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Clooney and Roberts can't save 'Money Monster' from itself

Clooney and Roberts can't save 'Money Monster' from itself

“It’s about to get complicated, so I’m going to start slow,” says Lee Gates (George Clooney) to begin “Money Monster,” a movie that’s desperate to be “The Big Short” and wants its star to be Will McAvoy of “The Newsroom.” It falls so short on both fronts that it hardly seems fair to make the comparisons.

Gates hosts “Money Monster,” a show within the movie that involves him clowning around with dancing girls and offering stock tips. Julia Roberts co-stars as Patty, his divorced and weary director who fondly refers to him as an “emotionally stunted 7-year-old” but is leaving for another job at a...

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