dvd & blu-ray reviews

here are our most recent reviews or explore our archive
boom reviews - Avengers Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War (12)

You know that a franchise is unstoppable when you need another pair of hands to add up how many films in the series there has been. This instalment marks one digit short of the twentieth entry, and talking of numbers, the third in the Avengers series.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Tully Tully (15)

When the delightful comedy Juno was released in 2007, it felt like it would be the start of great things for its director Jason Reitman, and writer Diablo Cody. And despite working together a number of times (2009’s Jennifer’s Body – written by Cody and produced by Reitman, and 2011’s Young Adult), that same kind of magic hasn’t made it up onto the big screen again.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - funny cow Funny Cow (15)

A woman walks into a bar. Ouch. And that’s why, ladies and gents, comedy should be left to the professionals. The subtext of that gag of course, is that women never get it easy. Actually, maybe it’s the sub, sub, sub text, but it’s there, somewhere, probably.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - A Quiet Place A Quiet Place (15)

The number one irritant when watching a film - albeit within the sacred walls of a cinema, or just at home – is noise. Of course this has only gotten worse with the invention of portable phone devices. There was a time when a grizzled tut would do the job, perhaps followed by a death stare, but the ignorant have become hardened to such reproaches, and it seems that they are prepared to irritate otherwise mute audience members no matter what.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - In the Fade In the Fade (18)

The name Diane Kruger is a familiar one; not only did she make an impact in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, but also starred in the US remake of Nordic noir series The Bridge, amongst other screen credits.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Isle of Dogs Isle of Dogs (PG)

For years a war has raged; a battle between two very different animals, vying for the attention of humans across the land. It boils down to one simple question: which are best, cats or dogs? The thing is, it’s actually an easy answer – dogs.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Ready Player One Ready Player One (12)

Nostalgia, as we know it, will soon be dead. Where once memories might have been triggered by brown corduroy and weak orange squash, will shortly be replaced by reminiscing chats about the very first app you bought, the first TV series you streamed illegally, or your favourite fake news story. Welcome to the era of post-modern nostalgia.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Journeyman Journeyman (15)

In 2011 actor Paddy Considine made his directorial debut with the powerfully bleak Tyrannosaur, which he also wrote. Now whether it was as emotionally draining to direct as it was to watch is unclear, but Considine hasn’t popped back behind the camera since. This effort however, finally sees his directing comeback.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Wonderstruck Wonderstruck (15)

The last twelve months have been popular for the word ‘wonder’ in film; there was the syrupy Wonder with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson; there was also Woody Allen’s highly enjoyable Wonder Wheel, and now this from American director Todd Haynes.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Piano The Piano (15)

At the beginning of the nineties, Holly Hunter’s career was the epitome of the Yazz hit from 1988 – the Only Way is Up – off the back of starring in some big hitters, namely Raising Arizona and Broadcast News. Instead of continuing to appear in Hollywood flicks, Hunter decided to go with a project with a new, fairly unknown foreign director, to be shot in a strange foreign land, long before hobbits made it famous.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Mom and Dad Mom and Dad (15)

So often in life, kids end up taking advantage of their parents, in one way or several others. It usually starts off with small stuff, like silly amounts of pocket money, or demanding a new phone to ignore them on, to ultimately moving back rent free because of your failed life/marriage and demanding they sign up to Netflix so you can catch season 2 of Jessica Jones.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - I, Tonya I, Tonya (15)

They say that competition is healthy, but it can really bring out the worst in people. So much so that there’s actually a new version of the board game Monopoly – the Cheaters Edition – that encourages cheating to win. But even in this version, someone still has to lose, and presumably badly, so even trying to cheat doesn’t guarantee success, although certain politicians could argue otherwise.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Shape of Water The Shape of Water (15)

What is it with mankind, huh? Whenever it comes across someone/thing a little different that turns up on our radar, it feels the need to send in the white coat brigade with their probes, to prod here, there and did you really have to put it there?!. At least that’s how it comes across in films.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Roman J. Israel, Esq. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (12)

If an actor is serious about their profession, then at some point they have to lawyer up. It’s a rite of passage for many to play an advocate of the law, and for some they’re just ticking a box. Denzel Washington already knows this, as he got his lawyering badge for his role in 1993’s Philadelphia. But he had to take a back seat for that one, as his co-star Tom Hanks stole the show, picking up an Oscar for his troubles.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Titan The Titan (15)

