PUR­PLE RAIN

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Pop-mu­sic su­per­star Prince was such an oth­er­worldly, al­most myth­i­cal fig­ure that it still seems shock­ing that he could have done some­thing as com­mon­place as die. Yet pass away he did, and there are few bet­ter ways to cel­e­brate his life than re­turn to the mo­ment when his mythol­ogy was per­ma­nently ce­mented in our cul­ture: his 1984 block­buster movie Pur­ple Rain. In it, you’ll re­dis­cover his po­tency and per­son­al­ity as a young en­ter­tainer. He plays The Kid, an as­pir­ing per­former in Min­neapo­lis who seeks to es­tab­lish his ca­reer and win over the beau­ti­ful Apol­lo­nia (Apol­lo­nia Kotero). The plot is built of stan­dard tropes, but that’s OK — all any­one re­mem­bers is the im­agery of Prince atop his pur­ple mo­tor­cy­cle and, of course, some of the best pop mu­sic ever recorded. 11:20 p.m. Fri­day, April 29, and 8:40 p.m. Mon­day, May 2, only. Rated R. 111 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema; Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Robert Ker)

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