Film Review: Maleficent is Magnificent

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Angelina Jolie exemplary as the fairy badmother in Maleficent

Disney’s dark and highly anticipated fantasy adventure film, Maleficent, is on general release in UK this weekend and is set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. 

Maleficent tells the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain, the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty. Once a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent lived a happy and carefree life in the peaceable forest kingdom...

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Film Review: The Two Faces of January

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Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac delight in gripping tale of greed, murder and jealously

Patricia Highsmith’s tightly-woven thriller The Two Faces of January is on general release in UK cinemas this month, offering movie goers a refreshing break from the contemporary norm.

Deep, dark and dramatic, The Two Faces of January follows the story of Rydal (Oscar Isaac), an American rich kid who is foolishly sucked into a fast unfolding web of deceit, murder and jealously.

Set in Athens i...

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Cast of Broadchurch Series Two Announced

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David Tennant and Olivia Colman set to return for second series

After months of speculation, ITV has confirmed the returning cast for the new series of Broadchurch.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller for the second series of the popular TV drama.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan (who played Danny’s parents Beth and Mark Latimer) and Arthur Darvill (who played local vicar Paul Coates) are also set to return, with filming due to start in Dorset soon.

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Shakespeare on The Lawns

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Celebratory performances of Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors to mark 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

Spinningfields, Manchester is to host two open-air Shakespeare performances this July.

Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors will be performed by the GB Theatre Company at The Lawns between 18 and 20 July.

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s sister, Joyce Branagh is to star as Lady Macbeth in the celebratory performance to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth...

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Bank Holiday New Film Releases

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If you’re looking for some entertainment this Bank Holiday weekend, you’ll be pleased to hear that five new films are due for release in UK cinemas this coming Friday.

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The eagerly awaited sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past hits UK cinemas on 23 May.

Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine and is sent back to the past in a desperate effort to change history. Characters from the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men: First Class join forces in the ultimate battle to save the f...

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Philip Glenister Stars in BBC Drama – From There to Here

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New BBC One drama on the day that changed Manchester forever

Philip Glenister returns to our TV screens this week in From There To Here, a new three part mini-series on BBC One.

The Life On Mars and Mad Dogs actor plays Daniel Cotton, a family man caught up in the IRA bomb which destroyed Manchester City Centre in June 1996.

As Daniel lies recovering in a hospital bed, his life slowly starts falls apart when his lies collide and the truth about his double life emerges.

But Daniel isn’t the only...

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Reunite for What Have We Become

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott reunite for first time since The Beautiful South

14 years after Painting It Red, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott look set to return to the UK charts with the release of What Have We Become, a new studio album full of lyrical wit and humour.

The new album is the first time the pair has recorded together since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South, who charted several number one albums in the 1990s and early 2000s.

With her vocals on a string of hits in...

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Theatre Review: Dial M for Murder

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62 years after its premiere in London’s West End, Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder is continuing to thrill theatre audiences with an exciting new production directed by Lucy Bailey on tour in the UK.

Starring Christopher Timothy (All Creatures Great and Small) as Inspector Hubbard, Dial M for Murder is an intense, dark and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and murder.

The story centres on the unhappy marriage of Tony and Shelia Wendice...

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