The Card Counter

The Card Counter ★★★★

It turns out that "The Card Counter," like so many of Schrader’s films, is about redemption. “There is also a moral weight a man can accrue,” he writes in his journal. “It’s a weight that cannot be removed.” So while this gambling narrative sets itself up as some kind of an underdog sports movie (not unlike "The Color of Money," by Schrader’s frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese, here credited as executive producer), even introducing a loathsome antagonist whom he’ll sure face in the climactic Big Game, Schrader undercuts those conventions entirely.