Top Five
First screened in January 2015
Director: Chris Rock. Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the Entertainer, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Karlie Redd, Ben Vereen, Sherri Shepherd, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, Hassan Johnson, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah, Kevin Hart, Olga Merediz, Miriam Colon, Matthew Wilkas, Luis Guzmán, DMX, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Rose, Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe. Screenplay: Chris Rock.

Twitter Capsule: Preening. Awkwardly written. Viciously turns on many characters. Sad because much better movie sporadically peeks through.

VOR:   Rock is a formidable figure, so even wonky efforts carry interest and weight. When the film isn't bending over backward to lionize him and lance his enemies, it's worth seeing and debating.

Photo © 2014 Paramount Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

National Board of Review: Spotlight Award (Rock)

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