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Top Gambling Movies to Watch on Netflix

Gambling movies have been rocking the charts at movie zones. You could take a break and watch some fantastic gambling movies you’ll find on Netflix. Casino movies show the atmosphere and the happenings of the real casino. Sometimes, you may want to get a little closer to a real casino, and the best way to do that from your couch at home is to watch gambling movies.

Here’s a look at some movies you can watch on Netflix right now.

Watch the action in Eight Men Out

This classic thriller Eight Men Out was released in 1988, but don’t be put off by the age. Some movies age well. If you enjoy baseball, you’ll enjoy this movie. It is a story of what happened in 1918 with Shoeless Joe Jackson and Chicago White Sox. Eight of the team members were banned after they were found to have thrown the World Series that year for loads of gamblers’ cash. Left-fielder Shoeless Joe took the money, but this movie is not about him but the seven others who were banned and what happened afterwards.

Watch and find out Who’s Got the Action?

This classic movie from the sixties stars heartthrob James Dean as a man who is addicted to gambling. His wife is looking for any way to get him to kick his habit, and the results are hilarious especially when the mob gets involved.

Here is what happens in Life on the Line

Life on the Line is a fascinating documentary that looks at the lives of those who make a living off betting. It is set over the weeks before the Super Bowl and follows some professionals who throw in everything on Super Bowl Sunday. They are high rollers who even end up putting their jobs and livelihoods at risk. If you enjoy gambling at live casinos, or even at mobile casinos, you’ll enjoy this documentary.

Want to Lay the Favourite table for yourself?

This 2012 movie is a romance based on a nonfiction story of the relationship between a gambler and a stripper. Bruce Willis plays the gambler, across Rebecca Hall’s stripper. It is a comedy that sees the jaded stripper who tries her hand at sports betting at offshore casinos, learning the ropes from Bruce Willis, who is a pro gambler. They begin to win, and the two hit it off romantically. But Bruce Willis is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is jealous and plans to get rid of her.

Croupier – An interesting bit

Clive Owen stars in this movie from 2000, a struggling writer who is trying to make some bucks as a croupier. He’s willing to slum for real experience, which is not a new theme in Hollywood. But Owen does a fantastic job playing the writer and showcasing how things get complicated when he starts a relationship with another croupier against the rules of the casino.

There are a couple of other movies that are also worth checkout out from time to time. These include Rounders, 21, Double Down Hard Four and Mugshots. Check them out!










Callum Innes Exposed and Persona, Primary Structures + Q&A

28 March, 18.00, 11 Rue de Constantine, Paris, France, 75007

Gautier Deblonde | 2017 | Scotland/France | 12

Callum Innes, born in 1962, is one of the most important Scottish minimalist painters of his generation. His paintings are created through a process of addition and subtraction, sometimes removing sections of paint from the canvases surface with turpentine. Filmed during 5 days, in silent sequence shots, we see the artist at work, in the solitude of his studio.


Mikel Belascoain & Miguel Goni Aguinaga | 2017 | Spain | 39 | Spanish w/ English sub-titles

‘Persona’ is a documentary film directed by the Spanish artist Mikel Belascoain and the photographer Miguel Goñi Aguinaga. This movie has been filmed during the process of creation. A work inspired by the dialogue between the artist and people who suffer severe neurological diseases. This film is part of the experimental project of the same name initiated by Manuel Murie, Neurologist and President of the Spanish Society of Neuro-rehab and the artist Mikel Belascoain.

+ Q&A with directors Mikel Belascoain & Miguel Goni Aguinaga


‘Who’s Afraid of Julia Kristeva?’ + Q&A with Julia Kristeva

Iskra Angelova | 2017 | Bulgaria | 83 | French w/ English sub-titles

21st Match, 18.00, University of London Institute in Paris, 11 Rue de Constantine, 75007

1966. Bulgaria is still behind the Iron Curtain. Julia Kristeva – a young and smart student – goes to Paris on a scholarship from the French government. There she finds herself among the cream of the French intelligentsia, where she meets the leader of the movement Tel Quel, Philippe Sollers. The two instantly fall in love and marry. She begins to work with Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacques Derrida, Lucien Goldmann, Roland Barthes and Jacques Lacan. Iskra Angelova’s film tells the story of a successful and controversial figure – psychoanalyst, linguist, semiotician, philosopher and feminist.

