Entertainment

Film review: Scream (18)

Bringing back beloved film franchises has been a bit of trend in recent years, with varying results. You only have to look at Star Wars, The Matrix and Ghostbusters to see that bringing back iconic characters resonates with their fans; and now it’s time for Scream to get that treatment. If (like me) you enjoyed Wes Craven’s popular 1996 slasher ...

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Film review: The Matrix Resurrections (15)

For many people, the original Matrix film (1999) still stands up as arguably the best science-fiction film of all time. I’ll be honest, I’m one of that crowd – and I even loved the sequels Reloaded (2003) and Revolutions (also 2003), which is something of an unpopular opinion. Another Matrix film has long been mooted, but when it was revealed ...

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Year to start with satellite showings

Two big performances will be beamed into Spalding from London in January. The South Holland Centre is showing Puccini’s Tosca live from The Royal Opera House at 7.15pm on Wednesday, January 19. Then on Thursday, January 27, Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt is being screened live from the West End. The acclaimed writer of Shakespeare In Love’s creation tells the story of ...

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Film review: Spider-man: No Way Home (12A)

Spider-Man is comfortably one of the most used superheroes in film history – but I’m here to tell you that No Way Home is his best-ever outing on the big screen, by some distance. Boasting more surprises and Easter Eggs than you can possibly imagine, villains used expertly, a huge cast and emotional gut punches galore, Tom Holland’s third outing ...

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‘See It Safely’ at the South Holland Centre

Spalding’s South Holland Centre has been granted the ‘See It Safely’ mark to guarantee attendees it’s following all Covid-19 guidelines and keeping them safe. The Market Place is currently showing the pantomime Dick Whittington until December 30. A spokesman for the centre operated by South Holland District Council, said: ”We have been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre ...

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Film review: King Richard (12A)

I’d suggest that you’d need to have been living under a rock for much of the past 25 years if you’ve never heard of sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Two of the top female tennis players of all-time, they dominated the sport for the best part of 20 years and took the ladies’ game to new levels on and off ...

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Films for all at the South Holland Centre

There’s something for all the family as the South Holland Centre screens several films this week. Acclaimed director Wes Anderson’s latest comedy The French Dispatch is on every night at 7.30pm from Friday to Sunday. As with all of his films it’s a quirky, star-studded romp about an American newspaper in an almost dream-like French city in the 20th century. ...

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Film review: Eternals (12A)

When it comes to the films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU), you’re probably either enjoying every one by now… or simply sick to the back teeth of them. The inter-linked movies are hugely successful and attract some of the world’s biggest names, but can often be accused of following a similar formula. That’s simply not the case with Marvel’s Eternals, ...

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Youngsters will bring Hunchback to life

ACT II’s Pint-Sized Players are taking to the stage with an adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The performance is an adaptation of the novel specially designed to be performed by a young cast (aged six to 11).Victor Hugo’s seminal novel is being performed against the backdrops of the magnificent Crowland Abbey and St Mary and St Nicolas Church, ...

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St Nicolas Players get into the spirit

Halloween’s not over yet, there’s plenty of spooky theatre at the Spalding Services and Social Club from tonight (Thursday) through to Saturday. That’s because the St Nicolas Players are putting on their latest production Spirit Level at the High Street venue. The supernatural comedy, written by Pam Valentine, sees a ghostly married couple playing merry hell with the young couple ...

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Byrne’s bonfire night bonanza

If you want extra fizz on your bonfire night, a household name comedian is launching into Spalding. Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week star Ed Byrne finally brings his If I’m Honest tour to the South Holland Centre on (Friday, November 5). The show has been years in the making (largely due to half the shows being postponed ...

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Film review: Dune 3D (12A)

There are plenty to choose from given that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a backlog of blockbusters, but Dune is the film I’ve been most looking forward to this year. Based on the hugely popular 1965 science-fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, the combination of director Denis Villeneuve – of Bladerunner 2049 fame – and a loaded cast made ...

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Ghoulish going-ons at Halloween party

A ghoulish gathering is set to raise funds for two worthwhile charities. Ella’s Project, which sources and provides children’s clothing for those that need it most, is holding its annual Halloween Party at the Deeping Stage on Saturday. The band Zebra will be earning their stripes on the night as part of a fantastic evening of spooky entertainment. All proceeds ...

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Sci-fi epic Dune didn’t disappoint

There are plenty to choose from given that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a backlog of blockbusters, but Dune is the film I’ve been most looking forward to this year. Based on the hugely popular 1965 science-fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, the combination of director Denis Villeneuve – of Bladerunner 2049 fame – and a loaded cast made ...

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Film review: Venom Let There Be Carnage

Despite middling reviews, 2018’s Venom was both fun and pretty popular with cinema-goers – making a sequel inevitable. Let There Be Carnage, directed by Andy Serkis and again starring Tom Hardy, may well fall into the exact same bracket but manages to have even more fun than its predecessor. Having saved the world in the original, Eddie Brock and his ...

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St Nicolas Players in spooky production

Spooky goings on at Spalding Services and Social Club on High Street, don’t end with the Halloween disco this year. November 4, 5 and 6 sees St Nicolas Players present a seasonal ghostly treat with their play Spirit Level, a supernatural comedy by Pam Valentine. Spirit Level has an ever-bickering ghostly married couple evoke the strange power of their even ...

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Oddfellows are on song

A group of Oddfellows were full of hot air recently, and all in aid of charity. The Nene and Welland branch of the Oddfellows Friendly Society Nene hosted the Oddfellows Brass Band concert at St John’s Church, Spalding, on October 2. There were 74 people who enjoyed the evening of music from show tunes and hit songs from the past ...

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Film review: James Bond – No Time To Die (12A)

It’s perhaps unpopular opinion, but Daniel Craig’s more modern take on James Bond has made him the best version of the character (for me, at least). With No Time To Die serving as the final outing of his 15-year stint as Ian Fleming’s 007, it was important that he went out with a bang. And boy, does Craig’s fifth Bond ...

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New home for South Holland Concerts

South Holland Concerts are returning this Sunday, but at a new venue. A string section from the London Mozart Players will be the first guests at the Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding. The newly-refurbished church is taking over the home of the South Holland Concerts after years at the South Holland Centre. First up on Sunday at 3pm is the ...

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Live music is back at Pinchbeck Village Hall

At long last live music returns to Pinchbeck Village Hall with Status Quote appearing there on Saturday, October 9. This is the fourth attempt at running this gig because of the Covid pandemic. Tickets, priced at £10, are available over the bar at Pinchbeck Sports & Social Club (football club), or from Alan Hansard, 4 Sunningdale Avenue, Spalding, 07531 140753. ...

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