Friday Features, May 25, 2012


The men are back, and they’re wearing black, in this week’s Friday Features. Every week, Dumpling examines the latest Hollywood releases and grades them on their Asian-American presence, or lack thereof, in order to create a more inclusive movie experience for people of different racial identities. So sit back and enjoy the (trailer) show.

Men in Black 3 Movie Poster

Sony Pictures

No. of AA: 2

Rating:  C+

Men in Black 3

Agents J and K and the rest of the alphabet are back and time traveling to stop an alien invasion. Will Smith meets a younger Tommy Lee Jones played by similar-looking Josh Brolin in this sci-fi action comedy set to usher in the long weekend.

Moonrise Kingdom Movie Poster

Indian Paintbrush

No. of AA: 0

Rating:  F

Moonrise Kingdom

From Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola comes Moonrise Kingdom, a campy comedy of children in love and the splintering society that goes searching for them. It looks to be a cult hit, with Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Bruce Willis appearing.

Chernobyl Diaries Movie Poster

Alcon Entertainment

No. of AA: 0

Rating:  F

Chernobyl Diaries

A group of adventurous American tourists venture to the Chernobyl meltdown on a sightseeing tour that turns deadly scary when their van stalls and altered inhabitants come out to play. It features Jesse McCartney, too, although we don’t know if he sings…

Overall rating this week: D+

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