‘Men in Black 3’
boundaries of Smith’s mirror wants to see, the movie works to add dramatic “depth” to the one-sided relationship between J and K. At times, Agent J threatens to become a better- dressed Bagger Vance: a “Magic Negro” sent to help young K find himself. Fortunately, Agent K is too recalcitrant to be reformed; unfortunately, the actual “ironic” ending is unpersuasive, imposing unnecessary sentiment and pretension on what ought to be a proudly escapist product. The arrival of an African-american officer during this climactic sequence is a bit of a tip- off to the nature of the ending; it’s also an indictment of the pandering and contrived nature of “diversity” in most Hollywood product: Even in “Men in Black,” a black man is a novelty. — John Beifuss: (901) 529-2394 Chernobyl Diaries (R, 86 min.) Young and attractive but apparently not very intelligent tourists discover they’re not alone when they visit a supposedly abandoned city near the site of the infamous 1986 nuclear accident.