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Twice the fun

Twice the fun

Twice the fun

14 February 2013

The Corn Exchange has announced two new big comedy names for the summer season. The nation’s favourite impressionist, Alistair McGowan, and hot newcomer…


The hunt for bin Laden

The hunt for bin Laden

The hunt for bin Laden

14 February 2013

Zero Dark Thirty (15)Running time 157 minutes Rating:****As well as being one of the few women film directors in Hollywood, Kathryn Bigelow is also one…


Colourful character: dull movie

Colourful character: dull movie

Colourful character: dull movie

07 February 2013

Film review: Lincoln (12a)Running time 160 minutes Rating:***If you asked an American to name one British Prime Minister who wasn’t either Blair or a…


Tarantino: genius or... what?

Tarantino: genius or... what?

Tarantino: genius or... what?

31 January 2013

Django Unchained (18)Running time 165 minutesRating: ***Whatever else you might think or say about director Quentin Tarantino and his films, you cannot…


Kelly Joe Phelps tour off

Kelly Joe Phelps tour off

Kelly Joe Phelps tour off

24 January 2013

Kelly Joe Phelps a leading light of real Americana music for almost 30 years, who was due to play Arlington Arts, Snelsmore, on Saturday, February 2,…


Sculptors come in from the cold

Sculptors come in from the cold

Sculptors come in from the cold

24 January 2013

SEVENTY people were due to attend Sunday’s Sculpture Network New Year’s Brunch at the Greenham Arts Centre, but the bad weather conditions reduced the…


Until the fat lady sings

Until the fat lady sings

Until the fat lady sings

23 January 2013

Film review: Quartet (12a)Running time 98 minutesRating: ***The BBC has an amazing ability whenever it wants to make a feature film – which happens every…


Cruise needs a new challenge

Cruise needs a new challenge

Cruise needs a new challenge

17 January 2013

Film review: Jack Reacher (12a)Running time 130 minutesRating: ***Tom Cruise, in the majority of his films, has two facial expressions which get him through…


Goodbye but no final farewell

Goodbye but no final farewell

Goodbye but no final farewell

12 January 2013

The Watermill has seen many actors over the years but there is one who has, without doubt, graced the stage more than any other. Miss Helen Watson, who…


Eight-year-old wins place in national orchestra

Eight-year-old wins place in national orchestra

Eight-year-old wins place in national orchestra

11 January 2013

EMILY Ambrose from Newbury is to play bassoon with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.Eight-year-old Emily, who has played the instrument…


Not for the fainthearted

Not for the fainthearted

Not for the fainthearted

10 January 2013

Film review: The Impossible (12A)Running time 114 minutes Rating:***FEW of us really care to contemplate how much chance plays in our lives because the…


Eminem for Reading

Eminem for Reading

Eminem for Reading

05 January 2013

ICONIC rapper Eminem has been announced as the first headline act for next year’s Reading festival.The most successful rapper in history, Eminem is the…


The King at the Corn Exchange

The King at the Corn Exchange

The King at the Corn Exchange

04 January 2013

On Wednesday, January 16 (7.45pm), you can experience the essence and spirit of what it must have been like to see the young ‘King’ perform, in Taking…


A gem of a film from Ang Lee

A gem of a film from Ang Lee

A gem of a film from Ang Lee

03 January 2013

Film review: Life of Pi (PG)Running time 120 minutes Rating:****Having been terrorised as a child by a ferocious ginger tom cat that lived in our airing…


Family film with lots to laugh at

Family film with lots to laugh at

Family film with lots to laugh at

27 December 2012

David Tennant stars in Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger. Rating: ***PARTICIPATION in Christmas films can be a risky business for actors – some will turn…


The journey begins

The journey begins

The journey begins

20 December 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12a)Running time 169 minutes Rating:****If cost ($250 million), cast and crew (hundreds) and the amount of facial hair…


Feelgood fantasy in 3D

Feelgood fantasy in 3D

Feelgood fantasy in 3D

13 December 2012

Rise of the Guardians (PG)Running time 97 minutes Rating:***If you can spare a moment between the Christmas food, the presents, the relatives visiting…


Art @ The Newbury

Art @ The Newbury

Art @ The Newbury

12 December 2012

Currently showing their work at The Newbury gastropub in Bartholomew Street are local artists Jo Derczynska, Valentina Tikhonova, Sharon Perris, Betony…


Having a ball

Having a ball

Having a ball

11 December 2012

The Corn Exchange and Hiss and Boo have a resounding success on their hands with this year’s fun-filled family pantomime Cinderella written and directed…


Cerys by candlelight sold out

Cerys by candlelight sold out

Cerys by candlelight sold out

07 December 2012

Nineties pop icon and Noughties champion of roots music Cerys Matthews plays to a full house at Arlington Arts tomorrow night (Saturday) in Cerys by Candlelight.…


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