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5 Best Poker Movies of All Time

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5 Best Poker Movies of All Time

Posted on 29 September 2013 by Chris Ford

 

If you are an enthusiastic poker player and you spend your time playing poker with other people, watching poker games on TV, or if you often play poker online on sites like Pokermira.com you surely love watching poker movies too. Keep on reading this article to learn about some of the best poker movies of all time. There is no specific order, as they are all really great.</p>

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1. The Cincinnati Kid (1965), directed by Norman Jewison and starring Steve McQueen and Edward G Robinson. It’s a young kid versus an old pro kind of film, where the young up coming poker player takes on the long-time master in a classic game of Five Card Stud. The movie shows the pressure rising around the Cincinnati Kid as he’s getting closer to the big game. And, as Lancey Howard known as “the Man” says at the end of the movie, “it’s about making the wrong move at the right time”.

 

Rounders2. Rounders (1998), directed by John Dahl and starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich. The film portrays New York’s underground poker scene before many of its participants became famous. The movie talks about a young guy who goes back to playing high stake poker to help his friend to pay back to loan sharks.

 

maverick3. Maverick (1994), directed by Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson, James Garner and Jodie Foster. The movie is set in the Far West and is based on the US TV series “Maverick”, broadcasted between 1957 and 1961. It’s a funny, snarky comedy, but a rather distant portrayal of the main character from the 1960s TV show.

 

the-sting4. The Sting (1973), directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw. The film has won seven Academy Awards, among which Best Picture and Best Directing. Even though this classic movie doesn’t display the strategies and skills involved in nowadays poker games, it shows the long forgotten side of poker – cheating. The movie tells a story about two con men that are planning to revenge the murder of their friend by winning a fortune from the mob boss.

 

high-roller-the-stu-ungar-story-20035. High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003), directed by A. W. Vidmer and starring Michael Imperioli in the role of Stu “The Kid” Ungar. The movie is also known as “Stuey” and it’s abiographical film about the life of the professional poker player Stu Ungar from the US. He was the youngest poker player to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1980, until Phil Hellmuth took this title from him nine years later. He also holds the unbroken record of being the winner of the Main Event three times during his lifetime.

 

These five movies are some of the greatest poker movies of all time, many of which are both classics and incredible sources of inspiration when it comes to poker game and cinema.

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Luna Cinema Screenings with Stella Artois

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Luna Cinema Screenings with Stella Artois

Posted on 06 August 2013 by Chris Ford

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Luna Cinema screening of the latest James Bond film ‘SkyFall’  in the grounds of London’s Kensington Palace and Id like to share with you what a fantastic experience it was.

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I’m a big Bond fan so when I received the invitation from Stella Artois I was really excited, Ive never been to one of these outdoors screenings before.

 

When we arrived we were greeted by the Stella Artois Ambassador who promptly took us to the front of the line into the screening area  to our waiting blanket cushion and picnic, from that moment I knew we were in for a fantastic night. As the event is sponsored by Stella Artois there was of course a full bar service with Stella Artois on draught  which if you can imagine drinking a chilled chalice of Stella Artois as the sun sets watching a fantastic film was a unforgettable experience.

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Whoever chose SkyFall to be screened in London thank you it really was an inspired choice, if you have seen the movie you will know a major part of it is set in central London and there really was something magical watching the film in a London park, with the occasional Police siren blazing past and helicopter in the sky, at some points it because unclear which sounds were real life and which were part of the movie, as you can imagine this just added to the magic of it all.

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For more information the Luna Cinema and upcoming events head over to www.thelunacinema.com

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As the Official Beer and Cider Partner of The Luna Cinema, Stella Artois will serve film-goers perfectly poured Chalices of Stella Artois under the summer evening skies. The premium beer brand will also be giving away free Chalice glasses at selected events, as well as a chance to win VIP tickets on the Stella Artois UK Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF LOOPER AT HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF LOOPER AT HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE

Posted on 21 September 2012 by Chris Ford

This week  Stella Artois is giving film fans the chance to win tickets to the UK preview of ‘Looper’, a futuristic action thriller set in 2044 which follows a time travelling assassin who eliminates targets sent back in time by a criminal organisation. The only rule is that you do not let your target escape – even if that target is you. Stella Artois has partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas and leading film magazine Little White Lies to host this special preview.

