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Review: 'Casino Jack' Showcases A Broken System With Irreverent Glee But An Unfocused Eye

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 16, 2010 10:32 AM
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In case you needed a primer on what a lobbyist is, “Casino Jack” has got you covered. Based on the rise and fall of disgraced Washington man-about-town Jack Abramoff, the comedy-drama explains with great detail and full color exactly what a lobbyist does, what sort of influence they wield and their reputation amongst the Beltway set. Director George Hickenlooper’s outlook is, of course, that these people are cockroaches. Whether he’s correct or not is irrelevant to the content of the film itself. But between you and me, yes, he is.

Filmmaker George Hickenlooper Dead At 47

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 30, 2010 9:48 AM
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American filmmaker George Hickenlooper, known for directing "Factory Girl," the documentary, "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," and co-directing "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" with Fax Bahr, among many other pictures, was found dead this morning according to the Denver Post.

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