An Honest Liar

Within today’s worldview, to be a “skeptic” bears questionable connotations, to say the least. Skepticism strays down the partisan path of denying evidence without even giving a fair reading

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An Honest Liar

Within today’s worldview, to be a “skeptic” bears questionable connotations, to say the least. Skepticism strays down the partisan path of denying evidence without even giving a fair reading of the evidential facts being presented or offering a possible alternative rationale. There is something decidedly non-intellectual in the skeptic’s stance, off to the side, seemingly chanting the word “no,” while plugging fingers in his or her ears to avoid hearing the other side. That approach is apparently far from the reality of James Randi, a noted stage magician who left the field to become a scientifically based skeptic of paranormal activity as practiced by psychics, faith healers and various con artists. An Honest Liar, from directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, pokes into Randi’s personal experiences to such an extent that the film calls into question, even later on, how much of the man’s life and career can be trusted. (Opens Friday, March 27 at Esquire Theatre) Not screened in time for review

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