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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 | FILM PREVIEW

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: James Gunn (12A, 120 mins) Star Lord and the gang are back in another expansion of the burgeoning Marvel franchise. Following the success of the sci-fi blockbuster two years ago, director James Gunn is back at the helm of the irreverent group of heroes. Chris Pratt, now a bonafide mega star after showing […]

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TEMPERANCE TOWN | CLUBS PREVIEW

TEMPERANCE TOWN | CLUBS PREVIEW

The Vaults, Cardiff Bay Sat 29 Apr This looks like the best night in the Vaults for some time, with three rooms of house, disco and funk to choose from – but I’m pretty sure temperance will be in short supply at an underground club in Tiger Bay. Chicago’s house hero and man of the […]

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ALEXANDER O’NEAL | LIVE PREVIEW

ALEXANDER O’NEAL | LIVE PREVIEW

Grand Theatre, Swansea Thurs 27 Apr The stage is set: Chilled wine, a crackling fire and you’re with that special someone. So who’s delicious sounds are spinning on the stereo, One Direction’s? Don’t think so. It’s got to be Alexander O’Neal, honey. The Mississippi-bred r’n’b vocalist who once sold out six straight nights at Wembley […]

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UNFORGETTABLE | FILM PREVIEW

UNFORGETTABLE | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Denise Di Novi (15, 100 mins) Established producer Denise Di Novi (Edward Scissorhands, Crazy Stupid Love) branches out into directing in this schlocky bit of nonsense as Katherine Heigl sets out to ruin the life of her ex-husband’s new wife, played by Rosario Dawson. It starts off with a bit of tension dropping […]

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BIG LOVE FESTIVAL | CLUBS PREVIEW

BIG LOVE FESTIVAL | CLUBS PREVIEW

Baskerville Hall, nr Hay-On-Wye Fri 28-Sun 30 Apr In its second year, Big Love gets way bigger. The live offering of the festival, which takes place in a mansion on the Welsh borders, is headed up by one of hip-hop’s grand masters, KRS-One, and the party-starting UK disco, funk and soul crew Horse Meat Disco. […]

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STRANGE U | CLUBS PREVIEW

STRANGE U | CLUBS PREVIEW

Starving Artists @ Gwdihw, Cardiff Fri 21 Apr Quality hip-hop hits Cardiff, with headliners from the highly-regarded High Focus label. The duo Strange U have a penchant for bizarre, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and surreal beats and soundscapes. MC King Kashmere is well known in UK hip-hop ever since a well received collaboration with the Four Owls’ […]

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THEIR FINEST | FILM PREVIEW

THEIR FINEST | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Lone Scherfig (15, 117 mins) A crowd pleasing comedy drama with an occasionally grating Welsh accent as Gemma Arterton struggles to make her voice heard in the film world of 1940s Britain. Teamed with screenwriter Sam Claflin, she is tasked with making some upbeat propaganda films to help with the war effort by […]

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COLOSSAL | FILM PREVIEW

COLOSSAL | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Nacho Vigalondo (15, 110 mins) Anne Hathaway stars in this bizarre monstermash/comedy drama that surprises and entertains but ultimately collapses under the weight of its central conceit. Hathaway plays Gloria, a hard drinking woman, who gets dumped by her boyfriend after one alcohol fuelled night too many. Her subsequent mental breakdown reveals that […]

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THE MOON AND A SMILE | ART PREVIEW

THE MOON AND A SMILE | ART PREVIEW

Glynn Vivian, Swansea Until Sun 23 Apr If you’re interested in the history of photography and its links to Swansea, then this is a perfect exhibition for you. The Moon and a Smile is an exhibition commissioned by Glynn Vivian, which invited nine international artists to respond to the photographs and photographic techniques of some of […]

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