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AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James 'The Amazing' Randi. The film brings to life Randi's intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived.Written by
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Some people cannot believe that a magician can fool them in such a way that they can't figure it out. But magicians can and magicians do. Don't be too sure of yourself. No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived.
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Inconsistent and poorly paced biopic of a great man
I am a big fan of James Randi, I've been following his work ever since I learned about him, sometime in my teens, so obviously I had been eagerly expecting this movie.
And what a let-down it was in the end! The movie meanders randomly between recounting his work and his private life, without taking a firm line (both could have been valid). A couple of important parts of his work are presented, but insufficiently explained and with little context. Most importantly, the movie's pacing is terrible. It is ostensibly divided in chapters but the titles seem to have been placed after the movie was completed, as a kind of caption rather a structure of the narrative.
So not only do you not get to learn much new about Randi, not only do you not get to have a glimpse on his thinking (unlike what was masterfully done in Jiro Dreams of Sushi), but on top of that the movie is rather boring.
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