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The Art Of The Steal review

A brush with the law...

Elmore Leonard, Guy Ritchie, Quentin Tarantino… Jonathan Sobol’s heist caper makes little attempt to mask its influences. Small wonder the vu feels extra déjà as Kurt Russell’s ex-con stunt biker reteams with untrustworthy sibling Matt Dillon to purloin a priceless bible, helped and hindered variously by their bumbling apprentice Jay Baruchel, thief-turned-grass Terence Stamp and other assorted lowlifes.

Modest fun is to be had watching a Seurat painting get forged or Baruchel try to cross the Canadian border dressed as an Amish man. In the end, alas, it’s the viewer who will leave feeling conned.

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