Entertainment

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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Festival promises fun for the family

Spalding Festival is set to be even bigger and better as it returns for 2019 this weekend. This year’s Spalding Round Table event is both an indoor and outdoor spectacle promising even more fun for all the family than before at the Castle Sports Complex. Not only is there set to be the usual fantastic array of beer and cider ...

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Film review: Detective Pikachu 3D (PG)

As somebody with little or no interest in Pokémon (I may have downloaded Pokémon Go the other year, but keep that to yourself) I wasn’t sure what to expect from Detective Pikachu. Even as somebody who has something of a video game addiction, Pokémon has just never really appealed to me. I am, however, aware that it’s a very big ...

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Dancers win big in London

Talented young dancers representing a South Holland dance studio cleared up in a big dance competition. Polka Dot Dance Academy, which holds classes in Spalding, Long Sutton and Holbeach, took 18 dancers to London to compete in Starz UK London at The Albany Theatre. Every student went home with an award, including first prizes. The street dance crew FUSION placed ...

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Film review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (15)

It’s fair to say that the film and television industry has become a little bit obsessed with serial killers over the past few decades. Usually, the murderous monster is the target for our heroes (see Luther, Criminal Minds, etc) but Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile takes a surprisingly different path. Based on the heinous crimes of notorious American serial ...

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Film review (SPOILER FREE): Avengers – Endgame 3D (12A)

Never before has one film acted as a finale for the 21 others that preceded it, but it’s unlikely that there’s ever been a bigger production than Avengers: Endgame. If, like me, you’ve enjoyed the incredible work done by Marvel Studios over the past decade – bringing the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor to life in the ...

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Film review: Shazam! (12A)

In the very crowded super-hero genre, it’s difficult to stand out from the rest. As somebody that enjoys all things Marvel and DC, Shazam! always looked like taking a different route to the many that came beforehand. With a youthful cast and a hero who isn’t quite as mainstream (or serious) as the likes of DC stalwarts Batman, Superman, Wonder ...

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Film review: Captain Marvel 3D (12A)

As a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s always a thrill to see a major new player thrown into the mix. And the players don’t come much bigger than Captain Marvel, who is (finally) the first female super-hero to get her own MCU film at the 21st time of asking. Comic enthusiasts will have been looking forward to ...

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Film review: Fighting With My Family (12A)

As rags-to-riches stories go, the tale of WWE superstar Paige is one of the more intriguing ones I’ve seen. I have plenty of knowledge of the wrestling industry and was aware that British wrestler Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, originated from the Norwich wrestling scene. But seeing her story on the big screen was a genuine delight – and one ...

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Film review: Cold Pursuit (15)

His recent behaviour aside, Liam Neeson has always been a safe pair of hands when it comes to delivering a certain kind of performance. Ever since 2008’s Taken, Neeson has been the go-to man when it comes to being the ‘vengeful older guy’ – so much so that I can’t remember the last time he didn’t play that kind of ...

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Film review: Alita – Battle Angel (12A)

As a fan of the science-fiction genre, the all-star team-up between Robert Rodriguez (director) and James Cameron (writer) for Alita: Battle Angel isn’t far off as good as it gets (hype-wise). With those two working on the iconic manga story of Alita, this is a film that many have been looking forward to for some time. There’s an abundance of ...

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Film review: Green Book (12A)

Green Book is one of those films that makes you shudder at the state of the supposedly civilised world in the not so distant past. Set in 1960s America, it’s the true story of Tony Vallelonga (Lip to his friends) and celebrated pianist Dr Don Shirley and how two people from very different backgrounds bonded during the latter’s multi-city tour ...

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Film review: Vice (15)

Much hype surrounded the release of Vice, given that it has scored a huge eight Oscar nominations. Adam McKay’s (The Big Short) new film tells the story of former American Vice President Dick Cheney, who is regarded as one of the most influential political figures in recent times. Not as notorious to those of us with limited interest in American ...

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Film review: Glass (15)

Ever since that tease at the end of Split, it’s fair to say that Glass is a film there was a sizeable clamour for. Seeing Bruce Willis’ David Dunn make an appearance at the end of the well-received 2016 hit was a pleasant surprise, some 19 years after the success of Unbreakable. Dubbed the The Eastrail 177 Trilogy, Glass is ...

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Film review: Bumblebee (PG)

Although mostly Box Office hits, the Transformers films have been on a steady downward spiral since the largely enjoyable live action original back in 2007. Often unpopular with the critics for being bloated, CGI action heavy and, well, directed by Michael Bay, it’s fair to say that all five films have had their moments. I personally enjoyed the first two, ...

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Film review: Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Visually stunning, hilarious, heart-warming and end-to-end thrilling, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the radioactive shot in the arm our formulaic superhero movies have needed. An incarnation of Spider-Man is currently hanging around in the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series, which continues to trundle on like a superhero-packed soap opera that long left behind the casual viewer who might not ...

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Film review: Aquaman 3D (12A)

If you could pinpoint any reason why Marvel have upstaged DC over the past decade, it would be that they’ve found the perfect mix between action and humour. Sure, there’s a place for darkness and grit in the crowded comic book world (see Captain America: Winter Soldier), but finding that sweet spot has proved elusive for the DC Extended Universe ...

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Film review: Mortal Engines (12A)

If you’ve ever wondered what the child would look like if Star Wars and Mad Max got together and had a baby, the answer is probably Mortal Engines. That’s quite a big statement to make straight out of the gate – maybe because it never reaches the uber high standards of either series – but bear with me. Mortal Engines, ...

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Film review: Robin Hood 2018 (12A)

I must admit to being very surprised when I first saw the trailer for the latest Robin Hood film. Looking more like the Green Arrow than Nottingham’s favourite son, my first impression of Otto Bathurst’s new rendition was more Assassin’s Creed than Prince of Thieves. That being said, with Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Jamie Dornan all attached ...

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