attack the block 2

At long last, Attack the Block 2 is a go. Studiocanal, Film4, Complete Fiction Pictures & UpperRoom Productions are finally moving forward with an Attack the Block sequel that will bring back director Joe Cornish and star John Boyega. Cornish and Boyega have been talking about a potential sequel for years now, and at long last, it’s becoming a reality. In the original 2011 film, Boyega played Moses, the leader of a teen street gang that has to deal with aliens that have invaded a council estate in South London.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now In the Line of Fire

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

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Attack the Block Vinyl Soundtrack Release

John Boyega may best be known for his role as a defected Stormtrooper turned Resistance hero in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, but back in 2011, his career was just taking off with a breakthrough performance in the sci-fi action comedy Attack the Block. Directed by Joe Cornish, the movie saw Boyega playing the leader of a teen gang in South London who have to protect their block from an alien invasion. Ever since the movie was released, fans have wanted to see an Attack the Block sequel, so it’s exciting to hear that Joe Cornish and John Boyega recently discussed getting back together to make it happen. Read More »

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Attack the Block

Where You Can Stream It: Pluto TV

The Pitch: John Boyega, in his star-making role, plays Moses, the young leader of a group of South London teenagers who mugs a nurse (a pre-Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker) on her way home from work. But the mugging is interrupted by a meteorite that crashes from the sky, revealing a big-alien-gorilla-wolf thing that attacks Moses before he quickly kills it. But Moses’ unexpected victory brings about a whole host of new problems, as hundreds of stronger, bloodthirsty aliens soon follow to invade their block.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: When Attack the Block hit theaters in 2011, it received little attention apart from a few critical raves hailing it as one of the best alien invasion movies of the decade and a cult following that would passionately recommend it to anyone remotely interested in genre movies. When John Boyega became a global superstar through the Star Wars franchise, it didn’t receive much more attention. But Attack the Block suddenly, deservedly, finds itself in the spotlight again this week thanks to an impassioned, moving speech by Boyega that made the headlines and turned people on to what a powerhouse the young actor is.

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Ben Pearson’s Top 10 Movies of the Decade

Ben Pearson's top 10 movies of the decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

The 2010s were a tumultuous era for movies, but reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated. While television made a powerful surge to try to usurp the crown and become the defining medium of the past decade, movies held their own and occasionally reminded us why we love them so much in the first place. Here are my ten favorite films of the 2010s.

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Toy Story 4 poster Woody

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have finished their voice work for Toy Story 4
  • Chris Tucker tries to keep hope alive for Rush Hour 4
  • Hobbs & Shaw gets a bunch of new character posters
  • Watch a clip from Happy Death Day 2U
  • Fantastic Beasts actor Dan Fogler explains the reason the third movie is delayed
  • And more!

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Why Joe Cornish Turned Down ‘Star Trek Beyond’

joe cornish turned down star trek

In 2013, Joe Cornish was primed to be the next successful indie director who would make the leap to the big-budget blockbuster. J.J. Abrams had just taken himself out of the running to direct the third Star Trek to helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Cornish was coming off the cult success of 2011’s Attack the Block. We just needed that one report with that all-important word: “Confirmed.”

But Cornish turned down Star Trek. Justin Lin would take on directing duties of Star Trek Beyond, while Cornish wouldn’t come out with another film until 2019’s The Kid Who Would Be King. But why did the British filmmaker turn down what would have likely been his big break? Six years later, Cornish finally reveals why.

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A Wrinkle in Time Oprah Storm Reid

Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, we celebrate the release of A Wrinkle in Time by asking “What is your favorite ‘kids on an adventure’ movie?”

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Attack the Block Vinyl Soundtrack Release

John Boyega might be a huge star now thanks to his leading role as the defected Stormtrooper FN-2187 in the new Star Wars trilogy, but back in 2011 he was a little known name at the center of the sci-fi horror comedy with some incredible monsters,  a fantastic ensemble cast and a fantastic score.

Attack the Block mixes Gremlins with Goonies and sets the action in South London where an alien invasion must be thwarted by a street gang of young miscreants. Driving the action with a thumping electric beat is a score by Steven Price, and that score is now getting a special limited edition glow in the dark vinyl release from I Am Shark. Read More »

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Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight Show - The Dark Knight

This past weekend saw the opening of the Hero Complex Gallery‘s latest exhibition: Blacklight.

The Blacklight show featured dozens of fluorescent and blacklight reactive artwork, which means we’re talking about some bright, electric and neon tributes by extremely talented artists to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. The gallery featured pieces honoring movies like Boogie Nights, Alien, Blade Runner, RoboCop, The Dark Knight, Mad Max: Fury Road and Collateral, as well as TV shows like Rick and Morty, Stranger Things, Futurama and more.

Check out our favorite pieces from the Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight show below. Read More »