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boom reviews - the power of the dog The Power of the Dog (12A)

It was 1993 when Kiwi director Jane Campion made her mark on the film industry globally with the release of her film The Piano, which picked up three Oscars for its trouble.

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boom reviews - finch Finch (12)

Once upon a time there was a company called Apple, which was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. They released their first computer in 1976 – the Apple I – which was designed and hand-built by Wozniak. It went on sale for $666.66, selling around 175 units in 10 months. The rest, as they say, is history, and a very lucrative one at that.

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boom reviews - the card counter The Card Counter (15)

If you have ever been in a casino then you’ll know what soulless, depressing venues they are. Sure they look exciting in films, but the reality is far more sombre and sobering; natural light is banned so that punters aren’t aware of the time of day it is - therefore how long they’ve been on the premises losing for – as customers pour their hard-earned cash into hungry slot machines with no intention of paying out big.

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boom reviews - dear evan hansen Dear Evan Hansen (12A)

The art of letter writing is dead. Insert Loudly Crying Face emoji here. Why take the time and trouble to write to someone, when you can send a one line text, followed by a vegetable of your choice, to express how you feel.

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boom reviews - halloween kills Halloween Kills (18)

There must be something pretty special about Haddonfield, Illinois; despite there being a notorious serial killer on the loose, one with a penchant for pointy cutlery and babysitters, town folk are more than happy to stay there.

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boom reviews - the beta test The Beta Test (18)

Nobody likes a test. Except maybe swats, but nobody cares about them. Sitting down with a bunch of questions that are to determine how smart you are. Or not.

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boom reviews - the guilty The Guilty (15)

On average, it takes between three to four months to shoot a Hollywood film. There are of course exceptions, with Richard Linklater’s 2014 Boyhood certainly being a contender for the longest, with it taking over 12 years to shoot.

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boom reviews - the addams family 2 The Addams Family 2 (U)

Considering the richness of the source material, The Addams Family franchise is certainly ripe for animation. Or so you would think. Unfortunately 2019’s The Addams Family proved to be a huge disappointment, as it failed to deliver a story worthy of the kookiest of families.

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boom reviews - the starling The Starling (15)

Despite many of her comedy features being hit or miss affairs, Melissa McCarthy is always worth watching. Sometimes just one inspirational ad-libbed line from her can save an entire film from being completely terrible.

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boom reviews - prisoners of the ghostland Prisoners of the Ghostland (15)

For the last five years or so, Nicolas Cage has been churning out an average of five features per year. It’s possibly this extraordinary work rate that has lead to issues as far as quality control is concerned, with many titles being painfully poor.

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boom reviews - worth Worth (12A)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a date that saw the world witness the most horrific terrorist attacks on US soil.

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boom reviews - gunpowder milkshake Gunpowder Milkshake (15)

For decades now the action hero genre has been dominated by the male of the species, making global stars out of the likes of Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis. The women featured in these films have been mostly set dressing, there to be rescued by their beefy hero.

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boom reviews - the nest The Nest (15)

It wasn’t that long ago that film actors wouldn’t touch a TV project with the proverbial barge pole, as it mostly would signal a decline in their career.

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boom reviews - annette Annette (15)

We’ve never been shy in voicing our disdain for the musical genre. Under no circumstances is it OK for a character on screen to explain how they feel in song. Never. If someone is so desperate to do so, release a single or album; just don’t commit the heinous crime to celluloid.

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boom reviews - beckett Beckett (15)

As Brits we will never understand American football. Ever. It didn’t stop us watching Dwayne Johnson’s show Ballers however; it saw Johnson playing an ex football pro turned financial manager, as he attempted to make profitable plays off of the field.

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boom reviews - the courier The Courier (12A)

On the 31st of January, 1990, the very first McDonald’s opened its doors in Russia, in its capital Moscow. Since then, the American fast food giant has opened over 750 restaurants all over Russia.

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boom reviews - the suicide squad The Suicide Squad (15)

It’s all very well having a world, or should that be universe, of superheroes, but what would they be without supervillains? They’d be useless entities walking around in silly costumes, with nothing better to do than to appear at children’s parties and have the odd selfie taking with them.

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boom reviews - the last letter from your lover The Last Letter From your Lover (12A)

There’s no disputing the fact that society has benefitted from the incredible advances in technology over the years. But as welcome as these advances are, they can come at a cost. For instance, the adoption of electronic mail has brought with it the death of the art of letter writing.

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boom film reviews - freaky Freaky (15)

The horror genre has been fairly formulaic over the years, with the intention of hopefully scaring the bejesus out of an audience. There have also been some attempts to mix in some humour to the horrific proceedings, with one of the best examples being Wes Craven’s 1996 feature Scream.

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boom film reviews - spirit untamed Spirit Untamed (U)

With the likes of Disney and Pixar producing such high quality films, the world of animation is hugely competitive. That hasn’t stopped DreamWorks however, who since their debut Antz in 1998, have been producing animated features, albeit with mixed results.

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boom reviews - luca Luca (PG)

There was a time when Pixar could do no wrong; the likes of the Toy Story, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo franchises, saw the studio hitting it out of the proverbial animation park, time and time again.

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boom reviews - another round Another Round (12A)

It’s fair to say that Europeans like their drink. Unsurprisingly, according to 2016 WHO data, 18 of the top twenty countries around the world who consume the most alcohol are from Europe. Surprisingly, the UK isn’t one of them, coming in at a relatively sober 24th on the list.

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boom reviews - supernova Supernova (15)

If you’re expecting the latest sci-fi epic from this title, prepared to be disappointed. Although it does have stars, in the form of Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, its story is of a couple taking a trip in a campervan in the UK, and not in a galaxy far, far away.

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boom reviews - monster hunter Monster Hunter (12A)

Difficult news is always hard to convey, but the truth is, Milla Jovovich is no longer with us. It’s by no means a recent thing either; it happened when she met British film director Paul W.S. Anderson, whom she married in 2009.

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boom reviews - the father The Father (15)

It’s all too easy to make assumptions about a film from the barest information. Take this film for example, a British drama, starring national treasure royalty Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, with its patriarchal title sounding like a feature rich in family tension, that could possibly lean on the theatrical side somewhat, and come across as a tad pompous and dreary.

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boom reviews - the conjuring the devil made me do it The Conjuring: the Devil Made Me Do It (18)

Here’s a question for you, do you know anyone who has ever been possessed? By a demon that is, not by a rage brought on by the stupidity of others. It’s a bit like asking if you believe in UFO’s, or God even, with the replies likely to split opinion.

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boom reviews - surge Surge (15)

One of the most versatile actors of his generation is Ben Whishaw. The British actor can seamlessly transition from TV - from the very English The Hour, to his role in the current series of Fargo - to film - from his lucrative appearance in the Bond franchise as the latest incarnation of Q, to more intimate fair - like his starring role in this British independent feature.

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boom reviews - army of the dead Army of the Dead (18)

Considering the amount of effort he put into his ‘cut’ of Justice League, coming in as it does with a superhuman four hour duration, it’s amazing Zack Snyder has had any time to work on anything else. But presumably if Netflix turn up with a bank or two of cash, much like the characters in his film, the allure of such a large prize is difficult to turn down.

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boom reviews - my new york year My New York Year (15)

Having a working relationship with one of the world’s most famous writers of the 20th century is impressive on its own, but to then have that story as a subplot, focusing instead on your own life at the time is certainly bold. But that’s exactly what has happened here, with the film version at least, of Joanna Rakoff’s time in New York City.

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boom reviews - the woman in the window The Woman in the Window (15)

There’s a fine line between playing homage to a classic and simply ripping it off, and this latest thriller from Netflix teeters dangerously close to the later.

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boom reviews - mortal kombat Mortal Kombat (18)

With the videogame industry now making more money than the film industry, it’s no wonder that Hollywood is always keen to punch, right, right, left, up, jump on the gaming bandwagon and bring gaming characters and franchises to the big screen.

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boom reviews - the mitchells vs the machines The Mitchells Vs the Machines (U)

To say that machines will eventually take over the world sounds almost like a statement that doesn’t fully understand the concept; after all, machines in general and technology specifically have already taken over the world.

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boom reviews - cowboys Cowboys (15)

You can’t help but like Steve Zahn. And although he’s far from being an ‘A’ lister, he’s a performer who puts the character into character actor. So what if that character is a well-meaning stoner, Zahn has got it down to a tee.

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boom reviews - wild mountain thyme Wild Mountain Thyme (12A)

John Patrick Stanley may not necessarily be a name that you’re familiar with, but this Oscar-winning writer has been responsible for a diverse range of scripts including 1990’s Joe Versus the Volcano, 1995’s Congo, 2008’s Doubt and 1997’s Moonstruck for which he won his gold statue for.

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boom reviews - promising young woman Promising Young Woman (15)

It was only in the last few weeks, on these very pages, that we bemoaned the talent of Carey Mulligan, and how she appears destined to play dull and dreary characters forever more in period dramas.

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boom reviews - sound of metal Sound of Metal (15)

For a film with such an indie/European sensibility, it’s quite impressive that the sound of metal that could actually be heard is that of multiple Oscars clanking together, as it has received six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for its star Riz Ahmed.

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boom reviews - the mauritanian The Mauritanian (15)

When both towers of the World Trade Center came crashing down on 9/11, it sent ripples of shock and fear around the world. It was such a blatant attack on democracy, that the US demanded not only answers, but revenge.

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boom reviews - minari Minari (12A)

Question – when is a US film not a US film? Well, according to the Golden Globes, Minari, a film about a Korean family starting a farm in rural Arkansas, fell foul of their rules, which states that if a film contains more than 50% dialogue in a language that isn’t English, it can only be considered in the Foreign Language category, and not Best Motion Picture.

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boom reviews - cherry Cherry (18)

Although it feels like the Russo brothers have been around forever, they had only directed a couple of features before being called up for Marvel duty, where they helmed four features, including the finale to the current Avengers arc, Avengers: Endgame.

