"Arbitrage," the political thriller starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, is the next featured film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened on Saturdayat 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
"Arbitrage" is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life.
But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller also is balancing an affair with a French art-dealer.
Just as he's about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of a face from his past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits. Running on borrowed time, Miller is forced to confront the limits of even his own moral duplicity. The question becomes, "Will he make it out before the bubble bursts?"
Scott Bowles, in USA Today, calls the film "a brisk tale of a financial wizard whose sins have returned to collect a debt." Betsy Sharkey, in the Los Angeles Times, calls it "a tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times." David Denby, in the New Yorker, calls it "part thriller, part character study, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right." Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says "Richard Gere's performance in the sinfully entertaining Arbitrage is too good to ignore. At 63, he is at the peak of his powers." Rated R for language, brief violent images and drug use, "Arbitrage" runs 107 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door, at the Box Office or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891. The Cinema Series continues with "Trouble with the Curve," starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, on Nov. 10 & 13; "the Josh Radnor comedy "Liberal Arts" on Nov. 17 & 20; and the true story CIA thriller "Argo" on Dec. 1 & 4.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.