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Indyplus video: Independent film choice 14.10.2013

Watch trailers for today's film choice below:

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Vampire movies

In Runner Runner, Justin Timberlake loses a fortune playing online poker, and then flies off to confront the owner of the website, Ben Affleck. But perhaps he could have saved himself the trip if he’d watched a few poker films before logging on.

One Minute With: Brian Thompson, autobiographer

Where are you now and what can you see?

Jude Law reclines in style in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley'

Going swimmingly

When it’s time to hit the beach, a good pair of trunks is the last line of defence your modesty has, so it’s worth doing your homework, says Lee Holmes

Shorts stories: Jude Law reclines in style in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’

Trunk call: get shorted for summer

A good pair of shorts is the last line of defence your modesty has when it's time for the beach, which means it's worth doing your homework, says Lee Holmes

The bling ring-leaders: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon shine in Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, 'Behind the Candelabra'
Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra

Top HBO ratings for Behind the Candelabra thumbs nose at Hollywood for refusing to back the Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas

Hollywood will doubtless be ruing its decision not to back the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas in the title role after it was watched by 3.5 million people on subscription TV channel HBO.

John Wayne acting the role of one-eyed marshall Rooster Cogburn in Harry Hathaway's film 'True Grit'

True Grit – a book, two films, and now... a personality trait

And if you have it, you're likely to achieve more in life

Obama's best put-downs

Maybe in another world...US Political comedian Dean Obeidallah has put together a piece for CNN on why "Obama would make a great stand-up comic". The President has shown plenty of wit (some scripted) over the last five years, particularly at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. But Obeidallah contends it's not just delivery that makes Obama funny; "he uses jokes the same way many of us comedians do: as a weapon". Here's a selection of the President's best put-downs:

'The Departed' tops poll of best film remakes

Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film The Departed has been named the best movie remake in a poll of film fans.

DVD: We Bought a Zoo

Cameron (Almost Famous) Crowe's latest is based on a true story, not that you can spot much truth beneath all the sugary sentiment and Hollywood fakery.

Bourne again, and again, and again

The action thriller is set to return to screens, this time without its original action man. How do you reboot a franchise with an unknown hero? Emma Jones finds out

DVD/Blu-ray: We Bought a Zoo (PG)

I bought a corkscrew, which was marginally more gripping than this cloying true tale.

Tim Walker: Hang on, let's rewrite the ending

Tales From The Water Cooler: I could understand if it was Matt Damon getting bumped off. Or Ryan Gosling. But Channing Tatum?

DVD: Happy Feet Two (U)

Mumble the tap-dancing penguin and his Antarctica pals return for this lazy, confusing sequel.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003