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In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes ... read more read more...him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. -- (C) Sony

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PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Release Date: May 25, 2012

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DVD Release Date: November 30, 2012

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  • April 18, 2014
    The unlikely buddy cop team up of urban, hip, black guy with redneck, common sense, good ol' boy (does this conceit still carry currency? you betcha ... so much for the 21st century ushering in dynamic social change) returns to seduce you to pony over more popcorn money as the ti... read moreme travel card is laid out to spice up the old aliens among us formula. Luckily the stars bring the charm to keep sleep away while the hoary old chestnut is pranced about. And guess how it ends? They really like each other after all. More popcorn please.
  • April 18, 2013
    I have to admit that I was never much of a fan of this franchise, feeling that it relied too much on special effects and a one trick pony gimmick. However, this 3rd installment tickled my funny bone, and while not perfect (some rather awkward moments to be sure), this one delive... read morered the goods in a sort of offbeat, Twin Peaks sorta way (homage to the pie).

    I thought that the time travel aspect of the film was serviceable and capably handled, and the entire enterprise has a certain gleam in its eye, managing to straddle the fence between farce and realism. The two stars work well together and Josh Brolin is just fine as the younger Tommy Lee Jones.

    I'm not going to reveal much of the plot, other than to say that an arch villain has escaped from maximum security (a very nice beginning sequence) and gets access to a time machine, where he intends to go back to 1969 and warn his younger self that Jones is after him. As the two MIB hunt down clues to the villain's whereabouts in both present and past, we are led into several set pieces that range from mildly funny to hilarious - like a confrontation and shootout in a Chinese Restaurant. There's also a funny touch when a femme fatale brings a cake to the prison - said cake is wobbling, while her abundant cleavage is not - gotta love it!

    Back in time they meet up with Andy Warhol - a scene that could use some salt, but paves the way to a meeting with a creature who can see a myriad of alternate realities. This leads to some truly funny and yet heartfelt moments, as this character holds the soul of the film and allows Jones and Will Smith the opportunity to do some male bonding that otherwise wouldn't play true to the characters. At film's end when Jones states in his usual flat tone "it was an honor", the words carry so much more than a film of this type has a right to expect - and yet it rings true and poignant; to be followed by a bit of hip levity that you'd expect from the brand, and yet was so sorely lacking in the 2nd installment.
  • March 31, 2013
    While Men in Black 3 isn't as good as the original, it's a vast improvement over the immensely disappointing second installment. This is a sequel that is much better than you would expect it to be. Will Smith and Josh Brolin (playing a young K) have as much chemistry together as ... read moreSmith and Jones. The special effects, particularly the time travel sequences are neat and never look cheesy or awkward. Even better is the story, that not only presents time travel in a way that hasn't quite been seen before, but it reveals aspects of K and J's past that is pleasantly unexpected. If you're not generally a fan of Men in Black, you probably won't like this film. It isn't a must-see blockbuster, but it is certainly a solid sequel, one of Hollywood's better attempts at reviving a classic franchise.
  • March 22, 2013
    A complete roller-coaster ride of incredible fun that does not stop until the very end, and even then you want more. A total non-stop good time at the movies and possibly the galaxy. A visually remarkable and eye-popping adventure filled with outrageous humor and mind-blowing act... read moreion. An explosive and hilarious action-comedy. It`s the best Men In Black yet, it brings back the style, wit and sharp character driven moments that made the original work. An inventive, stylish and tremendous sequel that`s spirited and has heart. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are back, and totally better than ever. Smith and Jones bring back all the charm, wit, freshness and charisma that made them the coolest and most entertaining buddy-cop team to hit the screen in light-years. Josh Brolin is absolutely brilliant playing the younger Agent. K and delivers big time. Brolin gives a hilarious and fantastic performance and works remarkably well with Smith. Jemaine Clement is an absolute surprise, he is the best villain the series has had yet. A tremendously entertaining and spectacular movie. Another instant classic in the series, i hope theirs another one.
  • March 17, 2013
    Josh Brolin knocks it out of the park. Will Smith playing the loveable wise-cracker that made him famous. Too much fun.
  • February 28, 2013
    The first Men in Black film wasn't really my cup of Tea. That was actually all I wrote in my review, a bit lazy I know and at 2 stars a little bit stingy too. I think it was the production, the Will Smith theme song etc that didn't interest me and ultimately put me off before I e... read moreven saw the film. The second film was a soulless cash in. So I can't say I was that excited when I heard they were making a third film, I thought that Smith, Jones and Sonnenfeld probably needed the money. I'm glad to say I was not just pleasantly surprised but shocked at how good the film turned out! It seems that it takes three films for people to really sort themselves out these days, the third film is supposed to be the rotten one but not so of recent years. Everyone was on good form but Josh Brolin as a young Tommy Lee-Jones was an inspired choice and I didn't even realise it was Jemaine Clement as Boris until right at the end, what a character! Michael Stuhlbarg was also a really good inclusion to the cast and a great character. It's the strong characters and little details that the previous films were lacking that this has in spades that make MIBIII not just the best of the trilogy but a brilliant film in its own right. I think they should leave it alone now, it was such a great ending and the story has sort of come full circle but if the writing is as strong as it is here long may it continue.
  • February 19, 2013
    I really liked the first two, and was looking forward to this one. What they did with James Brolin (made to look like a younger Tommy Lee Jones), was amazing. But, that to me was the best part about this movie. The rest just didn't seem up to par to the others. Not bad, just not ... read moregreat.
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    January 18, 2013
    The long-awaited third chapter blasts off with high-energy CGI and entertainment. Though the film isn't very convincing to win over all of its audience, it is no doubt an improvement from its predecessors, especially with the edition of Josh Brolin. Men in Black 3 is out of this ... read moreworld. 4/5
  • December 19, 2012
    I wasn't very optimistic about this when I first heard about it. I mean, part 2 was a bust, and this was coming out a full decade after that one. But, I tried to keep my hesitant feelings at bay, have an open mind, and give this a chance.

