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Film review: War For The Planet Of The Apes (12A)

For me, Matt Reeves’ Planet Of The Apes reboot is one of the best surprises of the last cinematic decade. After the 2001 offering directed by Tim Burton (and starring Mark Wahlberg) bombed, it felt like the popular series would be left in the past. But I’m glad that Reeves had other ideas. If 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of ...

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Film review: Spider-Man – Homecoming (12A)

Whether you’re a super-hero fan or not, you’ll no doubt be fully aware of Spider-Man – so having the iconic web-slinger back for a solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was always likely to be one of the big events of the year. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker made his much-anticipated MCU debut in last year’s Captain America: Civil ...

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Film review: My Cousin Rachel (12A)

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a film starring the always excellent Rachel Weisz at the cinema – and her performance in My Cousin Rachel is certainly one I won’t forget in a hurry. I’ll be honest from the off, I wasn’t expecting much from this big screen adaptation of the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier. And, to ...

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Film review: The Mummy (15)

I’ll be honest, the 1999 version of The Mummy is one of my guilty pleasures. Headlined by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, it mixed a solid cast with a dark story that never really took itself too seriously. In short, it’s the sort of film that you’d find on ITV2 at 10pm and watch for the tenth time for reasons ...

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Film review: Wonder Woman 3D (12A)

Being the first female-led big budget superhero film – while also being billed as the DC Extended Universe’s (DCEU) beacon of hope – Wonder Woman always had a lot riding on it. While I’m not one of the many who didn’t enjoy Man Of Steel (MOS), Batman v Superman (BvS) or Suicide Squad, popular opinion seems to be that the ...

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Film review: Pirates of the Caribbean – Salazar’s Revenge (12A)

It may not be a universal view, but I’ve always enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Ever since the original way back in 2003, the Disney offerings have always felt like a big deal – mixing stellar star power with swashbuckling action that is suitable for the entire family without ever being too child-orientated. That being said, the fourth ...

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Film review: Alien Covenant (15)

When it comes to sci-fi horror franchises, Ridley Scott’s Alien offerings can certainly claim to be the granddaddy of them all. Few will forget the first time they saw the xenomorph explode out of a human chest back in the 1979 original – and the creature remains the gold standard for extra-terrestrial beings in film. If you discount the ridiculous ...

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Film review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 3D (12A)

The original Guardians Of The Galaxy was one of my favourite “surprise hits” of the year back in 2014. Sure, Marvel Studios aren’t known for producing flops, but I remember a lot of trepidation before the James Gunn-directed superhero offering hit the big screen. This time around, expectations were through the roof ahead of the second outing for the ‘Cosmic ...

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Film review: Fast and Furious 8 (12 A)

Very few film franchises reach an eighth instalment, but the Fast and Furious movies have never really looked like slowing down. What started as a series that paid homage to fast cars and introduced a likeable bunch of characters has slowly turned into an action series that isn’t afraid to speed beyond the realms of possibility. Love it or hate ...

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Delve into Victorian lives at Holbeach open day

A chance to discover the occupations of Victorians buried in a Holbeach cemetery and see inside its Grade II listed chapels is on offer on Saturday.(April 22) The open day is the latest event in a diary of activities being supported by a £49,000 Heritage Lottery Fund award. Gill Graper, a trustee of Holbeach Cemeteries Chapel Trust, said: “There aren’t many ...

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Film review: The Boss Baby (U)

From the moment I saw the first trailer for Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby drop, I was sure it was going to be a bit of a stinker. Truth be told, I was hoping that it’d fall on a week that had a few other more promising releases. But, to my surprise, it is nowhere near as bad as the promotional ...

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Ro revealed as Zebra new boy

The identity of Zebra’s new lead guitarist was revealed on Saturday night to an extremely packed and lively Lincolnshire Poacher.   Ro Barrett, who hails from near Stamford, has stepped up to take on the coveted role and has previously gigged with bands throughout Europe as well as having a successful career as a singer/songwriter.   The dance floor was ...

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Film review: Ghost In The Shell (12A)

Remaking a classic is always a dangerous game – and Ghost In The Shell certainly came in for plenty of criticism before it had even dropped a trailer. For those of you (like me) that haven’t seen the 1995 British-Japanese science fiction anime original, it is something of a cult classic with a 96 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. ...

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Film review: Life (15)

I’m a sucker for a science fiction (sci-fi) film – so when I saw the stellar cast attached to Life, my expectations went through the roof. Not to be confused with the incredibly funny Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence film of the same name (1999), Life is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Child 44) and focuses on a group of astronauts ...

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Series of events for heritage lovers

Heritage lovers are in for a treat – a series of events to help people discover some of the fascinating venues on their doorstep take place next week.   The South Holland Heritage Forum has organised ‘Discovering Your Hidden Heritage’ which will see events take place across South Holland during the first week of April.   The events kick off ...

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Children’s Easter egg hunt in Spalding town centre under way

A free Easter egg hunt organised by Spalding optician Molsom and Associates is under way. Children aged 4 to 12 can collect a clue/entry form from the practice in Hall Place. The clues lead to paper eggs displayed in nine other shops/places in the town centre. Molsom’s Vicky Harvey said: “Each egg has a message to write on their sheet ...

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Men’s Shed South Holland – a place to socialise

Individuals are being invited to get involved in a new project designed to create a community shed where they can get together, socialise and share skills. The new Men’s Shed South Holland project seeks to create a shared space to work on individual or group projects in a friendly environment. The next meeting is on Friday, March 31, at 2pm ...

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New £200,000 high ropes course at Weston ready to launch

South Holland’s first high ropes course is due to open this month following a £200,000 investment and five-month project. It’s the latest attraction at Weston’s Fun Farm – originally a farm diversification project into soft play, which later expanded to include Laser Storm laser tag game. Owner Albert Slator said: “We wanted to do something different. From Easter through to ...

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Film review: Kong – Skull Island (12A)

If – like me – you enjoyed the 2014 Godzilla reboot, you’ve probably been looking forward Kong: Skull Island for quite some time. There’s just something great, especially on the big screen, about seeing a giant monster wreak havoc in an enjoyable environment. Skull Island certainly delivers on both fronts, with the new super-sizing of Kong – who is probably ...

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Marvel at local photographers’ talent in Spalding exhibition

Spalding Photographic Society’s annual print exhibition is under way. About 50 superb images are adorning the walls of The Geest Gallery at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum until Thursday, March 30. The prints, which cover a wide range of subjects from wildlife to landscapes, include  submissions by beginners through to experienced photographers. The society, which meets monthly from September to April at ...

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