Men in Black: International review a galactically gormless fall to earth

This latest outing for the government agents tasked with policing pesky space invaders is a charmless and pointless affair Its time once again for what must now be called the Meh in Black, making another intensely tiresome and pointless reappearance, now with Chris Hemsworth on exceptionally charmless animatronic form in their dark suits, like Tussaud dummies with a contractual obligation to appear in a bad film. They are equally dead-eyed with or without the dark glasses. The MiB franchise based on Lowell Cunninghams 1990 comic book series about secret government agents battling aliens was looking pretty moribund at the time of the third film in 2012, when Josh Brolin gamely joined the familiar duo of Tommy Lee Jones and Will …

The minefield of fame: how accurate do biopics need to be?

Screen adaptations of the lives of the famous must tread a fine line, as a new film about Tolkien shows Where did all those hobbits, ents and orcs really spring from? And what inspired the powerful bond of fellowship that carries little Bilbo and Frodo along their paths? The many fans of the work of JRR Tolkien will soon have a fresh answer to ponder because the new biopic about the authors young life, starring Nicholas Hoult, suggests his schoolboy experiences were the source of all that creativity. The argument of the film, directed by a Finn, Dome Karukoski, has not gone down well with the Tolkien family or with his literary estate. They have stated they did not approve …