“Top Five”: Chris Rock in a hard place

TOP FIVE

“Top Five” opens Friday at Point, Eastgate and Star Cinema. R, 1:46, three stars out of four.

Chris Rock’s movie career has never come close to the ferocious brilliance of his stand-up act (“Grown-Ups 2,” anyone?), but he gets quite a bit closer with “Top Five,” which he wrote and directed as well as stars in. I think I would still rather watch Rock hold a press conference about “Top Five” than actually act in it, but the movie is the nearest we’ve come to hearing Rock’s authentic comic voice on film.

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