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boom reviews - the little things the Little Things (15)

With the phenomenal success of streaming sites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, the distinction between acting on a TV show or feature films is almost non-existent, with talent now freely ably to flit back and forth between the two.

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boom reviews - coming 2 america Coming 2 America (12)

Despite having an iconic laugh and starring in some of the most successful films of the eighties, there is a generation that exists now that may have no idea who Eddie Murphy is.

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boom reviews - judas and the black messiah Judas and the Black Messiah (15)

We’ve almost reached a point in the casting of major Hollywood films and TV shows, that British involvement is almost guaranteed. Not so much a pool of talent, more an ocean.

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boom reviews - locked down Locked Down (15)

With the global pandemic making such a prolonged impact on our lives, it was merely a question of when to see its presence on our screens.

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boom reviews - barb and star go to vista del mar Barb and Star go to Vista Del mar (15)

Gloom and doom. For much of the world’s population, this feels like the particular umbrella we’ve been living under for over the last year. For many, the threshold to the front door is one that is rarely crossed, never mind the notion of packing your bags and jet-setting to an exotic locale, unless you're a selfish, mindless ‘influencer’ of course, who feels they’re offering a service by filming themselves in revealing swimwear in somewhere in Dubai.

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boom reviews - willy's wonderland Willy's Wonderland (15)

If there’s one actor whose doorway to their mind could be prised open and peaked into, it would be Nicolas Cage’s. Recently Cage surpassed the hundred screen credits mark in his career, proving that he has a strong work ethic if nothing else. Unfortunately his choice of projects is less commendable.

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boom reviews - archive Archive (15)

Robots. It’s already been established that they will eventually take over the world; currently they’re sussing out the human race, having already calculated that they can wipe us out over night, just before they serve us our last dark roasted latte and turn all our lights out – literally.

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boom reviews - assassins Assassins (12)

To quote from Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird “You can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family”. Life would certainly be more harmonious for many if you could, as family relationships can be exhausting.

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boom reviews - synchronic Synchronic (15)

A sled, a police box, a phone booth, a hot tub, and of course a customised DeLorean DMC-12, may well sound like the rider for a Kanye West gig, but they also happen to be iconic, on screen time machines.

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boom reviews - outside the wire Outside the Wire (15)

There are some truly chilling things that can be watched online, and we’re not just talking about the myriad of cat videos.

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boom reviews - stardust Stardust (15)

It’s been just over four years now since the world lost one of the most creative musical artists of his generation – David Bowie. Never one to tread water creatively, Bowie constantly reinvented himself and his music, making it impossible to second guess what he would do next.

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boom reviews - dreamland Dreamland (15)

Generally speaking, robbing a bank is a bad idea. Certainly the odds are against you pulling it off, with three out of four robbers eventually getting caught. One group of society who, more often than not, are less likely to get sucked into that 25% chance of getting away with it are women.

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boom reviews - murder me monster Murder Me, Monster (18)

There are a number of things that spring to mind when you think of Argentina: the tango; some of the best footballers in the world; a decent Malbec, and the country Evita asked not to cry for her, to name but a few.

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boom reviews - possessor Possessor (18)

Whenever films deal with the premise of mind control, nothing good ever comes of it. Everything from The Manchurian Candidate, Scanners, to the recent Get Out, all involve getting inside the mind of others for nothing short of really despicable behaviour.

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boom reviews - patrick Patrick (18)

Men. Tools. The relationship between the two can be almost symbiotic for some. In fact the receiving of one’s first tool box is almost a rite of passage.

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boom reviews - shirley Shirley (15)

When adapting a biographical story for the screen, you would expect a key requirement is to pay attention to factual details. This film however, isn’t quite as respectful to the truth, despite featuring a real life figure in history, as it’s based on a novel involving said figure in fictional events.

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boom reviews - the secret garden The Secret Garden (PG)

It’s trying times like these that you can truly appreciate the great outdoors, even if it’s only just outside your kitchen door. It’s no wonder then that there have been more people developing green fingers, in the vain attempt to grow a piece of veg or two, and connect with the outside world.

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boom reviews - totally under control Totally Under Control (12A)

The new normal. Three words that are now almost casually used to describe what has become of much of the world since the global pandemic took hold of it.

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boom reviews - eternal beauty Eternal Beauty (15)

Acting can be a funny old business; one minute you’ve got the camera trained on you at the Oscars as a nominee in the Best Actress category for your starring role in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, the next you’re filming a low-budget drama in a rundown part of Wales. So is the life of acclaimed British actress Sally Hawkins.

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boom reviews - i am woman I Am Woman (15)

The white whale for many an overseas artist or band is to make it big in the US of A. Despite its distance, a number of musicians from down under have made the journey a successful one, including INXS, Crowded House and Olivia Newton John.

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boom reviews - enola holmes Enola Holmes (12)

The resident of 221b Baker St, London, also happens to be one of the most enduring characters in film and television history. If ever you needed a crime solved, then undoubtedly Sherlock Holmes is your man.

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boom reviews - bill and ted face the music Bill & Ted Face the Music (PG)

There’s a saying ‘be careful what you wish for’. This can certainly be dangerous in regards to film, with audiences clambering for more after being whipped into a frenzy by a cinematic offering.

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boom reviews - the painted bird The Painted Bird (18)

There are a few telltale signs that you’re in the realms of a European art house film. One of the biggest give aways is if it’s shot in black and white.

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boom reviews - the roads not taken The Roads Not Taken (15)

If there’s any man who could lead us to believe he has led more than one life, it would be Javier Bardem. The Spanish actor has had an incredible career to date, starring in small independent European films, like 2004’s The Sea Inside, to stealing the show in blockbusters such as 2012’s Skyfall, and everything in-between.

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boom reviews - she dies tomorrow She Dies Tomorrow (15)

Have you ever wondered how urban myths are created? Possibly more interesting is what makes one take off over another? For instance, why isn’t the curse of the Egg Man an actual thing? We could start it right here, right now, but without enough people investing in it, the Egg Man will be beaten to an eggy pulp and part of an omelette before you know it.

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boom reviews - babyteeth Babyteeth (15)

In terms of learning your trade as an actor, you can do a lot worse than start in a soap opera. In fact it’s almost a rite of passage for new acting talent in Australia, with many of their biggest stars including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie all getting soapy at the early stages of their careers.

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boom reviews - hope gap Hope Gap (12A)

It’s this time of the year where usually things start hotting up at the box office, when Hollywood releases its big hitters. This year however, due to current Covid conditions, is very different.

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boom reviews - an american pickle An American Pickle (12A)

Pickling produce is a peculiar practice. After all, who decided that putting an egg in a jar to be pickled would be culinary acceptable? Of course it isn’t, proving there’s literally no accounting for taste.

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boom reviews - summerland Summerland (12A)

Being a Bond ‘girl’ can be a bit of a poisoned chalice as far a career in film is concerned. That hasn’t been the case for Gemma Arterton however. Her breakthrough role was in Daniel Crag’s second outing as Bond in Quantum of Solace, as the fruitily titled character Strawberry Fields.

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boom reviews - saint frances Saint Frances (15)

Everything about children can be challenging. From raising them, to tolerating them, to being wholly responsible for them, and to liking them. Obviously the last on that list is a tough one, particularly in regards to your own, but is less so for those that are just paid to care for them.

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boom reviews - how to build a girl How to Build a Girl (15)

After blowing every member of the cast away in 2017’s Lady Bird, and then delivering the funny big time in 2019’s hugely enjoyable Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein has shot to fame in rapid fashion, and deservedly so.

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boom reviews - the traitor The Traitor (15)

Cosa Nostra. For those in it, it was family, who looked out for one another, with the interest of sharing financial rewards. For the rest of us on the outside, this criminal organisation went by another name – the mafia.

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boom reviews - come as you are Come As You Are (15)

With the very core of the film industry obsessed with its stars being prime physical specimens, with good looks and beauty to match, there’s little room for films that deal with people who may be considered less than perfect physically – or at least that’s what we are led to believe.

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boom reviews - the old guard The Old Guard (15)

Someone should probably have a quiet word in the ear of Charlize Theron. With this her latest release she has chalked up nearly fifty roles in her career, with nine of those just in the last three years.

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boom reviews - 7500 7500 (15)

With everyone told to stay in and not go anywhere, the concept of getting on a plane and travelling somewhere has proven to be eerily foreign, as well as very much condoned by governments.

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boom reviews - eurovsion song contest Eurovision Song Contest: the Story of Fire Saga (12)

There was a real, tangible sadness that fell over Europe recently. Not for the deadly pandemic sweeping our shores, but because it cancelled the musical institution that is Eurovision.

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boom reviews - lost bullet Lost Bullet (15)

Much like films about superheroes are currently dominated by the likes of Disney (Marvel) and Warner Bros. (DC), driving flicks that are currently in pole position with audiences across the globe are those from the Fast & Furious franchise.

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boom reviews - da 5 bloods Da 5 Bloods (15)

Following up on his Oscar-winning 2018 film BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee streams his latest effort through the medium that is Netflix. With a strong cast, Lee has packed his bags and headed to the warm climes of south-east Asia, as a group of Vietnam vets revisit their past.

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boom reviews - the hunt The Vast of Night (12)

It’s quite remarkable how quickly the media landscape has changed in recent years. Not only have streaming sites become the norm, but they’re huge popularity has led to them producing their own features.

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boom reviews - never rarely sometimes always Never Rarely Sometimes Always (15)

Despite being in the 21st century, which sounds about as futuristic as can be, we still find ourselves very much in the dark ages. Take the highly contentious issue of abortion. The Pro Life campaign is still bullying women, hassling them outside clinics across the US, as if that somehow justifies their means.

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boom reviews - the hunt The Hunt (15)

You can imagine that starring in a show about wrestling as Betty Gilpin does (playing “Debbie Liberty Belle” Eagan in Glow on Netflix), she puts a shift or two in at the gym.

