Entertainment

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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FIlm review: Logan (15)

It’s incredible to think that Hugh Jackman has spent 17 years playing legendary X-Men superhero Wolverine. The Aussie has hacked and slashed his way through eight different films since first donning the adamantium claws in 2000 – and for many people, he simply is the Wolverine. Logan marks the end of the road for Jackman’s version of the character, so ...

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Film review: Patriots Day (15)

When it comes to director/actor team-ups, the combination of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg is becoming a really great one. If you’ve not yet seen the excellent Lone Survivor (2013) or Deepwater Horizon (2016), you should really put them on your to-do list. Patriots Day, the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attack, sees Berg and Wahlberg again focus ...

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Film review: John Wick – Chapter 2 (15)

It’s easy to forget just how awesome the original John Wick film was. The 2014 story of the retired hitman, played effortlessly by Keanu Reeves, forced back into the murky assassin world after the death of his wife (and indeed the brutal murder his dog) was widely recognised as one of the best action films of that year. It was ...

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Film review: Fifty Shades Darker (18)

I often get asked what the worst film I’ve reviewed for The Spalding Voice is. It’s fair to say the original Fifty Shades of Grey film stands out as easily the poorest cinematic experience I’ve endured over the past three years. I get that the books by E.L James have a massive following and I also understand why some people ...

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International stars to wrestle at Holbeach

The high-flyers and the bad guys descend on Holbeach Community Centre next month for another night of international professional wrestling action.     The family-friendly show will feature championship and tag team tournament matches at the Fishpond Lane venue on Saturday, March 4.   Wrestlers scheduled to appear include ‘The Sellout’ Leo Addison, Notorious Kris Navarro, Mad Dog Maxx, Hotshot Scotty ...

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Helping hand for grown-ups during half-term

The South Holland Centre is giving grown-ups a helping hand this half term with a Stage ‘n’ Screen offer for £10 per adult or child.   This special deal includes a 2D matinee screening of the hit family film Sing, plus a ticket for a wonderful live show Fairytales Gone Bad with pre-show mask-making.   The hilarious family movie Sing ...

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Film review: Resident Evil – The Final Chapter 3D (15)

I fully expected the sixth and (supposedly) final Resident Evil film to be absolutely dreadful. After an encouraging start – yes, I am one of those people who enjoyed the first two films – the zombie horror/action films based on the successful video game series really have gone downhill. The last two offerings, Afterlife (2010) and Retribution (2012), were particularly ...

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Feel-good showing is highly-acclaimed

Fans of swinging jazz, blues or gospel are in line for a very special treat when highly-acclaimed words-and-music show Café Society Swing hits the Spalding stage later this month.     This feel good show tells the true story of ‘Café Society’, the first racially-desegregated jazz club in New York.   From 1938 to 1949, Café Society played host to ...

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Final airing aims to raise funds

The Holbeach Film Company is showing its action thriller Dishonoured on the big screen for one last time.   The aim of the showing is to raise funds to buy additional equipment for its current movie Forever Your Rose.   Dishonoured will be shown on Friday, February 17, at Holbeach Community Centre with the movie starting at around 8pm.   ...

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Film review: T2 – Trainspotting (18)

Returning to a cult film some 20 years after its success and delivering a sequel starring the much-loved characters is perhaps as tough as it gets (expectation-wise) in the world of film. But that’s what acclaimed director Danny Boyle chose to do with Trainspotting, a film that is widely recognised as one of the more memorable films of the 1990s. ...

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Phil’s fond farewell marks momentous musical occasions

2017 is going to see some momentous occasions in Spalding’s musical history.     Not only is it 50 years since BBQ67 and the second Spalding Beer and Music Festival, but Zebra’s lead guitarist is playing in his last gig on Saturday night at The Granary in Long Sutton.   Phil (Walter Trout) Wright first played with the band 33 years ago and ...

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Film review: xXx – The Return of Xander Cage 3D (12A)

It seems funny to think that Vin Diesel’s first outing as Xander Cage in xXx was 15 long years ago. Billed then as an extreme American take on James Bond, I actually quite enjoyed what was essentially a generic action film that featured a few decent stunts. With Cage announced as “dead” in the 2005 sequel State Of The Union, ...

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Top American roots band set to make South Holland debut

A top American roots band will be making their debut appearance at the South Holland Centre this month.     Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys play their maiden performance on Sunday, January 29, after two headline slots at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival.   With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan and now based in Nashville, there is ...

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Win tickets to see all-star show at 60s spectacular

An all-star line-up will be featuring in the 60s Spectacular at the South Holland Centre next month – and we have two pairs of tickets to be won.   Live Promotions have put together an electrifying show for the event which takes place on Saturday, February 18.   Topping the bill are the fabulous Merseybeats who are regarded as one ...

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Film review: Live By Night (15)

When it comes to Ben Affleck-directed films, you’d do well to suggest one that hasn’t been – at least – very good. The Oscar-winning filmmaker’s last two offerings, Argo and the criminally underrated The Town, are both masterpieces in my mind and make me excited for what he might (possibly) do in the director’s seat for The Batman. Affleck’s latest ...

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Acclaimed singer to visit Baptist Church as part of tour series

Acclaimed British singer and songwriter Philippa Hanna will be performing in Spalding next month.     The Sheffield-based singer will be bringing her Speed Of Light Acoustic Tour to the Spalding Baptist Church on Thursday, February 16, with doors opening at 7pm.   Her visit is part of a series of performances at church venues across the country following her ...

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Film review: Assassin’s Creed 3D (12A)

I’ll be honest with you from the off – I’m both a massive fan of video gaming and the Assassin’s Creed series. I’ve played every mainstream version of the game, which is now easily one of the biggest Triple A franchises on the gaming scene. It’s always stood out as a unique concept that would convert to the big screen, ...

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Film review: Passengers 3D (12A)

It was hard not to be seduced by the brilliant trailer for Passengers. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the top actors in the business right now – so putting them in a sci-fi setting was always going to be intriguing for film fans. As it turns out, the Morten Tyldum-directed offering is one of the more difficult ...

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Film review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story 3D (12A)

Being the first of the all-new Star Wars spinoff films always felt like being quite a big burden for Rogue One to carry from the moment it was announced. It’s the first film in the series not to carry a traditional episode number – and it doesn’t even have the trademark scrolling story at the start (or any Jedi). But ...

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