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Top Five

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Written and Directed by: Chris Rock

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Given Rock’s most recent major works have been voicing a cartoon zebra and a sequel to the abysmal Grown Ups, Top Five is a refreshing change of pace that reminds me why I grew up a fan of Chris Rock’s blunt and poignant comedy style. Rock’s writing is honest, relevant, touching, and of course has you laughing at all the right moments. Rosario Dawson plays wonderfully off Rock’s sharp timing and they prove to be an interesting and dynamic pair. The cast of supporting characters furthers the hilarity of the film. Cedric the Entertainer definitely steals the scenes he’s in, but still the best moments are the sweet playful ones between Dawson and Rock. Adding the right amount of heart, thought, and laughs to Top Five shows that Chris Rock has matured as a writer, director actor, and comedian.

9/10

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SISTER

Country: Switzerland

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Directed by: Ursula Meier Written by:  Antoine Jaccoud, Ursula Meier,  Gilles Taurand Starrring:  Lea Seydoux, Kacey Mottett Klein, Gillian Anderson Sister is the story of the strained relationship between a brother and his older sister. The story slowly inches along with very bland acting from Simon and Louise. Gillian Anderson, playing a tourist, adds a pleasant touch by giving a deeper understanding to Simon and helps you connect with him more. The script starts to pick up somewhere in the middle of film and gives catalyst to a tearful open ending. While the scenic shots of lingering snow and dusty fields versus the luxurious ski resorts further shows the bleakness in Simon and Louise’s lives. The movie as a whole tries too hard to show the fractured relationship of Simon and Louise, which in turns created a very fractured film.

7.5/10

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