Arbitrage may not be directed by Paul Verhoeven, but feature-film rookie Nicholas Jarecki so thoroughly channels the hollow-man ambitions, smug moral posturing and incongruous driving-synth atmospherics that Verhoeven hangs in gross effigy over the entire proceedings. The plot? Richard Gere is terribly suave and terribly rich and has done so wrong with his money that he can’t make it right, no matter how often he tells his daughter and mistress and wife he loves them. It’s the fable of Icarus: Gere has gotten too close to the sun, and for his sins his charred feathers will be stripped from his body by every aggrieved woman who survives him.
- Playing at: Laurelhurst.
- Best paired with: Hopworks Velvet ESB.
- Also screening: The Master (Hollywood).