Entertainment

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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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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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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