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Men in Black III (***)
directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
written by Etan Cohen, based on a comic book by Lowell Cunningham
Principal Cast
Will Smith -- Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones -- Agent K
Josh Brolin -- Young Agent K
Jemaine Clement -- Boris The Animal
Emma Thompson -- Agent O
Michael Stuhlbarg -- Griffin
Mike Colter -- Colonel
Alice Eve -- Young Agent O
Ratings
Ratings are based on Rick's four star system.
One star - the commercials are more entertaining than the viewing.
Two stars - watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars - good solid entertainment.
Four stars - you never dreamed viewing could be this good.
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A review by Rick Norwood

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Men in Black III The third Men in Black film is a clever and sentimental entertainment. You won't believe it for a minute, but it has enough charm that your suspension of disbelief will be willing. After the achingly bad Men in Black II, I'm glad Hollywood, in a rare moment of sanity, realized that an intelligent writer was needed. Etan Cohen worked with Mike Judge on Idiocracy (a film which didn't credit Cyril M. Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons", but should have) and with Ben Stiller on Tropic Thunder. This is his first work on the Men in Black franchise.

The movie has more than its share of interesting characters, but the most interesting is a new character, Griffin, who sees all possible futures, played with considerable elan by Michael Stuhlbarg.

I was at Cape Canaveral on July 16, 1969 and always look for myself in the stock footage of crowds (no luck so far). Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke (but not Isaac Asimov) were there as well.

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Copyright © 2012 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon. Visit his web site at comicsrevue.com.


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