'The Gambler' takes few risks, pays out little

December 23, 2014 8:02 PM

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Mark Wahlberg stars in this remake as a literature professor and gambling addict in Korea who gets in too deep with the wrong guys. Wordy and stylish, but ultimately vapid.

Every gambler knows that scoring a real payoff requires putting up real stakes. But not "The Gambler," a bloodless remake of the 1974 film of the same name. The original is a gritty bit of character study in which James Caan puts his soul at hazard to find his fix. Mark Wahlberg doesn't put up anyth...

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