 

The film follows Joseph Simmons, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, working as a “Looper” (‘assassin’) in the illegal time travel business whose job is to travel 30 years into the past to get rid of his targets. In a gripping twist, Simmons recognises one target as a future version of himself, played by Bruce Willis, who escapes before he is killed. Joseph then triggers a manhunt by his mafia employers, for failure to complete his mission. Emily Blunt joins the star-studded cast for this futuristic action thriller.

The rules are put to the test when Joe is called upon to “close his loop” and assassinate his future self (Bruce Willis). In failing to pull the trigger, so begins a desperate race against the clock as Joe begins to unravel his own future and older Joe’s past.

The exclusive event will take place at the Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday 27th September from 8.30pm, offering the chance to see the film before the official release on Friday 28th September. Film fanatics can enter the competition via the Stella Artois UK Facebook page  – the online home of the Stella Artois Cannes Cinema Club, a unique club bringing to life great moments in film with exclusive experiences for film lovers everywhere. To be in with a chance of winning, fans can click on a dedicated tab at the top of the Stella Artois UK Facebook page<http://www.facebook.com/stellaartoisuk> that will direct them to a short entry form and multiple choice question. They will then be entered into a prize draw that will be live from Thursday 20th September and run until 9am on Monday 24th September. The winners will be drawn and notified on Monday 24th September.

The preview screening will be the third instalment in a series of stand-out film events hosted by Stella Artois this year, in partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas. The scheme kicked off with a UK preview of Bart Layton’s highly anticipated real-life thriller ‘The Imposter’, which received rave reviews at Sundance, SXSW and SilverDocs Film Festivals as well as winning the Grand Jury Award at Miami International Film Festival. The second instalment featured exclusive screenings of ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’, a film that follows LCD Soundsystem’s frontman, James Murphy, through his final showdown gig at Madison Square Gardens. The film has already received positive reviews with Total Film giving it a five-star review (denoting ‘outstanding’).

“Looper is a sci-fi action thriller set to keep viewers on the edge of their seats” said James Watson, Marketing Director, Stella Artois Western Europe. “Delivering exclusive film events to our fans and celebrating thrilling cinema together is, and always has been, a priority for Stella Artois. Our film bursary scheme lets us do just that, allowing us to create and share in unique and memorable film moments with cinema-lovers nationwide.”

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‘SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS’ LONDON PREMIERE

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‘SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS’ LONDON PREMIERE

Posted on 23 August 2012 by Chris Ford

Yes This September, Stella Artois is is hosting another fantastic film screening this time you have  the chance to win tickets to the UK premiere of ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’, a film that follows LCD Soundsystem’s frontman, James Murphy through his final showdown gig at Madison Square Gardens. Stella Artois have partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas and Pulse Films to host the premiere, followed by ‘An audience with James Murphy’- a special Q&A event for film fans at the screening.

 

‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ is an intimate portrait documenting the final performance of iconic band, LCD Soundsystem. The film tells the story of how frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The four hour gig instantly sold out and moved the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief. This personal account follows the final 48 hours of James’ career, as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

The exclusive event will take place at the Hackney Picturehouse and will also be satellite broadcast to over 40 cinemas on Tuesday 4th September at 8.40pm. Film fans will have the chance to win tickets to attend via the Stella Artois UK Facebook page – the online home of the Stella Artois Cannes Cinema Club, a unique club bringing to life great moments in film with exclusive experiences for film lovers everywhere. To be in with a chance of winning, fans can click on a dedicated tab at the top of the Stella Artois UK Facebook page that will direct them to a short entry form. They will then be entered into a prize draw that will be live from Wednesday 22nd August and run until Tuesday 28th August. The winners will be drawn and notified on Wednesday 29th August.

