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"The Art of the Steal” isn’t just the name of Jonathan Sobol’s sophomore effort; it’s virtually a genre unto itself, thanks to countless movies about low-level con artists, their team of accomplices and the victims/ adversaries they’re trying to outwit. But even if the film doesn’t raze genre conventions or reinvent the notion of grifting as audiences know it, Sobol creates an ensemble as scruffy and indefatigably appealing as its star, Kurt Russell, as he shuffles dexterously through a heist scenario just implausible and charming enough to be convincing. Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, a stuntman and motorcycle daredevil who gets paid more to fall off of bikes than he does to land them safely. Supported by his girlfriend Lola (Katheryn Winnick) and would-be “apprentice” Francie (Jay Baruchel), Crunch descends into nostalgia, waxing rhapsodic about a job to be remembered for. But after his errant brother »

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