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  • Review: Casino Jack

    As far as I can remember, the word super never became a prefix for the benign designation of lobbyist until Jack Abramoff, a former B-movie producer, took over K street in the 1990s. A well-built, larger-than-life figure who famously donned Mafioso trench coats and black fedoras, Abramoff became one of the wealthiest businessmen on Capitol Hill while acting as a slick conduit between Congress and the special interest groups that paid him for access.
  • 2010 in review: Attack of the movies!

    Like everybody else right now, I could write a top 10 list of the best films of 2010, and if I did, it would be filled with a bunch of pretentious art-house films nobody saw, ’cause that’s how I roll. But for this feature, I’d much...

    'Casino Jack'

    'Casino Jack'
    Director George Hickenlooper died shortly before the opening of his comedy-drama about Jack Abramoff, the real-life lobbyist whose efforts to influence major figures in the nation's capital took a questionable turn. Kevin Spacey expectedly offers a...

    From morning to night at the Edgemar Short Film Fest

     
    The lovable Edgemar Arts Center, tucked into a nook off Santa Monica's Main Street, kicks off its first-ever film festival with a program of shorts judged by luminaries like "Boyz N the Hood" director John Singleton and actor Malcolm McDowell, of "A...

    Spacey as “Casino” Jack Abramoff in “Bagman”

     
    George Hickenlooper's drama about the Jack Abramoff influence peddling scandal is an interesting election year release — one of the bigger recent political scandals and its central figure (tainted Republicans from the House to the White House). I...