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‘Arbitrage’ more than what meets the eye

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POSTED: January 4, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Actor Richard Gere’s career has spanned about four decades now, with highlights including his work in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Pretty Woman” and the musical motion picture, “Chicago”.

His work in “Arbitrage” has earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a drama. He’s in good company, too. When the Golden Globe broadcast airs Jan. 13 on NBC, he’ll compete against Daniel Day-Lewis, John Hawkes, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington for the best-actor statuette.

What’s so great about “Arbitrage”? Well, the suspenseful drama flew under the radar for the most part, but I found it thoroughly engaging. The story follows Gere as Robert Miller, a wealthy and famous financier about to sell his hedge fund for a handsome profit.

When we meet Miller, he has it all and seems very put-together. Never mind that he’s guilty of fraud or that he’s cheating on his wife, acted by Susan Sarandon, with a pretty, young, French artist.

As things unfold, however, things for Miller get more and more difficult to navigate, and he becomes the center of a murder investigation. His daughter, who works with him, also begins checking the books a little too carefully.

Will it all fall apart?

“Arbitage” is on video now, and I’m a fan. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before exactly, but it is delivered with an expert hand. Also noteworthy is “Lie to Me” actor Tim Roth as the dogged detective hot on Gere’s trail.

McBrayer’s column appears weekly in the Courier. Watch reviews at www.coastalcourier.com.

 

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