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 Aces is the story of three college girls who bring the world of high-stakes poker to its knees. Elle (Christina Morris) is the Decoy, distracting the other players with her sultry allure; Pieti (Sheena Chou) is the Brain, hooking the team into the hottest high-tech gadgetry; and Brooke (Lacey Toups) is the Closer, using her mathematical skills to bring home hand after hand. Together they form a team that takes the San Diego poker scene by storm, seduces Las Vegas, and competes against the world's leading players in Rio de Janeiro.     ...

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 Inspired by the 1960s TV series that starred James Garner in the title role, this lightweight Western from 1994 proved to be a surprising box-office hit. Well, maybe not such a big surprise, since it's from the star and director of the Lethal Weapon movies, and operates with a similar combination of mainstream plotting and easygoing humor. Mel Gibson stars as card-playing gunslinger Brett Maverick, who meets up with wily gambler Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and a marshal named Zane Cooper (James Garner, trading his old role to Gibson) on his way to the World Series of poker in St. Louis. Maverick's trying to raise the $5,000 needed to join the high-stakes contest, but that's easier said than done due to a lot of unscrupulous competition and a twisting plot of tricks and deceptions. It's all played for laughs and action, so the movie never wears out its welcome, desp...

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 Jack (Richard Tyson), a manipulative power player, and his business associates share a volatile relationship. Club owner Vic (Jimmy Blondell), playboy Niko (Paul Sloane) and stooge Freddy (Flea) are all indebted to Jack in one way or another - and he won't let them forget it. He has connections that could end a career, a relationship... or a life. So, when his wife turns up dead, and his accountant turns up missing, Jack's associates know he's out for blood....

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 A gambling lady (Elizabeth Taylor, looking sensational) wins a house in a poker game. The house turns out to be a brothel. While she tries to unload the house on her terms, she must deal with the rivalry between her cousin and traveling companion (George Hamilton) and the bounty hunter (Tom Skerritt) she's fallen in love with. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, this is a breezy and diverting western which, although filled with the cliches of the genre, provides Taylor with a strong central role that allows her to take center stage with the command of a true Star. The film's low point is when it stoops to a cheesy cat fight between Taylor (or rather Taylor's obvious stunt double) and Susan Tyrell as one of the prostitutes she's inherited. Filmed in Arizona. With Richard Mulligan, David Wayne (HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE) and Liz Torres....

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 Lucky You may be playing a weak hand, but that doesn't mean it's playing a losing game. Plagued by numerous release delays and finally dumped into theaters (against Spider-Man 3) nearly two years after it was completed, Curtis Hanson's low-key and likable poker drama definitely has some problems, like a tepid romantic subplot between costars Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana, but there are some genuine pleasures to be found in this old-school character study. Best known for his Oscar-nominated direction of L.A. Confidential, Hanson is a staunch defender of Hollywood tradition, and he handles Lucky You with a delicate, John Huston-like touch, trusting the strengths of a character-driven screenplay (by Eric Roth) and the established appeal of a generally well-chosen cast. Bana plays Huck Cheever, the gambling son of a gambler, who's itching to earn a seat in the W...

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 Weekend bikers Robert and Allan are plunged into a world of horrifying violence when their wives are abducted by a pair of psychopaths. The two desperate men are forced to follow a series of frighteningly bizarre clues that includes several terrifying tasks that will leave the sweltering Mojave Desert awash in blood....

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 When a pool shark (Famke Janssen) is desperate to escape her haunted past and ex-husband, she hatches a dangerous plot and is forced to take the ultimate gamble. Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Turn the River is edgy and suspenseful with stakes that have never been higher....

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 The most successful invigoration of a cinematic franchise since Batman Begins, Casino Royale offers a new Bond identity. Based on the Ian Fleming novel that introduced Agent 007 into a Cold War world, Casino Royale is the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service. Meet the new Bond; not the same as the old Bond. Daniel Craig gives a galvanizing performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, yes, but also a "blunt instrument," reckless, and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. In classic Bond film tradition, his global itinerary takes him to far-flung locales, including Uganda, Madagascar, the Bahamas (that's more like it), and Montenegro, where he is pitted a...

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 The most successful invigoration of a cinematic franchise since Batman Begins, Casino Royale offers a new Bond identity. Based on the Ian Fleming novel that introduced Agent 007 into a Cold War world, Casino Royale is the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service. Meet the new Bond; not the same as the old Bond. Daniel Craig gives a galvanizing performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, yes, but also a "blunt instrument," reckless, and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. In classic Bond film tradition, his global itinerary takes him to far-flung locales, including Uganda, Madagascar, the Bahamas (that's more like it), and Montenegro, where he is pitted a...

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 This movie is Antoine Fisher for girls. It reminds me of Boys Don't Cry in depicting how scary poverty in America is. It's about being born into an unlucky childhood where a bad mother can really destroy you. I have no idea whether this is a true story but it's nice to believe that the main character ultimately survives. This is a much better movie than White Oleander. This movie is made scarier for being set in the 1970s. Also, the lead actress looks like both Maggie Cheung and Hoku. She's lovely to look at and the two little girls who play her sisters are adorable. The Clarke Peters cameo was a treat and the soundtrack is terrific....

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