The premiere screening and Q&A will be the second instalment in a series of stand-out film events hosted by Stella Artois this year, in partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas. The scheme kicked off with a UK preview of Bart Layton’s highly anticipated real-life thriller ‘The Imposter’, which we talked about here a few weeks ago.

 

 

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GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ‘THE IMPOSTER’

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GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ‘THE IMPOSTER’

Posted on 08 August 2012 by Chris Ford

This month, Stella Artois is giving film fans the chance to win tickets to a preview screening of the highly anticipated real-life thriller ‘The Imposter’. Stella Artois have partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas to host the UK preview of the film, followed by a special Q&A session with the film’s director, Bart Layton, and acclaimed author and filmmaker, Jon Ronson.

 

‘The Imposter’ is British director Bart Layton’s feature debut and tells the unlikely but true story of how one Frenchman convinced a Texan family he was their son who had gone missing three years earlier. The gripping thriller has received rave reviews at Sundance, SXSW and SilverDocs Film Festivals as well as winning the Grand Jury Award at Miami International Film Festival and enjoyed five star reviews at its European Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.

The exclusive event will take place at the Hackney Picturehouse and will also be satellite broadcast to over 30 cinemas on Sunday 19th August at 3pm. Film fans have the chance to win tickets to attend via the Stella Artois UK Facebook page – the online home of the Stella Artois Cannes Cinema Club, a unique club bringing to life great moments in film with exclusive experiences for film lovers everywhere. To be in with a chance of winning, fans can click on a dedicated tab at the top of the Stella Artois UK Facebook page that will direct them to a short entry form. They will then be entered into a prize draw that will be live from Monday 6th August to Sunday 12th August. The winners will be drawn and notified on Monday 13th August.

Stella Artois has launched a dedicated bursary scheme in association with Picturehouse Cinemas, which will help to support a series of standout industry events over the next six months.  Designed to support exceptional film making and provide unique cinematic experiences the scheme reflects Stella Artois’ long-standing support of great film. The screening of ‘The Imposter’ and Q&A session will be the first in this series.

 

 

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Pulp Fiction Cinema Screenings with Stella Artois

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Pulp Fiction Cinema Screenings with Stella Artois

Posted on 14 May 2012 by Chris Ford

In celebration of its official sponsorship of the 65th Cannes Film Festival, Stella Artois has created the Cannes Cinema Club, designed to bring the spirit of Cannes to the UK. The club rewards fans with classic film experiences, including an exclusive partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas, where the Oscar winning and critically acclaimed Pulp Fiction will be brought back to cinema screens nationwide.

 

Together, Stella Artois and Picturehouse Cinemas will keep the sophistication and beauty of cinema alive through screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s cinematic classic, which is widely agreed to be a ‘must see’. With each Picturehouse cinema’s individual character and atmosphere, they provide the perfect environment to welcome one of the most iconic films of the 90s back to the big screen.

There will be twenty exclusive screenings between 21st to 31st May across ten Picturehouse Cinema locations nationwide: Hackney, Clapham, Brighton, Greenwich, Southampton, Brixton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Liverpool and York.

To be in with a chance just visit www.facebook.com/stellaartoisuk between 18th May – 31st May and click on the ‘Win Late Release Pulp Fiction Tickets’ tab to be in with a chance of securing one of hundreds of pairs of tickets available for the screenings at Picturehouse Cinemas.

 

Those lucky enough to secure a pair of tickets to one of the screenings will experience a red carpet arrival and, once inside, will be welcomed by the original Pulp Fiction soundtrack music and projections of iconic imagery from the film. All guests will be served a perfectly poured Chalice of Stella Artois or Stella Artois Black, preciously presented at the bar, before taking their seats to enjoy an evening of exceptional cinema.

For your chance to win tickets and to join the Stella Artois Cannes Cinema Club please visit www.facebook.com/stellaartoisuk

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