Men In Black: International (12A)



Action (2019)
115mins UK/US

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Rebecca Ferguson, Tessa Thompson, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson
Director: F Gary Gray
Writer(s): Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

A mysterious woman stumbles into the New York branch of MIB overseen by Agent O. The new arrival, christened Agent M, receives expert training to ensure that she can operate unseen by the human population, maintaining a delicate balance between mankind and aliens who visit the planet. Agent M is posted to the London office run by High T, who partners the inexperienced American operative with his best man: Agent H. They pool resources to neutralise an otherworldly threat to global harmony.

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Men In Black: International (12A)

In the lyrics to Will Smith's Grammy Award-winning song Men In Black, which played over the end credits to Barry Sonnenfeld's 1997 sci-fi caper, the Fresh Prince raps, "We're your first, last and only line of defence against the worst scum of the universe. So don't fear us, cheer us..." Regrettably, there's little to fear and almost nothing to cheer in the faltering fourth instalment of a franchise which has lain dormant since Smith and Tommy Lee Jones relinquished their neutralisers as Agents J and K in 2012. Liam Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson - Thor and Valkyrie in Avengers: Endgame - take up the mantle as sharply suited protectors of our digitally-rendered galaxy, and grimly accept the Herculean task of emulating the rat-a-tat banter of their predecessors...

Men In Black: International. Copyright: 2018 CTMG, Inc. Caption: Tessa Thompson as Agent M and Chris Hemsworth as Agent H in Men In Black: International, directed by F Gary Gray. Photo: Giles Keyte. All Rights Reserved.Screenwriting duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who contributed to the script of Iron Man, could have eased that burden by providing an arsenal of snappy one-liners and well-placed satirical barbs about gender equality. Instead, Men In Black: International repeatedly shoots blanks and relies on sporadic laughs from Kumail Nanjiani as the voice of a miniature alien called Pawny, whose delightfully deadpan delivery incorporates pop culture riffs on Kanye West and tear-jerking romance The Notebook. Dame Emma Thompson is the only member of human cast to return to the fray.

She purses her Oscar-winning lips as Agent O, who is dumbfounded when the New York headquarters of MIB is infiltrated by call centre worker Molly (Thompson), who has been searching for extra-terrestrial life since a childhood close encounter with a cuddly alien. Impressed by Molly's dogged determination, Agent O erases the interloper's past and christens her Agent M before a crash course in weapons and intergalactic protocol. Agent M is posted to the London office run by High T (Liam Neeson) to assist his top operative, Agent H (Hemsworth), with protection detail for an otherworldly visitor called Vungus The Ugly. An attempt on Vungus' life by shape-shifting twins exposes a potential mole within MIB ranks. Agents H and M embark on a globe-trotting quest for answers that pits them against jealous rival Agent C (Rafe Spall) and H's old flame Riza (Rebecca Ferguson), a "merchant of murder" who deals arms from a fortified fortress off the coast of Naples.

Men In Black: International festoons the screen with outlandish firepower, high-velocity chases and fantastical creatures, but all that expensive, shiny wrapping merely conceals a depressing lack of substance. The script boasts a single Marvel Comics reference - a throwaway visual gag involving Hemsworth and a hammer - snuggled up against mandatory sideswipes at the gender imbalance of the film's title. "Don't start," despairs Agent O, "I've had the conversation." In contrast, F Gary Gray's film has nothing new to say.

- Sam Cannon

Men In Black: International. Copyright: 2018 CTMG, Inc. Caption: Tessa Thompson as Agent M and Chris Hemsworth as Agent H in Men In Black: International, directed by F Gary Gray. Photo: Giles Keyte. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 12th July
To Thursday 18th July

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Bideford, Kingsley School
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Chapter
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castle Douglas, The Fullarton Theatre
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dover, Cineworld Dover
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne At The Beacon
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Ely, Cineworld Ely
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, The Welfare
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tavistock, Tavistock Wharf
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Whitby, Whitby Pavilion Complex
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 19th July
To Thursday 25th July

- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Belper, The Ritz Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gravesend, The Woodville
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Saffron Walden, Saffron Screen
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Spalding, South Holland Centre
- Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Heaton Moor Savoy
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tenbury Wells, The Regal
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Watford, Vue Watford
- York, Vue York


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