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The Gambler—Movie Review

16 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Everyone involved with The Gambler deserves an A for effort, beginning with Mark Wahlberg, who sought to make an original and atypical film—a far cry from a Hollywood movie-star vehicle. The result is intriguing, and never dull, but ultimately less than satisfying. For all its stylishness and smart use of Los Angeles locations, director Rupert Wyatt and screenwriter William Monahan have fashioned a doom-laden, existential drama with a cipher at its center. (I should add that I wasn’t a fan of the 1974 original, written by James Toback and directed by Karel Reisz, which starred James Caan, although it is held in high regard by some critics.) Wahlberg plays a compulsive gambler...

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- Leonard Maltin

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New The Gambler Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

18 hours ago | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Paramount Pictures released their new drama film, "The Gambler," into theaters yesterday, December 25th, and all the reviews have been turned in from the top, major movie critics in the biz. It turns out that they were pretty mixed with their opinions, giving it an overall 55 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: John Goodman, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and Michael Kenneth Williams. We've provided blurbs from a few of the critics, below. Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score, saying: "Actually, Mom is the essential difference between Wahlberg and Caan. Caan has the glow of mother love on him. Wahlberg plays Jim as having made the adjustment to a lack of love, but in a twisted way. He's gambling now to see if the universe loves him." Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, »

- Andre Braddox

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Film Review: ‘The Gambler’ is a Sure Bet for the Holiday Weekend

25 December 2014 5:56 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Gritty, funky and quote worthy, the re-imagining of “The Gambler” – from a 1970s source film – is one of Mark Wahlberg’s best performances. His addicted-to-gaming soul has roots in other frustrations, and the actor is willing to communicate the whole range of emotions.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Director Rupert Wyatt, working from an adaptation from writer William Monahan, creates a parallel symbolic universe to the American dream, and the tragedy that occurs when waking up the next morning. Wahlberg’s character of “The Gambler” is complex and deep – his secret identity is as a adjunct professor of literature. This personality, which drove him to write his first book, is also responsible for his gambling addict side, and feeds his ability to walk away from both victory and losses without an indication of reactive feeling. The film is a broad, rich bite of tension, great acting and a John Goodman who in effect steals the picture. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Movie Review: The Gambler

25 December 2014 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Gambler is a film about an English literature professor with a dark side, a gambling addiction that has gotten him into debt with Los Angeles gangsters to the tune of $240,000. The film was directed by Rupert Wyatt (best known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)). The film’s screenplay was written by William Monahan (The Departed (2006)), based on the James Toback screenplay for the original film in 1974.

The new film opens with Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) at the bedside of his dying grandfather Ed Bennett (George Kennedy) – not what you would call an upbeat start. After the obligatory funeral scene, Jim goes directly to an underground casino to blow off some steam, where he proceeds to lose a lot. We are now introduced to the gangster who owns the casino, Mr. Lee (Alvin Ing), who gives Jim seven days to pay his $240,000 debt. The clock starts ticking. »

- Steven Gahm

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‘Into the Woods,’ Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Selma’ Lead Christmas Parade at Box Office

24 December 2014 2:20 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Interview” may be the most talked-about movie heading into Christmas Day, but the star-laden Disney musical “Into the Woods,” the Angelina Jolie–directed “Unbroken” and Oscar frontrunner “Selma” lead a holiday parade of eight new movies that could wrest the spotlight this weekend.

With the exception of the blockbuster Peter Jackson epic “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the holiday box office has been sluggish. But the high-profile releases could turn that around starting Thursday.

The Mark Wahlberg crime drama “The Gambler” is also opening nationwide, while the Clint Eastwood–directed “American Sniper,” Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes »

- Todd Cunningham

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Exclusive: Rupert Wyatt on Mark Wahlberg & John Goodman’s Against Type Roles in 'The Gambler'

24 December 2014 7:16 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

After breathing new life into the Planet of the Apes franchise, many anxiously awaited Rupert Wyatt’s next cinematic outing.

The Gambler marks somewhat of a departure for the British-born writer/director in that it’s subdued and somewhat ambiguous. The film follows an English professor and high-stakes gambler (Mark Wahlberg) who finds himself at the mercy of the gangster (Michael K. Williams) he borrowed money from. A remake of the 1974 suspense drama, The Gambler features impressive supporting turns from the likes of John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson.

We had the chance to sit down with Wyatt to discuss his inspired casting choices, inventive scene blocking and his unique take on Los Angeles.

After The Rise of the Planet of the Apes you really had a pick, you had options, which is a rare thing early on in one’s career. Why instead of choosing more of a »

- Justine Browning

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‘The Gambler’ nails the look, but misses the feel of the original

23 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Caution: The endings of both Rupert Wyatt’s film and the 1974 original are discussed in the editorial below.

