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Patriots Day – The Best of Boston

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In the film world, Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris are far and away the most commonly featured settings, but Boston has proved time and time again to be a compelling and fascinating backdrop for films of all genres. It’s not nearly as recognisable as the aforementioned cities, but what it lacks in overused landmarks it more than makes up for with strong personalities and streets full of character. Filmmakers have taken full advantage of this unique city, and made some brilliant movies as a result.

To celebrate the release of PATRIOTS DAY on Digital Download June 19, we take a look at some of the most iconic Boston-based dramas on recent times, which in themselves have become modern classics.

Patriots Day

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg, Patriots Day is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed. Berg skillfully captures the shock and heartbreak of the horrifying event, but moves on quickly to instead focus on the tense manhunt that followed and the defiance that brought the Boston community together. Determined to honour the city and its people, Berg ensured that the film accurately showed key events, from the fast-paced search to locate the bombers on CCTV, to the shootout in the sleepy suburb of Watertown. With a star-studded cast, including Boston’s own Mark Wahlberg, this film certainly feels like it’s part of the city.

The Departed

The Departed is lauded as one of the finest films set in Boston as Martin Scorsese and his ensemble cast, anchored by Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and the inimitable Jack Nicholson, tell the story of rats within both the mafia and the police force. A piece of art from beginning to end, The Departed is non-stop intense drama, high-quality action and stunning performances from an exceptional ensemble cast and one of the greatest directors in the game. The cherry on top is its ability to capture everything about the unique city of Boston, from the slums in the South End, to the beautiful homes on Beacon Hill.

Black Mass

The true and deeply engrossing story of one of America’s most violent and infamous gangsters, Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp). Growing up in the same Irish-American community as Bulger, ambitious FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) sees an opportunity to excel his career through his old connection. Effectively giving Bulger immunity from prosecution, in return for supposedly valuable “intel” on the Italian mafiosi, the master criminal works his way to the top of the crime food chain while he is considered untouchable by the authorities. The actors give insanely captivating performances of preening macho self-regard and self-delusion, Black Mass is essentially a sharp study of the way these iconic Boston gangsters are symptoms of corruption.

Mystic River

2003’s Mystic River will easily go down as one of the greatest works of Clint Eastwood’s directorial career, standing tall next to The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven. Telling the story of three childhood friends who are brought back together in adulthood due to a family tragedy, nobody should be surprised that a film featuring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon is smothered in brilliant performances, but the film overall is another fantastic Dennis Lehane adaptation and undoubtedly emotionally shredding. If that wasn’t enough, the film boasts a glimpse into the Boston backstreets and interesting underground crime that goes along with it.

The Town

Two old friends from Boston try to pull off an epic heist at Fenway Park in this thriller starring and directed by Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck doesn’t have an incredibly long list of credits as a director, but he’s succeeded in making two of the greatest Boston-set films of all time within the span of three years. While Gone Baby Gone introduced audiences to Affleck’s surprising depth as a filmmaker, The Town proved that he really is the real deal. As far as crime stories go, they don’t get much stronger than this one, and it delivers one of the most explosive cops vs. robbers set pieces, ever.

PATRIOTS DAY IS AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD JUNE 19

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All the UK Streaming Goodness Coming in November 2018

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Between the increasing number of streaming platforms in our lives, there’s far too much great entertainment being released day after day for any sane person to keep track of. 

There’s streaming giant Netflix, the curated offerings of MUBI, all the latest releases on NOW TV, and online video emporium Amazon Prime. There’s something for everyone, on demand, just waiting to be selected. What a time to be alive!

But that doesn’t help when you’re looking for something to wile away the evening with, so let us lighten the load and make your viewing choice that little bit easier with our weekly updated round-up of everything being added to your favourite platform.

Thursday, November 1st

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  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Bride Wars
  • Get Santa
  • Monte Carlo

Friday, November 2nd

  • Homecoming: Season 1
  • The Romanoffs: Season 1 (new episode)
  • You Were Never Really Here

Saturday, November 3rd

  • Blow
  • Jack the Giant Slayer
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Swordfish

Sunday, November 4th

  • Big Momma’s House

Monday, November 5th

  • Note
  • Outlander: Season 4 (new episode)

Wednesday, November 7th

  • The Purge: Season 1 (new episode)

Thursday, November 8th

  • The Girl Next Door

Friday, November 9th

  • Patriot: Season 2
  • The Romanoffs: Season 1 (new episode)

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?

