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MEN IN BLACK – INTERNATIONAL (2019): The Things I Liked…

Men In Black - International (2019), Emma Thompson, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Men In Black – International (2019), Emma Thompson, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Instead of the focus being solely on a big alien threat to eliminate, in Men In Black – International, there’s the pressing matter of a mole within the MIB organisation to deal with.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson, my favourite thing about Men In Black – International is the visual effects and Emma Thompson’s character. All the other key characters weren’t terrible but unfortunately the script for director F. Gary Gray’s movie just seemed overly complicated and not as exciting as initially hoped. 

Hemsworth and T. Thompson’s chemistry did help matters. Nevertheless, approximately twenty minutes into the movie, I realised I was missing Will Smith’s Men In Black (1997) performance. There’s something about his comedic expertise that I feel would have added an extra layer of humour and fun to this film. To be clear, I’m definitely not saying that ‘Put Smith in this movie and it would have been great overall’, because for that to be true, a much better story and script is required. I just think that Men In Black – International could have been better, more exciting and funny.

One other little highlight is the well choreographed fight scenes. They helped me to stop dwelling too much on some of the dodgy dialogue, my general disappointment and the cheap plastic toy gun noises made by some of the MIB weapons early on in the movie.

Watch Men In Black – International if you’re curious. It’s kind of fun. It’s just not especially good.

Happy Film Loving

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LATE NIGHT (2019): New Trailer From Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Amy Ryan, Megalyn Echikunwoke…

Late Night (2019), Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson
Late Night (2019), Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Late Night (2019).


Late Night is a new comedy / drama starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Amy Ryan.

Directed by Nisha Ganatra; at the centre of Late Night is talk show host Katherine (Thompson). Katherine is convinced that she may soon be losing her long-running show…

The comedy, the two actors and the fun dynamic between them is my reason for watching.

Ike Barinholtz, Hugh Dancy, Paul Walter Hauser, John Lithgow, Max Casella, Denis O’Hare and Reid Scott also star.

Late Night Release Dates: June 7th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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MISSING LINK (2019): New Trailer From Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Zach Galifianakis…

Mr Link (2019), Zach Galifianakis
Mr Link (2019), Zach Galifianakis

From writer / director Chris Butler, Missing Link is the story of Mr. Link and his adventures with explorer Sir Lionel Frost and adventurer Adelina Fortnight. The three of them travel the world in search of Mr Link’s relatives.

Key cast includes, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zack Galifianakis, Emma Thompson…

I’m in because of the impressive cast and the promise of something a little different to the Disney Pixar stories I often enjoy.

Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia, Stephen Fry and David Walliams also star.

Missing Link Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US)…

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THE CHILDREN ACT (2018): New Trailer From Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead…

The Children Act (2018), Emma Thompson
The Children Act (2018), Emma Thompson

Written by Ian McEwan and directed by Richard Eyre (Love, Actually (2003), The Children Act stars Emma Thompson as a High Court judge who must decide whether or not to force a teenage boy to have the blood transfusion that will save his life.

Other key cast includes Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ben Chaplin

I like Thompson and the plot is interesting. I also know how a Jehovah’s Witness / blood transfusion storyline was handled on Grey’s Anatomy but… how will they do it here?

The Children Act Release Dates: August 24th, 2018 (UK)…

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JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN (2018): New Trailer From Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson…

Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), Rowan Atkinson
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), Rowan Atkinson

In director David Kerr’s latest instalment of the Johnny English franchise, Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), English is forced to come out of retirement to find a mastermind hacker following a major cyber-attack.

The main stars include Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson…

It’s really the beautiful shots of my beloved London, England that has me thinking about watching this. I like that Emma Thompson is in the cast, however, I do find myself distracted by my love of Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

I could be wrong but kind of feel as though the humour in this movie is the type that will likely make me smile; whereas I’d really much rather laugh my head off, so to speak.

Lastly, is it me or does the plot of this movie sound quite a bit like the plot of one of Daniel Craig’s Bond films?

