Everyone has their own definition for a Man Kingdom, but a black moon is a new moon. The sun highlights the half of the moon not facing earth resulting in black space where the moon used to be. If you are unfamiliar with interstellar activity, or prone to panic, seeing a hole in the sky might lead you to call (not one or two), but Men In Black III (Rotten TomatoesMetacritic).

“This only mildly bloated and convoluted action comedy has enough inspired moments to wipe out memories of the abysmal 2002 first sequel as surely as one of the black-suited heroes’ neutralizer.” New York Post Lou Lumenick

The fictional technology within the film (i.e. a neutralizer) exists in the real world…as this movie?

“In a summer hardly starved of comic-book properties, this redundant extension of a series that ran out of gas a decade ago doesn’t need a neuralyzer to be forgettable.” Total Film Neil Smith

It’s already working!

“If this movie truly cost $375 million to produce and market (as the L.A. Times reported), the biggest chunk isn’t on the screen.” Tampa Bay Times Steve Persall

Big onscreen chunk

“Despite some good moments, Agents J, O and K are missing an E.” Empire William Thomas

Does the ‘E’ stand for ‘Emotion’ or did you notice the J.O.K.E.?

“It’s clear the filmmakers aren’t simply expecting to coast on audience goodwill…Men in Black 3 is at its best when it simply owns its own absurdity.”  Variety Andrew Barker

Wait, we can own absurdity? How do you measure something ridiculous? What’s a fair price for a single unit? A dollar? Texas? Half a cantaloupe with a tiny Martian lying naked where the other half should be? As long as were inventing currency replacements (and asking rhetorical questions) what’s the value of the Moonrise Kingdom (Rotten TomatoesMetacritic)?

“Fleet, funny, impeccably orchestrated: whimsical Wes returns on top of his game. Non-fans might call it over-familiar comfort cinema but with the craft so loving and new elements so well-integrated, his singular pitch remains a thing to cherish.” Total Film Kevin Harley

Even if The Royal Tenenbaums lived The Life Aquatic with The Fantastic Mr. Fox and fired a Bottle Rocket at Mount Rushmore from The Darjeling Limited, it wouldn’t be as amazing as the Moonrise Kingdom.

“Wes Anderson’s seventh feature is a delight from start to finish, thanks to a wonderful script, a typically fabulous soundtrack, achingly stylish direction, gorgeous production design work and terrific performances from a superb cast.” Matthew Turner ViewLondon

The only things missing from that praise list were marketing, title, and special effects.

“Even when that story drags, Moonrise Kingdom could be appreciated on mute.” indieWIRE Eric Kohn

“There’s a certain giddy airlessness to Moonrise Kingdom … And yet that cinematic hypoxia creates its own kind of high, if you can adjust to the altitude.” Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine

This movie will get you high or give you altitude sickness.

“As funny, bittersweet and as distinct as you’d expect from Wes Anderson, a director who helps you know you are not alone.” Empire Nev Pierce

King Sheep is as alone as you are