Mark Wahlberg in a scene from “The Gambler,” a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan.

Claire Folger

Movie Review

‘The Gambler’ pushes its luck

With a screenplay by William Monahan and a cast led by Mark Wahlberg, this remake of the 1974 existential thriller raises the stakes with no better luck.

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// The final ‘Hobbit’ marches off a CGI cliff

“The Battle of the Five Armies,” Peter Jackson’s final chapter in his adaptation of the Tolkien classic, is a clanging, overcrowded bore.

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// It’s the hard-knock life, retooled, in ‘Annie’

After a bright start, this updated version of the Broadway musical turns into a formulaic drag.


// The snow in 2014 movies

The movies love the look and texture of snow, as multiple films in 2014 have demonstrated.

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// Theater shines, thanks to film buff

Steve Trumble put Maynard’s Fine Arts Theatre Place through a $1 million renovation after purchasing the circa-1949 cinema.

// Bill Murray twisted Christmas in ‘Scrooged’

Starring Bill Murray as the Ebenezer Scrooge stand-in, “Scrooged” has settled into the Yuletide-movie firmament over the past 26 years.

// 8 hours as an extra on the new Miles Teller film

A reporter spent a day at the filming of “Bleed For This,” the Martin Scorsese-produced film about Rhode Island-bred boxer Vincent “Vinny Paz” Pazienza.


// Film programmer Nancy Campbell’s top docs

The Independent Film Festival Boston programmer has seen a lot of documentaries. Here are three of her favorites..


// PBS offers profiles of two historic black heroes

Two documentaries from PBS profile the life and times of Muhammad Ali and Richard Pryor.

// Learning lessons from ‘Mentor’

Alix Lambert’s documentary looks at Mentor High School in Ohio, where five students killed themselves after being bullied.

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Movie Stars

// Short reviews of what’s in theaters

A snapshot of recent Globe reviews of movies in the theaters.

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// Four-star reviews by the Globe

Films given four-star reviews by Globe critics Ty Burr and Janice Page and the former Globe critic Wesley Morris since 2012.