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boom reviews - the invisible man The Invisible Man (15)

With it’s astonishing – and some might even say overwhelming output – it’s understandable that many might consider Marvel’s Cinematic Universe as the first. But it wasn’t, not by a long shot.

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boom reviews - dogs dont wear pants Dogs Don't Wear Pants (18)

There’s something really disturbing about pet owners who insist on dressing their dogs and cats up. These days of course, they think of it as the perfect photo opportunity for social networking lols. It isn’t, and they really shouldn’t.

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boom reviews - bacurau Bacurau (18)

Here’s a quick pop quiz for you: which country is the fifth largest by area, and the sixth most populated? Of course all you eggheads know that the answer is Brazil.

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boom reviews - dark waters Dark Waters (12A)

To all intents and purposes, Daniel Radcliffe’s career should be over. Being a child star should be known as suffering from LRS - Logan’s Run Syndrome; as soon as a young actor hits puberty, their career dies.

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boom reviews - the public The Public (15)

It’s amazing what people did before they had the internet 24/7 in their hands. There were buildings young and old could visit, where they could just wander in off the streets, grab a book and start reading.

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boom reviews - a beautiful day in the neighborhood A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG)

Considering how impressionable the minds of the very young are, it’s a huge responsibility when it comes to entertaining them. When you get it right, you instil memories in them that last a lifetime, getting wrong, and it could be years of therapy. Take Emu for instance; never has there been a more violent and disturbing character on children’s TV. And don’t even get us started on Pob.

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boom reviews - spycies Spycies (PG)

One of the hardest things in the world must be to run an animation studio. Not only is the process painstakingly slow, it can take a number of years before you get a finished product.

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boom reviews - the lighthouse The Lighthouse (15)

All credit to Robert Pattinson. Despite global success with the Twilight franchise, he has shown keen, and much promise, by choosing plenty of interesting indie projects to work on. Sure there have been some stinkers (and we most definitely mean High Life), as well as the odd gem, like Good Time.

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boom reviews - just mercy Just Mercy (12A)

It was obvious from his compelling performance in 2013’s Fruitvale Station that Michael B. Jordan was going to be a star, but no one could have predicted his meteoric rise, no matter how well deserved.

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boom reviews - waves Waves (15)

Having to take part in sports at school in the UK for most is just another opportunity to underachieve but in a more public forum. There’s comfort from knowing however, that those with a sporty disposition will probably end up in a low paid job and living a very sad life indeed.

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boom reviews - jojo rabbit Jojo Rabbit (12A)

It’s not unusual as part of a young child’s development, for them to conjure up an imaginary friend. Someone they can connect with, play with, and have the kind of relationship they just can’t have with someone real at that point in their life.

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boom reviews - sons of denmark Sons of Denmark (15)

The climate in Europe is changing, and it’s not just the weather. The political spectrum is shifting dramatically, making countries more fractured – just look at what Brexit has done to the UK.

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boom reviews - Greener Grass Greener Grass (12A)

For the majority of time in film, a fear is built from something coming towards us; it could be from the very depths of space, or maybe a foreign country stepping on our toes, but sometimes what we fear the most could be right on doorstep – quite literally.

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boom reviews - the amazing johnathan documentary The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (15)

There’s nothing quite like a magic trick; the sleight of hand, the waving of a wand, a puff of smoke, all part of a magician’s routine to entertain. It’s no wonder then that a film-maker would want to have a renowned magician as his subject, particularly with such a remarkable story.

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boom reviews - litte monsters Little Monsters (15)

The zombie apocalypse. Everyone has pretty much come around to the inevitability of it, probably more so than climate change ironically, so it’s just a question of when, not if.

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boom reviews - The Peanut Butter Falcon The Peanut Butter Falcon (12A)

If ever there were an actor of the current generation that it’s difficult to get a handle on, it’s Shia LaBeouf. He’s gone big with the likes of the Transformers franchise, he’s gone indie for Lars von Trier in both volumes of Nymphomaniac, and various stops in-between.

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boom reviews - the day shall come The Day Shall Come (15)

Good things come to those who wait, so they say, but for fans of warped creative genius Chris Morris, he takes waiting to a whole new catatonic level.

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boom reviews - skin Skin (15)

Here’s a bit of trivia that, if you’re of a certain age, could make you feel really rather old: it’s nearly twenty years since Brit Jamie Bell made his debut in the titular role of Billy Elliot.

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boom reviews - the mustang The Mustang (15)

Prison flicks are two-a-penny, with the genre well established in cinema history. And although not as well represented, there are a surprising number of equine features that rear their maned heads from time to time on the big screen.

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boom reviews - nekrotronic Nekrotronic (15)

The smartphone will be the death of us all, that’s just an undeniable fact. However we may all be far too busy watching cat videos on YouTube to notice the planet die beneath our very feet. Still, those cute kitties are rather adorable.

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boom reviews - transit Transit (12A)

With the ridiculous political shenanigans that the UK is currently enduring, it’s almost impossible not to relate anything and everything to the absurdity that is Brexit. But with German director Christian Petzold’s latest film, its themes of immigration feel as if they give the feature added social weight and relevance.

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boom reviews - the sun is also a star The Sun is also a Star (15)

Love is all around, if Marti Pellow and his Wet Wet Wets are to be believed, that is. Wherever it may be, it feels to be in dangerously short supply if the current political climate around the world is anything to go by. So perhaps this fluffy love story, set in the city that apparently never sleeps, is just what the world, and everyone in it, needs right now.

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boom reviews - the candidate The Candidate (15)

Politicians – can’t live with them, can’t vote them out of power if they’re a tyrant like Putin. We’ve reached a freaky point in history where the world of politics has almost taken on the status of a reality TV show. The unbelievable is now somehow the norm. You only need look at a couple of the world leaders and their Twitter feeds to realise that.

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boom reviews holiday Holiday (18)

If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate, just one day out of life, it would be so nice. It’s a wonderful sentiment, but clearly not the one that director Isabella Eklöf had in mind for her film, as the title is about the only thing it shares with Madonna’s 1983 sunny hit. For Eklöf’s dark debut isn’t likely to find you scrawling on a postcard “wish you were here” any time soon.

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boom reviews - The Intruder The Intruder (15)

With nearly a hundred roles under his belt, Dennis Quaid has certainly been around the Hollywood block. He made an impact with his early roles in the eighties, with the likes of The Right Stuff, The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire! and Innerspace.

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boom reviews - support the girls Support the Girls (15)

Have you ever had one of those days? Of course you have; it’s the kind of day that, despite all your efforts, is just simply unwilling to behave itself. It’s one and only saving grace is that it will eventually end, and you’d have to be pretty darn unlucky for it to leak into the next.

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boom reviews - thunder road Thunder Road (15)

With the ability to shoot video on phones, there was an expectation to see an avalanche of new talent seep through the old guard of Hollywood. Even with YouTube, where anyone could upload their efforts, this route to the commercial film market has been remarkably quiet.

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boom reviews - booksmart Booksmart (15)

If you would believe films, and let’s face it most of us do, teens are obsessed with parties. Sure, the ones that were always invited loved a good party. Who wouldn’t, what with all the jiggying, the gentle lingering of frivolity in the air, choons and of course a balanced selection of nibbles. We’re guessing.

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boom reviews - birds of passage Birds of Passage (15)

Films about drug wars aren’t that unusual, they often go a bit like this: young whippersnapper comes up the ranks, wants to make an impression, throw their considerable ego around, “hey, who are you, to throw your ego around?” – “bang, bang, you’re dead!”, - ”No, bangbang You’re dead!!”. The end.

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boom reviews - extremel ywicked shockingly evil and vile Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (15)

Looking at director Joe Berlinger’s career to date and two things spring to mind: his attention to all things criminal generally, and Ted Bundy specifically, shows impressive dedication; and he really should get out more.

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boom reviews - woman at war Woman at War (12A)

You would have had to have wrapped yourself from head to toe in tin foil (which would be troubling on so many fronts) not to be aware of the current stories regarding climate change regularly in the news.

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boom reviews - eighth grade Eighth Grade (15)

Your school days were just one big jigsaw puzzle. Every day pieces would be added to it, some welcome, others not so much, until finally, at the end of it, you’re left with a picture that represents everything you’ve gone through.

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boom reviews - dragged across concrete Dragged Across Concrete (18)

We’re now three films deep into director S. Craig Zahler’s CV, and it’s safe to say that he’s forming a familiar M.O. 1/ Write a cracking screenplay that is both stark and brutal, and hold back on the pacing 2/Cast iconic actors who some may describe, somewhat cruelly, as past their sell-by date. 3/ Above said actors must be male. Female actors seeking a starring role, needn’t apply.

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boom reviews - mid90s Mid90s (15)

The 1990s. They say if you remember them, you were more than likely there. You were probably watching Friends and ER, listening to Moby and Nirvana, playing Tetris on your Game Boy, and thinking life couldn’t possibly get better than this. You wait until you get on the internet, you whisper to your younger self.

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boom reviews - happy as lazzaro Happy As Lazzaro (12A)

There are just not enough good people in the world. Fact. This is no doubt because bad things invariably happen to them. Take that Jesus fella; he was always doing nice things for other folk, making sure they had food on their plates, sorting them out with their aches and pains, and look what happened to him.

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boom reviews - lords of chaos Lords of Chaos (18)

There are some extreme places to live, as anyone who lives in South London can testify too. Norway is one of them; with its trippy policy to ban night time with a period when the sun isn’t allowed to set, as well as celebrating the existence of trolls in a big way, it’s no wonder it can bring out the cuckoo in certain folk.

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boom reviews - Under the silver lake Under the Silver Lake (15)

Whenever Keith Lemon chats with one of his guests on Celebrity Juice, be it a minor celebrity or bland pop star, he invariably has to ask them about the product they’re on the show to plug. He asks every single one of them the same, exact question: what’s the message? It’s a deep question, and one that they can never answer conclusively, thanks to him.

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boom reviews - The Vanishing The Vanishing (15)

There are very few Scottish actors who go on to become megastars; there is Sean Connery, of course, and that’s about it. And no, Mel Gibson in Braveheart doesn’t count.

