Screening Room: Men in Black 3, Chernobyl Diaries
Compared to 1 and 2 “Men in Black 3″ features a much better story. It’s clever, witty and heartfelt. The original zaniness is still present but isn’t over the top to the point of being silly.
For all of his star power Will Smith isn’t the only one who shines on screen. Josh Brolin as a young Tommy Lee Jones is fantastic and comedian Jemaine Clement as the villain Boris the Animal is excellent but it’s Michael Stuhlbarg as an oracle figure who really helps to elevate this version to being the best of the entire franchise. But in the end the sell is Will Smith’s cereal on Saturday morning persona that seals the deal. Welcome back.
“Undefeated” was the winner of this year’s Best Documentary Oscar. This emotionally involving movie chronicles the 2009 season of a poverty-stricken North Memphis inner city high school football team, attempting to win its first playoff game in it’s 110-year history. As volunteer coach Bill Courtney aptly put it, “Football doesn’t build character, it reveals character.”
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
FIRST POSITION (Not rated)
“First Position” is a documentary about the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. The movie focuses on seven kids from around the world and their grueling preparation. Seeing some of these terrific performances will put a smile on the face of any dance fan.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:
Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline star in the drama “Darling Companion” about a woman who loves her dog more than her husband.
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- Watch: Possible abduction caught on tape
- College student, 18, killed in accident involving ice and semi on I-435
- Claustrophobic woman claws her way out of bathroom