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George Clooney and Julia Roberts get mauled by 'Money Monster'

George Clooney and Julia Roberts get mauled by 'Money Monster'

The names are big — George Clooney, Julia Roberts, director Jodie Foster — but the results are meager in “Money Monster,” a film that is both less entertaining and less significant than it imagines.

An attempt at combining a real-time thriller with a shot across the bow to a deceptive financial system, “Money Monster” never achieves plausibility, settling instead for cliched situations and uninteresting characters masquerading as contemporary relevance.

As written by Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf, “Money Monster” primarily takes place in a Manhattan TV studio’s set and control room. That, along...

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