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CAN’T HAVE TOO MANY ‘JUNGLE BOOKS’

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 15, 2016

Disney has remade one of its best-loved animated features as a live-action film (sort of), which opens this weekend, along with the third in the comic “Barbershop” franchise.

“The Jungle Book” (PG). While not a musical, per se, some of the songs from Disney’s 1967 musical animated version are reportedly incorporated into this remake of Kipling’s oft-filmed tale (first in 1942) of a young boy named Mowgli raised by wolves in an Indian jungle. This is a live-action film but the many anthropomorphic animals are created by computer animation. Voices include Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the black panther, Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger, Christopher Walken as King Louie the orangutan and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the python.

“Barbershop: The Next Cut” (PG-13). This is the third in the “Barbershop” series if you discount “Beauty Shop,” which was a spin-off, as Calvin (Ice Cube) and Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) bring their friends together to save their shop — and the neighborhood — from an influx of gang members. Co-stars include Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve and Nicki Minaj.

“Criminal” (R). When a CIAagent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is killed, his memories and skills are implanted into the brain of death-row convict Jericho Stewart so that Pope’s mission can be completed. But can Stewart be trusted to follow through? Co-stars include  Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman”), Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones.

“Born to Be Blue” (R). Ethan Hawke stars as legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in this biography, re-creating his tumultuous life in the 1950s and ”60s, to include his rise to fame and his fall due to heroin addiction. (Exclusively at the Tower.)

“My Golden Days” (R, in French with English subtitles). An anthropologist ponders memories of his youth when his mother had attacks of madness, his father suffered from depression and he met the love of his life. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Clan” (R, in Spanish with English subtitles). When the patriarch of a social-climbing family loses his job he turns to crime and recruits his wife and children to help him kidnap people from wealthy families and demand outrageous ransoms — and then kill the victims. True story set in Buenos Aires during the 1980s. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)