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‘Bar­ber­shop: The Next Cut’

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IN ‘Bar­ber­shop: The Next Cut’, the third film in the fran­chise, Ice Cube re­turns as Calvin, pro­pri­etor of a bar­ber­shop on Chicago’s South Side, where he over­sees a mot­ley crew of hair­cut­ters who spend as much time boast­ing and ban­ter­ing as they do snip­ping and styling. Cedric the En­ter­tainer re­turns as out­spo­ken old-timer Ed­die, and Eve is back as sharp-tongued Terri, once the shop’s lone fe­male hair­dresser.

The crew in­cludes Terri’s hus­band and Calvin’s friend Rashad (Com­mon), opin­ion­ated Raja (Utkarsh Am­bud­kar), neu­rotic Jer­rod (Le­morne Mor­ris), and man-of-many-hus­tles One-Stop (J.B. Smoove), who of­fers hair­cuts, health ex­ams, fake IDs and other ser­vices from his bar­ber chair. They share the shop with a new busi­ness part­ner, Angie (Regina Hall), and her team of stylists, in­clud­ing span­dex-clad Draya (Nicki Mi­naj) and un­luck­yin-love Bree (Mar­got Bing­ham).

Calvin wor­ries about how the surge in vi­o­lence is af­fect­ing his 14-year-old son, Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.), who’s get­ting into fights at school and con­sider- ing join­ing a gang. Calvin is also con­cerned about the ef­fects on his busi­ness, es­pe­cially when for­mer bar­ber and now may­oral aide Jimmy (Sean Pa­trick Thomas) tells him about a pro­posal to stem South Side vi­o­lence by build­ing a wall around the neigh­bor­hood. (AP)

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