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Barbershop 2: Back in Business

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Barbershop painted an affectionate portrait of a black community centered on a 40-year-old barbershop in South Shore; this sequel ups the ante, asking whether urban renewal means anything now other than turning neighborhoods into giant malls. Ice Cube returns as Calvin, the crabby but decent proprietor of the shop his late father established in 1958; spared in the '68 riots, it may yet fall to Nappy Cuts, an opulent spa being erected across the street. A slimy developer (Harry J. Lennix) with plans for a cineplex has talked most of the businesses on the block into selling out, but Calvin doesn't want to disband his collection of barber-comedians, among them Cedric the Entertainer, Leonard Earl Howze, and Eve. Kevin Rodney Sullivan directed. PG-13, 118 min. Biograph, Burham Plaza, Century 12 and CineArts 6, Chatham 14, City North 14, Crown Village 18, Davis, Ford City, Gardens 7-13, Golf Glen, Lawndale, Lincoln Village, Norridge, North Riverside, 600 N. Michigan, 62nd & Western, Village North.

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