+ Q&A with Julia Kristeva

Serge Klarsfeld’s Fight + Q&A

Gloria Campana | 1995 | France | 60 | French w/ English sub-titles

8th March, 18.00, University f London Institute in Paris, 11 Rue de Constantine, Paris, France, 75007

The Barbie, Bousquet and Papon trials and the first trials of Nazi criminals in Germany in the 1970s did not come about by accident. The determination of Serge and Béate Klarsfeld was behind all of them. Serge Klarsfeld is a lawyer, historian and activist whose painstaking efforts and research have helped identify war criminals and bring them to trial for thirty years. Three decades to break a taboo in France: the Vichy regime’s responsibility for Nazi crimes and the exact degree of French responsibility for anti-Jewish persecution.

+ Q&A with the producer Emil Weiss (tbc)

Top 5 Classic Gaming Movies of all Time

Thrilling movies have always been a part and parcel of Hollywood. Time and directors have come up with some amazing stories that revolve around the gambling world which has captivated audiences from across the world. Be it the nerve-wracking heist in Ocean’s eleven or the highly tense game of Baccarat in the Bond flick Casino Royale these movies never cease to amaze the public.

There are loads of gaming-related movies, many of which have been huge commercial successes. Here are our suggestions for must-see well-known classic gaming movies of all time:

Ocean’s Eleven the classic heist

A gang of eleven criminal’s masterminds an operation to steal 150 million from a vault that holds the cash of three of the biggest casinos. The group leader Ocean George Clooney and the casino owner Terry played by Garcia fight it out in one of the best casinos themed heist movies ever made. The heist takes a personal angle because Terry is now dating Oceans girlfriend played by Julia Roberts.


The plot of this movie is based on the dream that gangster Bugsy Siegel had. His vision was to build a gambling paradise right in the middle of the Nevada desert which later become known as Las Vegas. However, the events following his relationship with Virginia Hill lead to his murder and he never can see his dream come true.


This movie was based on the Nicholas Peggi book which was about the events that unfolded in Las Vegas during the 70’s and the 80’s. With Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone in the lead, this flick directed by Martin Scorsese unfolds the events in the life of Tangiers casino owner Sam Rosenthal. The movie portrays his rise and fall and gives the audience a peek into the dirty side of Las Vegas during those times.

Casino Royale

Bond movies always have their style and glamour. Casino Royale that had Daniel Craig revolves around a high stakes Baccarat game set up the Le Chifer the villain in the movie. The intense battle on the tables between Bond and the villain is picturized in a very gripping fashion. Bond gets poisoned during the game but comes back to win the game.


Movies associated with casinos and gambling are always about glitz and glamour. Dirty dealings and high rollers. However, Croupier takes a different note and presents the story from the perspective of a dealer. The stage is set in London in small card rooms and the movie presents a completely raw and rough side of the casino world in front of the audience.

With the advancement in the internet, there has been a massive rise in casino and online bingo sites where you can play your favourite games which are fast growing in popularity.

Top Old Gaming Movies in Modern Cinemas

Hollywood has always been infatuated with casinos. The love between casinos and Hollywood continues over time. Over the years there are some of the biggest Hollywood hits being themed on casinos and the event that occur around it. You can trace this trend back to the 60’s when cult movies like The Cincinnati Kid were released. Here is a look at some of the best Hollywood movies that had casinos as a prominent theme.

The Bond flick Casino Royale (2006)

Bond movies are certain to take their viewers on a roller coaster ride. However, this one had a casino as the main theme and turned out to be one of the Bond movies with Daniel Craig in the lead. The movie shows bond pitted Le Chiffre who plays the villain in a game of Baccarat that goes on for hours. The game is intense and tests the skills of bond to the extreme. In the end, bond, of course, wins the game however he must face some very serious challenges including a threat to his life during the game.

Stallone plays a card shark in Shade (2003)

Shade is a term that is synonymous with deceit in the world of gambling. That is the central plot around which the movie revolves. Stallone plays the character of “The Dean” who is a skilful card shark. The lead character played by Stallone comes up against many others who try to hustle him and win the huge payout. The movie has some very well-crafted subplots and makes up for an interesting watch.

