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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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/HTBOTFA-TRLR-0013.jpg 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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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/annie-dom-DF-09131_rgb.jpg 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.

ZOOM

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/FL-17895r.jpg The snow in 2014 movies

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

Scene here

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/scrooged001-001.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/extra-3795.jpg 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.

DOCUMANIA

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/PaulKOonstagewinning.jpg 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..

DOC TALK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/trials_of_muhammad_ali-press-03.jpg PBS offers profiles of two historic black heroes

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/ShrinetoSladjanaVidovic.jpg 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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/penguins-of-madagascar-PEN_sq175_s53_f276_v2_0_CMYK_rgb--90x90.jpg Short reviews of what’s in theaters

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

Four stars go to...

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/webCITIZENFOUR--90x90.jpg 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.