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Film review: The Good Liar (15)

It seems incredible that Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan, given their standing in the industry, had never starred in a film together. That’s the hook provided by The Good Liar, with throws the pair together in a sometimes brutal revenge thriller that boasts an intriguing story. In what is (of course) a very British-feeling film, the pair come together after ...

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Film review: Doctor Sleep (15)

As somebody who wasn’t overly enamoured with The Shining (against popular opinion), I had quite low expectations for Doctor Sleep. However, I’m pleased to admit that my preconceived ideas were way wide of the mark as Doctor Sleep – which serves as a sequel to the cult Stanley Kubrick horror (or the Stephen King novel, whichever you prefer) – is ...

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Film review: Terminator – Dark Fate (15)

While all three Terminator movies since 1991’s Judgement Day have been solid action offerings, none of them ever really managed to recapture the magic of a film that played a huge role in the future of cinema. James Cameron’s use of computer-generated imagery in the 90s classic paved the way for much of what we see in the sci-fi and ...

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Film review: El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie (15)

When it comes to naming the best TV series ever made, I’d suggest that Breaking Bad should always be in the discussion. The Netflix show ended with some of the greatest episodes I’ve ever seen and managed to find that sweet spot of being satisfying while not outstaying its welcome. But, while the fate of main character Walter White (Bryan ...

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Retired and ready to rock

A rock band of retirees want to find a singer so they can get gigging. The group comprises ex-MD Mark Craig (drums), ex-food industry consultant John Armstrong (bass), ex-GP Peter Holmes (keys and guitar) and ex-hairdresser Phil Cox (lead). All that’s missing is a singer to get them out there, playing gigs and charity events. Mark said: “We rehearse in ...

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Film review: Gemini Man (12A)

Every now and then, a film comes along that is able to impressively showcase a new kind of technology. I remember being wowed by The Matrix’s use of Bullet Time and Avatar showing the rest how 3D should be done after their releases. Gemini Man may not be as good as those two classics, but it does a fine job ...

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Film review: Joker (15)

If you’re thinking ‘not another comic book film’ and are put off by the idea of Joker, be prepared to be surprised. As a veteran of pretty much every comic book film made over the past decade, I can tell you that this Todd Phillips-directed DC Comics offering is unlike anything else in the popular genre. Set in the early ...

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Film review: Ad Astra (12A)

I’ll lay my cards on the table from the off – I’m a sucker for space and science fiction films. Maybe it’s my love of Star Wars as a child, but I’ve always enjoyed entertainment that presents that idea that the human race isn’t alone in the universe. The beautifully shot Ad Astra explores that very notion, while also showing ...

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Film review: IT Chapter 2 (15)

For my money, 2017’s IT remake was the best horror movie to hit the cinema in recent times. While not being perfect or overly terrifying, it captured a Stranger Things vibe and served up a surprisingly great young cast – while also doing a good job of the iconic Pennywise character. One of the biggest surprises (if you’d not read ...

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Film review: Angel Has Fallen (15)

If you’re a fan of B-list action films, you’re probably aware of the trials and tribulations of secret service agent Mike Banning. Having survived the White House attack in Olympus Has Fallen and something similar in London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler’s grizzled Banning is back doing what he does best in Angel Has Fallen – being a one-man army. This ...

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Cheers as Holbeach Music and Beer Festival hits the right note

There was plenty to raise a glass to as the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival  returned for another year. A host of top acts and a fantastic array of beers and ciders were on hand to be enjoyed at the King’s Field from Friday to Sunday. Tribute acts including Vicky Jackson as Pink and The Jam’d proved hits alongside local ...

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Film review: Fast & Furious presents Hobbs & Shaw (12A)

By now, you’re all probably aware of The Fast and Furious franchise. It all started way back in 2001 with a film about fast cars, friendship and family. Fast forward 18 years and the ninth film, the Hobbs and Shaw spin-off, sees the series reach the point where absolutely anything goes. With the emphasis on street racing and fast cars ...

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Film review: Spider-Man Far From Home (12A)

Spider-Man’s latest outing always looked like falling in a tricky spot in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Tasked with following the game-changing Avengers: End Game while also ushering in the MCU’s next phase, Far From Home almost had an unenviable task. But Spider-Man, once again expertly portrayed by Tom Holland, rarely disappoints and this time serves as something of a palate ...

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Film review: Toy Story 4 (U)

I’ll be honest from the off, I’m not a fan of the Toy Story films – which perhaps puts me in the minority when it comes to cinema-goers. Even as a 12-year-old the original just wasn’t for me, while the sequel is one of a small selection of films that I couldn’t be bothered to carry on watching after feeling ...

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Film review: Men In Black International (12A)

Of all the film franchises that I enjoyed growing up, I didn’t expect Men In Black to be handed a reboot. The 1997 original was great fun at the time and, while the two sequels never quite reached those heights, it’s a film most look back fondly on. Men In Black International does its best to re-tread the famous footsteps ...

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Film review: X-Men Dark Phoenix 3D (12A)

To say the X-Men timeline had become a little confusing is putting things mildly. That being said, Fox had assembled a mighty cast of characters for their ‘First Class’ and I’ve mostly enjoyed what has been served up over the past decade (Apocalypse aside). With Dark Phoenix acting as their last stand (pun intended) before Marvel Studios get their hands ...

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Film review: Godzilla – King Of The Monsters (12A)

When you think of the best monster movies over the years, they usually take a ‘less is more’ approach when it comes to showing off the main event. Consider how little you actually see the shark in Jaws or the T-Rex in Jurassic Park and you realise that their main purpose is to be a menacing undercurrent more than the ...

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Film review: Rocketman (15)

After the remarkable success of last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody, it was inevitable that plenty more films focusing on the lives of much-loved musicians would follow. Step forward Rocketman, another biopic about a British rock legend from director Dexter Fletcher – only this time following the trials and tribulations of Elton John. It’s fair to say that Bohemian Rhapsody played it ...

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Saddle up with White Horse Writers Open Mic night

Spalding’s White Horse Writers group is hosting its second open mic night on Thursday, May 30. Serge’s Tapas on Francis Street is again hosting the eclectic mixture of poetry, prose and music, all by local performers. It follows on from the success of the first such event at the end of March. The event starts at 7.30pm and all new ...

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Film review: John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (15)

John Wick is a name that breathes fear into those living in the deliciously sadistic assassin world created by this breathless series of action films. But for me, the name John Wick means I know exactly what I’m going to get at the cinema – non-stop action, visceral fight scenes and brilliantly over-the-top interplay from a great cast. I’ll not ...

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