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★ ★ 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) Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures Brad Pitt (center) stars in “World War Z.” Brad Pitt (center) stars in “World War Z.” Disney/Pixar John Goodman and Billy Crystal again provide the voices of Sulley and Mike, respectively, in “Monsters University.” John Goodman and Billy Crystal again provide the voices of Sulley and Mike, respectively, in “Monsters University.”

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