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|Place your bets, ladies and gents: Will this update of 1974's The Gambler, in which James Caan played a college prof addicted to the turn of the card and the role of the dice, equal or surpass the original? Don't get your hopes up. But it's not for lack of trying. Mark Wahlberg brings a fierce energy to the role of compulsive gambler Jim Bennett that almost gets you over the rough spots. What this remake lacks is the hypnotic pull of the first version, directed by Karel Reisz from an autobiographical script by first-timer James Toback that bristled with swaggering wit and philosophical gamesmanship.
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