The Gambler doesn't know when to fold 'em 

December 23, 2014 6:00 PM

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The Gambler doesn't know when to fold 'em 

The thought of Mark Wahlberg sharing character DNA with Kenny Rogers is enough to give one pause, but let's back up for a second. In the new film The Gambler, Wahlberg isn't playing that gambler, the one made famous by Rogers in a country song and a 1980 TV-movie of the same name. He's playing another gambler, one first seen in a largely forgotten 1974 film starring James Caan (the original is currently on Netflix Streaming but is slated to be yanked soon).

This remake finds Wahlberg ably filling the role with a bravura performance, one that substitutes Caan's low-simmer cool with a high-level intensity. Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a college professor whose bad habit of placing gargantuan bets in gambling dens has left him tens of thousands of dollars ...

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