Survival of the Dead, over 1,000 Fantastic Festers gave the filmmaker not just one, but two standing ovations. If there is any crowd thankful of Romero’s contributions to cinema, it has to be the film fanatics at the Alamo Drafthouse-run genre festival.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m also very grateful of Romero’s body of work, and I’m not going to claim he doesn’t deserve a standing ovation for his past achievements. But I’m getting tired of celebrating Romero’s recent lackluster additions to the Zombie horror subgenre. Romero hasn’t made a good movie since 1985 when the original Day of the Dead was released.
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I’ll tell you up front that the Splice video is not online and I’ll just be telling you about it, though it was rather marvelous and really very exciting and I’ll try and convey that. The others, though, are embedded after the break – An American Douchebag in London part 1, Eli Roth‘s commercial for Peta and some Survival of the Dead publicity.

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A few new clips slipped by us right as last week ended at the holiday weekend began. Well, two of them slipped by, and I hedged on posting the clip from Survival of the Dead at first because it’s fairly lousy, and that makes me sad. See all three (or whichever ones you choose) after the break. Read More »

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