Chris Rock breaks from routine in satire

December 11, 2014 11:25 PM

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In his previous movies, Chris Rock has been brilliant only in flashes. But with "Top Five," his third feature as a writer-director, he has made a film that's as consistently smart and funny as his standup comedy.

He takes an old idea, from Preston Sturges by way of Woody Allen, but he does it in his own way. He plays a successful comedian who is tired of being funny, who longs to be taken seriously. "Top Five" takes place over the course of a single day, as Andre Allen (Rock) promotes his latest movie, "Upri...

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