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‘The Music of Chance’

When Jim Nashe (Mandy Patinkin, left) a former Boston fireman aimlesly squandering a $200,000 inheritance, gives a lift to Jack Pozzi (James Spader, right), a poker whiz on his way to a high-stakes game, Nashe envisions a way to replenish his pile. He’ll stake Pozzi to a game with a seemingly pushover pair of lottery-winning millionaire housemates (Charles Durning and Joel Grey) and split the winnings 50-50. Paul Auster’s 1990 novel of the same name, directed and co-scripted byt Philip Haas, has reached the screen with its low-key creepiness intact, and there’s a sense of impending doom that seems to issue from a place beyond fear and loathing. “The Music of Chance” never cracks its poker face (KCET Saturday at 10:35 p.m.).


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