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Blue Jasmine, Prisoners, Greedy Lying Bastards: this week's new films

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Blue Jasmine (12A)

(Woody Allen, 2013, Us) Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard. 98 mins

In the downward trajectory of late-era Allen comes a startling spike to remind us how great he still can be, especially when it comes to women's roles. This show belongs to Blanchett, playing a Manhattan one-percenter brought down to earth. Propped up by alcohol, drugs and her sister, she's an accident that's already happening, and a magnificent, tragicomic creation.

Prisoners (15)

(Denis Villeneuve, 2013, Us) Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano. 153 mins

A kidnapping case refuses to crack in this weighty, slippery whodunit.

Greedy Lying Bastards (12A)

(Craig Scott Rosebraugh, 2012, Us) 90 mins

Climate-change deniers get a dose of their own medicine, as this impassioned doc lays out a history of hypocrisy.

Mister John (15)

(Christine Molloy,
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Film Review: 'Greedy Lying Bastards'

  • CineVue
★★☆☆☆ An obnoxious, Michael Moore-aping battle cry against big industry and its ties to climate change denial, Craig Scott Rosebraugh's subtly titled Greedy Lying Bastards (2012) may have the very best of intentions, but fails to hold interest due to its fragmented structure and lack of cold, hard figures. It quickly becomes difficult to separate fact from opinion, culminating in a doc far less provocative than Al Gore's The Inconvenient Truth, Jeff Orlowski's superb Chasing Ice and other films of that ilk. "It's time to really hit these bastards where it hurts," Rosebraugh proclaims - something this petty offering fails to do.

Greedy Lying Bastards sets out to castigate the seemingly reprehensible individuals and organisations responsible for spreading doubt and mistrust on the climate change issue, predominantly through right-wing media sympathisers including - of course - Fox News. With his targets encompassing the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil, as well
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Greedy Lying Bastards – review

Stand back for a Michael Moore-style splenetic strike on climate-change deniers in the Us

Craig Scott Rosebraugh's vigorous, knockabout film is in the manner of that polemicist whose name provokes fury among the right and supporters of the Iraq war: Michael Moore. It is a splenetic, satiric attack on the formidable PR forces, spurious thinktanks and talking heads being mobilised in the Us to attack the idea of man-made global warming. Rosebraugh sees them as ugly, partisan and abusive –and effectively replies in kind. They are funded by energy companies with deep pockets and use techniques similar to those which attacked people who said cigarettes cause cancer. The climate-change sceptics in America have one prominent supporter: Britain's Christopher Monckton, who cuts an eccentric figure here. Perhaps Nigel Lawson would be a more credible witness, but it is Monckton who really joins the media circus in the Us. We
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'Greedy Lying Bastards' review: Documentary goes after global warming deniers with the gloves off

  • Pop2it
Seven years after "An Inconvenient Truth," what has changed in the world's efforts to come to grips with global warming? The scientific consensus has firmed up, even further. Public opinion has, at last, fallen in line with the science, assisted by any number of in-your-face extreme weather events -- epic droughts, record ice melts, multiple applications of the phrase "storm of the century."

But action? Nothing. By anyone.

So filmmaker Craig Scott Rosebraugh ("Seventh Generation") dispenses with conveniences and niceties and goes straight for the jugular with "Greedy Lying Bastards," a documentary about the folks who have fought, stalled and misdirected the international conversation about this dire subject for decades.

"Climate change is already with us," Rosebraugh narrates over a montage of very recent natural disasters, from floods to droughts, wildfires to hurricanes. "We knew decades ago" that this was coming, he adds. And to make his point, he shows
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