Someone in Hollywood must really hate Sam Worthington. Initially at least, starring in James Cameron’s Avatar must have seemed a dream job. However, Not only did he end up looking like a human Smurf, he has to do so again at least four more times for the subsequent sequels that are sadly on their way.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Downsizing Downsizing (15)

To quote a certain Private Frazer, we’re all doomed. Over the years, we’ve not-so-slowly been destroying the planet. It’s great that those with a social conscience do their best to be responsible by cycling, recycling and turning tech off instead of leaving it on standby. But realistically, the damage has already been done and we’re truly buggered. So, so long, and thanks for the fish.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jumgle Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle(12)

Twenty three years ago, Robin Williams starred in the family friendly Jumanji. Although it didn’t go down well with critics, audiences loved it and made it the 10th highest grossing film of the year.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Disaster Artist The Disaster Artist(15)

Thanks to the many splendid advances in technology, any Tom, Dick, or Steven Soderbergh can make a film just by picking up a mobile phone. Whether it’s actually worth watching however, is another matter.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Hostiles Hostiles(15)

The western is dead. Sad but true. Some might say that the genre has only muted into superhero flicks, with two tribes fighting it out, but with far more Lycra. But if we’ve learnt anything from film (which, if you’re anything like us, is pretty much everything), things often come back from the dead.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Justice League Justice League(12)

Old rivalries are hard to shrug off. Just ask Superman and Lex Luther. But the biggest rivalry isn’t currently happening on our screens, but off of them. It’s taking place between long term adversaries, which sees Marvel (/Disney) locking horns with DC (/Warner Bros.).

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Ingrid Goes West Ingrid Goes West(15)

There was a time, believe it or not, when if you had something to say to someone, you'd say it to their face. Or if you were sly, behind their back. Thanks to social media however, you can now slag said person off to the world - isn't that right Donald? That's progress for you. #progresssucks

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Happy End Happy End(15)

It’s been five years since Austrian director Michael Haneke last released a film – 2012’s Amour - so it sadly looks like he’s slowing down his cinematic output. Let’s face it though, at the grand age of 75, he’s allowed to. And although Happy End couldn’t be considered his best work, Haneke is still keen to poke around at the underbelly of civilised society and make audiences squirm.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Florida Project The Florida Project(15)

The state of Florida has a reputation for a number of things: theme parks, alligators, oranges and old people. In fact you can combine the last two on that list too, as there are huge amounts of orange old people that can be found there, roaming around.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Murder on the Orient Express Murder on the Orient Express(12) There’s always been an air of romance associated with rail travel. Whatever idea of romance there is however, literally goes straight out the window for anyone squeezed inside the 07.45 to Euston. Commuting on one of these bad boys can be murder, especially on your soul, which may well have been the inspiration for Agatha Christie and her classic novel. Or not.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Jigsaw Jigsaw(18)

If we’ve learnt anything in life it’s this: you can’t keep a bad horror villain down. The same can be said for bad horror franchises too. Saw thrust itself with a pointy head into audiences for the first time in 2004. Since then it has spawned an entire tool shop’s worth of sequels.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Loving Vincent Loving Vincent(12)

What they can do within the world of animation now is truly mind-boggling. But with its heavy reliance on technology and CPU power, it’s a long way off from its hand drawn origins. And although the end product looks stunning, it’s now more about grunt tech work than artistry.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Blade Runner 2049 Blade Runner 2049(15)

When Deckard’s story came to an end in Blade Runner, released in 1982, there was no sense that a sequel was necessary at all. Thirty six years on in the future, with the release of director Denis Villeneuve’s follow up, that sentiment remains.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Wind River Wind River (15)

Due to recent events, there’s a veritable chill in the air when mentioning the once great Weinstein Company. It’s ironic then, that one of their most recent (and possibly final?) releases is set in the freezing cold environs of Wyoming. But unlike Harvey, this particular release is definitely worth a cold embrace.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Hounds of Love Hounds of Love (18)

Here's a fact for you - Australia is huge. It's so big you could actually fit an entire Australia inside of it. There are of course more kangaroos than Australians in the country, which may be the reason that the country's film industry has never exploded; after all, kangaroos have yet to learn how to operate cameras.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - A Dog's Purpose A Dog's Purpose (PG)

