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Murder on the Orient Express Film Review

By Geri Blackburn

In this new take on the British crime classic, Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as arguably Agatha Christie’s most popular creation, the famous yet peculiar Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The combination of this well-known story, as well as its all-star cast, such as Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, has allowed Murder on the Orient Express to become one of the most anticipated new releases of the year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

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Star Trek: Discovery, Season 1, Part 1 Review

By Luke Farnish

Star Trek, the optimistic space-western featuring Captain Kirk and co. aired more than fifty years ago and various iterations of the show have graced the silver screen ever since, with a hiatus in the 1970s and early 1980s. However, with the last episode of the adventure to the final frontier airing in 2005, an entire generation of fans have been devoid of new Trek. So, when in November 2015 CBS announced a new series, fans were understandably excited.

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Dodie Clark: Waterfront Gig Review

By Ellie Robson

Dorothy “Dodie” Clark, commonly known by her online username “doddleoddle,” took to the stage at Norwich venue ‘The Waterfront’ on October 29th for the penultimate show of her current tour. The tour celebrated the release of her highly anticipated second EP “You” on August 11th, which followed her 2016 debut EP, “Intertwined”. Prior to the release of her EPs, Dodie released her music on her YouTube channel, which recently hit 1,000,000 subscribers. She continues to post original content on the website, with professional recordings of 12 of these songs spread across her two EPs.

Unsurprisingly, due to her large online following, the tickets for the “You” tour sold out within minutes of their release this summer and this was reflected in the huge crowd gathered before the Waterfront doors had even opened. An astonishing sense of community built up among the waiting fans, with many people, including myself, meeting those they were attending the gig with for the first time that evening. Regardless even of the performance of the acts that evening, this managed to create a powerful and welcoming atmosphere before anyone even entered the venue, a wonderful thing for any artist to achieve.

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Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog Gig Review

By Ellie Robson

On 26th October, rising Danish comedian Sofie Hagen took the stage in a sold out show at Norwich Arts Centre. Although only a small venue, seating 120 audience members at full capacity, both Hagen and her support act, Jenny Bede, could easily have commanded and engaged a much larger venue. Continue reading Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog Gig Review

Creepy Animated Movies To Watch This Halloween

By Ellie Robson

For me, and many people, animated movies are a huge part of our annual Halloween experience. Although animated movies are often synonymous with children’s movies, there are plenty that have a darker, eerie tone which are perfect for all ages at Halloween. So, here are my top 4 animated movies with a creepier edge. Hopefully there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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West End Girls: ‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’ Review

By Tony Allen

In last week’s heat, all most of us wanted to do was relax outside with an ice cold bottle of lemon flavoured Hooch. Alas, the mercury spike didn’t halt the rampage of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour onto the West End, following successful runs in the USA, Australia, the National Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival.

The basic premise of the musical play, based on Alan Warner’s cult novel The Sopranos and adapted for the stage by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, is that we’re transported back to the ‘90s in Scotland, where six Catholic schoolgirls travel from their quiet port town of Oban to Edinburgh to represent their school in a choir competition. But they are determined to lose, in favour of an alcohol-soaked, wild day out and the chance to get back to the port in time for the last dances (and maybe more) at their one grotty nightclub, the Mantrap. (Think, the Waterfront with a proper tiled dancefloor, a bit more Hooch and the occasional group of spunky sailors).

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The Mountain Goats’ ‘Goths’ Builds on Under-Explored Elements of Their Musical and Personal Pasts.

By David Winlo

Search for ‘The Mountain Goats’ on the internet and you’ll find all the images and information you’d expect to find about the well-balanced, mountain-dwelling animals, but you’ll also discover a band, still surprisingly unknown after more than 20 years of music-making, who have just released their sixteenth studio album, entitled ‘Goths’.

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Books vs Films: Anne with an E

 

By Ewa Giera

Warning: This article contains spoilers

Every now and again, Netflix produces a series adapted from well-known classics. A Series of Unfortunate Events, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black. All of them are books which have recently been adapted for the small screen. This time, Netflix has released a new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s internationally acclaimed book, Anne of Green Gables. A lot of people who have grown up with the books – including myself – have had some doubts about the new release after Netflix confirmed that the upcoming version was to be ‘gritty’.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review: Does it Live Up to the First?

By Natalie Froome

The second instalment of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been long awaited, but it was worth it. In ‘Vol.2’ The band of unlikely heroes are back again, saving the galaxy from a threat that’s much closer to home.

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