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Movie review: 'Greedy Lying Bastards' an entertaining exposé

Published March 7, 2013 2:42 pm

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A big welcome to Craig Scott Rosebraugh, the crusading writer-director responsible for the left-leaning documentary "Greedy Lying Bastards," as he enters the competition to be the next Michael Moore.

Rosebraugh's topic is global climate change and those who argue global warming is a hoax or that the science behind it is somehow in dispute. The emphasis is on the well-funded corporate interests — namely the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil. For a hint at his opinion of such people, please refer to the film's title.

Rosebraugh deftly uses archival footage, nifty animated graphics and talking-head interviews for an entertaining expose of the industry-paid deniers and how they continue to muddle the climate-change "debate."

He keeps himself out of the narrative for a good chunk of the film, but ends in Moore-like fashion with a stunt visit to an ExxonMobil stockholders meeting that isn't as big a climate climax as he probably wanted.

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'Greedy Lying Bastards'

Opens Friday, March 8, at the Century 16 Union Heights (Sandy); rated PG-13 for brief strong language; 90 minutes.