Friday, November 16th

  • Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams
  • The Gymkhana Files: Season 1
  • Mirzapur: Season 1
  • The Romanoffs: Season 1 (new episode)

 

Monday, November 5th

  • Pyaasa

Tuesday, November 6th

  • Wishing Well

Wednesday, November 7th

  • The Dead Nation

Friday, November 9th

  • 9 Fingers

Sunday, November 11th

  • Blue Black Permanent

Monday, November 12th

  • Kaagaz Ke Phool

Tuesday, November 13th

  • From its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances

Wednesday, November 14th

  • The Criminal

Thursday, November 15th

  • The Servant

 

Thursday, November 1st

  • Angela’s Christmas
  • Calico Critters
  • Calico Critters: A Town of Dreams
  • Calico Critters: The Treasure of Calico Village
  • Children of Men
  • Crusoe
  • Dead Set
  • Deadly Expose
  • Edge of Fear
  • Expatriot
  • Follow This: Part 3
  • Hang ‘Em High
  • The Hooligan Factory
  • In a Valley of Violence
  • The Judgement: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Malone
  • Our House
  • Robocop (1987)
  • Selma
  • Sleepwalker
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  • The Tigers of Scotland
  • The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Friday, November 2nd

  • Brainchild
  • Daybreakers
  • The Good Place: Season 3 (new episode)
  • The Holiday Calendar
  • House of Cards: Season 6
  • The Other Side of the Wind
  • ReMastered (new episode)
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 4

Saturday, November 3rd

  • Allied
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Dynasty: Season 2 (new episode)
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season (new episode)

Sunday, November 4th

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  • 6th November
  • Black Lightning: Season 2 (new episode)
  • The Light Between Oceans
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (new episode)

Monday, November 5th

  • John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons
  • Oh My Ghost: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, November 6th

  • The Late Bloomer

Thursday, November 8th

  • The Judgement: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Neighbors
  • Riverdale: Season 2 (new episode)

Friday, November 9th

  • Ali G Indahouse
  • An American Tail
  • BASEketball
  • Beat Bugs: Season 3
  • The Best of Me
  • The Good Place: Season 3 (new episode)
  • King Kong (2005)
  • Made of Honor: Season 1
  • Outlaw King
  • The Perfect Man
  • La Reina del Flow
  • The Sinner
  • Spirit Riding Free: Season 7
  • Super Drags: Season 1
  • Treehouse Detectives
  • Waterworld
  • Westside: Season 1

Saturday, November 10th

  • Almost Christmas
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Dynasty: Season 2 (new episode)
  • Limitless
  • P.S. I Love You
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season (new episode)

Sunday, November 11th

  • Arrival
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (new episode)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Monday, November 12th

  • Oh My Ghost: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, November 13th

  • Black Lightning: Season 2 (new episode)
  • Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin
  • Warrior

Thursday, November 15th

  • Coach Carter
  • The Crew
  • The Judgement: Season 1 (new episode)
  • May the Devil take You
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Riverdale: Season 2 (new episode)
  • The Windsors

Friday, November 16th

  • 2 Guns
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Cam
  • Dogs: Season 1
  • The Good Place: Season 3 (new episode)
  • The Kominsky Method
  • Narcos: Mexico
  • Ponysitters Club: Season 2
  • Prince of Peoria
  • The Princess Switch
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 1

Saturday, November 17th

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Dynasty: Season 2 (new episode)
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season (new episode)

Sunday, November 18th

  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (new episode)

 

 

Friday, November 2nd

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Saturday, November 3rd

  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Sunday, November 4th

  • Honey: Rise Up and Dance

Monday, November 5th

  • Black Butterfly

Tuesday, November 6th

  • A Christmas Cruise

Wednesday, November 7th

  • The Nile Hilton Incident

Thursday, November 8th

  • Waiting for You

Friday, November 9th

  • Darkest Hour

Saturday, November 10th

  • Better Watch Out

Sunday, November 11th

  • Spinning Man

Monday, November 12th

  • Dark Crimes

Tuesday, November 13th

  • A Bramble House Christmas

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Let the Sunshine In

Thursday, November 15th

  • Stephanie

Friday, November 16th

  • Game Night

Saturday, November 17th

  • Mom and Dad

That’s it for this week, but don’t forget to check back each week for a fresh round of new releases for the UK on streaming platforms Amazon Prime, MUBI, NOW TV, and Netflix.

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The Four Most Underrated Casino Movies of all Time

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When it comes to cinematic representation, there’s little room for the casino industry to complain. With built-in glamour and drama and no shortage of cash on the line, casinos are ideal locations to base critical moments and, indeed, entire movies. 

From Casino Royale’s nail-biting poker scene to Ocean’s Eleven’s daring casino heist and Casino’s, well, casino, there are dozens of amazing movies utilising casinos as central plot devices. 

But what about those casino movies which never seem to quite get the recognition they deserve? We’re talking about the less high-profile pictures that deserve your time just as much as the big boys. 

In this guide, we’re going to share with you some of our very favourite underrated casino movies. Let’s go. 

Bugsy   

Las Vegas, today a gambling haven, was not long ago a deserted wasteland in the middle of one of America’s least habitable areas. Bugsy (1991), directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam), tackles that very subject and boasts a 80% overall score at https://www.metacritic.com/movie/bugsy.  

The film reveals how gangster Ben “Bugsy” Siegel effectively built the industry in Nevada by starting large-scale development in the Las Vegas Valley. It’s a beautifully acted, stylish and fascinating picture which features the talents of Warren Beatty, Harvey Keitel, Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. 

