Entertainment

Film review: Pacific Rim – Uprising (12A)

What’s not to like about gigantic robots fighting equally massive monsters on the big screen? That’s the question the Pacific Rim franchise asks – and, if I’m honest, I’m in complete agreement with them. The 2013 original may not have boasted an impressive story, but the action served up was breath-taking. That won Guillermo del Toro’s all-action offering a solid ...

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South Holland Centre’s Easter fun schedule

Easter holidays are here and the South Holland Centre has a packed schedule of entertainment across the whole two weeks. Entertainment on offer includes films and a show. First up is Early Man, starting today (March 28) and running until April 5. Early Man is the latest film from Bristol-based studio Aardman Animations, best known for their lovable creations, Wallace ...

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Film review: Game Night (15)

Let’s be honest, we all like games – especially if you’re the competitive sort. Getting together with your friends and challenging them to some sort of competition is a notion that will resonate with almost everyone. And, at its core, that’s what Game Night is all about. The story follows Annie (Rachel McAdams) and Max (Jason Bateman), who star as ...

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Film review: Red Sparrow (15)

Red Sparrow might just be the most brutal film I’ve seen in some time. For some of you, watching one of Hollywood’s top female talents – the excellent Jennifer Lawrence – go through a number of dehumanizing ordeals will be enough to turn you off this spy-thriller. But, if you can see past the extreme violence and abuse that goes ...

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Charity offers Ritz style Mother’s Day afternoon tea

The Pennygate Foundation is promising a taste of The Ritz this Mother’s Day (Sunday, March 11). Every year since its inception the Spalding community drop-in centre has held a special event to celebrate local mothers. This year is no exception as its doors open from 2pm to 4pm for a fantastic afternoon tea experience from just £5 per person. Brenda ...

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Film review: The Shape of Water (15)

With a hefty 13 Oscar nominations to its name, I was certainly intrigued by The Shape of Water ahead of seeing it at Boston’s West End Cinema. Sure, films nominated for Best Picture aren’t always the most popular with the average cinema-goer, but they’ve usually got something that little bit special or different about them. In the case of Guillermo ...

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Film review: Marvel’s Black Panther (12A)

After his impressive Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut in Captain America: Civil War, I was never that worried about how good Black Panther’s first solo outing would be. Chadwick Boseman’s charismatic turn as King T’Challa of Wakanda (a fictional African nation) and his awesome Black Panther suit were met with near-universal approval, but we only got a glimpse of his ...

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Get your tickets for the charity Lipstick and Champagne Ladies Ball in Spalding

Tickets and details have been released for this year’s St Barnabas Hospice Lipstick and Champagne Ladies Ball in Spalding. Booking ahead for Saturday, May 19, the charity ball will take place at Springfields Events Centre. Function band Starstruck Live will perform hits spanning from the 60s to today, and a there’ll be a disco. Vikki Allen, Community Fundraiser for St ...

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Film review: Maze Runner – The Death Cure 3D (12A)

I’ve always felt that The Maze Runner films have stood out in the very crowded young adult (YA) fantasy genre. If you consider The Hunger Games to be the gold standard and the Twilight films to be at the other end of the scale, I’d argue that the Maze Runner trilogy have a good shout at being towards the top ...

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Spalding based Youth theatre group Act II open day

All young people can benefit from acting, says the leader of Spalding show group Act II. On Saturday, January 27, Act II Theatre Company will welcome youngsters and their families or carers to the Clay Lake studio for a chance to see what goes on at the company that puts on scores of performances a year. “Act II is not ...

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Join poet Callum ahead of Spalding music festival

A music festival dedicated to those with a disability or learning difficulties is being held in Spalding this year – and organisers want to hear from those who wish to get involved. The Going Forward Music Festival is set to take place later this year on Saturday, July 28 at The Priory School. Spalding-based poet Callum Brazzo is one of ...

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Film review: Darkest Hour (PG)

Often dubbed the best of British, there have been plenty of films about Winston Churchill over the years. But it’s perhaps fair to say that none of them have ever measured up to a man considered (by many) to Britain’s strongest-ever Prime Minister. Darkest Hour, headlined by a tour-de-force performance from the always excellent Gary Oldman, does its very best ...

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Jive classes for beginners in Pinchbeck

Anyone looking to get active in the New Year can try their feet at jive dancing as a new beginners’ class opens in Pinchbeck. Run by Boston Jive, aka Claire and Neil Seabrook, the classes teach jive and swing dance, to the backbeat of good old-fashioned rock and roll. Claire, who teaches across the county said: “Thursday nights are now ...

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Young creatives in South Holland get chance to shine with mini-festival

Youngsters who want to get into the arts have the chance to plan, organise, perform at or run a mini-festival at the South Holland Centre. South Holland Centre’s Youth Takeover Team and Lincolnshire One Venues network host the Emerge project that aims to give young people a start in the arts. The scheme will also offer an arts award. “There ...

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Film review: Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (12A)

It’s perhaps an understatement to say that the return of Star Wars two years ago was a massive success. The Force Awakens borrowed all of the best bits of George Lucas’ legendary original trilogy and allowed a fresh generation to fall in love with the biggest science fiction franchise of them all. It bridged the gap between generations and found ...

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Your friendly neighbourhood spider-men: Spalding band I Got Spiders

Ahead of their gig on Friday night (December 15), we pinned down Spalding punk-rock band I Got Spiders who explained their new genre of music – grapple punk. We find I Got Spiders rehearsing in their Spalding lair in preparation for the gig at The Black Swan with Peterborough Polish punk group The Moonshiners and Peterborough alt-rockers The Deadites. Local ...

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Film review: Daddy’s Home 2

After the success of the original, you’d think that adding Mel Gibson and John Lithgow to the Daddy’s Home ‘world’ would elevate the sequel to new heights. If, like me, you missed the popular 2015 comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, here’s a brief catch up for you. Sensitive stepdad Brad (Ferrell) and macho dad Dusty (Wahlberg) clashed and ...

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Film review: Justice League 3D (12A)

I must admit, the lack of hype ahead of DC’s Justice League really surprised me. Although Batman v Superman (BvS) and Suicide Squad flattered to deceive with critics (I remain one of the few that enjoyed BvS), the success of the excellent Wonder Woman felt like it breathed fresh life into the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). However, the buzz that ...

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Film review: Murder on the Orient Express (12A)

It’s pretty rare that almost every character in a film is played by a major actor or actress – but that’s very much the case in the hotly-anticipated remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Directed by Kenneth Branagh – who also plays legendary detective Hercule Poirot – the latest version of the 1934 Agatha Christie book is certainly an ...

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Film review: Thor – Ragnarok (12A)

If you had to rank the many films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU), it’s a fair bet that plenty would place the two Thor films towards the bottom end of their list. For whatever reason – and despite having some of the best MCU characters (take a bow Loki) – the Thor movies haven’t really captured the imagination in the ...

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