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Rounders (Miramax, 1998). The soundtrack for John Dahl's drama about a pair of not-so-recovering poker players should be Willie Nelson singing "Mamma, don't let your babies grow up to be gamblers."

But it won't do any good because you know law student Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) won't be able to keep his promise to stay away from the tables once his buddy "Worm" Murphy (Edward Norton) gets in a jam with mob boss Teddy KGB (John Malkovich).

Either McDermott wins back Worm's debts or Teddy collects a very bloody pound of flesh. Still, the more interesting question is whether McDermott's gambling is an addiction or a vocation. * * *
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Date:May 1, 2005
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