Barbershop: The Next Cut
It’s been more than 10 years since the last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times, big laughs and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and his friends to come together in an effort to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Vitals: Director: Malcolm D. Lee. Stars:. Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, J.B. Smoove, Common, Nicki Minaj.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $53.478
million, MGM/New Line/Warner.
Extras: Gag reel, “The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp,” deleted scenes.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Vitals: Director: Zack Snyder. Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Martha Kent Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 151 min., Action, Box office gross: $327.255 million, Warner.
Extras: “Uniting the World’s Finest,” “Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants,” “The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder,” “Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile,” “Superman: Complexity & Truth,” “Batman: Austerity & Rage,” “Wonder Woman: Grace & Power,” “Batcave: Legacy of the Lair,” “The Might and the Power of a Punch,” “The Empire of Luthor,” “Save the Bats”
Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), a titan of industry, is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire. Can she reclaim her status as the No. 1 screwer, or will the love of one family screw her for good?
Vitals: Director: Ben Falcone. Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Tyler Labine.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 99 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $62.374 million, Universal.
Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, extended/alternate scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds the original sketch from 2005 at the Groundlings of Melissa McCarthy’s character “Michelle Darnell,” in all its glory; Origin Story of “Michelle Darnell”; “Peter Dinklage Gets to the Point” piece about the “Game of Thrones” star, including on-set and sit-down interviews and showcasing his sword fight and stunt training, eclectic wardrobe and hair styles; “Everybody Loves Kristen Bell” look inside Bell’s character, Claire.
In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in the hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed “The Dutchman.” When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous ex-convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent’s memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and eliminate him before the hacker launches ICBMs and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal.
Vitals: Director: Ariel Vromen. Stars: Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $14.268 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “Criminal Intent” featurette, “Director’s Notes” featurette, Deleted Scenes, Madsonik’s “Drift and Fall Again” music video.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
The third installment of the worldwide hit franchise. After the earth-shattering revelations of “Insurgent”, the second installment, Tris (Shailene Woodley) escapes with Four (Theo James) and a team of rebels to go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths: They travel to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, a highly advanced city where they learn that years ago, the government believed that society’s problems were caused by “damaged genes” and, in an attempt to create a better society, they began to modify people’s genes, with disastrous results. Chicago is an experimental city (among others across the remains of the U.S.) set up in the hope that enough genetically pure Divergent individuals could be raised to fix the “genetic damage” left in the wake of the Purity War. Meanwhile, battles are erupting in Chicago and Tris and Four must return to stop the violence …and return the city to its citizens. Vitals: Director: Robert Schwentke. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Bill Skarsgård, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Ashley Judd.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 121 min., Sci Fi Action Adventure, Box office gross: $65.532 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: Audio commentary with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher; two featurettes: “Allegiant: Book to Film” and “Battle in the Bullfrog: The Stunts and Choreography Behind This Thrilling Sequence.” Blu-ray adds four additional featurettes: “Finding the Future: Effects & Technology,” “Characters in Conflict: The Motivations Behind the Film’s Antagonists,” “The Next Chapter: Cast & Characters,” “Building the Bureau.”