The Art of the Steal
Several weeks ago we wrote about 80's B movies and provided a couple of our favorite examples. Today our Rialto Recommends is an example of a modern B caper movie that we rather enjoyed when it premiered at TIFF. THE ART OF THE STEAL (not to be confused with the exceptional documentary about the Barnes Collection of the same name from 2009 and also worth seeking out) stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick and a great turn by Terence Stamp. The plot is simple classic B movie stuff: Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con comedy about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. Paste Magazine said "A movie that scores by way owning its familiarity. If the plot specifics are basically a yawn, director Sobol wisely keeps seriousness at bay, infusing his effort with a springy energy." The Village Voice said "THE ART OF THE STEAL doesn't advance the nerdy intertextuality that has distinguished ironic crime films since Guy Ritchie, but writer-director Jonathan Sobol knows the ropes." And the New York Post wrote "Sobol encourages his excellent cast, which includes the iconic Terence Stamp as a federal informant and Jay Baruchel as the gang's weakest link, to steal scenes left and right." Check out THE ART OF THE STEAL now streaming on Netflix or available to rent for a modest fee from RedBox, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube and Vudu HERE.