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"Arbitrage" _ Greed is good, until it isn't anymore, in this guilty-pleasure thriller for these tough economic times. In directing his first feature, writer and documentarian Nicholas Jarecki shows great command of tone _ a balance of sex, danger and manipulation with some insiderish business talk and a healthy sprinkling of dark humor to break up the tension. His film is well-cast and strongly acted, and while it couldn't be more relevant, it also recalls the decadence of 1980s Wall Street, shot in 35mm as it is, with a synth-heavy score. "Arbitrage" is a lurid look at a lavish lifestyle that allows us to cluck disapprovingly while still vicariously enjoying its luxurious trappings. Richard Gere stars as billionaire hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller. As he turns 60, Robert would seem to have it all _ yet he always wants more, and feels emboldened by the different set of rules and morals that seems to apply in his rarefied world. So he "borrows" $417 million from a fellow tycoon to cover a hole in his portfolio and make his company look as stable as possible as it's about to be acquired by a bank. And despite the loyalty and support of his smart, beautiful wife (Susan Sarandon), he has a hot (and hot-headed) French mistress on the side (former Victoria's Secret model Laetitia Casta) who runs in stylish, hard-partying art circles. Both these schemes explode in his face over the course of a few fateful days. Tim Roth, Brit Marling and Nate Parker co-star. R for language, brief violent images and drug use. 100 minutes. Three stars out of four.
"After Lucia" by Mexican director Michel Franco has won the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival's sidebar competition, Un Certain Regard.
May 13: Actor Buck Taylor ("Gunsmoke," "Gods and Generals") is 74. Actor Harvey Keitel is 73. Actor Franklyn Ajaye is 63. Actress Zoe Wanamaker ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone") is 63. Singer Stevie Wonder is 62. Comedian Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report") is 48. Drummer John Richardson of The Gin Blossoms is 48. Actor Tom Verica ("American Dreams") is 48. Country singer Lari White is 47. Singer Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish is 46. Drummer Andy Williams of Casting Crowns is 40. Bassist Mickey Madden of Maroon 5 is 33. Actor Robert Pattinson is 26. Actress Candice Accola ("The Vampire Diaries") is 25.
Festival organizers say actor and director Tim Roth will head the jury for the Cannes Film Festival's "Un Second Regard" competition.