Although last year’s remake of The Gambler didn’t seem to go over well with critics, the truth is that most gambling movies live and die by their central performances. The opportunity is always there for compelling drama and tense situations, but there needs to be some humanity in the mix as well. Mississippi Grind looks to have that based on both the trailer as well as the early reviews coming out of Sundance, many of which praised stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. The movie is also written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar), which to me makes it seem like a pretty safe bet indeed. Mississippi Grind premieres on DirecTV on August 13th before hitting select theatres on September 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.