Ah, man's best friend. Over the years he's had his fair share of adventures on the big screen, from informing others of poor little Timmy's demise at the bottom of the well, to fur-coated fun often at the expense of bemused humans.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Ghost in the Shell Ghost in the Shell (12)

It won't come as a surprise to anyone to learn that robots will eventually take over the earth. They can serve drinks now, answer questions (and tell bad jokes) and can even drive cars. Surely it's only a matter of time before they realise what's the point of human kind, and they'd be better off without us.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Madame Madame (12)

More often than not, rick folk get a hard time on film. If they’re not the victims of hideous crimes (including house break ins, kidnapping, murders, etc), then they’re being portrayed as snobs who have no feelings and care about nothing more than moolah, and how to make more of it.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Mary Shelley Mary Shelley (12)

Cinema has been fascinated with stories of monsters since its inception. One perennial favourite that can often be found on the big screen, spreading fear throughout its audiences, is of course Frankenstein and his home-made creature.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Ghost Stories Ghost Stories (15)

Maybe it’s the mist-covered moors, chilly castle corridors, or Yvette Fielding’s face through night vision cameras on Most Haunted, the UK loves a ghostly sight.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Rampage Rampage (12)

It was 1933 when a large gorilla first made an impact in cinema history, when it appeared in the iconic King Kong. Since then, apes, of various shapes and sizes, have pounced on our screens ever since.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Thoroughbreds Thoroughbreds (15)

She may well be only 24, but British actress Olivia Cooke is fast becoming one of the most watchable actresses of her generation. She first peaked interest starring opposite fellow brit Freddie Highmore in the hit TV show Bates Motel. Since then she’s gone on to appear in Spielberg’s latest Ready Player One, and will be soon starring in ITV’s new period drama Vanity Fair.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Pacific Rim Uprising Pacific Rim Uprising (12)

Recent research suggests that robots will be the downfall of mankind. We will build them with such comprehensive AI that it won’t take them long to realise that they quite frankly don’t need us, and subsequently stuff us in a big whole at the bottom of their gardens.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - my friend dahmer My friend Dahmer (15)

Stories of youths struggling to fit in are two a penny in the world of film. There have been so many from the US alone for instance, that their high schools are probably more familiar than our own education establishments, with Grange Hill being the exception, naturally.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Proud Mary Proud Mary(15)

Taraji P. Henson is an actress who has really grafted, particularly on TV. She’s appeared in a number of shows, including Boston Legal, Person of Interest and currently stars as the formidable Cookie in the drama Empire.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Wonder Wheel Wonder Wheel (12A)

With so many creative types being called out – quite rightly – for inappropriate behaviour, it’s becoming more of a minefield when it comes to critiquing their work. Director Woody Allen has been in and out of the controversial spotlight for most of his career, and yet still continues to produce film after film.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - In Darkness In Darkness (15)

Once a while a TV show comes along that just swallows up audiences around the world. And Game of Thrones has more of an insatiable appetite for viewers than most.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Black Panther Black Panther (PG)

According to latest figures, there are 3.5 million superheroes created by Marvel, and that’s not even including side-kicks or baddies. OK, so that’s a number we’ve just made up, but with all of the comic book hero flicks that are knocking themselves out to appear on our screens, it feels an accurate estimate.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Phantom Thread Phantom Thread (15)

You may not notice it, but there is a spectrum used when it comes to acting, which has two ends; at one end is method, at the other is Adam Sandler. Method is the ability to pretend that little bit harder, by almost believing you’re the character you’re playing. One of the best exponents of this particular craft in recent years has come from our very own Daniel Day-Lewis.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Loveless Loveless(15)

With Valentine’s just around the corner this Russian drama comes along with just the right romantic message: some people just aren’t supposed to be together. This revelation can sometimes be reached rather too late into proceedings, particularly when children are involved.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(15)

It must be really frustrating working for Martin McDonagh. On the one hand, he is extremely loyal, with many of his actors appearing in a number of his features. The downside is however, the talented British director has only made three in the last ten years – 2008’s In Bruges, 2012’s Seven Psychopaths and now this.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Early Man Early Man(PG)

When it comes to clay, Brit Nick Park is your man. He is responsible for the hugely popular Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, all of whom are fashioned together out of bits of coloured clay and painstakingly brought to life using the all time consuming process known as stop-motion animation.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Greatest Showman The Greatest Showman(PG)

