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boom reviews Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon (DVD): Mark Wahlberg makes a splash in this thrilling flick.

boom reviews x men: apocalypse

X Men: Apocalypse (DVD): Does X still mark the spot?

boom reviews Star Wars the force awakens

Star wars VII (DVD): the force is strong in this one.

boom reviews Lego Avengers

Lego Avengers (game): Assembling in a clumsy fashion.

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boom interviews Lennie James We chat to Lennie James, star of Run and a host of other US and UK TV shows.

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latest film, dvd, blu-ray, game, music & book reviews

dvd & blu-ray reviews:

boom reviews - Girl on the Train
Girl on the Train (15)

Pull the cord, you'll want to avoid this train wreck.

Deepwater Horizon (12)

Mark Wahlberg makes a splash in this thrilling flick.

De Palma (15)

Fascinating doc on one of the finest US directors.

The Magnificent Seven (12A)

The only thing this awful remake got right was the number.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12A)

The hunt is over for a hugely enjoyable flick.

game reviews:

boom reviews - Watch Dogs 2
Watch Dogs 2 [Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox]

Not quite the V2.0 we were hoping for.

Battlefield 1 [Xbox One, PS4, PC]

Pat was right, love is a battlefield.

Aragami [PS4, PC]

You and your shadow.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 [PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360]

PES 17 shoots and scores.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force [3DS]

This may not be the Metroid Prime you were looking for.

film reviews:

boom reviews Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge (15)

Brit Andrew Garfield keeps his head in Mel Gibson's war film.

La La Land (12A)

The musical is back. God help us all.

Snowden (15)

Joseph Gordon-Leveitt let's it Snow-den in Oliver Stone's latest.

Sully (12A)

Hanks makes a tepid splash in Eastwood's Sully.

Dog Eat Dog (18)

Cage and Dafoe take chunks out of the screen in Paul Schrader's latest.

music reviews:

boom reviews - WALLS by Kings of Leon
WALLS by Kings of Leon

The Followill clan return with a solid if predictable album.

A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

Oxford's finest don't quite make the splash hoped for.

25 by Adele

Adele loves numbers, especially those with pound signs before them.

Songs of Innocence by U2

So this is it, U2's free album. But is it any good?

Royal Blood by Royal Blood

The album is out at last. Buy it!

book reviews:

boom book reviews - Gironimo! by Tim Moore
Gironimo! by Tim Moore

Not quite nul points for otherwise brilliant travel humourist Moore's latest labour of love.

Who Is Tom Ditto? by Danny Wallace

Danny Wallace asks a question for his new novel. But will you care for the answer?

Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human

This fresh debut is a little bit like Grange Hill on crack with monsters. What's not to love?

Bedsit Disco Queen by Tracey Thorn

Everything but the Girl's Tracey Thorn gives a fantastic account of her dalliances with popdom.

The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Think St. Trinians crossed with The Village.