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Reel View
By Nicole Shelton and Laurie Davis

Enjoy funny,
fast-paced
flicks during
spring break

"Barbershop 2: Back in Business," the sequel to 2002's "Barbershop," is a delightful film. It's been out for a while and has received good reviews, so I thought I would see it.

You don't have to see the first movie to enjoy this one. Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, rap star Eve, Queen Latifah and Sean Patrick Thomas, this little film was a fun surprise.

Ice Cube plays Calvin, a young family man who runs the Chicago barbershop he inherited from his father. The shop has become an institution over the years, the place where everyone in the neighborhood likes to hang out.

Money is always tight, but Calvin and his employees are ready and willing to help out anyone who needs it. They are anxious to see the neighborhood refurbished and new businesses to come in.

When a large chain barbershop, Nappy Kutz, opens across the street, Calvin and the others realize it might threaten not only their shop, but other businesses.

Believing the big chains like Subway and Kinkos might take away the sense of community that the locally owned shops have provided, Calvin and his friends do everything they can to take on the big guys.

Reel View: "Barbershop 2" doesn't rely on its plot. The best part is the conversations between the barbers and their customers.

The banter back and forth is what makes this film good. It's almost like you're a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on conversations between good friends. There are some funny topics addressed. "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" is a movie about family, a sense of community and friendship.

Because it is rated PG-13 for some spicy language and sexual innuendo, I would recommend it only to those over 13.

— Nicole Shelton

If you're looking for a spring break activity, head to the Space and Rocket Center and catch "IMAX NASCAR."

This 45-minute documentary, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, appears in 3D in some cities, but not Huntsville. You're still in for quite a ride.

Not only is "NASCAR" entertaining, it's informative, starting from how it began — the building of the engines, the training of the pit crew, the loyalty of the fans — to actual anatomy of a race day.

With cameras in the cars, on the track and above the track, you get a sense of the danger, the speed, the teamwork involved and, of course, that intoxicating noise of cars racing by at more than 200 miles per hour. In one scene, a tire flies off and hits the camera.

Alabamians will grin as the Talladega 500 is featured on race day to the tune of "Sweet Home Alabama." You might even recognize a fan or two as thousands gather for one of the most difficult and popular races on the circuit.

The movie shows daily at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. through May 31 and Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. through March 27.

Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for children ages 3-12.

"IMAX NASCAR" is rated PG for some crash scenes, but it is suitable for children of all ages.

Reel View: Whether you're a fan or not, go find out what everyone talks about and all the work that goes into pulling off those spectacular race days.

— Laurie Davis

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