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Cast:Dominique Swain,Michael Madsen,Louis Gossett Jr.

Director(s): Nick Vallelonga

Genre: Drama

Year: 2006

Rating: R

As a young girl, Alicia "Ace" Anderson (Swain) had been taught the fine art and the mathematical probabilities of Texas Hold-em poker by the father she adored. But that world came to an end when her father was taken from her in a fatal auto accident. Years later, as she enters medical school, she will need to call upon the skills her father taught her as she struggles with the rigorous medical training, mounting financial pressures and the seamier side of medicine. Her friends and fellow students combine their unique talents and skills to produce a team who may well be the ultimate poker machine. But as the stakes in both the casinos and the operating room continue to rise, Ace comes to understand what her father taught her: in order to really live, you need to go all in.

For starters it's hard to not like a movie with a cast like this in it. The film itself has a lot going for it too, the cinematography is excellent for a Independent film and the film's soundtrack is fantastic as well. The plot is interesting enough and the film is well paced so there was never once when I felt bored. Th cast like already mentioned was very good, Michael Madsen was great as the dad and it's nice to see him in a different type of role for a change. Louis Gossett Jr. is fantastic as always and Dominique Swain really shows in this role just how much acting talent she has. All In is a light hearted drama that delivers on what it promises, anyone liking movies that deal with a "Vegas" type scenario like "Casino" will want to pick this up but the heart of the film is about the daughter and father relationship and why it's important for someone to be there for a loved one when it's most needed. I recommend this to any fan of the genre or the multiple star cast. Released by MTI Home Video. *** 1/2 Out Of *****