'The Gambler' review: Mark Wahlberg thriller has a lot of style

December 23, 2014 5:47 PM

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'The Gambler' review: Mark Wahlberg thriller has a lot of style

At the risk of overselling what is a good but not great movie, The Gambler is a slick, stylish thriller about gambling, self-destruction and personal redemption.

It also boasts an interesting, compressed and unsettling performance from Mark Wahlberg in the title role. He plays a novelist with writer’s block who is now teaching creative writing at a Los Angeles university. By night, he plays high stakes blackjack, roulette and other fools’ games, pushing his ...

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