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Indyplus video: Independent film choice 14.10.2013

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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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