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boom reviews - Girl Girl (15)

Change is in the air, and that’s not a comment on climate change. There appears to be a greater tolerance towards our differences in society, which can only be a good thing.

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boom reviews - the kindergarten teacher The Kindergarten Teacher (12A)

It must be great to be a Gyllenhaal. It doesn’t matter which one really, Maggie, or younger bro Jake; whenever either of them pop up in a film, you know it’s worth a watch, just because one of them is simply in it.

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boom reviews - serenity Serenity (15)

It’s fair to say that British writer and director Steven Knight has come a long way in his career. In the early days, he wrote for Brummie comedian Jasper Carrott on various projects, including his BBC comedy series The Detectives which also starred Jesus, AKA Robert Powell.

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boom reviews - Vice Capernaum (15)

There has to be times, in all our lives, where we’ve considered suing our parents for one thing or another. For instance, TV doesn’t constitute being an actual bone fide baby sitter. Nor does having to trawl around a supermarket on a Saturday afternoon count as a family day out.

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boom reviews - a private war A Private War (15)

Truth is a curious old concept. After all, one person’s truth can be another’s stinking pile of rotting cabbage. And as Mark Twain said (or did he?), never let the truth stand in the way of a good story. So if you thought that fake news was a modern phenomenon, think again.

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boom reviews - boy erased Boy Erased (15)

When actor Joel Edgerton decided to pop behind the camera for 2015’s The Gift, which he also starred in, alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, it felt as if that maybe more the direction, as it were, his career was going to take him.

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boom reviews - Vice Vice (15)

Veep – the world’s ultimate understudy role. No real power per se, but if something were to happen to the President of the United States, you are expected to jump in and immediately assume the position as one of the world’s most powerful leaders. The irony is, of course, that you’ll probably just be a foot note in history, and no-one will remember your name.

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boom reviews - the favourite The Favourite (15)

It ’s unclear quite when it happened, but somewhere along the way, Olivia Colman became a national treasure, or at the very least, a national treasure in waiting. No doubt playing royalty, twice in quick succession (here and as Liz 2 in the upcoming third season of The Crown on Netflix), is a big help. Just ask Helen Mirren.

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boom reviews - colette Colette (12A)

If there’s one actor who is keen on keeping the period drama alive it’s Keira Knightley. For the majority of her career, she has been wearing corsets, jaunty hats and serious pouts, in various historical dramas. And doing very well as a result.

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boom reviews - Life Itself Life Itself (15)

Not so long ago, cinema was seen as a fairly serious medium, primarily aimed at grown-ups. By comparison, the relatively new medium of TV was, on the whole, generally accepted as delivering the light and frothy. How times have changed.

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boom reviews - lizzie Lizzie (15)

It was back in 1995 when Chloë Sevigny marked her big screen debut in Larry Clark’s controversial Kids. Since then, she has carved out an impressive career, flitting back and forth from big to small screen with considerable ease.

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boom reviews - disobedience Disobedience (15)

It’s always interesting to see the project a director chooses after they have tasted success with their last film.

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boom reviews - wont you be my neighbor Won't You Be My Neighbor? (12A)

Up until recent atrocities, the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was mostly known for being a former steel town, as well as home to the Penguins, Steelers and Andy Warhol.But what a lot of people outside of the States may not realise, was that it was also the neighbourhood for national treasure Mister Rogers and his puppet friends.

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boom reviews - Juliet Naked Juliet, Naked (15)

Before the internet, music fandom was pretty much contained; you could put the posters up on your wall, go to the gigs, buy the t-shirts, and possibly even wait at the stage door for a glimpse of your favourite band.

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boom reviews - Operation Finale Operation Finale (15)

There are some actors who, for some indefinable reason, are just watchable, whatever they appear in. Oscar Isaac is in one such artist. It may be because he has the air of something old school about him. If he were born to an earlier generation, he could easily fit in with the likes of Pacino and Hoffman; not necessarily the prettiest of performers, but something about them that the camera – and audiences - loves.

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boom reviews - Black '47 Black '47 (15)

Ahh the Emerald Isle. Famed for its black stout, leprechauns, that Bono chap, and potatoes. It just so happens that this film centres when one from this list was more prevalent, and surprisingly, it’s not all about the Bono. Unless of course, there was a Bono Mr Potato Head, which wouldn’t be at all surprising.

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boom reviews - Escobar Escobar (15)

Just say no. That’s what the first lady Nancy Reagan declared to the American public regarding the taking of drugs. Luckily for one man, Columbian Pablo Escobar, they didn’t listen. At one point, 80% of all the cocaine that made it into the good ole US of A, was supplied by Pablo.

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boom reviews - american animals American Animals(15)

However much of an upstanding citizen you believe yourself to be, you’ve no probably dabbled in some five-fingered discounts in your time. And yes, the pick ‘n’ mix does count. There’s nothing like that high, no doubt heightened by that sugar rush, where you walk away thinking that you’ve just stuck it to the man and are clearly invincible. Unless you got caught of course.

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boom reviews - the negotiator The Negotiator (15)

It’s true that TV shows are the new black. Not that you need a TV to watch them anymore of course, but you catch our drift. There is now fluidity for actors between ‘TV’ and film like never before, with many effortlessly switching back and forth.

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boom reviews - a prayer before dawn A Prayer Before Dawn (15)

Fights are rubbish. Punchy punchy here, bop bop there. And nothing but bruises to show for your troubles. The one exception is if you just so happen to be Anthony Joshua, who has made a pretty penny from his left-right, left-uppercut shenanigans. For the rest of us, it’s just not worth it.

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boom reviews - The Secret of Marrowbone The Secret of Marrowbone (15)

With the likes of A Quiet Place and Hereditary doing their bit to increase heart rates and have sweat glands working overtime in cinemas, horror is on a high with audiences right now.

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boom reviews - Terminal Terminal (15)

There’s something romantic about train stations. Not the tatty, rural kind, with permanently locked toilets and waiting rooms with the scent of pee and foreboding. The grand city kind, with concourses bigger than small countries, platforms as long as your imagination, and exits and entrances akin to the Penrose stairs.

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boom reviews - Mary Shelley Mary Shelley (12A)

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.

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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.

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boom reviews - The Breadwinner The Breadwinner (12A)

It’s common knowledge that the Oscars often get it wrong. A fine example of this was in this year’s Best Animated Film category. The category was dominated by glossy Hollywood titles, with the Oscar going to the surprisingly disappointing Disney Pixar title Coco.The film that should have won was the beautiful Loving Vincent, with this title coming in a very close second.

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boom reviews - Submergence Submergence (15)

There’s no doubt that winning an Oscar can open doors for a performer. Since picking up her statuette for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2015’s The Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander has starred opposite Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, kicked ass as the new Lara Croft, as well as married her The Light Between Oceans co-star, Michael Fassbender.

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boom reviews - Lean On Pete Lean on Pete (15)

Despite pretty much being big dogs, albeit trickier to hug, horses don’t get the spotlight as much as other animals. But over the years, they have featured heavily in film, in everything from Black Beauty to War Horse.

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boom reviews - I Kill Giants I Kill Giants (12A)

Hollywood, as well as other film industries around the world, has been particularly sizeist over the years. Anything that makes you crane your neck upwards to see is often rewarded with a barrage of bullets. Just ask Godzilla.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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boom reviews - Roman J. Israel, Esq Roman J. Israel, Esq (12A)

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.

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boom reviews - Coco Coco (U)

Once upon a time, there was a super creative animation film company called Pixar. They made films that everyone of all ages loved. Then, in 2006, a bigger animation company called Disney, came along and gobbled Pixar up. Ever since, Pixar has never been the same. The End.

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boom film reviews - The Darkest Hour The Darkest Hour (PG)

History can be a funny thing. For instance, there will be a section of the population, who will, due to an inadequate education/being pig-ignorant, when asked who Churchill was, will probably say that dog off of the telly. No, no, no, no, no. Of course, if you’re a film fan who, having a great range of general knowledge, you will already know who Churchill was – from watching last year’s film of the same name, starring Brian Cox.

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boom film 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 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 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. #progresssucksHeart emoji or poo emoji, social media is here to stay. It's no surprise then that this technological zeitgeist bleeds over into old media, e.g. film. For his first full length feature, director Matt Spicer pokes the darker side of social media and this comic drama is what pops out.

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boom reviews The Man With the Iron Heart The Man With the Iron Heart (15)

It's hard to believe that back in the day, films about Nazis were as popular as superhero ones are today. Fewer sequels, granted - unless you count WW2 of course - and less Lycra for the most part, the war genre was pretty prolific . Instead of being an all out war film, French director Cédric Jimenez focuses his attention on one man, and his rise to fame within the Nazi party.

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boom reviews Horns Horns (15)

Starring in a big budget film as a child actor doesn't guarantee further success – just ask Macaulay Culkin or the kid who played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace. Well, you could try asking them, but you have to find them first. In 2001, at the age of eleven, Daniel Radcliffe got the lead in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, a role he continued to play for the next ten years, making him pretty much a household name. Since then, he's been pretty bold with his post-Potter roles, with darker fair like The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings. But just to reinforce his acting credentials, he also took to the stage to reveal himself, in all his glory, in the demanding Equus. In a sense, Horns sees Radcliffe return to the realms of fantasy in his latest role, for what he probably considered one hell of a part.

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boom reviews cry macho Cry Macho (12)

There are very few Hollywood actors around that can be truly described as a screen icon and legend, but there is one man that most certainly fits the bill, and that’s Clint Eastwood.

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boom reviews tick tick boom Tick, Tick...BOOM! (12A)

There seem to have been a number of film musicals released in the last year or so, probably in response to the global pandemic. The thinking possibly being that audiences need uplifting at home and musicals have the power to do it. Which is true enough, just not this one sadly.