Johnny English Strikes Again Release Dates: October 12th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES – NEW & SELECTED (2017): New Trailer From Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson…

The Meyerowitz Stories - New & Selected (2017), Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller
The Meyerowitz Stories – New & Selected (2017), Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller

Starring Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler; The Meyerowitz Stories – New & Selected is the latest from writer / director Noah Baumbach. Stiller, Hoffman, Sandler and Thompson play members of an estranged family that gathers in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father…

I particularly like the idea of Stiller, Sandler and Hoffman performing together. I’m also in for the family dynamics that’ll undoubtedly result in interesting conflict; not that I like to see family members fight, you understand…

The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected) Release Dates

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BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (2016): The Things I Liked…

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Rene Zellweger
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016), Rene Zellweger

I loved the first two Bridget Jones movies; Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001) and Bridget Jones – The Edge Of Reason (2004). I personally found them refreshing as film experiences. Rene Zellweger’s British accent was impressive and I absolutely adored watching Hugh Grant in a role where he wasn’t playing, for want of a better phrase, ‘a lovable dithering idiot’  – the kind of role he’d played in Four Weddings & A Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999) and Mickey blue Eyes (1999). Grant’s role for the first two Bridget Jones movies can be described as a well dressed publishing bad boy named Daniel Cleaver.

The first bit of bad news for me about Bridget Jone’s Baby is that Hugh Grant isn’t in it. I kind of missed his character’s humour but I do understand the need for difference with the third instalment.

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016), Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

The second bit of bad news is that I don’t consider Bridget Jone’s Baby as a good movie. Reason being, it’s odd, awkward and overfilled with dated and obvious music. I particularly dislike the first 40 or so minutes where everything just doesn’t flow well. One of the lowest points for me is the following line and its cringily awkward delivery…

‘Oh God! I’ve just slept with a complete stranger! I’m nothing but a feckless prostitute!’

–  Terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE! This is the point at which it dawned on me that all the Bridget Jones character traits that were once charming, humorous and certainly better written have now morphed into the opposite of all of that and become straight annoying.

There were one or two lines I loved and both happened to be delivered by the ever wonderful Emma Thompson, an actress whose comic timing is sharp as can be. I also enjoyed Patrick Dempsey’s role and welcomed his character’s newness. Overall though, I found myself less than invested in the film’s central love story; something  I blame on the writing and that particular aspect of the film feeling ‘so very 12 – 14 years ago (when the first two movies were released)’.

I say watch this movie if you absolutely must. Just know that the first two are a hell of a lot more fun.

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BURNT (2015): The Good & Bad Things…

Burnt (2015), Sienna Miller, Bradley Cooper
Burnt (2015), Sienna Miller, Bradley Cooper

Burnt stars Bradley Cooper and it’s a film about a talented chef’s journey to get his life back on track following one huge misstep. After watching the Burnt trailer a few months ago, I found myself unsure about how good I may end up finding the finished product.

The expectation was that I would fall in love with the food in the movie whilst enjoying learning about Cooper’s Adam Jones. What I found is that I didn’t fall in love with the food nor did I connect very much with Bradley Cooper’s character.

The lack of connection with the protagonist may have something to do with Adam Jones not being particularly likeable. It could also be the film’s seemingly odd structure and the feeling that the musical score didn’t fit especially comfortably.

In short, Burnt isn’t in the top ten of my favourite Bradley Cooper movies. However, there are one or two things I did like. For example, Uma Thurman’s performance stood out and I liked the way the story had me thinking about teamwork, friendship and redemption. I really enjoyed the interesting information about the Michelin Guide and how the establishment goes about awarding stars to superior hotels and restaurants in Europe. That I really loved.

If you’re after a good movie for food lovers, the kind that will make you wish you could reach into the screen to grab a piece of what the characters are eating, I recommend Chef (2014) and Julie & Julia (2009). Burnt is probably more for rather serious Bradley Cooper fans and those curious about the experience of a successful Chef.

American Sniper (2014) remains my favourite of Bradley Cooper’s performances. I’m not sure that 2015 was his year, though I did love his work in director David O. Russell’s Joy (2015), a great movie.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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