Holy Rollers (2011) Movie Review

Playing at the table

Subtitle: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. Directed by Bryan Storkel.

Holy Rollers posterI’m safely assuming that many Christians and non-Christians find any gambling unwise. For the former, it’s a soul-tainting sin. For the latter, gambling’s only fit for morons.

If you have an interest in the gambler’s lifestyle or Christianity then you should watch Holy Rollers. Rollers allows insight from several important team members. The conflicts of the players are explored and also we get to see the casino’s point of view. Members of the Church team varies in the love of the game of blackjack and balancing that with devotion to the Lord. I think the Church team members genuinely want to live a God-centered life. Whether they can do that in practice is where Rollers gets its drama. Continue reading “Holy Rollers (2011) Movie Review”

All In Movie Review

Jennifer Tilly
Tilly for Redhead of the Day? Nah.

There are three narratives in All In: The Poker Movie: poker being Americana, Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 World Series of Poker victory, and the effects of Black Friday, April 15, 2011, the end of three major online cardrooms’ access to the U.S. player pool. The documentary is somewhat persuasive in the first, has fair coverage of Moneymaker in the second, and doesn’t go far enough in the third.

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