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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 Kong: Skull Island Kong: Skull Island(12)

In 1933 a cinematic icon was born. Actress Fay Wray found herself on top of the Empire State building in the tight grip of King Kong.Since then cinema has had an on/off fascination with the Kongster, being dusted down as he is, every once and a while, to beat his impressive chest for a new audience.

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boom reviews - Logan Logan(15)

Tired. That's what we are after countless superhero titles. And if we're a little honest, bored too. There was a time, during puberty, where we would read our comics and dream of being able to watch their adventures on the big screen. All we can say is, be careful what you wish for.

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boom reviews - T2 Trainspotting T2 Trainspotting (18)

Nostalgia is shit. Think about it. Reminiscing about something you vaguely remember being sort of worth remembering. However, nine times out of ten it wasn't worth recalling in the first place. Like crisps with the blue sachet of salt in, or the eighties.

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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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boom reviews - The Magnificent Seven The Magnificent Seven (12A)

It would be churlish to berate all re-makes. After all, the classic 1960's western that director Antoine Fuqua has remade here, is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai from 1954. Proof then that when done properly, a remake can be justified. Just not here.

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boom reviews - X-Men: Days of Future Past X-Men: Days of Future Past (12A)

It is the year 2014. This is a vital notice for those who don't know any better in our present, and those in the distant future that may be oblivious to the cinematic goings-on of years gone by. Heed these words and remember them: there was a time, in our history, when films existed without a superhero involved. Strange but true. It may sound like an extreme statement, but it does feel like every other film release these days was born from the pages of a comic. What's worse is that they're now strutting their super-heroic stuff on TV too, with the likes of Arrow and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, with more on the way with the up and coming Gotham, Agent Carter and The Flash joining the fight against evil and that on the small screen. And who would have thought that the X-Men franchise, which began fourteen years ago now, would be a grand-daddy of the genre, with this title marking the seventh release in the ongoing series.

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boom reviews Mad Men season 7 part 1 Mad Men season 7 part 1 (15)

The writing is on the wall for Sterling Cooper & Partners, as the agency prepares to close its doors for the final time with this exceptional US drama series coming to an end. This seventh and final season is awkwardly broken into two parts, with the first seven episodes now available for your boxset-binging pleasure whilst the second half of the season will follow next year. After his monumental meltdown, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finds himself still in exile from the agency. It's an uncomfortable situation for him; after all, if he's no longer an ad man, what is he exactly? It's an existential crisis he can well do without quite frankly, considering his dark and mysterious past.

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