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| Dimension Films An inept Interpol agent (Jason Jones, left) tends to a jaded former art thief (Terence Stamp) in the thriller "The Art of the Steal."
Movie review: More talk than action in ‘Art of the Steal’
First Published Mar 13 2014 03:46 pm • Last Updated Mar 19 2014 09:46 am

Writer-director Jonathan Sobol puts the "con" in conversation in "The Art of the Steal," a heist thriller that’s long on talk and short on action.

Kurt Russell stars as Dennis "Crunch" Calhoun, a motorcycle daredevil who is pulled back into the con game by his half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), who was responsible for landing Crunch in a Polish prison for five years.


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‘The Art of the Steal’

Opens Friday, March 14, at the Tower Theatre; rated R for language throughout including some sexual references; 90 minutes.

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Now Nicky has a new scam — something involving a stolen Seurat and a Gutenberg text — and wants to get the old team together, including Crunch, French forger Guy (Chris Diamantopoulos) and the well-connected Paddy (Kenneth Walsh). Crunch is persuaded by his girlfriend, Lola (Katheryn Winnick), and drags in his apprentice Francie (Jay Baruchel).

There are some good laughs in Sobol’s script, and an array of chatty characters that includes Terence Stamp and "The Daily Show’s" Jason Jones as an art-minded informant and his Interpol handler. But the plot is thin and easily sussed out by the audience long before the players figure out what’s happening.

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