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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 5, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Movies BRANDON July 2002 A7 ASSOCIATED PRESS Agent Kay Tommy Lee Jones and his partner Agent Jay Will Smith return as members of the highly funded government organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial activity on planet in the Columbia Pictures scifi adventure comedy Men In Black Back in black but with no spark ROGfflBBtT AT THE MOVIES Some sequels continue a Others repeat Men in Black II creates a new threat for the but recycles the same which is that mankind can defeat an alien invasion by assigning agents in RayBans to shoot them into This is a movie that fans of the original might enjoy in a diluted sort of but there is no need for it of to take another haul at the box where the 1997 movie grossed nearly The astonishing success of the original MIB was partly because it was partly because it was Wed never seen anything like while with MIB II weve seen some thing exactly like In the origi Tommy Lee Jones played a nononsense veteran Will Smith was his Rip Torn was their gruff and makeup artist Rick Baker and a team of wizards created a series of grotesque Although the aliens had the technology for interplanetary they were no match for the big guns of the Kay Tommy Lee Jones Jay Will Smith Zed Rip Torn Serleena Lara Flynn Boyle Johnny Knoxville Laura Vasqucz Rosario Dawson Jeebs Tony Shalhoub Tee Patrick Warburton Frank Tim Blaney voice Columbia Pictures presents a film directed by Barry Produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie Written by Robert Gordon and Barry Based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Music by Danny Running time 88 Classified PG13 for scifi action violence and some provocative In MIB the guns are even bigger and the aliens are even although they do take sexy human form when one of morphs into Lara Flynn Another named Scrad Johnny turns into a human who has a second neck with a smaller version of the same although that is not as amusing as you might The plot The aliens are here to capture Im not sure that will allow them to destroy The top MIB agent is now Jay who needs the help of Kay but Kays memory has been erased by a deneuralizer and must be restored so that he can protect whatever it is the aliens Kay is currently working at the post which might have inspired more jokes than it Smith and Jones fit comfort ably in their roles and do what they but the movie doesnt give them much to work The biggest contribution is a dog named Frank voice by Tim whose role is much expanded from the first Frank is human in everything but a toughtalking street wise canine who keeps up a run ning commentary as the reunited MIB chase aliens through New One of the eyewitnesses they question is a pizza waitress named played by the beautiful Rosario who Jay likes so much he forgets to The special effects are but often As the movie throws strange aliens at we arent much moved more like mildly Theres a sub way worm at the outset that eats most of a train without being anything more than an obvious special effect were looking at the not the and later there are other aliens who look more like doodles at a concept session than anything we can get much worked up There a very odd scene set in a train station which is occupied by a chanting mob of little creatures who worship the and I would have liked to see more of them What possible world view do they have If Men in Black III opens with the occupants of the I will at least have hope for Michael Ovitz says sorry for comments made in Vanity Fair interview LOS ANGELES Michael Ovitz has issued an apology for saying his career was sabotaged by several top Hollywood players he referred to as the gay mafia in a magazine In an interview published in the August issue of Vanity the 55yearold former head of the CAA talent agency once considered the most powerful man in Hollywood cast the blame for his professional down fall on former He blamed his woes on Disney chief executive officer Michael for whom he worked as president of The Walt Disney until he was ousted in He also said a gay mafia led by DreamWorks co founder David Geffen sought to eliminate Not everyone he mentioned in the interview is In Wednesdays edition of the trade newspaper Ovitz apologized for the remark about homosexuality but did not retract any of his other accusa I made some statements that were inappropriate during an open and frank dis cu s s i o n with Vanity he said through a In the term gay mafia does not reflect my true feelings or It is regret table and I am truly Press Shatner earns honour Star Trek star William Shatner will be recognized for his earthly achievements in entertain ment at this years Temecula Valley International Film Music will be honoured with the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award in director Jo Moulton He has been involved in front and