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Men In Black: International

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Men in Black: International

The universe is expanding

20191 h 55 min
Overview

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

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Director F. Gary Gray
Runtime 1 h 55 min
Release Date 12 June 2019
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good

Wow, Thor and Valkyrie got into some zany adventures in that 5-year time skip during Endgame. Or maybe this is one of those alternate timelines they accidentally-maybe-probably created. Jokes aside though, Men in Black: International was a just a fun movie. Is this going to win any awards? Heck no. Was it a fun summer film to see on discount night at my local theater? You bet it was. If you are a person who wants every movie they see to be on par with films like Inception or Schindler’s List, turn back now. That is not what this film is, that is not what it was trying to be, that is not what it claims to be. It is a fun summer romp, nothing more and nothing less.

For starters, audiences do not need to have seen the previous Men in Black films to understand this one. There are a fair number of references to the old films, but nothing essential. All you need to know is that there is a secret agency that deals with aliens on Earth. That is really the only pre-requisite information here. So long as you are prepared for a casual summer movie (think Hancock), Men in Black: International will be a good time.

Let us take a look at the plot of the film. The general premise is that a bad alien wants the MacGuffin and if they get it, Earth will be destroyed. So…the same plot as the first three MiB movies, got it. Not that there is anything wrong with that. If it works, it works. And clearly, the MiB agency should be used to these situations by now. With the plot being so basic, the essence of the film really boils down to the writing and characters.

This movie is on the sillier side of things. Think Chris Hemsworth in Cabin in the Woods, not Chris Hemsworth as Thor. While many of the jokes are on the more light-hearted side, the film does not shy away from adult themes. Yes, this is a PG-13 film. But a PG-13 film today does not have the same standards as one made in the late ’90s. There is innuendo, there is cursing, and there are enough of these things that Men in Black: International could not quite be called a family movie. None of these things are subtle enough for kids to not catch them. For teenagers and up though (people who actually fit the PG-13 rating given by the Motion Picture Association of America), it is a great way to killing an evening this summer.

June 30, 2019

A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls

Stories are wild creatures.

20161 h 48 min
Overview

A boy attempts to deal with his mother's illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping to a fantastical world.

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Runtime 1 h 48 min
Release Date 7 October 2016
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Excellent

Going into A Monster Calls, I knew very little about the movie. A boy calls a monster to fight bullies or something and it is based on a children’s book. That is all I knew and I did not expect too much from the film. Boy, was I wrong. Pleasantly wrong, in fact. Saying that this is a must-see film might be going a little too far, but bare minimum it comes within a stone’s throw of that territory. Going into detail without spoilers is something of a challenge for this film, so just know that it teaches a life lesson that’s in a gray area.

A Monster Calls is a family movie and could be best described as a coming of age film. The very first line of the film describes protagonist Conor as too old to be a kid but too young to be a man. Many coming of age films are the same; some unusual circumstance results in a youth learning a valuable lesson. Conor’s situation in A Monster Calls is not entirely unusual, but the presence of the Monster makes it extraordinary. Do not let the premise of the movie turn you off to it; this film is anything but generic.

While the film is overall good with its effects, acting, and so forth, it is the emotion that truly makes this movie unique. The entire film just felt…sad. Not a cry your heart out type of sadness or a few gut-wrenching moments here and there. The whole movie just had this steady sadness, this borderline misery that is not going away and you do not know if it will ever get better. That is not to say that everything else about the movie is not good; the art, effects, acting, and everything else are very wholesome.

The film is not 100% perfect and seems to shy just a bit of being considered a masterpiece. While the theme of the movie is directed at children, it is not meant for small children. Think of A Monster Calls more as an age 10 and up film. The movie may not appeal to everyone and parts of the film may leave more open to interpretation than some people like. That being said, unless this film is extremely against your tastes it is 100% worth watching. Just may bring a box of tissues when you do watch it.

January 29, 2017