Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Common in “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” (Chuck Zlotnick/Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwin Mayer)

Katie Walsh – Tribune News Service

Arriving 14 years after the original “Barbershop,” and 12 after “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” “Barbershop: The Next Cut” is saddled with the task of taking a familiar property and bringing it up to date.

In the hands of writers Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, and director Malcom D. Lee, the strategy is to get political, with the issue of shootings and gang violence in Chicago as the galvanizing force around which the barbershop rallies. Leaving aside the humorous cultural escapism of the early aughts, “The Next Cut” faces the racial and political issues of 2016 head-on.

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