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Movie Review: Casino Jack

<p>Isn't it funny how drama so often tells the greater truth? Adocumentary at Sundance 2010 on the ethical extremes of disgraced U.S.über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was both a snoozer and puzzler. </p>

Genre: Biography
Director: George Hickenlooper
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston
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Isn't it funny how drama so often tells the greater truth?


A documentary at Sundance 2010 on the ethical extremes of disgraced U.S. über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was both a snoozer and puzzler.


But George Hickenlooper, who died prior to release of the film, summons a golden performance out of Kevin Spacey. The film traverses similar ground to the doc, revealing a man who wanted to be both filthy rich and godly. But it has a sense of humour the doc lacks, and goes deeper in Abramoff’s psyche.


Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston and Jon Lovitz provide solid support, although the film may ultimately be of interest only to U.S. political junkies.


Extras include a director’s photo diary, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

 
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