Molly's Game ★★★

For most of its running time, Aaron Sorkin's directoral debut hurries along at a GoodFellas and/or Big Short clip, as the Molly of the title, in voiceover, tells us how she went from Olympics hopeful to running one of the most profitable private poker games in America...before it all came crashing down. This is directing as punchy as Sorkin's dialog and for once with a female protagonist.

All is good until a series of clunky scenes near the end, one on a bench near a skating rink, another in a courtroom, and the final monologue--this is where I really felt Sorkin showing his hand, unlike previously.

But damn, that opening hour is a corker.