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The Big Short 

When: Fri., July 22, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $6

FRIDAY, JULY 22 THE BIG SHORT

Like the financial mercenaries who helped cause the economic crisis of 2007–2010, The Big Short wants to have its cake and eat it, too. Based on a best-selling book by Michael Lewis, this postmortem of the greedy implosion of our precarious financial institutions wallows in the imperative minutia of credit default swaps and synthetic CDOs. At the same time, writer-director Adam McKay regularly relies on ill-fitting cameos to dumb down these concepts for the hoi polloi—Margot Robbie explaining derivatives while sitting in a bubble bath; Anthony Bourdain using stale fish to illustrate mortgage securities; and so on. Don't worry: The film goes to great pains to assure viewers that each of the Wall Street soothsayers who profited from the misfortune of others felt really, really bad about it. Performances by Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are terrific, although the Oscar-nominated Christian Bale is too eagerly infuriating as inscrutable investor Michael Burry. Still, the film moves along at a snappy pace, chronicling economic calamities we shouldn't forget, yet are bound to repeat. —Neil Morris

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, RALEIGH9 p.m., $6 (NCMA members free), www.ncartmuseum.org

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