'Poker Night' is a thriller that never quite delivers a winning hand

December 29, 2014 1:46 PM

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Round up a handful of top drawer character actors, cast them as veteran cops who gather to pass on the wisdom of their years to a single new recruit during weekly poker games, and have the new detective draw on their stories - "lessons" - during a harrowing showdown with a serial killer.

That's the premise behind "Poker Night," a solid and well-acted if overlong and overly tricky thriller from Greg Francis, a TV veteran with such shows as "A Haunting" among his credits.

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