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No, the title of the new movie from polymathic comedian Chris Rock isn’t a reference to where he came in Comedy Central’s “greatest stand-up of all time” poll (just behind Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen), but that’s not to say that it doesn’t borrow heavily – and cleverly – from the autobiographical.
In Top Five, which he also wrote and directed, Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian trying to make serious movies but whose biggest success has come from playing a bear called Hammy in a series of comedy action flicks. When he meets a plucky reporter from The New York Times (Rosario Dawson), the pair begin a Linklater style stroll around New York City that features monologues – or rather, duologues, for Dawson more than holds her own – that showcase Rock at his freewheeling finest.
Opens on Friday 8 May
Richard H Thaler, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and the co-author of 2008’s Nudge (David Cameron was among the 750,000 and counting who bought a copy), was one of the first people to pipe up about a little hunch he had about economic theory.
It was roughly this: that people don’t quite behave how economists would like, that we don’t always recognise what’s in our best interests, and we don’t always do what, to a Spock-like economist, makes obvious sense. His new book, Misbehaving, serves as a history of the field, but Thaler is the opposite of a stuffy old don – Misbehaving is full of anecdotes and examples of how behavioural economics came to be, and features tidbits on everything on how to make better draft picks in the NFL to the most sensible strategies for Deal or No Deal.
Out on Thursday 7 May (Allen Lane)