'The Gambler' Is Not Worth the Risk on Christmas Day

December 24, 2014 1:01 PM

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Do yourself a favour and go watch American Sniper this festive season. Or Selma. Should you really, really like gambling than Mark Wahlberg's remake of James Caan's slick drama The Gambler may satisfy your Christmas appetite, but even then, this one's a bit of a mess.

Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a risk taker and a former English professor who plays high-stakes games. Wahlberg bets it all when he borrows from a terrifying gangster (Michael K. Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. However, always one step ahead, Benett pits his creditor against the opera...

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