Entertainment

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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Film review: Sully (12A)

It’s very rare that anything positive comes from a plane crash – something painfully highlighted by the recent tragedy in Colombia. However, Sully – the story of the miracle on the Hudson – is one of those rare occasions that a crash (or water landing, as the pilots would insist) managed to create a wave of pride in a post ...

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Film review: Allied (15)

It actually seems like a while since I’ve watched a film set during World War II. One of time’s most harrowing periods has a habit of serving up incredible cinematic moments – and I had high hopes for Allied when the initial trailer dropped. Directed by the legendary Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future) and starring Holywood A-listers Brad Pitt ...

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Film review: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 3D (12A)

For many cinema-goers, returning to JK Rowling’s wizarding world is probably the highlight of the 2016 calendar. With that kind of hype behind Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it felt to me like finding critical acclaim was an almost impossible task for four-time Harry Potter director David Yates and the cast. As somebody that didn’t read the books, ...

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Film review: Doctor Strange (12A)

Those of you that have read my film reviews over the past few years will know that I’m a sucker for a superhero movie. I’m also particularly fond of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the now 14 films that co-exist in the same timeline. Doctor Strange is the first of these films to be a little off my radar, ...

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From Hollywood and the West End to Spalding

Comedy fans have two chances to catch a fabulous gig by Iranian comedy legend Omid Djalili at the South Holland Centre next month.  The award-winning actor and stand-up superstar’s experience ranges from Hollywood to the West End stage plus a vast array of television, most recently appearing in Sky 1’s successful drama Lucky Man with James Nesbitt. His ‘Schmuck for ...

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Film review: Arrival (12A)

It occurred to me while watching Arrival that most films involving supposed “aliens” depict them as hostile – and by default I was expecting just a more serious version of Independence Day. To be honest, I couldn’t have been any further off. Don’t get me wrong, I love this genres go-to plot, but Arrival certainly brings something very different to ...

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Film review: Jack Reacher Never Go Back (12A)

It didn’t receive the greatest critical acclaim, but I thought the 2012 Jack Reacher original was a pretty solid action offering. There was absolutely nothing that we hadn’t seen Jack Bauer, Jason Bourne or James Bond (what is it with action heroes with names beginning with J) do before, but Tom Cruise managed to make the character one that I ...

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Film review: The Girl On The Train (15)

As somebody that doesn’t read a lot of books, the big screen adaptation of Paula Hawkins hit novel The Girl On The Train only really appeared on my radar a few weeks ago. The trailer grabbed me as this year’s answer to Gone Girl, a thriller with a killer twist that I really enjoyed back in 2015. The Girl On ...

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Musical adventure for all the family

A unique theatrical chamber music performance is being held at the South Holland Centre on Saturday night.   Mishmash productions are staging Hubbub – A Musical Adventure for families with children aged five years and over.   It tells the story of five friends on a journey through a muttering meadow, over a rickety bridge, under the sea and into ...

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Award winners hope to be a cut above the rest

A multi award-winning roadshow will be visiting the South Holland Centre this month. The Demon Barbers XL will be bringing their Disco At The Tavern tour to the Market Place venue on Friday, October 14. They arrive in Spalding on the back of high-profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and five-star reviews for their two-week run at Edinburgh Fringe. The part-gig, ...

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Film review: Deepwater Horizon (12A)

I always look forward to films based on true events, especially when they are stories that genuinely need to be told. Last year it was Everest that opened my eyes to a harrowing story which I was largely uneducated upon. I found myself reading articles and trawling the internet for more subject matter for days after watching that one – ...

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Film review: The Magnificent Seven (12A)

I’m not really a huge fan of Western movies, which are something of a dying breed these days. With that in mind, I’ve never seen the 1960s version of The Magnificent Seven – but, of course, I’m aware of it. For me, that was a bonus as I was able to look at Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) remake with fresh ...

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American trio The Stray Birds come to Spalding

Hailing from south-eastern Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds have crafted an original sound that draws upon the richness of American country/folk music traditions – with tight acoustic arrangements, stunning three part harmonies and heart-wrenching songs. This American trio have quickly become one of the hottest bands on the US roots music circuit, with their latest album “Magic Fire”, produced by the ...

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Naturalist talks about his book

Renowned naturalist and TV presenter Simon King visits Bookmark on Wednesday to talk about his book NatureWatch.   Simon is one of the world’s leading experts in fieldcraft, wildlife watching and photography techniques. He has worked as a natural history filmmaker for almost 30 years on TV programmes such as Planet Earth, Life and Blue Planet.   In NatureWatch, Simon ...

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Film review: Sausage Party (15)

It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to reviewing Sausage Party, which is perhaps the most bizarre film I’ve seen this (or any) year. Written and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party is a raunchy animated comedy set largely in a supermarket – with the various items inside starring as the main characters. Set ...

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Comedian Hal takes to stage

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden South Holland Centre Friday, 8pm Tickets £18 Box Office 01775 764777 www.southhollandcentre.co.uk Top comedian and Edinburgh Festival veteran Hal Cruttenden makes his hotly anticipated debut on the Spalding stage with his Straight Outta Cruttenden tour. Star of his own Radio 4 sitcom, Hal has also been seen on TV in comedy shows including Have I ...

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