JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN (PG) Third time is (finally) a charm, UK, 88 min
British funnyman Rowan Atkinson originally developed his Johnny English persona for a series of credit card ads at the turn of the millennium. Two terrible films followed in 2003 and 2011, in which Mr English was revealed to be a shoddy combo of a less-than-suave James Bond, a more-talkative Mr Bean and The Pink Panther’s Inspector Clouseau wizzout zee Frahnch accent. Teams of analysts, researchers and scientists all over the world are still searching for an explanation as to how these comedy calamities grossed almost half a billion bucks at the box-office. Now it is time for a third Johnny English flick, and in a miraculous development just south of curing the common cold, they’ve gone and made a halfway-decent one. The story is a complete bust — Johnny is the only spy in England still active after a hacker blows everyone else’s cover — but some of the physical slapstick set pieces are composed with genuine skill and creativity. Co-stars Emma Thompson, Olga Kurylenko.