Entertainment

Film review: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindlewald (12A)

If the original Fantastic Beasts offering laid the foundations for the newest corner of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, The Crimes of Grindlewald certainly fleshes out the wider story. Picking up shortly after the conclusion of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the second slice of the five-part series introduces a number of key characters and sets the tone ...

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Film review: Widows (15)

Every now and then a film sneaks up and you. Granted, Widows is helmed by Oscar-winning British director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and boasts an incredible ensemble cast. But the heist thriller arrived in cinemas with very little fanfare, nicely highlighted by the fact it was the first film I’ve seen in Boston Savoy’s smaller fifth screen for ...

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Film review: Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

I’ll be honest from the off; I’ve never really been that enamoured with Queen and their music. That being said, the tragic story of lead singer Freddie Mercury was something that I was keen to learn more about – ensuring that Bohemian Rhapsody was a film very much on my radar. A dazzling performance from Rami Malek aside, this biopic ...

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Film review: Halloween (18)

It’s fair to say that fans of the original Halloween movie have been waiting 40 years for a genuine sequel. The string of follow-ups to John Carpenter’s original – including the largely rubbish Halloween H20 back in 1998 – never got close to the lofty heights of the 1978 classic. However, this David Gordon Green-directed offering serves as a direct ...

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Film review: First Man (12A)

Landing on the Moon is perhaps the most impressive achievement the human race has managed in all of history. To think that two men were able to walk on the moon is beyond the comprehension of most people – and the fact mankind hasn’t been back for nearly 50 years suggests that it’s a mighty tough task. You’d think, then, ...

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Film review: Venom 3D (15)

As far as the hype train is concerned, Venom seemed to come full-circle in a very short period of time. When the trailer dropped, it came with seemingly universal approval from the notoriously hard-to-please comic fan crowd (myself included). Sure, Sony wasn’t able to incorporate Spider-Man into Venom’s origin story, but having Tom Hardy as the title character went some ...

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Film review: King Of Thieves (15)

Upon first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that King Of Thieves is essentially an Ocean’s 11 spin-off featuring a team of pensioners. The latest film to tell the tale of the 2015 Hatton Garden heist, which saw an eye-watering £14million worth of loot pinched by a gang of golden oldies, certainly does do a good job of capturing ...

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Film review: The Predator 3D (15)

Like many, I’m sure, I was a fan of the first two Predator films back in the late 1980s. I mean, what wasn’t to like about action heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover going toe-to-toe with blood-thirsty aliens? However, after the dreadful Alien versus Predator spin-off, I’d left the series behind (and wasn’t even aware that three films have been ...

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Pinchbeck goes live this weekend

Pinchbeck Live returns this weekend with attractions across the village. Saturday will see a host of attractions at the Community Hub and Library between 10am and 4pm including a talk by the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, a pinball competition, historic displays, live music from Peppermint Junction and a demonstration by Spalding Amateur Radio Society. Sunday sees St Mary’s Church Harvest Festival ...

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Film review: Final Score (15)

There’s something of an art to making a film be both pretty rubbish and very entertaining at the same time. Growing up, I remember loving the now cult classic Starship Troopers, despite recognising that it had a lot of obvious flaws. While I can’t say that I felt the same warmth to the quite frankly ridiculous Final Score, it does ...

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Film review: BlacKkKlansman (15)

A black undercover police detective infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. As far as movie plots go, that’s a compelling pitch. What’s more, it’s a true story. With BlacKkKlansman, veteran American director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) brings the historic story to the screen and holds up a mirror to modern society. In late-1970s America, Ron Stallworth (John ...

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Book reveals awesome animal jobs

A Spalding first-time author has released a book packed with animal facts, detailing jobs they have around the world. Phil Clay began his working life on a farm and has maintained a lifelong interest in animals and wildlife. He then channelled his interest into finding weird and wonderful facts about working animals into his book What Have Animals Ever Done ...

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Sunday song at Spalding choir open day ahead of next year’s big gigs

Spalding Parish Church Choir holds its annual Open Evening at 6.30pm on Sunday (September 9). During the free concert, the choir will perform well-known music, and the evening will conclude with refreshments and a raffle for choir funds. This year, the group of 20 boys and 18 men sang Evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and next year, the choir ...

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Dishonoured in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong man who visited South Holland last month has taken a copy of home-grown action movie Dishonoured back to Asia with him as a memento. The film, written by and starring Holbeach Film Company’s Stephan Genovese, was influenced by 80s and 90s action cinema, a genre that was forged in Hong Kong by directors such as John Woo ...

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Film review: The Darkest Minds (12A)

The Young Adult (YA) genre has often been a guilty pleasure of mine over the years. The Harry Potter films, the Hunger Games series and the Maze Runner offerings were all very enjoyable, while I was even partial to the first two Divergent movies (until it got really, really bad). Next in line to present a dystopian future where children ...

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So, you think you know South Holland well?

Put your local knowledge to the test and fill in the gaps with the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (SGS) quiz. The 100-question quiz is themed Spalding and South Holland and is a good excuse to get out and about. SGS member Dave Jacobs said: “If you think you know your local history or, if not, would like to get to know ...

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Relax and refresh this September in Spalding

A new series of meditation and mindfulness courses starts in Spalding in September. The antithesis of modern living, meditation and mindfulness brings space and peace to our lives. Next month, there are two options for those looking to explore their inner peace. A spokesman said: “All living beings have a shared wish – to be happy and free from problems. ...

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Film review: The Meg (12A)

I’d wager that, if you’ve seen any of the promotional material for The Meg, you’d think that it’s more Sharknado than Jaws. I mean, pitting a massive prehistoric shark called a Megladon (The Meg for short) against a group of humans headlined by action maestro Jason Statham does have a bit of a ‘straight to DVD’ feel about it. But, ...

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Flypasts set for 1940s weekend in Spalding

History comes to life again in Spalding this weekend at the Ayscoughfee 1940s Weekend. Set for the two-day event is a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast on both days, weather permitting. On Saturday and Sunday (August 11 & 12), Ayscoughfee will be full of memorabilia displays, stalls, vintage vehicles and entertainment, including dancing and singers. At 2.30pm on Sunday ...

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Film review: Ant-Man and The Wasp 3D (12A)

One of Infinity War’s lingering questions (other than the wider reaching ramifications of Thanos’ actions) concerned the whereabouts of Ant-Man/Scott Lang. Locked up in a cell after his part in Captain America: Civil War, Scott was only briefly referenced in Marvel’s game-changing Avengers offering a few months ago. Well, if you’re hoping that Ant-Man and The Wasp will answer all ...

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