Who doesn’t want to try his luck? For some, this is just a way to have fun, but for those who bet Canada or go to land-based casinos regularly, it’s a way to earn more. And that’s what makes them similar to the characters of these movies.
The Card Counter (2021)
The story of a former military investigator who became a professional poker player. He is on his way to the most important tournament of his life – the World Series with big prize money. But he is haunted by the ghosts of his past. And until they do not leave him, he will not have a quiet life. Paul Schrader’s film stars Oscar Isaac, Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
The characters in the movie each dropped 25 grand and decided to gamble it all on cards with gangster boss Hatchet Hari. They lost and now owe Hari 500,000. The heroes are given one week to pay up.
Burraco Fatale (2020)
Four very different middle-aged girlfriends share a love of card games. An unabashed housewife, a kleptomaniac lawyer, the wife of a womanizer, and a widow tormented by her mother-in-law prepare to play their most important game. A game that will change their lives forever.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The 1979 Academy Award winner recounts the horrors of the Vietnam War through the eyes of three Pennsylvania patriots with working-class roots and Ukrainian blood, who enlisted as volunteers without knowing what they were in for. What awaited them was captivity, torture and a game of “Russian roulette”, which became the genie that could not be put back in the bottle.
Brett Maverick is a professional poker player and con man. He aspires to make it to a major card tournament, but needs $25,000 to be accepted into the game. His “colleague,” the beautiful Annabelle, has the same problem.
Time Lapse (2014)
An edgy thriller from independent filmmaker Bradley King about a fantastic “camera” that photographs objects as they appear twenty-four hours later. Three young and frivolous friends living in a cheerful commune in a country house are full of dreams of a glorious future. While Finn works as an apartment manager and wants to be an artist, Kelly serves coffee in a restaurant and dreams of a writing career, Jasper takes money betting at dog races and dreams of getting rich. One day, the friends find a strange huge Polaroid in their scientist neighbor’s room and realize that the neighbor, who has long been in heaven, has constructed a time machine that can capture once a day the living room as it would look tomorrow. The future has never been so close. Beginning to profit from the possibilities of the miracle machine, the heroes see themselves in an increasingly unexpected and frightening light every day, wondering if it is worth interfering with the natural course of things.
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