Kurt Loder Reviews Mud and Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Matthew McConaughey's mid-career resurgence is a glorious thing, writes Kurt Loder, and it continues with Mud, the new movie from writer-director Jeff Nichols, which mixes Southern Gothic with an undercurrent of Mark Twain. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, meanwhile, is a new documentary about the most astonishing magician of our time. In it, we watch Ricky Jay ply his craft for the better part of two hours, often in close-up shots that would seem to afford no cover for deception. And at the end we still have no idea how he does what he does.