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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.).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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