California Split Lets On More Than It Shows On The Outside

California Split is a bleak little poker comedy from the 1970s directed by Robert Altman that is much smarter (and possibly true to life) than it looks.

What Happens In Vegas Is A Formulaic Rom-Com That Underuses The City

Las Vegas is ripe for a lot of movie plots, but romantic-comedy What Happens In Vegas starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz doesn’t really use many things from the city.

Croupier Probably Isn’t Anything Like You’ve Seen Before

Clive Owen shines in the understated hidden British gem Croupier, a movie from back in the ’90s, which isn’t anything like James Bond or movies most viewers have seen before.

Intacto Is An Interesting Magical Realist Film About Luck And Gambling

Intacto is a supernaturally strange Spanish film from a couple of years ago that demands your full interest and attention, because of magical Russian roulette players.

Guns, Girls, and Gambling Is A Straight-To-Video Title That Fails To Be A Tarantino Movie

Guns, Girls, and Gambling is as messy and uncouth an action/gambling/drama film as its title suggests. Well, at the very least, it’s honest about what kind of movie it is.

The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie Is Mobster Cinema At Its Most Artistic

You have likely never seen an artsy, noirlike action and gangster movie like auteur director John Cassavetes’s “The Killing of A Chinese Bookie,” from the year 1976.

God of Gamblers Is A Campy Classic

God of Gamblers is a Hong Kong cinema classic that’s like a lot of Hong Kong cinema, that’s worth your time. Chow Yun Fat alone is already worth the search for this old movie.

Casino Jack Is Pretty Much An All-Kevin Spacey Show

Based on the real life story of gambling lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Kevin Spacey and his typical masterful performance saves Casino Jack from its script and total irrelevance.

Gutshot Straight Is A Run Of The Mill DVD Filler

With a formulaic, cliched plot that barely relies on poker and stars C-list actors and one Steven Seagal, Gutshot Straight feels like a gutshot straight to DVD.

Shade Is A Good Movie To Get Into If You’re A Poker Fan

Shade, starring Sylvester Stallone and a young Jamie Foxx, is a fine b-movie if you’re looking for a nice dark thriller featuring some really good poker and mobsters.

Runner Runner Is A Slightly More Imaginative, But Still Terrible Poker Crime Film

Big stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake star in the very mediocre and cliched Runner Runner, a movie that some of its actors seeming aren’t even excited to be in.