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BAR­BER­SHOP: THE NEXT CUT

The Bar­ber­shop fran­chise re­turns for the first time since 2004’s

Bar­ber­shop 2: Back in Busi­ness. Many of the same char­ac­ters are putting their aprons back on, in­clud­ing Ice Cube’s Calvin, Cedric the En­ter­tainer’s Ed­die, and Eve’s Terri. This time, the group ex­pands to in­clude char­ac­ters played by Com­mon, Nicki Mi­naj, and Regina Hall. In be­tween their many jokes, they must con­front in­creas­ing neigh­bor­hood vi­o­lence. Rated PG-13. 112 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

BILL

Rated PG. 94 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 33.

BORN TO BE BLUE

Rated R. 97 min­utes. The Screen. See re­view, Page 32.

CRIM­I­NAL

In this sci­ence-fic­tion thriller, Ryan Reynolds (fresh from

Dead­pool) plays a CIA agent who dies in the mid­dle of an as­sign­ment. This mis­sion was so im­por­tant, how­ever, that his mem­ory and skills were trans­ferred to an ex-con (Kevin Cost­ner) to fin­ish the job. Gary Old­man and Tommy Lee Jones also star. Rated R. 113 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

J.C. ABBEY: GHANA’S PUP­PETEER

This de­light­ful documentary fo­cuses on the Gha­nian mu­sic scene as “per­formed” by J.C. Abbey’s col­lec­tion of col­or­ful rod pup­pets and mar­i­onettes, and, be­hind the scenes, by marvelous mu­si­cians Nii Otoo An­nan and Nii Noi Nortey. Shot by an­thro­pol­o­gist Steven Feld of Santa Fe and Nii Yemo Nunu of Ghana, the film also ex­am­ines Abbey’s art as an in­flu­en­tial force in na­tion-build­ing fol­low­ing the West African na­tion’s 1957 in­de­pen­dence from Eng­land. 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, April 20, only. Not rated. 55 min­utes. In English and Ga with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Paul Wei­de­man) See story, Page 30.

THE JUN­GLE BOOK

This ad­ven­ture film is not so much an adap­ta­tion of Rud­yard Ki­pling’s 1894 orig­i­nal as it is a live-ac­tion take on Dis­ney’s 1967 an­i­mated ver­sion of the story. Neel Sethi plays young Mowgli, the hu­man raised by wolves who must es­cape the deadly tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba). Bill Mur­ray (as the bear Baloo), Ben Kings­ley (as the pan­ther Bagheera), Christo­pher Walken (as the mon­key King Louie), and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son (as the snake Kaa) also con­trib­ute their voices. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) di­rects. Rated PG. 105 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

LA BAMBA The lat­est Big Screen Clas­sics screen­ing to cel­e­brate the 15th an­niver­sary of the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter is this 1987 biopic about Ritchie Valens, the 1950s rock singer who died in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly. Lou Diamond Phillips plays Valens, but the movie is per­haps best known for the mu­sic, in­clud­ing Los Lo­bos’ iconic take on the song for which the film is named. 7 p.m. Sun­day, April 17, only. No charge. Rated PG-13. 108 min­utes. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. (Not re­viewed) SWEET BEAN

Day af­ter day, sullen restau­rant pro­pri­etor Sen­taro (Masatoshi Na­gase) trudges past blos­som­ing cherry trees and goes through the mo­tions of mak­ing do­rayaki, golden pan­cakes stuffed with sweet bean paste, which he spoons from an in­dus­trial vat. One morn­ing a cheer­ful, round-faced el­derly woman named Tokue (Kirin Kiki) stops by, chirpily asks for a job, and drops off a sam­ple of her home­made bean paste. That it’s heav­enly will come as no sur­prise to fans of other food-cen­tric life-lessons cin­ema (Like Wa­ter for Choco­late and Tam­popo come to mind), nor will the fact that Tokue has a thing or two to teach the jaded Sen­taro — about bean paste and about liv­ing. This is a slow, pretty, heart­warm­ing film from di­rec­tor Naomi Kawase, with re­strained per­for­mances that help tem­per its sen­ti­men­tal ten­den­cies. The drama in­volves a rev­e­la­tion about Tokue’s past, which will jerk a tear or two, no doubt, though it isn’t given the weight it de­serves. Not rated. 113 min­utes. In Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

Cherry blos­som spe­cial: Masatoshi Na­gase in Sweet Bean, at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts

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