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boom reviews - raging fire Raging Fire (15)

When it comes to the action flick, it’s all too easy to be led into thinking that Hollywood does it best. Any discerning film fan will know this is simply not the case, as Asian cinema for one has proved over the years. And if one man took on Hollywood and brutally beat it with a plank at their own game, it was John Woo.

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boom reviews - dune Dune (12A)

1977 was a pretty big year for the sci-fi flick, seeing the release of Capricorn One and Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The real heavy hitter at the box office however was a film that took place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

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boom reviews - the nowhere inn The Nowhere Inn (15)

If you’re a lover of music, there’s always a fascination for the rockumentary; the behind-the-scenes look at your favourite band or performer on the road, warts and all.

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boom reviews - the boss baby 2 The Boss Baby 2 (PG)

There is a phenomenon that a number of women can go through during pregnancy called ‘baby brain’: it can cause a general mushiness of the brain, resulting in a cerebral fogginess that’s hard to shake.

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boom reviews - john and the hole John and the Hole (15)

The coming of age genre often implies the transition from childhood to adulthood in some way, usually leaving both the character and audience feeling uplifted.

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boom reviews - the green knight The Green Knight (15)

One of the go to stories in cinema history over the years has been that of Arthurian legend. No wonder as it’s rich with characters and spectacle, as well as highlighting some pleasing round furniture.

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boom reviews - the alpinist The Alpinist (12A)

When it comes to the Olympic Games we all have our favourite disciplines, but as we have seen recently, it doesn’t guarantee their inclusion in the games. Fans of Tug of War for instance are still waiting for its comeback into the games since it was dropped in 1920.

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boom reviews - the man who sold his skin The Man Who Sold His Skin (15)

According to Oscar Wilde, all art is quite useless. That may well be the case, but it doesn’t stop some of it from being truly expensive. Take Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi that sold for the record-breaking amount of $475 million at auction in 2017. And to be honest, it’s not even all that, looking much like a passport photo of its time.

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boom reviews - 12 mighty orphans 12 Mighty Orphans (12)

Just because a sport isn’t necessarily popular in one country, doesn’t mean that a film about that sport will suffer. An example being 1989’s classic Field of Dreams; although it was heavily baseball themed, its magical story transcended the sport, making it a global hit, even in countries that don’t play baseball – which is the majority of them.

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boom reviews - respect Respect (12A)

One of the most challenging roles for any actor must be playing a real life person. The actor must consider the balance of putting their own stamp on the performance, as well as staying true to the person they’re bringing to life on screen.

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boom reviews - kate Kate (15)

There are always trends where naming children are concerned; the most popular names for boys in the UK currently are George, Theo, Oliver, Noah, and taking the top spot, Muhammad. For the girls they are Ava, Olivia, Sophia, Amelia, and the most popular being Lily.

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boom reviews - here today Here Today (12)

It’s often cited that that for film stars, TV was a dirty word. Of course that’s no longer true. But for a large number of actors, it was their early roles on TV that laid the ground work for them to become household names.

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boom reviews - demonic Demonic (18)

It’s highly unusual for a director making his debut to achieve both critical and commercial success, but that’s exactly what happened to Neill Blomkamp. In 2009 he released District 9, his first film that cost $30 million to make. Not only was it loved by critics, but audiences flocked to it to, to the tune of $210 million.

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boom reviews - our ladies Our Ladies (15)

It’s incredible how much happens to an individual during adolescence. It’s a time of immense growth both physically and emotionally; that awkward transition from childhood to adulthood, that ultimately shapes you for the rest of your life.

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boom reviews - vivo Vivo (U)

The world of animation can be a hit or miss affair, even for such giants of the industry such as Disney and Pixar. A recent example of being way off the mark is DreamWorks’ Spirit Untamed, which was lame in every way possible.

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boom reviews - minamata minamata (15)

For many large companies, profit is all they care about, whatever the cost. And unbelievably, that cost can be human life. There’s even a term for it – industrial pollution – where companies just dump their toxic waste into areas that humans have access to, like a water source.

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boom reviews - profile Profile (15)

The internet is a marvellous thing. Never has it been easier to stay in touch with people you vaguely care about. Or troll those you have absolutely no interest in, but get off making their lives hell. What a time to be alive.

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boom reviews - jungle cruise Jungle Cruise (12A)

When the news was first released that Disney was going to release a film based on one of its theme park rides, it was met with universal derision. But when 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl ended up with box offices takings surpassing $650 million dollars, Disney most certainly had the last laugh. And considering the franchise of five films has taken in over $4.5 billion, that’s some impressive ride.

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boom reviews - the sparks brothers The Sparks Brothers (15)

The music industry is outrageously cutthroat; even if you’ve managed to score yourself a big number one hit, there’s no guarantee that major success will follow – just ask all those one hit wonders out there.

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boom reviews - black widow Black Widow (12A)

You need patience to be an Avenger; it is a collective rich with characters, with more than one or two egos at play. But if you bide your time as a team player, helping to save the world along the way, then chances are you will be rewarded, as Natasha Romanoff has been here.

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boom reviews - french exit French Exit (15)

Michelle Pfeiffer has never won an Oscar. To put that in some kind of context, Cher has won a golden statuette, and although it was a fine performance (in 1987’s Moonstruck), it feels somewhat disturbing that Cher has managed to win won, but Pfeiffer hasn’t.

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boom reviews - in the heights In the Heights (PG)

Musicals, not only are they unquestionably the worst film genre but they are the devil’s work. Under no circumstance should a character ever feel compelled to express how they’re feeling in song. None whatsoever.

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boom reviews - in the earth In the Earth (15)

If there’s one director’s body of work that leaves us with the Marmite effect, it’s Ben Wheatley; some of it is agreeable on the cinematic palate, while the rest leaves a rather disappointing taste behind. What there is no doubting however is that all of it has the distinct flavour of Wheatley.

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boom reviews - nobody Nobody (15)

The Mission, Husbands and Wives, Love Actually, Kinsey: all these titles have two things in common, they are all Liam Neeson films, and they are just a handful of them he made, seeing him in a wide variety of roles, before his re-invention as an action hero in 2008’s Taken.

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boom reviews - land Land (12A)

Last year saw a twist on the usual reality TV show with BBC2’s Win the Wilderness: Alaska, that saw couples competing to win a truly isolated cabin in the Alaskan outback. It’s just one example of a growing fascination for going off grid and living a life without all the modern trappings.

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boom reviews - the killing of two lovers The Killing of Two Lovers (15)

The fun bit of any relationship is its start; the flirting, the butterflies, the saucy texts, the growing sense of intimacy. After a year or two however, these are nothing but a fading memory, as routine inevitably sets in.

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boom reviews - those who wish me dead Those Who Wish Me Dead (15)

What do fire and Hollywood have in common? Well, if you don’t know how to manage either, it’s easy to get burnt.

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boom reviews - rare beasts Rare Beasts (15)

After a short-lived yet highly memorable career in pop, Billie Piper cemented her position as a household name when she joined the cast of Doctor Who in 2005 as his assistant Rose, a role she played for eight years.

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boom reviews - charlatan Charlatan (15)

If you were unwell and visited your GP at the surgery, you may well have reservations regarding their medical training if they prescribed a paste of dead mice to treat your cough. But although it’s unlikely you would be able to pick it up over the counter at Boots, it was actually a remedy used by the ancient Egyptians.

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boom reviews - things heard and seen Things Heard and Seen (15)

There are some actors who just deserve better. Take Amanda Seyfried for example; she has proven herself time and again as versatile and talented, and yet has ended up in some truly turgid tripe.

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boom reviews - stowaway Stowaway (12)

Here’s a little science fact for you: the International Space Station launched in 1998 and since then it has been occupied continuously for over 20 years.

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boom reviews - black bear Black Bear (15)

There’s nothing like a couple having a row in public to bring out the voyeur in someone. In some part there’s a fascination for what’s happened in their relationship to reach this point of dirty laundry being aired so publicly, coupled with a sense of relief that it isn’t you.

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boom reviews - true mothers True Mothers

Babies. The world is full of them, and if you consider the very real issue of over-population and the rapidly diminishing resources of the planet, there’s probably more than there should be. But that doesn’t stop people making them, despite the fact that according to the United Nations, there is likely to be nearly 10 billion people globally by 2050.

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boom reviews - palm springs Palm Springs (15)

If ever there was a period in history where the notion of living the same day over and over could be relatable all over the globe, it’s now. For many, living with a pandemic has created a routine that, certainly for the least year or so, has been difficult to deviate from.

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boom reviews - godzilla vs kong Godzilla Vs Kong (12A)

It’s difficult to imagine the audience's reaction to seeing King Kong for the very first time on the big screen, in RKO’s 1933 classic, particularly the iconic Empire State Building scene, but it must have been a true sense of wonder.

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boom reviews - chaos walking Chaos Walking (12A)

If ever there were a casting announcement to make a nerd’s mind melt to mush, it would be this one; not only does it star Tom Holland, the most recent incarnation of Spider-Man, but it also features Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in the most recent Star Wars trilogy.

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boom reviews - six minutes to midnight Six Minutes to Midnight (12A)

Stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard is a bit of a dabbler. The comic, who has been outspoken regarding gender fluidity, and who currently prefers the pronoun ‘she’, is a keen activist with a sharp eye on the world of politics, having run twice to be a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee.

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boom reviews - ammonite Ammonite (15)

There’s enough physical evidence to suggest that prehistoric creatures loved a day out at Lyme Regis. The Dorset coastal town has been a hotspot for fossil finding over the years, so much so that it was listed as a World Heritage site in 2001 and has been dubbed the Jurassic Coast.

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boom reviews - silk road Silk Road (15)

On the surface, the internet looks an incredible resource at our fingertips. Want to buy a Breville toaster for delivery the next day? You can. Always wondered what the capital of Zambia is, you can Google it (it’s Lusaka). Or you simply want to troll someone on social media and make their life a misery, you’re just a click or two away.

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boom reviews - sas red notice SAS: Red Notice (15)

With Daniel Craig ready to hang up his Walther PPK for the last time with the eventual release of No Time to Die, rumours are rife as to who will be his successor to play the iconic James Bond.