The Gambler

Written by William Monahan

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

USA, 2014

Usually the first thing added to a film when it is remade is glitz. American films from the 1970s had their own distinct, philosophical quality to them, something that inevitably gets lost in translation when the material is put to screen again by a new team of filmmakers. Still, the one thing I didn’t anticipate while watching screenwriter William Monahan and star Mark Wahlberg tackle The Gambler was a lack of visceral thrills. Director Rupert Wyatt’s film nails the look of 1974′s The Gambler, but it lacks the feel of the original.

Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) — changed from Alex Freed (James Caan) in the previous film — is a gambler. He earns his money as a literature professor, but the tables »

- Colin Biggs

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Mark Wahlberg Talks The Gambler, Shedding Sixty Pounds For The Role, The Six Billion Dollar Man, Deepwater Horizon, and More

23 December 2014 2:07 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Gambler opening Christmas Day, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Mark Wahlberg .  As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  The film also stars Brie LarsonJessica LangeJohn Goodman, and Michael K. Williams.  As you might imagine with a script by The Departed scribe William Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. During the interview Wahlberg talked about if he had any apprehension about remaking the 1974 film, Monahan's script, losing weight for the role,  how he got into acting, his connection to Boston, if he takes any credit for Warner Bros. making an Aquaman movie because of Entourage, if he'll play a superhero in the future, doing Deep »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Gambler | Review

22 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kens and Dolls: Wyatt Revamps Toback Prose for the Plastic Age

Working steadfastly against the success of Rupert Wyatt’s up-do of The Gambler, which was originally a 1974 film starring James Caan, directed by Karl Reisz, and written by James Toback (based on semi-autobiographical elements), are two distinctive flaws. Firstly, Wyatt and screenwriter William Monahan fail momentously to live up to the gritty, unpleasantly self-sabotaging believability astutely evidenced in the original. Second, Mark Wahlberg’s overly determined performance careens ungraciously into flaunting bourgeoisie privilege in a role that doesn’t quite sit right on the shoulders of a celebrity still shadowed by his ridiculous early 90s persona. While Monahan wrote the role for which Wahlberg scored an Oscar nod eight years ago (2006’s The Departed), his hyper-intelligent, well-bred, successful novelist turned consummate gambler is more often than not unbelievable with Wahlberg in breathy, demure mode, rambling through a series of nicely written bits of misanthropy. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Brie Larson on Living Like a Monk and Prepping for The Gambler

21 December 2014 5:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

From 21 Jump Street to The Spectacular Now to Short Term 12, Brie Larson has consistently elected to participate in films she wholeheartedly believes in. Her latest is Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, out in wide release this week, a reimagining of the 1974 film of the same name written by James Toback. Larson recently spoke to Vulture about the biggest change in her career, the complexity of William Monahan’s script, and how she lived like a monk in preparation for the role of college student Amy Phillips.Are you still eating cereal in the shower?[Laughs.] No, I'm way over that phase.  You've matured past that?I've totally matured past that. I tried it. Realized it's not an efficient use of my time.  For Short Term 12 you shadowed a worker to prepare for your role. What did you do for The Gambler? Did you read The Stranger?I did read The Stranger. »

- Samuel Fragoso

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The Gambler Movie Review

18 December 2014 8:05 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Gambler Paramount Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Rupert Wyatt Screenwriter:  William Monahan based on the 1974 film “The Gambler” Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, George Kennedy, Jessica Lange, Richard Schiff, Andre Braugher Screened at:  Paramount, NYC, 12/2/14 Opens:  December 19, 2014 (limited) Some say that compulsive gamblers who bet more money than they can afford are self-destructive, even suicidal. They actually want to lose, given their self-hate. This is doubtless true for some.  In “The Gambler,” however, scripter William Monahan finds Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) as a guy who gambles despite a losing streak because  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Win Passes & Digital Soundtrack For The Gambler In St. Louis

17 December 2014 5:04 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of The Gambler.

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

The Gambler Opens December 25th

One winner will receive a download link for the digital soundtrack and a pass to the screening. »

- Movie Geeks

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The Gambler Review

16 December 2014 2:49 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Those walking into The Gambler expecting another chip-splashing thriller like 21 or Rounders are going to be sorely disappointed, as William Monahan’s script focuses heavily on a downward-spiralling character whose narcissism and suicidal subconscious translates into unhealthy, life-threatening habits. Rupert Wyatt’s directorial follow-up to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a character study about someone who cares so little about their own self-worth yet doesn’t have the backbone to harm themselves, which is made clearly evident by a forceful story that ensures audiences understand each literary-laced nuance. Sometimes you’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em, but The Gambler disregards Kenny Roger’s wisdom and focuses on what happens when your “addiction” takes over, and you just can’t seem to care.

