Out in cinemas this week: The men in black are back, leading Will Smith to wonder, why two K? Plus: zombies attack a zombie film. The genre is literally eating itself.
Men in Black III (2012)
The MiB franchise was in serious danger of getting tired from its own oversized freneticism and the potential overreliance on the smug slickness of Will Smith's Agent J. But Sonnenfeld has deliberately avoided retreading familiar invasion storylines in favor of a time travel plot featuring extra Agent K (thanks to Josh Brolin wryly inhabiting Tommy Lee Jones's mannerisms). The result is a summer blockbuster that builds on the relationship between J and K established in the first two films.
The story: Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Starring: 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), Nicole Scherzinger (Boris' Girlfriend), Michael Chernus (Jeffrey Price), Alice Eve (Young Agent O), David Rasche (Agent X), Keone Young (Mr. Wu), Bill Hader (Andy Warhol), Cayen Martin (Colonel's Son).
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld.
The Zombie Movie (2012)
Have zombie films been completely sent up yet? Perhaps, now that we have a zombie film about zombies attacking during the making of a zombie film. Or perhaps they're zombie critics. Look! There's zombie Rex Reed! Everybody run!
The story: The filming of Dead Moon Rising 2 comes to an abrupt halt when an actual zombie outbreak occurs. Will our film action heroes lead us to victory or will our stars become a box office snack?
Starring: Roni Jonah, Jason Crowe, Jason F'n Saint, Kirstin Vanhooser, Jesse Rasmussen, Keith Nicholson, Courtney Lantz, Bryan Kennison.
Directed by: Roni Jonah.