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boom reviews - The United States vs Billie Holiday The United States vs Billie Holiday (15)

Possibly one of the hardest tasks given any actor is that of the biography; it’s not just a case of developing a role, but getting to the nitty gritty of playing a real human being, who is often attached to an impressive legacy of some kind.

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boom reviews - i care a lot I Care a Lot (15)

There was a time when you could look forward to old age, relax those aching bones on board a cruise around the world, visit family in faraway places, and just enjoy your twilight years. A global pandemic can soon put a stop to all that, unfortunately, and pretty much make an elderly member of the community a prisoner in their own home.

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boom reviews - news of the world News of the World (12A)

One of the most drastic changes that have come from living in the future is the way news is delivered. Not so long ago, it could involve a small child prodding a newspaper through your letterbox. And no, that’s not a euphemism.

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boom reviews - zappa Zappa

It only seems appropriate that if anyone was going to do a documentary on musician extraordinaire Frank Zappa, it should be one half of musical saviours Wyld Stallyns.

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boom reviews - the dig The Dig (12A)

Thanks to his blockbusting antics, one name has become synonymous with that of archaeology and that is Indiana Jones. His adventures have managed to sex up finding old buried stuff no end, and has no doubt encouraged many to follow in his dust-covered footsteps.

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boom reviews - Baby Done Baby Done (15)

Considering the global mess we all currently find ourselves in, the future looks worryingly uncertain. There are sadly no assurances of a brighter future, and along with it no economic recovery, no political buoyancy, or necessarily a medical solution that will kill off COVID.

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boom reviews - blithe spirit Blithe Spirit (PG)

There was probably a time in history, not so long ago, where attempting to contact the dead was seen as macabre. These days, less so, as using a Ouija board is now a form of entertainment; in the States for instance, Hasbro, the company that owns the likes of Monopoly, Cluedo and Operation, not only produce Ouija boards, they actually own the trademark to the name.

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boom reviews - pieces of a woman Pieces of a Woman (15)

It’s a testament to the physical and mental strength of all womankind that they have the ability to endure all aspects of giving birth, an act that the male of the species would almost certainly struggle with every aspect of, if given the internal mechanics to cope with.

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boom reviews - let him go Let Him Go (15)

With a career that spans from the early eighties to present day, Kevin Costner could be considered one of a dying breed – the archetypal Hollywood leading man.

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boom reviews - come away Come Away (PG)

Ever since the late seventies, Marvel have a produced a line of comics under the title of ‘What If...?, which explore unusual storylines that wouldn’t normally appear in the pages of the regular comics, such as What if Spider-Man married Ben Grimm? Or What if DareDevil took part in Strictly Come Dancing?, that sort of thing.

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boom reviews - superintelligence Superintelligence (PG)

The human brain: the most remarkable organ capable of processing powerful and complicated calculations. And to think, we only use 10% of its capacity.

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boom reviews - falling Falling (15)

With over sixty acting credits to his name, with his big screen debut coming by way of playing an Amish farmer in Peter Weir’s 1985 classic Witness, Viggo Mortensen is trying his hand behind the camera for the very first time.

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boom reviews - the life ahead The Life Ahead (15)

The American Film Institute are very keen on compiling lists. Over the years they have compiled various lists, from the 25 best scores, 100 best movie quotes, and 25 best musicals.

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boom reviews - relic Relic (15)

There are some unspeakable horrors in the world, but one of the worst that can affect anyone is living with your parents. It’s bad enough putting up with them when they’re ‘raising’ you, spouting out their know-it-all attitude as they do, and getting on your case about how its isn’t socially acceptable to stick your finger in there, either publically or in private.

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boom reviews - the trial of the chicago 7 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (15)

For some, the incredible success that South Korean director Bong Joon-ho with his film Parasite attained, which not only won four Oscars, but became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture, may well be disappointing.

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boom reviews - the other lamb The Other Lamb (18)

It’s not that difficult to understand why people join cults. They appear to be places where you don’t have to think for yourself too much, with everyone given specific roles. Someone is charged with cooking, someone else with cleaning duties, and maybe another staying on top of the strength of the Wi-Fi and guarding the password. There’s also no hassle with parcels being left elsewhere as there’s always someone knocking about, as well as enough people to volunteer for babysitting duties when you need a break from the whole cult thing.

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boom reviews - carmilla Carmilla (18)

When it comes to the vampiric legend, one iconic character springs to mind, and it isn’t Count Duckula. But although Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula, written in 1897 has become the standard as far as representation on the big screen is concerned, he was by no means the first vampire on the block.

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boom reviews - monsoon Monsoon (12A)

Starring in what would become the highest grossing romantic comedy of the last ten years, in your debut acting feature no less, is quite the achievement.

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boom reviews - cants and dogs 3 Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite (U)

In 2001, the original Cats & Dogs film was released, with an impressive cast of both physical and voice talent, that included Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins, Tobey Maguire, Susan Sarandon and Charlton Heston.

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boom reviews - the devil all the time The Devil All The Time (18)

It may well be far too consumed by its ego to notice, but the Hollywood star system is under attack. If it were a film, it would probably be called Invasion of the Jobby Snatchers.

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boom reviews - memories of murder Memories of Murder (15)

For some, the incredible success that South Korean director Bong Joon-ho with his film Parasite attained, which not only won four Oscars, but became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture, may well be disappointing.

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boom reviews - mulan Mulan (12A)

Imagine if a year ago Disney announced that instead of releasing its $200 million live action version of Mulan in cinemas, it was going to pop it on its own streaming service, you might well think that the house of mouse had a few tiles loose. How times change.

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boom reviews - ava Ava (15)

The Hollywood old guard is dwindling. Every decade has its own, with the most recent probably including the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, having careers that are quietly winding down a tad, with an eager bunch of self-absorbed narcissists ready to pick up the baton.

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boom reviews - yes god yes Yes, God, Yes (15)

Temptation is everywhere. What’s worse, due to the wonders of modern tech, it’s now available to fit in your pocket, and is accessible 24/7 thanks to the three W’s.

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boom reviews - pinocchio Pinocchio (PG)

It’s difficult not to associate the name Pinocchio with the classic 1940 Disney animation of the same name. The character has of course been around longer than that, created as he was in 1883, where he made his debut in the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Italian Carlo Collodi.

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boom reviews - perfect 10 Perfect 10 (15)

A lot can be said for being an only child. For example, if there’s any attention to be gotten, you’re likely to get it. The same can be said for presents at birthdays and Christmas.

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boom reviews - proxima Proxima (12A)

In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova made history by becoming the first woman in space. Since then, over sixty women have matched her achievement and have left our atmosphere as astronauts.

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boom reviews - alice Alice (15)

It’s often cited that prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, but many would dispute that as fact, with others trying to get in on the action over the years, including farming, hairdressing, teaching as well as religion.

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boom reviews - clemency Clemency (15)

The federal government, military and 28 states currently have capital punishment as a legal penalty in the United States. The most current figures to date also suggest that there are 2,620 inmates presently on death row.

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boom reviews - Greyhound Greyhound (12A)

Everyone loves Tom Hanks. That’s just a given. If he were British, he would already be a national treasure. Of course he is known for is countless memorable performances in classic films. What’s less known however is that he dabbles in writing occasionally. He wrote the 1998 mini-series From Here to the Moon, an episode of 2001’s Band of Brothers, as well as three screenplays: 1996’s That Thing You Do!, 2011’s Larry Crowne and now this WWII drama.

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boom reviews - finding the way back Finding the Way Back (15)

In 1994, Heather Small, lead singer of the poppy M People, sang the lyric “You’ve got to search for the hero inside yourself” in their hit song ‘Search for the Hero’. What she was actually singing about, whether she knew it or not, is what actor Ben Affleck has been doing all of his professional life.

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boom reviews - irresistible Irresistible (15)

Although not a familiar name in the UK, Jon Stewart has been a stalwart of the US late night talk show scene for some time, including his long-running stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that ran for 16 years, that finally came to an end in 2015.

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boom reviews - resistance Resistance (15)

There’s a saying that goes that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. By the same token it could be said that mime is the lowest form of entertainment. It is so low down on the entertainment chain, that if one were trapped in a well, the only way to save them would be to mime lowering down a rope to them.

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boom reviews - wasp network Wasp Network (15)

Nestled in the Caribbean sea, not far off the coast of the US, is Cuba. Despite its proximity to its North American neighbours, the atmosphere between the two has been anything but friendly. The reason? Cuba became a communist country in 1959, and since then has been a red thorn in the side of the States ever since.

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boom reviews - days of the bagnold summer Days of the Bagnold Summer (12)

It’s such a warm, fuzzy feeling seeing them grow-up, developing into proper adults. Not your own children of course, as you probably gave up on them years ago, but those TV ‘teen’ stars of yester year.

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boom reviews - the lovebirds The Lovebirds (15)

It’s difficult to fully understand why, but there appears to be a general consensus that Kumail Nanjiani is perfect buddy movie fodder. Maybe they feel that he can’t be trusted on his own, and needs supervision, or, worse than that, he simply can’t carry a film by himself. He recently teamed up with last year’s Stuber opposite Dave Bautista, and then he coupled up in 2017’s The Big Sick.

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boom reviews - the atom a love affair The Atom: a Love Affair

Relationships can be such fickle things. You meet someone special, who lights up your life – literally. But things get complicated and they have a massive meltdown and you can never go near them again.

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boom reviews - the whistlers The Whistlers (15)

Romanian film director Corneliu Porumboiu has two obvious loves in his life: football and film. His passion for both has even seen him combine the pair not once but twice with his documentaries, 2014’s The Second Game and 2018’s Infinite Football.

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boom reviews - trolls world tour Trolls World Tour (U)

It’s easy to think that films based on toys started with the LEGO films (with the first being released in 2014), or even with the first Toy Story entry, released in 1995, but toy producers and filmmakers have been savvy for way longer. There’s the Transformers franchise for instance, that’s been transforming on our screens since 1986’s animated feature (and the TV series two years earlier than that), 1985’s The Care Bear Movie, with even those cute hatchable creatures getting a look in with Tamagotchi: the Movie in 2007.

