The best casino movies of all time

Movies set in luminescent casinos conjure up evocative mental images of dark rooms filled with blackjack tables, roulette wheels and rolls of the dice. Just think of the Ocean’s franchise, the Edward Norton and Matt Damon-starring Rounders or – of course – Martin Scorsese’s Casino.Gambling movies can be like sports movies in the sense that…

The Avengers’ Infinity Stones explained

The culmination of a storyline that has been going on since the first Iron Man back in 2008, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2 will be spectacular. The hype is already going strong as we have seen the storyline being hinted in post-credit stings.It’s all going to be about the infinity stones and the…

Feature: Earthy pleasures in God’s Own Country

In many ways, the beauty of Francis Lee’s feature-length debut God’s Own Country lies in its simplicity. The plot centres around the inheritance of a farm and a connected romance that might scandalise some of the locals in the remote hills of the Yorkshire dales.It’s the strong, earthy stuff that might easily have been lifted…

Vaping on the big screen

From Danny Zuko in Grease, Tyler Durden in Fight Club and Gilda, Rita Hayworth’s character from the film of the same name, the smoking of a cigarette has been used in Hollywood and beyond to depict everything from being cool and edgy, as hard as nails, or classy and sassy. With e-cigarettes becoming ever more…

The best roulette movies of all time

Out of all gambling games portrayed in movies, roulette has to be the most popular. Roulette has been portrayed in movies of all types, from comedies and dramas to action-packed thrillers. Here are the best all-time roulette movies.Diamonds Are ForeverLegendary secret agent James Bond can be seen carousing in casinos in many of his iconic…

Experience Casino Royale with a live orchestra

Casino Royale is widely regarded as one of the most famous casino movies. In fact, you could even say it’s one of the most iconic casino movies of all time. It introduced us to Daniel Craig’s James Bond and was a huge success at the box office, grossing $600m.Fans of the movie can experience it…

Feature: Colossal, love and other monsters

When there’s a monster on the loose, all manner of behaviour becomes reasonable. You can check under the bed each night, commandeer a vehicle or wield firearms: a state of emergency demands different rules. Such is the pleasing, unlawful logic of a creature feature.This is why Colossal, from Nacho Vigalondo, is such a strange beast:…

American vs. British gangster cinema

There’s something about gangster movies that makes them incredibly appealing to a broad cinemagoing audience. Sometimes people watch them to get the adrenaline rush, on other occasions they are more interested in the story. Top-notch acting is always the recipe for success, but Hollywood and British cinema chose to walk down slightly different paths. Cinemagoers…

Against all odds: the allure of risk-takers

Movie-lovers have always been fascinated by films on casinos and all manner of gambling – so much so that they offer a solid staple for Hollywood and major film producers around the world looking for box office hits and huge earnings.From Ocean’s 11 to Casino Royale, Maverick to The Gambler, 21 to A Fistful of…

How 007 became casino king

As any fan of 007 will know, the casino scene is as integral a part of any Bond movie as the car chase and the rooftop pursuit. Similarly, the typical image that most of us have of the long-serving British super-spy is seeing him dressed in an immaculate white tuxedo keeping his cool as he…

Ten live-action films Brits want to see animated

With the much-anticipated, Emma Watson-starring Beauty and the Beast in cinemas this week, live-action remakes are a hot topic. After the success of The Jungle Book and The BFG in 2016, the trend is set to continue over the next few years.To spark discussion among film lovers, Vue have flipped the current trend of live-action remakes on…

Oscars 2017: Moonlight wins surprise Best Picture

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was ousted by Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight right at the death last night as the latter claimed Best Picture in controversial circumstances due to an error on the cards. Chazelle has previously won Best Director, adding to the film’s wins in the Best Song and Best Score categories, as well as…