MIIB: Men In Black II. Barry Sonnenfeld. Like a jawbreaker that changes color every few seconds that you suck it, MIIB delivers a quick buzz, lots of stuff to look at, and a totally non-nutritious joy that can only be attained with the aid of artificial flavorings and yellow dye number five. In a nutshell, it's the perfect summer movie. Evil aliens are coming, and it's up to the MIBs, with the aid of various good aliens, to blast 'em. As we start the movie, Agent J (Will Smith, finally acting grown-up) has taken over the role of former partner K (Tommy Lee Jones) as the no-guff workaholic head agent. When K recovers his memory and returns to action, as he inevitably must, J suddenly finds himself regressing subconsciously back to smart-talking sidekick. But this isn't a film about plot -- it's all about the aliens and the jokes (ranging from obvious Oprah Winfrey toss-offs to impressively staged sight gags). The whole thing's less than an hour-and-a-half -- just long enough. Now playing at multiple locations. (LYT)
The Powerpuff Girls Movie. Craig McCracken. Now playing at multiple locations. Reviewed this issue.
Swimming. Robert J. Siegel. Opens July 5 at the Tivoli. Reviewed this issue.
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge. Shohei Imamura. Japanese director Imamura has been stealthly making masterpieces for 45 years without much stateside acknowledgement (although he has twice received the prestigious Palme D'or at Cannes). Warm Water involves a magical search for a golden Buddha, sensual exchanging of fluids and floods of water erupting from the loins of lovers. Plays at 8 p.m. July 5-7 at Webster University. NR
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