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boom reviews - vivarium Vivarium (15)

You don’t full realise the enormous impact of a global pandemic until you’re smack in the middle of one. Not only are many of us struggling with the concept of self isolation (although, if you think of it more as quality alone time, it certainly takes the edge off), but the global economy is taking a huge hit.

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boom reviews - bloodshot Bloodshot (12A)

During the eighties, you could pretty much walk down the street and trip over an action star every hundred metres, they were that plentiful. The likes of Norris, Seagal and Van Damme were churning out titles at a cracking pace, most of which were guilty pleasures to watch.

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boom reviews - escape from pretoria Escape from Pretoria (12A)

To all intents and purposes, Daniel Radcliffe’s career should be over. Being a child star should be known as suffering from LRS - Logan’s Run Syndrome; as soon as a young actor hits puberty, their career dies.

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boom reviews - true history of the kelly gang True History of the Kelly Gang (18)

Kangaroos. Vegemite. Kylie Minogue. These are probably the first few things when asked that someone will associate Australia with. You may sadly have the recent horrific fires that the country has suffered from added to that list.

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boom reviews - color out of space Color Out of Space (15)

After directing 1990’s cult classic Hardware, director Richard Stanley looked as if he had a bright future ahead of him. And then The Island of Dr. Moreau happened. The 1996 film, starring none other than Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer was to be his ticket to the big time, but when the studio lost faith they fired him and replaced him with John Frankenheimer.

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boom reviews - portrait of a lady on fire Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15)

Have a portrait painted, it lasts longer. That’s what was never uttered by someone in the eighteenth century when stared at for a substantial time.

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boom reviews - plus one Plus One (15)

Films about weddings can be much like the real thing: you often have to be dragged against your will to them and they can be difficult to tolerate. And having paid so much to be there, it’s no easy feat to simply walk away.

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boom reviews - waiting for anya Waiting for Anya (12A)

Tolerance is a wonderful thing. There are many types of people in this world, that despite holding different attitudes or beliefs, doesn’t necessarily make them bad people. There is one exception of course – people who don’t like subtitles. They are diseased beyond redemption, because reading dialogue and watching a film simultaneously is so darn challenging.

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boom reviews - richard jewell Richard Jewell (15)

Legend is a word that’s so easily bandied about, it can lose its meaning. If ever you needed a reference, a true north star, then you only have to look at Clint Eastwood.

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boom reviews - queen and slim Queen and Slim (15)

You almost have to feel sorry for Americans. Not for the Twitter twat running their country, that goes without saying. No, simply for the fact that their home grown acting talent are constantly getting nailed by Brits stealing plump roles.

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boom reviews - bombshell Bombshell (15)

A change is in the air regarding the current unacceptable attitude towards sexual harassment in the workplace (which appears to have been to simply ignore its existence), if the current media hype is to be believed, that is.

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boom reviews - lad dolce vita La Dolce Vita (12A)

Italy may have lost its place somewhat in world cinema of late, but that wasn’t always the case. Over the years, prominent Italian directors have risen up and proven themselves as auteurs of the highest order in film, with none so more than Federico Fellini.

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boom reviews - the nightingale The Nightingale (18)

Having carved out a career as an actress down under, Jennifer Kent has decided to make the move to behind the camera. She made her directorial debut with the curiously titled horror The Babadook in 2014.

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boom reviews - judy and punch Judy and Punch (15)

The older one gets, the more one tends to hear the phrase ‘well, they were different times’, to excuse the poor behaviour that took place in the past, and to somehow justify something that was really never OK. Falling into this category is a children’s puppet show that’s USP was literally domestic abuse, all in the name of family entertainment. Different times indeed.

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boom reviews - the gangster,the cop, the devil The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (15)

With the South Korean film industry currently not only booming, but producing some terrific features, It’s great to throw another name into the mix - Lee Won-tae.

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boom reviews - driven Driven (15)

Ahead of its time - that’s the perfect description for the DMC DeLorean car. It became a screen icon in 1985’s Back to the Future, but by which time, it had failed commercially upon its release in 1981.

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boom reviews - luce Luce (15)

Race has always been a contentious issue and will no doubt continue to be so, sadly. Nigerian-born director Julius Onah however, comes at it from a very different perspective with his latest film.

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boom reviews - hotel mumbai Hotel Mumbai (15)

In 2008, the Indian city of Mumbai came under a brutal sustained terrorist attack, pinpointing several locations across the city to bring it to its knees in terror.

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boom reviews - phoenix Phoenix (15)

Scandinavian countries have a reputation for producing quite glum and gloomy dramas, which is often attributed to their isolated locales and chilly climes. As sweeping generalisations go, the countries that make up Scandinavia don’t exactly go out of their way to prove it wrong.

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boom reviews - the souvenir The Souvenir (15)

Whenever you went on a school day trip, the best part of it was invariably time spent in the gift shop. These places were undoubtedly to blame for the countless collections of stationery tat purchased, including various rubbers, pencils and pens that subliminally created hordes of collectors-to-be, who would upgrade their desire to collect objects of more expensive tat.

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boom reviews - rapid response Rapid Response (12A)

Driving at ridiculous speeds around a racing track can be fatal, regardless of how good a driver you are, as the recent tragedy in Belgium, with the death of French Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert, proves all too well.

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boom reviews - hailsatan Hail Satan? (15)

God, if you’re to believe the hype, is everywhere. Of course God is like the Ben & Jerry’s of the world of religion, in that he/she/it comes in many different flavours around the globe. Christianity’s version is seen as the most popular, with around 70% of the world’s population subscribing to those particular religious leanings.

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boom reviews - UglyDolls UglyDolls (U)

When a popular toy comes out, you invariably get a cheaper, less attractive Chinese knock-off that soon follows. It’s nowhere near as good in terms of quality mind, but when they’re that young, they won’t even notice. And if it’s a little on the toxic side, it’ll probably make their immune systems stronger.

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boom reviews - kings Kings (15)

As debuts go, Deniz-Gamze Ergüven did pretty well with hers. For her first feature, The Turkish-French director helmed 2015’s Mustang, which was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film for that year.

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boom reviews - Charming Charming (PG)

In such a crowded market as animation, dominated by the House of Mouse and other players, it takes a certain bravery to take on these behemoths at their own drawing game. Or stupidity.

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boom reviews - kursk - the last mission Kursk: the Last Mission (12A)

There must be an unwritten law somewhere stating that if you’re going to make a film set on a submarine, it has to be dramatic. Think about it, submarine comedies are very few and far between, and even fewer musicals.

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boom reviews - the captor The Captor (15)

The Scandinavian city of Stockholm is famous for many things: Sweden’s capital is home to three World heritage sites; it hosts the annual Nobel prizes; and it’s where you will, of course, find the Abba museum. But you’ll know all this, as you probably saw Richard Ayoade sulk his way around the city in a recent Travel Man.

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boom reviews - the hummingbird project The Hummingbird Project (15)

Time is precious. Which is why there’s this almost crazed mentality to make things quicker. Everything from making your kettle boil ASAP, to your plane journey taking that bit less to get to its destination.

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boom reviews - john mcenroe in the realm of perfection John McEnroe: in the Realm of Perfection (12A)

Over the years, the sport of tennis has suffered with an image problem, in that it doesn’t really have one. Many of its finest exponents, who have gone on to win the biggest trophies in the game, have often had the personality of a dud Slazenger ball.

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boom reviews - destination wedding Destination Wedding (15)

Nobody likes weddings. They’re a money pit event that guests feel obliged to attend in a vain attempt by the couple-to-be to look popular. Oh and don’t forget to bring an expensive gift with you.

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boom reviews - vox lux Vox Lux (15)

It’s very rare for a child actor continue to have a bone fide career in acting, rarer still to also pick up an Oscar along the way, but that’s just what Natalie Portman has done.

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boom reviews - bel canto Bel Canto (15)

Music – you love it right? Sure you do, and you pride yourself on your eclectic tastes in different genres that make up your playlists. A little bit of this, a sprinkling of that. Chances are however, that there are some musical styles that just don’t float your rockin’ boat.

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boom reviews - a dark place A Dark Place (15)

Never the bride. A fairly accurate description of Irish actor Andrew Scott’s career to date. Although to be fair, he did recently play the priest in the BBC Three comedy Fleabag, who got to conduct the marriage between two characters in the show, so he’s clearly getting close.

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boom reviews - puppet master the littlest reich Puppet Master: the Littlest Reich (18)

You have to feel sorry for clowns. For years they have been held responsible for creating a fear in those who encounter them, when all they really want to do is throw cream pies and wear silly clothes. If you want to talk seriously about real evil, then you have to talk puppets.

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boom reviews - the sisters brothers The Sisters Brothers (15)

Up until now, director Jacques Audiard has helmed projects in his native French, including such titles as 2009’s A Prophet and 2012’s Rust and Bone. For his latest, he heads west – way out west – for his first film in English, with some Hollywood hotshots along for the ride.

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boom reviews - at eternitys gate At Eternity's Gate (12A)

Some artists are known to be prolific in producing work, but the same can’t be said for painter Julian Schnabel, or at least as far as his side job of directing is concerned.

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boom reviews - Us Us (15)

Before the release of 2017’s Get Out, not many held out much hope for it; after all, it was written and directed by Jordan Peele, who, only a year before, was mostly responsible for the dire effort Keanu, a comedy that was about as funny as having your face ripped off by a horde of ravenous feral cats.

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boom reviews - Out of Blue Out of Blue (15)

During the seventies, there were a number of directors pushing the boundaries of film, with much of their output considered avant-garde. Sadly, that kind of mentality has been replaced by big budget commercialism, seeking a high return for their explosive buck.

