Entertainment

Gosberton set for Septemberfest

Folk legends Martin and Eliza Carthy are headlining a weekend of music and events coming to Gosberton’s St Peter and St Paul’s Church from September 17-19. Septemberfest is part of English Heritage’s Future of the Past series of events and the link up with Sound Lincs is to feature some excellent musical talent, many of whom will be playing their ...

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Film review: Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (12A)

As we enter a new phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) post Endgame, Shang-Chi is the first new hero to hit the big screen – and what a welcome addition he is. The Legend Of The Ten Rings serves up perhaps the best hand-to-hand fight sequences the MCU has seen yet, while also introducing a host of new characters with ...

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Film review: Free Guy 12A

It’s always great when a film pleasantly surprises you at the cinema. Often the pre-release hype can leave some movies feeling like a damp squib, but Free Guy – starring the excellent Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer – is perhaps the most enjoyable action comedy I’ve seen in years. If you’re into video games, this Shawn Levy-directed offering is very ...

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Film review: Jungle Cruise (12A)

With Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt at the helm, there’s much to like about Disney’s Jungle Cruise before the opening sequences run. The A-list pair are among the safest hands in Hollywood at the moment and emerge as a great on-screen combination for this light-hearted and fun summer blockbuster. Sure, Jungle Cruise is pretty limited. But it manages ...

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BAFTA award for South Holland poet Benjamin

The endless horizon of South Holland’s wide skies provides both inspiration and comfort to BAFTA-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah. The television awards were announced on Sunday evening and Benjamin was named as the winner of the Entertainment Programme category with his Life and Rhymes show. Screened by Sky Arts, the show beat heavyweight competition from Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ...

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Domenique’s family inspiration after landing role in hit new television series

A Spalding actor says her family including her beloved ‘Nonno’ provided inspiration as she was cast in a big budget American TV show that’s hitting British screens next Monday (May 17). Domenique Fragale is staring alongside the likes of Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly and Nick Frost in the HBO show The Nevers. It’s already attracted 1.4m viewers in America and ...

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Spalding band want Bloodstock billing

A Spalding band are looking to realise the dream of playing at one of the UK’s top heavy metal festivals. Buried By My Heartache are hoping to join the likes of Judas Priest, Skindred and Napalm Death at Bloodstock in August. To do so the five piece are looking to win the Metal to the Masses battle of the bands ...

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Act II shares its view on events of 2020

Spalding based Act II Theatre Company is bringing some welcome festive cheer with the news that their popular annual Revue won’t be falling victim to the COVID-19 cancellation curse. This screwy, satirical look at the year’s news, events, celebrity gossip and political mishaps has been a pre-Christmas fixture since 2013 and regular attendees will be relieved to know that, despite ...

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Review: The Mandalorian (Season 2, chapters 9 and 10)

One of my biggest gripes about the mostly satisfying first season of The Mandalorian was that it took its sweet time actually moving on the story. Don’t get me wrong, as a Star Wars fan I loved all of the world building and nods to the films, but I wanted reasons to be invested in these characters. After finishing well ...

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Horror nights of fun in Spalding

Visitors to the Spalding Sessions House will be in for a horrifyingly good time in the run-up to Halloween. The former courthouse has been transformed into a terrifying experience with ghosts, ghouls and a cast of actors guaranteed to test the bravery of visitors to the event – which is open for bookings. Owner Oliver Sneath has been creating a ...

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Steve’s New Horizons as first novel is published

A retired Crowland man is reaching new horizons himself by landing a publishing deal. Steve Borrett is releasing New Horizons – A Mayson Edmunson Adventure under the pseudonym SteVie May on September 30. The 62-year-old says he always harboured thoughts of writing a book but didn’t have the time until retiring from working in government services. The book takes on ...

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Film review: The New Mutants (15)

More than two years after it was originally scheduled to hit the big screen, The New Mutants (TNM) finally arrived last week. Hit by delays galore, it was feared by many that the X-Men spin-off directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) would be an absolute car crash. I’m here to tell you that it’s not as bad ...

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Film review: Tenet (12A)

Of the many creature comforts we’ve had to give up during the coronavirus pandemic, not visiting the cinema has to be among the biggest misses. In a time when we’ve desperately needed escapism, losing yourself in a new and different world would have been just the ticket for many. With that in mind, what better way to signal the return ...

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Stellar sequel is a contender for game of the generation

How do you follow up arguably the best video game on the previous generation of consoles? If you’re famed developer Naughty Dog the answer, it seems, is ato set about building a bona-fide contender for the top game of the current generation. The Last Of Us Part II, which is once again a PlayStation exclusive, is a remarkable feat in ...

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Band is hitting the right notes

A Spalding-based band hasn’t stopped the lockdown from performing together. The South Lincs Concert Band has still been getting together to create online videos. They’ve published their performances of both Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and The Beatles’ I Wanna Hold Your Hand online. The band formed nearly three years ago and was joined by a few guest musicians for the ...

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Cliffhanger episode perfectly sets up Mandalorian’s finale

It had to happen sooner or later, but The Mandalorian finally showed its hand and got back on-track with the main story in Chapter Seven. After a number of slowly paced side quests, The Reckoning put all of the pieces together and left us with a cliffhanger ahead of Friday’s season finale. Although the slower paced chapters were largely enjoyable, ...

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Nostalgic Star Wars vibes help ‘filler’ episode hit the right note

Chapter Five of The Mandalorian felt like something of a filler episode – but it certainly succeeded in bringing Star Wars nostalgia to the table. Following last week’s character-building offering, The Gunslinger didn’t really feel like it had advanced the story all that much, but the final scene suggested that this Friday’s chapter will. With that in mind, you can ...

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TV review: The Mandalorian (episode 4)

If the first three episodes of The Mandalorian demonstrated just how effective a bounty hunter the titular character is, Friday’s fourth chapter offered some much-needed character building. Up until now, Pedro Pascal’s so-far faceless hero hadn’t showcased much more than a ruthless streak – although his critical decision to (spoiler alert) rescue Baby Yoda set him off down a path ...

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TV review: The Mandalorian (episodes 1-3)

For many of you, The Mandalorian will be the reason you’ve either signed up for new streaming service Disney+ or are tempted by the idea. The Disney+ original series, created by Jon Favreau, is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order in the Star Wars timeline (that’s roughly between Return of The ...

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Film review: Lost Girls (15)

With the cinemas among the first places to be shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s natural that we’ll be turning to the many streaming sites for our film fix over the coming weeks. Lost Girls, based on the true story of the of the investigation surrounding the Long Island serial killer, is the latest offering to be snapped up ...

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