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'Molly's Game' tells a true story with energy

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Preston Barta

Molly's Game (3.5 stars) - Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Newsroom) is one of the greatest screenwriters of our time. His screenplays tend to crack with an electric fever. His directorial debut, Molly's Game, fits seamlessly into Sorkin's wheelhouse of dialogue-heavy thrillers. In the true-story film, Jessica Chastain portrays the titular Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier turned "poker princess" who was nabbed by the FBI for running illegal card games for over a decade. Molly's Game is a bit like drinking a Red Bull — There are periods where it has unfathomable energy and is exciting, and others where it crashes. But one thing is for sure, Chastain has wings. Rated R, 140 minutes. Opens in select theaters in Dallas on Monday.

PRESTON BARTA is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Read his work on FreshFiction.tv. Follow him on Twitter at @PrestonBarta.

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Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in the film, "Molly's Game." (Michael Gibson/STXfilms)