MOLLY’S GAME (M)
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera
Verdict: High-stakes drama is a safe bet
It must be the season for true stories about morally murky American women who are good at winter sports. One week after I, Tonya — the story of a figure skater’s spectacular fall from grace — we get a movie about one-time freestyle skier Molly Bloom (played by Jessica Chastain) and her ignoble but exciting career running underground high stakes poker games.
Molly’s Olympic hopes are swiftly dashed in the pre-credits sequence when, in a cruel twist of fate, she loses one of her skis in mid-flight. But the film is more concerned with Bloom’s second, more famous fall, when she’s arrested 12 years later by the FBI.