The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on July 2, 1997 · 61
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The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri · 61

Kansas City, Missouri
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Wednesday, July 2, 1997
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r Wednesday July 2 1997 The Kansas City Star F-9 "7 WflHD PARKWAY 72 Now Showing! Jack LEMMON Walter MATTHAU UutSea Dvim I WO : I I urn M Kill H Don iltl llil Kill O CONNOK I lDI Mi t I Ml ipriml jmk laWMBWi MB no muses accepts priced visuals Sorry Batman Would you believe characters whose portrayals hint at more than recycled cardboard? A real stoiV? True wit? Its all here from director Barry Sonnenfeld (“Get Shorty” “The Addams Family”) and screenwriter Ed Solomon (“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”) based on Lowell Cunningham’s comic book “The Men in Black” drawn from urban UFO legends The big-screen “Men in Black” is the beiieve-it-or-not story of the refugee space aliens among us the 1500 or so who have either crash-landed or fled dire intergalactic circumstances to live on Earth under human guise with the ultra-secret permission of the government Monitoring the licensed but still unpredictable alien population are the Men in Black an agency so hush-hush that the memories of retiring agents are erased as a routine precaution against detection When veteran Agent K (Jones) approaches a young New York cop (Smith) to join the MiB the hot recruit is informed that he must forever sacrifice his previous identity to become the alien-savvy Agent J Future fashion statements will also be restricted explains Zed MiB’s home-office head (played with deadpan grandeur by Rip Tom) “Let’s put it on” Zed says “Put what on?” J asks “The last suit you’ll ever wear” Ensconced in ebony and packing high-tech heat K and J hit the street to shake down incognito America’s Favorite Comedy! BESTFRIEND' JUS The alien Mikey hides inside the body of a Mexican immigrant in “Men In Black” Columbia Picture inoustfiM inc MiB Continued from F-1 aliens for information leading to a dangerous “bug” or cockroachlike beast that has come uninvited to Earth with a deadly agenda of its own The bug’s objective involves murdering and then masquerading in the skin of Edgar (Vincent D’Onofrio) a wife-abuser who is appropriately transformed into a grotesquely shuffling housing unit for the increasingly ugly-tempered alien Getting sucked into the bug hunt is Laurel (Linda Fiorentino) a sharp medical examiner whose recent autopsies of murder victims suggest otherworldly intervention While the movie’s visual effects by Industrial Light and Magic are extraordinary — you will believe an alien with squidlike arms can shake a man like a rattle — much of the magic in “Men in Black” occurs during the downtime between startling effects There may be no funnier scene than Jones’ Agent K roughing up an alien impersonating an ordinary bulldog As onlookers register expressions of growing indignation K continues to throttle the animal like Sam Spade working over a tight-lipped stoolie Jones plays the scene as he does his entire role completely straight — with hilarious results “Put up your arms and all your flippers!” he orders alien reprobates with the blunt authority of “Book ’em Dano!” Playing things looser is Smith who one-ups his comedic performance in last summer’s alien-invasion smash “Independence Day” It also helps that he’s in a much better movie As the neophyte Agent J Smith provides amusing commentary while exhibiting normal surprise at creatures that can grow back their blown-off heads faster than you can say “Ouch” Taking every ample opportunity for laughter is Torn whose gift for dry sarcasm turns lines into daggers Before sending home a group of failed MiB applicants with impeccable military records he announces: “Gentlemen congratulations You’re everything we’ve come to expect from government training” That kind of “Dr Strangelove ”-like satire of society will only help “Men in Black" endure as a fan favorite LIKE THESE GUYS THE K1L1IR SUMMER GETAWAY I n m -i W SHOWINO! CALL 333 FILM GEORGE LUCAS Hlmmtikrr and liiiiisjilin Ihinnum “u 1 1 I s toniiiiiimeiil iw buildim ill 1 i IX eompltws: uUik rstjes Inn iliMjt in provide ilu In si esperieiKe possible I Ik toiiibiiiiiiuii n 1 1 i i il sound not I I IX oilers movie goers die ullimm in film pies niuion Thx RAY DOLBY ( hiiniif ij I hilly? I ilnn m u 7 i 1 1 1 s t niivusiisii Ini i mi 1 1 1 1 1 ol lot m ii I) i lueii nr iiiilunu I’ !iipp 1 1 1 j 1 1 t ill n i willi I olb 1 ' i ’ll 1 1 Hiiul tut i III It is I lkeii lilt IlilHnn ill pit r It i 1 1 1 Its i US! mill I s It p 1 1 1 1 1 1 IV j-l Ill II I Hi III t It I III 11 It nn OOLBY t) I G I I A I TOMMY MILLMAN MiiIUi t ill I I tl III KO lilt I I lit I V kansas18city a t station casino i i r h it n it n r

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