It’s common knowledge that musicals are the devil’s work. If what happens in musicals happened in real life – people suddenly bursting into song for no apparent reason – either someone would have to invent a mute button we could use on them, or it would have to be considered a criminal act, with anyone committing the crime to be slung in prison for life. The obvious downside to the latter is, of course, that someone is bound to make a musical about it, with songs being belted out from behind bars, and that wouldn’t do at all.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Suburbicon Suburbicon(15)

You have to admire George Clooney’s career trajectory; not only did he smoothly make the transition from TV star (playing heart-throb doc Doug Ross in E.R) to film A-lister, he’s also dabbled successfully behind the camera, with this being his sixth credit directing. As well as manage to get paid a whole heap of coffee beans for sipping the brown stuff in TV ads.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Blade of the Immortal Blade of the Immortal(18)

It's an age-long discussion that inevitably crops up on a day to day basis - who are cooler, ninjas or samurai? Obviously it's a trick question, as the answer is clearly samurai. Ninjas are all about the sneaky sneaky, with their tiny ninja stars, throwing them from the shadows so they don't get seen. Pathetic. Samurai however, are more than happy to walk into the centre of a town, in broad daylight, and just ooze a look that says "come on then, 'ave it" to all comers.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Dinner The Dinner(15)

Steve Coogan clearly loves his grub. He swans off regularly to some of the finest eateries in Europe with the likes of Michael Caine, Ronnie Corbett and Sean Connery - or at least all voiced by the same man, Rob Brydon - in Michael Winterbottom's series The Trip. It's a jolly that sees two grown men constantly attempt to out-impersonate one another, whilst stuffing their faces. Not bad work when you can get it.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Battle of the Sexes The Battle of Sexes(12)

It’s highly unusual for females participating in high-profiled sports to become household names. Try to think of world famous female footballers, rugby players, golfers etc. Not easy, right?

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Film Stars Don't Die on Liverpool Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15)

Very few actresses truly make it in Hollywood, but it’s easy to remember the names of those that did. Garbo, Monroe, Hepburn and Bergman are such examples. Gloria Grahame came very close to joining them.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - thorragnarok Thor: Ragnarok(12)

And so the Marvel super-bandwagon rumbles on. With its flooding of content on both TV and cinema, despite having grown up reading the exploits of these heroes and villains in comics, it has to be said that Marvel fatigue is beginning to set in. But in the superhero world, anything can happen. Like a director tackling the genre with a fresh and original approach.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - manifesto Manifesto(15)

According to Oscar Wilde all art is quite useless. And on the basis of this filmed art installation, it's a sentiment that's hard to refute. German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt has created an interesting premise by taking the manifestos from various figures throughout history, including revolutionary socialist Karl Marx, architect Bruno Taut and filmmaker Lars von Trier, and allowing their words to flow through various characters, all of which are played by the versatile Cate Blanchett, in very different settings.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - geostorm Geostorm(12)

Everyone loves a good disaster flick; the big budget bonanzas that see buildings crumble like sawdust, waves as big as really tall stuff, and rivers flow like a keg at an under-aged drinking party.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - The Snowman The Snowman (15):

There was a time, not so long ago, when audiences were all over Nordic noir like frostbite. They just couldn’t get enough of it on their TV’s – The Bridge, The Killing etc – and on the big screen, mostly with the original and US versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Brimstone Brimstone (18)

Some directors have the right to be on the cocky side. You know who we mean, Tarantino, Cameron, etc. They have a body of work, love them or loathe them, that can still earn respect.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Kingsman: the Golden Circle Kingsman: the Golden Circle (15):

It’s no doubt the dream of many a little boy to grow up and be James Bond. We say boy, because let’s face it, what little girl in her right mind would want to be a misogynistic killer when they were older?

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Marjorie Prime Marjorie Prime (15):

For those expecting a spin-off featuring the fem-bot behind the man-bot known as Optimus Prime, heading up a fighting team of fem-bots defending the universe and that, then be prepared to be disappointed. It may have futuristic themes, but this isn't that type of film, for better or not.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Lego Batman Movie LEGO Batman Movie (U):

When it was first announced that there was to be a LEGO film, it felt like a further nail in the coffin (made of LEGO, naturally) of current beige cinema.

[***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon (12):

Director Peter Berg knows a thing or two about disaster flicks; he did after all direct the woefully bad Battleship, which was inconceivably based on the classic guessing game. Thankfully it quickly sank without a trace, but surprisingly, Berg's directing career didn't.

[***READ MORE***]