Mark Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a literature college professor who has a nasty gambling habit that »

- Matt Donato

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'The Gambler' (2014) Movie Review

16 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan which I have not seen, is another film dealing with addiction and inner demons. This time, as the title obviously states, our protagonist's (played by Mark Wahlberg) addiction is gambling and the reasons behind his willingness to go all in and his acceptance when he loses everything seem to stem from his upbringing, including his recently deceased grandfather (George Kennedy) who passes away in the film's opening scene and his wealthy Beverly Hills mother (Jessica Lange). The last time screenwriter William Monahan wrote a movie in which Wahlberg starred it was The Departed and the result was the actor's first Oscar nomination. While The Gambler won't likely find Wahlberg earning a third nom, Monahan was definitely crafted a script playing to Wahlberg's strengths as the best parts of this film come when Wahlberg is going full steam ahead, delivering witty lines at a quick clip, »

- Brad Brevet

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 100 Pairs of Suburban Passes to ‘The Gambler’ With Mark Wahlberg

14 December 2014 3:20 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 100 pairs of advance-screening Suburban Chicago movie passes up for grabs to the new film “The Gambler” starring Mark Wahlberg!

The Gambler,” which opens on Dec. 25, 2014 and is rated “R,” also stars John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Caitlin O’Connor, Cassandra Starr, Erika Jordan, Leland Orser, Michael Kenneth Williams and Sonya Walger from director Rupert Wyatt and writer William Monahan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “The Gambler” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Chicago Suburb Of Woodridge. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Check Out These Exclusive New Photos From ‘The Gambler’

12 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s no denying the impressive talent behind the new movie The Gambler. It is directed by Rupert Wyatt, the man behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directing his first film since that hit. William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, scripted The Gambler based on a 1974 starring James Caan, originally written […]

The post Check Out These Exclusive New Photos From ‘The Gambler’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Exclusive: William Monahan Candidly Discusses The Gambler, His Severe Bike Accident Earlier This Year, His Approach to Writing, Mojave, Vengeance, John Le Carre’s A Delicate Truth, Television, and More

12 December 2014 10:11 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Gambler opening soon, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed).  As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  The film also stars Brie LarsonJessica LangeJohn Goodman, and Michael K. Williams.  As you might imagine with a script by Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. Over the past few years I've landed a number of great interviews with Monahan.  While all the interviews were informative and insightful, I think the one you're about to read is the best yet.  Not only is it really in depth and candid, but he talks for the first time about his severe motorcycle accident where he »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Blu-Ray Review: Kingdom Of Heaven Ultimate Edition - A Primer for Exodus

8 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A decade before Ridley Scott brought Exodus: Gods and Kings to the big screen, he tackled another epic about religion, faith and pragmatism. Kingdom of Heaven was Scott's film about the Crusades, a rousing, rambunctious film that tried to be a follow up of sorts to his previous sand-and-sandles epic, Gladiator. The project itself actually came out of a failed attempt to tell the tale of Tripoli, a potential Russell Crowe starrer that fell into development limbo. Picking up the pieces of that production, Scott secured the services of a then-untried screenwriter William Monahan to abandon the Tripoli script and concentrate instead on the tale of Jerusalem during the Battle of Hattin during the 12th century. Monahan crafted a lengthy script that told not...

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A long history of Ridley Scott's on-again off-again movie projects

4 December 2014 12:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ridley Scott sure is picky for a director who has directed so many movies.  While famous for creating such visual feasts as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Dawn," Scott has seemingly exited as many projects as he's seen through.  "Blade Runner 2" is merely the latest "will-he-or-won't-he?" moment in his career.  Recently, Scott dropped some hints about the long-delayed sequel to the 1982 film, but said he wouldn't be sitting in the director's chair. Now, he's backtracking, telling Yahoo, "I don’t know about [not directing 'Blade Runner 2'] yet." He added that the sequel could be his "most personal" film, and that the present script is "very, very good." It's certainly not the first time Scott has been ambiguous about taking on a directing gig. Here are some of the more interesting projects he never made: "I Am Legend" Scott got pretty far along on the pre-poduction process of the Richard Matheson adaptation in the '90s, »

- Dave Lewis

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Fran Kranz Offers Mojave Update; Says William Monahan Has “Very Different Cuts” of the Movie [Updated]

1 December 2014 4:28 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s been a while since we’ve reported on William Monahan’s Mojave, but the film is currently in post-production and apparently it’s moving along in a rather unique manner.  The film stars Garrett Hedlund as Tom, a depressed writer-director who’s fed-up with Hollywood.  He opts to go to the desert to clear his head and that’s where he runs into Oscar Isaac’s character, Jack, a brilliant and homicidal drifter. Fran Kranz also has a small role in the movie, so while discussing his upcoming release, Murder of a Cat, I asked him how everything’s going with Mojave.  He did note that at this point, the film is out of his hands and he hasn’t seen any footage yet, but he has heard that there’s “very different” cuts of it being considered.  Hit the jump for more. Update: Steve here. I've been »

- Perri Nemiroff

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