Movie Reviews

With ‘Top Five,’ Chris Rock finds his voice — and his niche

In “Top Five,” Chris Rock plays Andre Allen; a comedian fighting to be taken seriously as he enters the next phase of his uber-successful Hollywood career. After launching the lucrative “Hammy the Bear” franchise, Allen is now attempting a dramatic epic about a Haitian slave uprising

‘Beyond the Lights’ is a film with a lot to say, but no idea how to say it

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Beyond the Lights” wants to say something profound about pop stardom and identity, but it winds up mired in melodrama and cliches. There is a palatable chemistry between Mbatha-Raw and Parker, and both leads give strong performances, but the film can’t seem to avoid steering into movie-of-the-week territory.

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