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The Cincinnati Kid 

Steve McQueen, that cinematic icon, lent his talents to over 40 movies and TV shows during his tragically short life, but few roles are as underrated as his turn as The Cincinnati Kid (1965). 

Starring as Eric Stoner, he was the Cincinnati Kid, a young poker player out to build a name for himself as the best around. How do you do that? Well, you beat the best player around – Lancey “The Man” Howard (Edward G. Robinson). 

What follows is pure drama, and shouldn’t be missed. 

Ocean’s 11 (1960) 

Overshadowed by its more recent remake, the original Ocean’s 11 deserves a critical reappraisal and is well worth a revisit. Originally thought of as little more than a vehicle for five members of the Rat Pack (Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop), it remains a rollicking heist movie about big risks and big rewards. 

Of course, with the likes of https://games.paddypower.com/c/daily-jackpots offering jackpots of over £300k on games such as slots and roulette, you’d sooner head there than plan the heist of the century these days. Anyone got a time machine? It’d save those boys an awful lot of effort.  

Owning Mahowny 

Based on a true story, Owning Mahowny (2003) discovers what happens when you give a man with a gambling problem access to millions of dollars. Full information about the film can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285861/ 

Bank employee Dan Mahowny (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) syphons off money from accounts at his bank to feed his habit, spurred on by sleazy casino boss Victor (John Hurt), as his life begins to spiral out of control. It’s a beautifully pitched film with a reliably stunning performance by the dearly missed Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 

And there we have it! Four casino movies which run the emotional gamut. Perhaps that’s the timeless appeal of casinos as a setting, that under one roof you can have thousands of stories, each as fascinating as the next. Think we’ve missed your favourite underrated casino movie? Comment below!  

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6 Great Smartphone Apps for the Film Fan 

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While on the set of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola once said that the prevalence of video would make it possible for everyone to be a filmmaker. He was almost right. It took a little longer than he anticipated but now, thanks to the digital revolution, everyone with a smartphone is a potential filmmaker ready to make the next big independent hit. 

But smartphones haven’t just allowed film fans to make movies but to enjoy them in more immersive ways, bringing a multimedia environment to the way we experience cinema. Here, we take a look at six must-see apps for the film fan. 


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Trailers (for iPhone) 

For iPhone users who want to keep up to date with the latest movies hitting our cinema screens, there are few apps as useful as Apple’s Trailers. All available in high-definition and searchable in various ways such as genre, box office and user ratings, the app is a perfect place to start planning your future movie viewing. 

Pinnacle Studio Pro (for iPhone) 

Here’s an app for budding Steven Spielbergs. Pinnacle Studio Pro for iPhone is feature-loaded for creating films through your smartphone. You can arrange and rearrange the clips you’ve selected with a simple-to-use interface that includes functionality like titles and transition effects. You can add your choice of music too as well as do fancy stuff like slow-mo. 

DC Legends: Battle For Justice (for Android) 

Video games based on movies give us the chance to immerse ourselves inside the characters we have come to cherish. DC Legends: Battle for Justice is the stand out free game for Android users who love the world of Batman, Superman and DC Comics, as featured on https://www.androidauthority.com/best-batman-games-android-811074/. A character collecting game, you can choose to play in story mode or against other players online. Alternatively, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is the game to have for both Android and Apple users, while popular casino-style entertainment based on these characters such as The Dark Knight Rises digital slot machine from Playtech, which you can play at Betfair at https://casino.betfair.com/c/slots, offers further excitement as you pit your wits against Gotham City’s villains. 

Scene It (iPhone and Android) 

Test your movie knowledge with the smartphone version of the popular board game, Scene It. It is omnipresent – from its DVD and card game beginnings to Xbox and PlayStation versions and even a Facebook-based adaptation – Scene It gives movie buffs the chance to test their knowledge in front of friends and family. 

Movie Vault (for Android and iPhone) 

Available on https://movie-vault-classic-films.soft112.com/, Movie Vault is the app for buffs wanting to sample classic and difficult-to-source old films that, in some cases, are available here for the first time in a digital medium. The charming interface – wooden shelves lined with a catalogue of authentic box art – allows you to stream films you’ve probably never seen before. Some are sourced from old VHS tapes and weathered celluloid, so it’s not the same as watching pristine high definition on Netflix. Still, Movie Vault opens up a world of interesting world cinema to fans who want to extend the cinema experience beyond the latest Hollywood blockbuster. 

RunPee (iPhone & Android) 

Okay, for true film buffs, there’s never a good time to take a bathroom break because you’re going to miss some of the drama. But if you’ve really got to go when in the cinema, RunPee tells you when the best moments to take a toilet break are, and fills you in on any plot points you might miss. 

 

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From keeping you entertained with films you might never have seen before, to prepping you for new movies, giving you the opportunity to make your own, and testing your knowledge, for film fans, these are the handy apps to keep on your smartphone. 

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