The true story 21 (2008)

The movie 21 released in 2008 has Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fish burn playing the lead roles. The movie is based on the true story of the MIT blackjack team that devised highly complex card counting strategy to play Blackjack. They went ton to try out their techniques in casinos and went on to win millions. The movie captures the thrill ride that the MIT team is on and is filled with many interesting moments.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

This movie is one hell of casino ride. The movie has a stellar cast featuring George Clooney as Ocean, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon also feature in the movie. Ocean and his gang plan a huge heist from the vault that holds millions in cash from the proceeds of three large casinos. The subplot of the movie is also interesting as Oceans ex is now dating the casino owner in which ocean and his team are planning to loot. An exciting plot, superb acting and lovely screenplay make this movie one of the most interesting in the casino genre.

Times have changed, online casinos are now the latest trend in casino gaming and so is the rise in online mobile casinos such as Monster Online Casino and many others. They provide a ton of interesting features for the casino players, you never know when online casinos will inspire yet another Hollywood flick. Time to experience the thrill of the casino games from the comfort of your home!



Highway Rest Stop 

Isabelle Ingold | 2017 | France | 55

Special Mention

Braving the Waves
Mina Keshavarz | 2017 | Iran | 90


Mum, Me and the House
Marjolijn Prins | 2016 | Belgium | 38

Special Mentions

Persona. Primary Structures
Mikel Belascoain & Miguel Goñi Aguinaga | 2017 | Spain | 39

Callum Innes Exposed
Gautier Deblonde | 2017 | Scotland | 12


The LIDF now a BAFTA Recognised Festival Category A

The LIDF has been added to the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Recognised Festival List Category A. Short films submitted to the LIDF can now qualify for the British Academy Film Awards.

Calais Children: A Case to Answer


Sue Clayton | 2017 | UK | 60 min

Screening and debte at the University of London In Paris, 19.00, 7th December 2017

9-11 rue de Constantine
75340 Paris

A new film and live campaign by Sue Clayton

As the Calais jungle was set to be razed in October 2016, there were over 1900 unaccompanied minors stranded there – many of whom had a legal case to enter the UK. Sue Clayton fought to get these children recognsied and their cases heard. But with the camp soon to go up in flames, could she do it in time? and what would happen to the children if not?

What happened next is a shameful indictment of the UK’s human rights record, as the young people suffered delays, denials and dismissal from the UK government, and were finally left abandoned in France with no support at all.

CALAIS CHILDREN: A CASE TO ANSWER follows the young people over the months since they left the Jungle. The film speak to Lord Dubs, the volunteer groups, and the lawyers with whom she is challenging the Home Office’s actions in the High Court.

A compelling film that follows the scandal of what happened to the almost 2,000 lone children who were in the Calais jungle as it burned  down last year/. Most of whom had a legal case to be in the UK. What went wrong? Where are they now? And, what can we do about it?

Call for Papers: Women and New Hollywood


Call for Papers: Women and New Hollywood

Maynooth University, Ireland, 29-30 May 2018

Recent decades have witnessed no shortage of critical or academic writing on the industrial upheaval and creative innovations of New Hollywood (1967-80). But as scholarship has shaped the era, it has done so around a very narrow set of concerns, the overriding one casting New Hollywood as an era of great directors, which, by default, has meant an era of “great men.”

Such a vision relies on the kind of identification of creativity with masculinity that Geneviève Sellier has discussed in relation to the French New Wave, and its construction has required a marginalisation, erasure even, of the creative labour of countless women practitioners.

In reality, the late ‘60s and ‘70s saw women begin to re-enter Hollywood production in numbers never before seen. While achieving nothing close to real parity, women nevertheless wrote, edited, designed, and produced many of the era’s most influential films. Most of these contributions have been, at best, paid lip service, but more often overlooked almost completely.

To submit individual papers or pre-constituted panels of three papers each. Send abstracts of no more than 300 words and brief biographies for each presenter (100 words). Pre-constituted panels should also include a brief rationale statement (250 words). In keeping with the spirit of the conference, it is requested that all-male panels are discouraged. Proposals should be submitted in one email to: by 20 December 2017.