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boom reviews - ben is back Ben is Back (15)

There’s nothing more important than family, apparently. That’s certainly a recurring theme that cinema likes to bang on about a lot of the time. And the film industry should know, considering how nepotistic it is.

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boom reviews - border. Border (15)

We live in uncertain, divisive times, sadly. The last thing we need is a film that highlights the problems that can arise with borders. But despite the name, this is not a politically motivated feature, thank God.

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boom reviews - everybody knows Everybody Knows (15)

It’s unclear if any other country than the UK has national treasures, but if Spain does, you can bet your bottom Euro that Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are most definitely at the top of that list.

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boom reviews - what they had What They Had (15)

Actor Michael Shannon has been plying his trade on screen – big and small - since 1992. Slowly but very surely he has become one of the most impressive talents of his generation. And although he has made significant impacts in various roles – as Nelson in the TV show Boardwalk Empire, for instance – and notching up a couple of Oscar noms along the way, he has yet to become the AAA star he deserves to be.

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boom reviews - piercing Piercing (18)

It happens all too rarely these days, but once in a while, a director produces something both quirky and stimulating. With this his second feature, Nicolas Pesce has done just that with his weird and darkly wonderful adaption of the 1994 novel by Ryū Murakami.

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boom reviews - if beale street could talk if Beale Street Could talk (15)

So you manage to make a film (2008’s Medicine for Melancholy), which you write and direct. It’s critically acclaimed, but doesn’t find a wider audience. So you go again, write and direct and send your baby out into the world. Knock knock. Who’s that at the door? It’s the 2017 Academy Awards calling with eight nominations to deliver. Oh by the way, we’ve got three Oscars for you too. Don’t mind if we do, thank you very much.

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boom reviews - Green Book Green Book (12A)

If Peter Pan had a twin, and both ended up working in film, you’d have the Farrelly brothers. For much of their adult lives, the pair have helmed some of the silliest films in modern history, including There‘s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal and both Dumb and Dumber flicks.

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boom reviews - can you ever forgive me? Can You Ever Forgive Me? (15)

Before 2011, Melissa McCarthy was carving out a credible career as a comic actor on US TV in shows such as Gilmore Girls, the short-lived Samantha Who?, and Mike & Molly.

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boom reviews - the favourite Beautiful Boy (15)

Up. That’s the current direction of young American actor Timothée Chalamet’s career. After honing his craft on TV, in the second season of Homeland, Chalamet made positive waves in his breakout role on the big screen, opposite Armie Hammer in 2017’s acclaimed Call Me by Your name.

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boom reviews - The 12th Man The 12th Man (15)

You would think that even though WW2 ended 74 years ago, all the stories worth telling related to it, would have been told by now. Apparently not, as this gripping story set in Norway illustrates.

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boom reviews - The House That Jack Built The House That Jack Built (18)

It’s been five long years since Danish director Lars von Trier released his Nymphomaniac on the world, in two hefty volumes. For some reason, controversy always tends to follow Trier’s career like a bad, wafty smell. For his latest feature, that’s unlikely, as it follows Jack, an engineer with OCD, over a period of time. Oh wait, he also happens to be a serial killer. Oops.

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boom reviews - tulip fever Tulip Fever (15)

With the passing with everyday, we move away from traditional methods of payment in notes and coins. Nowadays, it’s just a matter of tapping plastic, or even your phone, and off you pops. And as everyone in the UK knows, as soon as Brexit happens, the only legal tender will be blocks of pure lard.

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boom reviews - Sorry to Bother You Sorry to Bother You (15)

There is only one job that is literally soul-destroying for both parties involved, and that is telesales. There’s a tangible sense of dread when you pick up the phone and are greeted by someone eerily chirpy attempting to sell you double glazing.

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boom reviews - Siberia Siberia (15)

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that all actors, regardless of their fame, are jobbing actors. Take Bruce Willis; at one point the biggest star on the planet. Now, starring in such straight-to-DVD efforts such as Precious Cargo, Acts of Violence and Reprisal. And no, they aren’t made up titles.

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boom reviews - Kin Kin (15)

Hollywood likes to keep it in the family. The only caveat being of course, as long as they’re male. It seems to be almost a trend now that a large number of brothers direct projects together.

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boom reviews - Don't Worry, He Won't get Far on Foot Don't Worry, He Won't get Far on Foot (15)

It’s actually been 23 years since Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant worked together, when Phoenix appeared in Van Sant’s 1995 To Die For. Of course Van Sant was already familiar with the Phoenix clan by then, having paired his brother River with fellow heartthrob Keanu Reeves for his 1991 film My Private Idaho.

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boom reviews - The Rider The Rider (15)

Horses are dangerous creatures, apparently more so than snakes, spiders, sharks and several Pokémon. Without doubt the most evil are the panto variety; approach one of them at your peril.

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boom reviews - bad samaritan Bad Samaritan(15)

Having helmed both Independence Day films and 1998’s Godzilla, Team Devlin and Emmerich have proved they know their way around a disaster flick. Unfortunately writer and producer Dean Devlin decided to go behind the camera for last year’s Geostorm, and proved us wrong.

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boom reviews - Under the Tree Under the Tree (15)

Families can be hard work at the best of times. Your own that is, not others. For instance, everyone has a weird uncle; you know the one, who, at family gatherings, can be heard saying things that weren’t appropriate ten years ago, never mind now. He also sits at the table and uses his grubby hands for cutlery, raking food off of the table

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boom reviews - the escape The Escape (15)

For many, being single can be seen as a curse. Society demands that we all couple up, because obviously we’re all happier that way, and if we have the required bits and pieces, we should procreate, because as Whitney sang, the children are our future. And sure, that can work, for some. But as this film portrays, living the suburban dream can easily turn into a nightmare.

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boom reviews - Madame Madame (15)

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.

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boom reviews - Escape Plan 2 Escape Pan 2: Hades (15)

If anyone knows his way around a sequel it’s Sly Stallone. In fact one of the biggest surprises to date, in regards to his extensive career, is that his 1986 flick Cobra never got a follow up. Already on there way are Creed II, Rambo 5 and The Expendables 4. So don’t discard a Cobra sequel just yet.

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boom reviews - Racer and the Jailbird Racer and the Jailbird (15)

It’s not unusual to see a crime flick that involves some daring driving. A bank heist takes place, that’s gone either good or bad, is often swiftly followed by frantic car chases through the city streets, showing flagrant disregard for road safety. Well it appears that Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam has given the whole crime driving sub genre a whole new spin, that doesn’t involve 360’s or fresh tyre marks.

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boom reviews - Escape Plan 2 Escape Plan 2: Hades (15)

If anyone knows his way around a sequel it’s Sly Stallone. In fact one of the biggest surprises to date, in regards to his extensive career, is that his 1986 flick Cobra never got a follow up.

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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.

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boom reviews - Double Lover Double Lover (18)

Ever since the dawn of time – in cinema at least – films have often dabbled with the concept of the doppelganger; either characters who look eerily alike (played by the same actor), or characters who are actually twins (played by the same actor). And then you have Twins, starring big Arnie and wee Danny DeVito, as long lost identical bros, for double the hilarity.

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boom reviews - Anon Anon (15)

Kiwi writer and director Andrew Niccol likes his sci-fi and tech themes; he made his directorial debut with 1997’s Gattica, and then went on to direct 2002’s S1m0ne, 2011’s In Time and 2013’s The Host. He also got nominated for an Oscar for writing The Truman Show in 1998, so he does occasionally get it right.

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boom reviews - Wildling Wildling (15)

There’s been a strange fascination for hirsute wolf-like characters in cinema over the years, with the first featuring a werewolf in 1935’s Werewolf of London. Since then, there have been a number of them scampering onto our screens, but the majority of them have been of the male persuasion.

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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.

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boom reviews - The Hurricane Heist The Hurricane Heist (12A)

When you start to play around with mixing up genres, like the crossing of streams in Ghostbusters, bad things can happen. For the most part, it’s best to keep them apart, after all no-one wants to see a horror high school musical, or an animated screwball comedy war film. Come to think of it, maybe we would like to see that last one, but you get the point.

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boom reviews - Mark Felt Mark Felt: the Man Who Brought Down the White House (12A)

Let’s face it, the problem with history is, there’s just so much of it. Thank God for films then, without which, many of us would have the brain of a certain US president.

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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.

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boom reviews - The Square The Square (15)

Despite Huey Lewis stating some time ago to the contrary, it’s never been hip to be square. As shapes go, the square has to be in the top three for being the worst. The best? Undisputedly the triangle; put something in a triangle, and you’ve already got intrigue right there.

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boom reviews - Monster Family Monster Family (U)

It’s amazing to think how much hard work and dedication goes into making an animated feature these days. Years of your life poured into bringing characters to life onto the big screen. It must be hugely disappointing then, when the end result is so poor that it’s been a complete waste of your time. And ours too, if you have the misfortune to sit through it.

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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.

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boom reviews - Lady Bird Lady Bird (15)

After appearing in a couple of dozen films, as well as co-writing a few, Greta Gerwig has decided to take the plunge getting behind the camera for her directorial debut with Lady Bird, at the ripe old age of 34. And if that wasn’t pressure enough, she also wrote it too.

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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.

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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.

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boom reviews - Last Flag Flying Last Flag Flying (15)

When Steve Carell first burst onto our screens as the awkwardly inept Michael Scott in the US version of The Office, you could tell that a career in comedy was pretty much guaranteed. And, for the most part, that’s true. But no-one could have predicted either his willingness to avoid being typecast in nothing but comic roles, or indeed that he had such ability to do straight roles.

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boom film 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.

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boom film reviews - Good Time Good Time (15)

Considering the bickering that can take place between brothers, it's surprising how many can end up working together, especially in film. The most well known include the Coens, the Wachowskis (who are now possibly sisters), the Marvel-lous Russos, the Duffers and the Duplass bros.

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boom reviews Marjorie Prime Marjorie Prime (12)

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. This adaption of Jordan Harrison's 2014 play of the same name, is set around a family who introduce technology in a bid to keep an elderly member engaged with life.

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