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'The Gambler' comes up short by failing to go all in

'The Gambler' comes up short by failing to go all in

A remake of the 1974 film of the same name, "The Gambler" stars Mark Wahlberg as a man who charts a course of self-destruction aiming to reset his life by losing everything, having found life as a college literature professor born to a wealthy family too much to bear. Everybody's got their problems. The original film, directed by Karel Reisz from a script by James Toback that dovetailed a semi-autobiographical story with one by Dostoevsky and starring James Caan, is an example of the kind of pungent, atmospheric character studies now venerated as a golden age of 1970s American filmmaking. Relocated from New York to Los Angeles and directed by Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of...

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