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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matt Adcock at the cinema - Kingsman: The Secret Service

Prepare to be blown away by Kingsman: The Secret Service, a total cinematic endorphin rush.

Review by Judi Moore

Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Shawn Phillips, “Faces” (Talking Elephant TECD 268)­ Legendary rock promoter once described Shawn Phillips as “the best kept secret in the music business,” and the inventive Texan singer-songwriter certainly didn’t go out of his way to court fame and fortune during his creative heyday in the early seventies. This 1972 album was one of Shawn’s more successful offerings, scraping into the lower reaches of the American album charts with its elaborately arranged fusion of rock,pop and classical forms underpinned by guest appearances from the likes of Steve Winwood and Crusaders’ pianist Joe Sample. “Anello (Where Are You)” and the beguiling bonus track “A Christmas Song” are particularly fine efforts.

Bubble Disco at this year's Luton Full House Feb Fest

That’s half term sorted then

If you’re worried about what to do with the kids at half term, don’t be – Full House Theatre and Luton Culture have got it sorted.

Gone Girl

Geoff Cox’s DVD reviews: Gone Girl, Dracula Untold, Draft Day

Crime thriller GONE GIRL (18: 20th Century Fox) doesn’t have many good things to say about the state of modern relationships, but it does provide an aborbing mystery.

American Sniper

Matt Adcock at the cinema: American Sniper review

American Sniper is a powerful autobiographical big screen account of Chris Kyle, who became a legend during his four Navy SEAL tours in Iraq where he was credited with over 160 kills, writes Matt Adcock.

Glenda Jaxson is appearing in You're Having a Laugh at Luton's UK Centre for Carnival Arts on Valentine's Day

Lenny Henry helps promote Luton comedy on Twitter

One of Britain’s best-loved comedians has helped promote a Valentine’s Day event at Luton’s UK Centre for Carnival Arts.

Andrew O'Neill history of heavy metal is coming to Luton's Hat Factory

The Hat Factory ramps up

Don’t look now but Luton’s Hat Factory is rapidly gaining a reputation in the capital for cutting edge productions

Bromance - coming to Luton's Hat Factory in May

Troupe is going through hoops to entertain you

Never let it be said that Luton is a cultural backwater.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: What We Did On Our Holiday, The Equalizer, A Walk Among The Tombstones

The kids are the real stars of comedy drama WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY (12: Lionsgate), which won’t come as a surprise if you’re a fan of the TV sitcom Outnumbered.

Meryl Streep in Into The Woods

Matt Adcock at the cinema: Into The Woods review

Once upon a time there was a poor Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) who wished for a child but find out that they have been cursed by a wicked Witch (Meryl Streep) and will never have children, writes Matt Adcock.

Snakecharmer

Jools and Duffy won’t forget Jon’s music

Jon Allen has a voice you don’t forget. Just ask Jools Holland, who demanded Jon appear on Later… after hearing him on the radio.

The stage version of The Full Monty is coming to Milton Keynes Jan 19 - 24

The Full Monty set to take the stage by storm

In 1997 a film about six jobless Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose took the world by storm and became one of the most successful British films ever made.

Love's Labour Lost is being broadcast direct from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Dunstable's Grove Theatre

See brilliant live broadcasts

Technology has revolutionised our lives in all sorts of ways, from fitness to finance, from how we date to how we communicate.

Love's Labour Lost is being broadcast direct from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Dunstable's Grove Theatre

Geoff Cox’s DVD reviews: The Giver, Think Like A Man Too, Obvious Child

Teen film fans have come to expect things to be more intense than in sci-fi adventure THE GIVER (12: Entertainment In Video).

BGT finalist Circus of Horrors is in Milton Keynes for onenight only on January 13

Circus that’s become a cult

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and is now a smash West End hit will be at Milton Keynes Theatre for one night only on January 13.

Nicole Kidman in Before I Go To Sleep

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Before I Go To Sleep, Lucy, Night Moves, Rob The Mob

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are at their very best in psychological thriller BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (15: Studio Canal).

Racing driver James Cole is also a passionate musician

The greatest guitar riffs of all time - live at The Stables

After a hugely successful tour last year, the Classic Rock Show is back to perform the Top 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time.

Birdman, starring Michael Keaton

Matt Adcock at the cinema: Birdman review

Back in the ’90s, the superhero of the hour was Birdman. Birdman was a massive box office smash, the franchise ran for three films and made Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) a major star.

Review by Judi Moore

Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Todd Rundgren,”At The BBC 1972­1982” (Esoteric ECLEC 42469)­ This wide­ranging anthology extends over three CDs and a DVD, drawing on all the radio and television recordings made by this multi­talented performer and his gifted cohorts which still remain in the BBC archives. These include Rundgren and Utopia’s classic Radio One “In Concert” shows from 1975 and 1977 and the solo Todd’s complete Whistle Test special from 1982, showcasing everything from the pure pop of “I Saw The Light” and “Hello It’s Me” to prog­rock epics such as “Singring and the Glass Guitar” in the process.

The award-wining musical Jersey Boys is coming to Milton Keynes  Theatre in February

Jersey Boys rock in to MK

That magical musical Jersey Boys – winner of a trio of top accolades – is rocking into Milton Keynes Theatre in February.

Reporter Bev Creagh in the Forbidden City

The land of cute pandas and pagodas

I’ve had a yen to go to China ever since I can remember.

Reporter Bev Creagh in the Forbidden City

Family festival takes you back to the 40s

The hugely popular Forties Family Festival will make a welcome return to Bletchley Park in 2015.

Wilko team members: Anne Giles, Alison Burman and Kelly Armstrong

Hand made crafts raise hundreds

Wilko team members recently raised £236 for Great Ormond Street hospital Children’s Charity.

Nils Lofgren

Legendary guitarist for MK

Legendary American songwriter, guitar virtuoso and talented pianist Nils Lofgren will visit the Stables in Milton Keynes next month on the first leg of his UK tour.

THREADS will be staged by Next Generation Youth THeatre at Luton Sixth Form College in January

David’s passionate about all aspects of youth theatre

Next Generation Youth Theatre co-founder David Lloyd is passionate about getting youngsters involved in all aspects of the creative process.

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