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With a cast comprised of a few professional and many more non professional actors and a realistic, earth setting, this independent drama of a young pool shark's decision whether or not to turn pro rings convincing and true. Most of the tale is set at the Crab Tree, a funky East Bay, San Francisco poolhall run by the aging curmudgeon, Pop. Pop and his real son have a tense relationship and frequently bicker. It is very different with his informally adopted on, T.C., a talented pool huckster who
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[Suffers] from excessive sentimentality and the film finally fails to escape the conventions of the Hollywood cinema it so proudly deplores.
Chalk has unusual visual vitality in a John Cassavetes vein. For the adventurous, it's worth checking out.
An impressive low-whistle, hardscrabble look at the world of pool sharks and the people who crisscross their lives.
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