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Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a risk-taking hedge fund mogul, confident in his luck and the power of money to make more money. But when his house-of-cards empire totters and he accidentally kills his mistress in a car crash, Arbitrage veers from Wall Street into the clipped, high velocity scenario of a network TV police procedural. Tim Roth plays the dogged, Al Pacino-like detective on his trail and Susan Sarandon is Miller’s suspicious wife.
■ Koch Brothers Exposed
Fred Koch made a fortune as Stalin’s oilman and invested his riches in the John Birch Society. The irony was lost on his children, Charles and David Koch, who bankroll Americans for Prosperity, purchase politicians and underwrite disinformation to defund Social Security, deregulate polluting industries, destroy public schools and undermine academic standards. Completed before the November election, this documentary misses its happy ending: the Kochs bet millions on the losing horse of Romney-Ryan.
■ Ravi Shankar, Tenth Decade In Concert: Live in Escondido
Ravi Shankar, 92, died last week. He had dedicated his time to mastering the music of India and presented those traditions to the world through the end of his life. In the notes to Live in Escondido, which documents one of his final concerts, Shankar apologizes for “not feeling very well.” Yet his intense focus on sitar sounded undiminished.