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The Independent Film Forum: 9. The Boat that Rocked

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on Richard Curtis's comedy about pirate radio

The Independent Film Forum: Have your say on 'The Boat That Rocked'

Pirate radio and Richard Curtis - it should have been a winning combination. But was it? The latest film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum is The Boat That Rocked. Sentimental pap or rocking comedy? Is the ensemble cast any good? Is the film worth it for the soundtrack alone? Add your comments below and we'll print the best of them in next Wednesday's paper.

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Stars come out for Boat That Rocked premiere

Stars including Belfast’s Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy turned out last night for the world premiere of The Boat That Rocked.

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If this spring's biggest new releases don't seem particularly new, that's because almost every major film that's coming soon to a cinema near you has already come to a bookshop near you or a television that's even nearer. The most obvious example is Star Trek (8 May), a prequel to the original TV series which could have been subtitled When Kirk Met Spock. A troupe of young actors take over the iconic roles, including Simon Pegg as Scotty.

Enter The Independent's 'The Boat That Rocked' competition

To celebrate the release of Richard Curtis’ new comedy The Boat That Rocked in cinemas 1 April, The Independent is offering one lucky person the chance to experience life aboard the real boat that rocked.

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The Boat That Rocked - Worldwide exclusive clip

Independent.co.uk has been given the worldwide exclusive rights to show a clip from Richard Curtis’ new film The Boat That Rocked.

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Katy Guest: Don't mess with my happy ending, doctor

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Nerds united in hit sitcom

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PM reveals celebrity house guests

A list of all those who joined the Prime Minister and his wife Sarah at the country retreat during his first year as Premier, also including the Duke of York, was published by No 10 today.

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