behind the television and she He is Press Ub90 Special Z choice of bacon or Texas toast and plus nut inducted Not valid with any other offer ftnan SiinHav 11 am In 2a Siiou Tin Cm STRAND Minority Report Steven Spielbergs new film is a working on our minds and emotions a thriller and a human a movie of ideas thats also a The master filmmaker is at the top of his working with a Tom who generates complex human feelings even while playing an action Set in it stars Cruise as the chief of the Department of which uses precognitives to stop crimes before they are Of if you could beat the youd have the perfect With Samantha Max von Colin Rating Four CAPITOL Men in Black H 88 Rating One and a half The Bourne Identity 118 A movie that exists only to expend kinetic which it does Matt Damon stars as a trained killer who is saved from certain has no memory of who or what he and seeks answers in a deadly game against CIA Franka Potente costars as a woman who comes along for the ride for no better reason than that the hero needs someone to part ner Chris Cooper and Brian Cox are CIA but very well with skilful action sequences and a great chase scene through Paris Rating Three Lilo Stitch 85 A surprisingly delightful new ani mated comedy from about a hostile alien creature named who escapes to lands on and is adopted as the pet of a little girl named with lots of pop culture jokes and six songs by Lightyears better than its box office rival Rating Three and a half Scooby Dpo 87 Liveaction version of the TV car toon with actors playing all the characters except for Scooby who is and steals the Perhaps of interest to Scooby Doo Nothing much for anyone Rating One SOUTHWEVDS DRIVEIN Windtalkers 133 Starts with the fascinating story of Navajos who use their language to fashion an unbreakable code in World War II and then buries that material in routine war movie The Indians are even upstaged in their own movie by Nicolas as an ItalianAmerican sergeant who is the only welldeveloped Director John the Hong Kong action gives us way too much battle footage and shortchanges the Rating Two The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring 178 Tolkiens masterpiece has been transmuted into a modern swordandsorcery heavy on action and special at the cost of the books naive and guileless As the story the hobbits are moved off center stage and increasingly become sup porting characters while men and monsters stand astride their little world and steal their The film to be an impressive achievement director Peter Jackson has mounted a stateoftheart action with inspired special What he has not done is capture the peculiar magic of Tolkien the novels songs and poems are along with the whimsy and comforta Of more appeal to Gladiator and Matrix fans than to those who grew up with the With Elijah Ian Christopher Viggo Liv Gate Rating Three 0 I MM THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS 103 A peculiar and sort of brilliant family comedy that exists on a knifeedge between comedy and There are big quiet moments when were and then the rug gets pulled out with deadpan audac Gene Hackman plays the patriarch of a sensationally dysfunc tional family Anjelica Huston is his estranged Danny Glover is her and the three kids are played by Ben Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson with Owen Wilson as the kid they grew up Old grudges and long memories interfere with the fathers hopes of moving back in a movie thats funny and then blind sides us with unexpected emotional Directed by Wes Anderson Rating Three and a half CHARLOTTE GRAY 124 That invaluable actress Gate Blanchett plays a Scots woman who falls in love with an RAF pilot when he is shot down over trains as a spy and parachutes into France to fight with the Resistance and maybe find him Blanchett and two actors playing French characters Billy Crudup and Michael Gambon are but theyre performing life support on a hopeless The movie never succeeds in mak ing Charlotte seem much more than the superfluous love Directed by Gillian Armstrong Oscar and who makes it look good and sound but cant make us believe Rating Two NO SUCH THING 111 shapeless film by Hal Hartley about a TV reporter Sarah Policy assigned by a cynical network executive Helen Mirren to track down an immor tal monster Robert John Burke who lives off the coast of Elements of Beauty and the but in a film that seems not halfbaked but never to have seen the inside of an Rating One I THE BOURME i at tht Heres a question you might want to ask a canvasser who comes to your Can you issue an official tax receipt if I make a donation Does the tax receipt include your charitys Charitable Registration Number Legitimate charities are registered with the Federal government and the charitys Charitable Registration Number will be printed on their official tax To check if a charity is call 18002672384 if you have questions about any canvasser who comes to you please call the charity Thanks for your support ;