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I’ve got a long-standing fascination with movies about gamblers and gambling. The combination of inherent insular tension and a tendency toward morally complex and ethically flexible characters results in films that hit me just right. Doesn’t matter if the story is meant to be redemptive or if we’re just spending time in this world or if we’re living somewhere in between – I’m here for it.

“The Card Counter,” the latest from auteur writer/director Paul Schrader, definitely exists in that nebulous middle ground. It’s a character study of a professional gambler who attempts to find some small degree of atonement for his past sins, only to wind up drawn back into darkness.

It’s also a throwback, evoking the spirit of ‘70s New Hollywood – unsurprising since that’s the era in which Schrader cut his screenwriting teeth. It is aesthetically distinctive and meticulously paced, telling the sort of small-scale yet sweeping story at which he excels. And by placing a talent as significant as Oscar Isaac at its center, Schrader ensures that the narrative is in supremely capable hands.

Published in Movies
Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:23

Table Games Set to Open at Hollywood Casino

Blackjack, Roulette, and other table games to make Maine debut

BANGOR Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway is set to officially launch their latest set of offerings. Friday morning, Hollywood Casino's fourteen table games will be open to the general public for the first time.

'We cannot describe how excited we are that this day is finally here,' said John Osborne, General Manager at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. 'This has been in the works for a long time. We had a great campaign last fall, letting voters throughout Penobscot County know what we planned to do, and after they approved the plan in November we immediately began putting it into action. Today, we're looking forward to seeing the first customers sit down, have fun, and usher in this new era of gaming in the State of Maine.'

Published in Happenings

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