    And, I'm glad I did. I was really surpri... read moresed by this sequel, because it could have gone really wrong, and actually didn't.

    Agents J and K have been working together for 15 years, and their partnership is still as frosty and detached as it was since the beginning. Matters get more fractured when K gets more aloof upon hearing that an interstellar criminal he put away over 40 years ago named Boris has escaped prison and is out for revenge. For the sake of simplicity, I'll just say that the plot involves Agent J having to go back in time to July 16th, 1969 (a really inspired date) to prevent
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    December 10, 2012
    Better than it had any right to be, Men in Black III will defy expectations for anyone still stung by Men in Black 2. Its an old-fashioned action/comedy like they just don't make anymore. It doesn't lean on raunch or gore but rather on charm and spectacle to win over audiences. A... read morend while it isn't as witty or original as the first entry, it is Will Smith's best work in years, and deserves to be seen.

Critic Reviews

David Edelstein
January 8, 2013
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

The script was enough of a mess to stop the shooting for high-priced rewrites, but you know what they say about washing garbage. Full Review

Christopher Orr
May 25, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

The movie represents at least a partial return to form--not as inventive as the first, but surely better than the recycled materials that made up the second. Full Review

Peter Rainer
May 25, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

It turns out to be reasonably entertaining, though not enough to make me crave Men in Black 4. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
May 25, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

The Smith-Jones duo's return as the titularly clad operatives, while not exactly essential, comes with the charms of reprised, well-liked characters and a "didn't-see-that-coming" conclusion that make... Full Review

Michael O'Sullivan
May 25, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

If there ever is a "Men in Black IV" -- and at this point, it's hard to imagine one -- let's hope it finds that delicate balance between the yuks and the yucks. Full Review

Claudia Puig
May 24, 2012
Claudia Puig, USA Today

This spirited three-quel comes close to the exuberance of the first Men in Black and is a distinct improvement over its limp 2002 follow-up. Full Review

Amy Biancolli
May 24, 2012
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

If you're looking for cinema verite, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a fun, fizzy sequel in a franchise left for dead 10 years ago, have at it. Full Review

J. R. Jones
May 24, 2012
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

As in most successful fantasy blockbusters, there's a comfortable balance between technological wizardry and human talent. Full Review

Betsy Sharkey
May 24, 2012
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

"Men in Black 3" has got the MIB mojo back - well, most of it anyway. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
May 24, 2012
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

[Brolin's] performance defies explanation; it's mysteriously marvelous. Full Review

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    • Boris the Animal: Let's agree to disagree.
    • Agent K: Boris the Animal!
    • Boris the Animal: It's just Boris!
    • Agent J: You must be from the planet "Damn".
    • Boris the Animal: That's not possible!
    • Agent J: Let's agree to disagree.
    • Griffin: Negative possibilities are multiplying as we speak.
    • Griffin: This is my new favorite moment in human history! Unless this is the one where K forgot to leave a tip... [he looks over to K's tip-less plate, then looks up. We see a meteorite heading for Earth]
    • Agent K: [re-enters, and leaves a tip. He looks to Griffin] Almost forgot.
    • Griffin: [the meteorite is intercepted by a satellite. Griffin looks to the camera] That was a close one!

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