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Men in Black: International

The Men in Black have to protect the universe from intergalactic villains, but their biggest worry is not what’s on Earth, but who’s operating within the organisation.

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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 inside the Men in Black organisation.

It might take one a while to get used to the way Columbia Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, and Tencent Pictures handle the portrayal of the Men In Black but, after a while, it’s very apparent that this film is more of a spin-off than a continuation of the iconic Men in Black trilogy. The film takes a step in the right direction, by being inclusive of women, starring several strong female roles within the agency. The plot line is very standard, and the Men In Black facade of men dressed in black falls apart towards the end. This highlights a disconnect between the comic books, the previous trilogy, and this film, and it feels as if this edition took a very hard fork in the representation of Men in Black.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson make a great team in the film as Men in Black partners, and the dynamic between them and their loyal alien team sidekick, voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, is one of the best aspects of the film.

Men in Black comic book fans, don’t get your hopes up by the look of the poster. Some cameos were promised in the poster of the film, but aren’t delivered for long enough (or at all) in the film. In particular, Frank the Pug barely has a walk-on role or, rather, a brief sit-down role. 

Bottom line: The film is family friendly and will make its money with younger audiences, but it’s not necessarily for hardcore Men in Black fans. The cool aliens going about ultra-normal daily activities remains a highlight. – Bryan Turner

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Watch Klaus free on Netflix without signing up

Netflix’s Klaus will be available to stream for free, without signing up, available from 15-17 November 2019 only.

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When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated holiday comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, KLAUS co-stars Joan Cusack, Will Sasso and Norm Macdonald.  

Klaus will be available for free, without signing up, via netflix.com/klaus –  available from 15-17 November 2019 only.

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Voice assistants become life coaches in Jexi

When a twenty-something writer is forced to upgrade his phone, an artificially intelligent life coach comes with his new device.

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Adam Devine brings his witty and goofy charm to the upcoming movie, Jexi. The film, which will be coming to cinemas on 22 November, is an American romantic comedy about a writer who is addicted to his phone. What could possibly go wrong with this very relevant, present-age obsession?

We’re introduced to Phil (Adam Devine); a single, twenty-something who has a major dependency issue and is addicted to his cell phone.  To his detriment, he has no real friends, has not yet been able to establish himself within the journalism workforce, and finds himself grasping at straws writing ridiculous pop culture “Top 10” lists. 

When Phil breaks his phone, however, he is forced to get an upgrade, which comes with an unusual and unexpected feature: Jexi (Rose Byrne) an Artificially Intelligent (AI) life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. Through her unconventional help, Phil begins to ‘get a life’ and becomes less and less dependent on his phone.

As the plot unfolds, we see Jexi transform into a technological nightmare as ‘she’ orchestrates a series of outrageous ploys determined to keep Phil all to ‘herself’ – even if it means ruining his chances of finding success in any area of his life.

This film stars a cast of comedy actors including Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Michael Pena and Wanda Sykes.

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