Month: March 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a feat of cinematic mediocrity
Stage magic has been something of a gift to cinema in recent years.
2006 saw both Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, based on the book by Christopher Priest – which followed the exploits of rival magicians Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale – and Neil Burger’s The Illusionist, set in fin de siecle Vienna and starring Edward Norton as the eponymous conjurer who seeks to tear his love, Jessica Biel, away from a corrupt nobleman using feats of prestidigitation.
Arbitrage has a great performance in its plus column
ar·bi·trage (är’b-träzh’) n. The purchase of securities on one market for immediate resale on another market in order to profit from a price discrepancy.
It’s from this practice that Nicholas Jarecki’s new film gains its title, and its protagonist, hedge-fund manager Robert Miller, played by Richard Gere, a career.