A new generation of ‘Men in Black’ fans is about to be made

Columbia Pictures

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in “Men In Black International.”

More than 20 years after Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith made aliens an overnight sensation, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will try to stack up to the dynamic duo for the new generation in “Men In Black International,” releasing to theaters this weekend.

In 1997, the science fiction action comedy pitted Agents K (Jones) and J (Smith) against an alien who has taken over a farmer’s “skin” who’s trying to find a device called “The Galaxy.”

The film’s trailer shows Thompson’s character (Agent M), tracking down the Men In Black organization.

Apparently Agents K and J erased the memories of her parents more than 20 years ago, but didn’t know about the young daughter who now desperately wants to be a part of the organization.

Upon her acceptance Agent M (Thompson, “Creed” and “Annihilation”), she teams up with Agent H (Hemsworth, “Thor” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”) to take care of some aliens called “The Hive” causing trouble in England.

Other cast members include: Emma Thompson (“Sense and Sensibility” and “Saving Mr. Banks”), Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List” and “The Grey”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” and “Life”), Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick” and “Life as We Know It”) and Rafe Spall (“The Big Short” and “Life of Pi”).

Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material.

Other films releasing to theaters this weekend include:

n “Shaft,” directed by Tim Story and staring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall and Alexandra Shipp. The film is the next chapter in the franchise featuring the coolest private eye in New York City, John Shaft Jr. While he may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, he’s going to need an education only his dad, John Shaft, can provide to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.

This film is rated R for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity.

n “The Dead Don’t Die,” directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Buscemi. The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

This film is rated R for zombie violence/gore and for language.

n “Hampstead,” directed by Joel Hopkins and staring Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton and Alistair Petrie. Though Emily and Donald live in the same idyllic London Neighborhood of Hampstead, the worlds they inhabit could not be moe different. She is an American widow occupying a posh apartment she can no longer afford and filling her time with charity work as she struggles to figure out a next step.

This film is rated PG-13 for some suggestive material and language.

The synopsis for each of these films is from rottentomatoes.com.

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