Powerful performances, music give 'Gambler' some redemption

December 25, 2014 8:06 AM

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Listen to professional hunk Mark Wahlberg utter words like "apotheosis" and "obstreperous" without guffawing, and he's already won his riskiest bet in "The Gambler" - playing a literature professor.

This remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan and written as quasi-autobiography by James Toback bears little resemblance to the original, and wisely so. Forty years on, any attempt to emulate the gritty '70s urban-realism trend would come off as dated if not downright camp. But high style, artfu...

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