★ ★ ★ The Iran Job Kevin Sheppard, an African-American, is a classic fish out of water, as he plays point guard for an Iranian professional basketball team. Till Schauder’s lively, engaging documentary follows Sheppard during the 2008-09 season. As intriguing as the situation is — can you say “hoop dreams” in Farsi? — what makes the documentary is Sheppard’s exuberant personality. In English and Farsi, with subtitles. (91 min., unrated) (Mark Feeney)
½ Monsters University Better than “Cars 2” but not by enough, and further evidence that Pixar’s Golden Age may be in the past. It’s a prequel, the story of how Mike (voiced once more by Billy Crystal) met Sulley (John Goodman) at college. Small children will have a blast, but it’s still closer to average than any Pixar movie should be. (110 min., G) (Ty Burr)
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