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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012

‘Arbitrage’ and more new movies

Richard Gere is totally at home in his role as a Wall Street billionaire in “Arbitrage.” (Myles Aronowitz)
In this week’s new movies, Richard Gere gives a compelling performance as a Wall Street billionaire of questionable morals. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Arbitrage” (R) “There are few cinematic pleasures as satisfying to behold as an actor in a role that fits him like a Savile Row suit. Richard Gere offers just such gratification in ‘Arbitrage,’ a silky, sophisticated Wall Street thriller that finds the actor utterly in his prime, wearing his age and accumulated emotional wisdom with warmth, charisma and nonstop appeal.” — Ann Hornaday

Chicken With Plums” (PG-13) “At least allegorically, ‘Chicken With Plums’ pulses with the same unrequited longing for an idealized Iran that gave ‘Persepolis’ its mournful pull.” — Ann Hornaday

Switch” (Unrated) “‘Switch,’ a thorough and sober-minded documentary about the past, present and future of energy, is refreshingly free of hot air.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Detropia” (Unrated) “In the hands of filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, ‘Detropia’ largely sidesteps the cliches and facile false choices that have beset so many Detroit movies.... [Rachel] Grady and [Heidi] Ewing are exceptionally skilled and sensitive visual storytellers, adroit at recognizing decisive moments and smart enough to let viewers make of them what they will.” — Ann Hornaday

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain” (Unrated) “There are a number of quietly startling moments in “They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain,” a solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Samsara” (PG-13) “Twenty years ago, “Samsara” would have been a knockout. In fact, it was. Only then it was called “Baraka.” Director-editor-cinematographer Ron Fricke’s 1992 cinematic world tour offered stunning 70mm images and -- despite no dialogue or narration -- something akin to a narrative. His follow-up looks equally great, but it’s less lucid. It’s also, inevitably, less surprising.” — Mark Jenkins

Last Ounce of Courage” (PG) “In other respects, ‘Last Ounce’ is a workmanlike, if treacly and overblown, piece of propaganda. Its effectiveness depends entirely on the degree to which you already believe its talking points.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Finding Nemo 3D” (G) “As lovely as ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ is, the current economy compels me to recommend that it’s probably best to save your money, watch it in the family room and let your children’s imaginations conjure thoughts of just how vast Nemo’s ocean must be.” — Jen Chaney

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