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TOP FIVE ★★★★ Di­rected by Chris Rock. Star­ring Chris Rock, Rosario Daw­son, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the En­ter­tainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Mor­gan, Kevin Hart Just when you think that you’ve seen ev­ery­thing that stand-up, ac­tor, writer, direc­tor, pro­ducer and doc­u­men­tar­ian Chris Rock has to of­fer, he only goes and makes Chris Rock’s 8 1/2. The film’s semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal di­men­sion, with a nod to Louis CK and Curb Your En­thu­si­asm, of­fers lots of small plea­sures and a spot-on de­pic­tion of how film pro­mo­tion works: “Do it with 10 per cent more stank,” says one ra­dio en­gi­neer as the film’s hero records a sta­tion ID. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 102 min TB

THE TRIBE ★★★★★ Di­rected by My­roslav

Sla­bosh­pyt­skiy Cast largely with non-pro­fes­sional ac­tors, Sla­bosh­pyt­skiy’s film brings us among the stu­dents at a run-down shabby school for the deaf in Ukraine. Filmed in enor­mously long takes, it is all spo­ken in Ukrainian sign lan­guage with no sub­ti­tles. Ex­traor­di­nar­ily, the film proves to a lu­cid tale of cor­rup­tion, vi­o­lence and power. A master­piece of pure cinema, it may prove to be the best film of the year. Club, IFI/Light House, Dublin, 130 min TB

TWO BY TWO ★★★ Di­rected by Toby Genkel. Voices of Carla Becker, Ava Con­nolly Two by Two brings us digitised beast­ies and a plot that will seem aw­fully familiar to any­one who has watched Ice Age. Hap­pily, it has enough charm to carry off a lit­tle deriva­tion. The an­i­ma­tion cap­tures such tricky things as fur and wa­ter very well. And the film com­pen­sates for Isn’t-that-Scar­from- The-Lion-King? deja vu with some gen­uinely orig­i­nal cre­ations, in­clud­ing a gi­ant par­a­site-in­hab­ited slug voiced by Paul Ty­lak. G cert, gen re­lease, 96 min TB

UN­FRIENDED ★★★★ Di­rected by Le­van Gabri­adze. Star­ring Shel­ley Hen­nig, Moses

Ja­cob Storm Six young peo­ple find them­selves in dan­ger one year af­ter their friend’s sui­cide. This hugely imag­i­na­tive, gen­uinely un­set­tling dis­sec­tion of cur­rent on­line dis­con­tents takes place en­tirely on the screen of one teenager’s lap­top: her mes­sag­ing pro­gramme, Instagram, Face­book, email and browser. It’s the sort of high con­cept that’s worth do­ing once and well. Rather as­ton­ish­ingly, the film-mak­ers pull off the dy­nam­ics and man­age to in­ject real moral weight into the hor­ror. One of a kind. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 82 min DC

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG ★★★★ Di­rected by Noah Baum­bach. Star­ring Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Charles

Grodin, Amanda Seyfried A new, end­lessly con­fus­ing gen­er­a­tion gap is just one of the sub­jects skew­ered in the bril­liant com­edy from the direc­tor of Frances Ha. Watts and Stiller play mid­dleaged New York­ers who fall in with younger, hip­per Seyfried and Driver. In­evitably the older cou­ple end up look­ing ridicu­lous. The film is packed with hi­lar­i­ous one-lin­ers and man­ages an in­ter­est­ing take on the All About Eve nar­ra­tive. It’s a shame the fe­male char­ac­ters are so un­der­de­vel­oped. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 96 min DC

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