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<i>Fish Tank</i> meets <i>The Monster Squad</i> in <i>Attack the Block</i>

The Philadelphia installment of a nationwide preview of the highly-anticipated British sci-fi film Attack the Block occurred tonight at the Ritz at the Bourse.  The film follows a group of young London thugs as they attempt to save their home from an alien invasion.  While there’s a press embargo on the film until its official release (the screenings held tonight will determine the extent of said release), I can say that this may be the import that brings British cinema to the high concept-craving American masses…at least to the extent that Shaun of the Dead did (the director of which serves as Block‘s Executive Producer).  Block received overwhelmingly positive reviews at its SXSW premiere a couple months back and debuted in UK theaters two weeks ago at #3, but has since dropped 70% at the box office according to Box Office Mojo.  Distributor Screen Gems should consider following the Sundance/IFC model and release the film to VOD services with a simultaneous art house run, but who knows, maybe American nerds are hungrier…

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(3) Readers Comments

  1. We were at the screening too, but not cool enough for the press section. How can there be a press embargo on a movie that’s already out in the UK?

    Reviews are up all over online, so I posted mine:

  2. @Silberwhatever It’s best not to question these things. Also, interesting site, more words than some of those films deserve, but good work. Cinedelphia says check it out:

  3. Yeah, there are a lot of sites that do great job with pithy reviews. It’s not our strong suit, really, and so we try to (over? haha) compensate with longer-form writing.

    Thanks for the link. I really like you’re site..going to add a link to you on our blogroll.

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