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Monday 24 June 2019

In house: Home entertainment hotlist - DVDs and Gaming

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

The best DVDs and games out this week...

MALEFICENT

PG

A re-imagining of Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty focussed on the "baddie", the powerful dark fairy Maleficent, enjoyably played with gusto by Angelina Jolie.

Beginning decades earlier, we first meet her clad in white with a warm and gentle personality. Full of fantasy creatures and saturated colours, this rich, beautiful sequence ends with a brutal development that's quite shocking to see in a Disney film. Written by Linda Woolverton. the screenwriter behind The Lion King, you're in safe hands in this fun and exciting revisiting of a classic.

4 STARS

THE OTHER WOMAN

12A

Mark (Nicolai Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) is a suave, handsome and pathologically promiscuous man whom inadvertently and unknowingly creates a triumvirate of friendship between his wife (Leslie Mann) and two of his mistresses (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton).

Starting quite strong with an inventive script and strong comic performances from Diaz, Mann and later Upton, the quality of the film sharply dips once the ladies decide to get their own back, and Coster-Waldau disappoints as a comedy villain.

3 STARS

GAMING

ROUNDABOUT

PC/Mac/Linux: €14.99; gog.com

A brilliantly fun (and difficult) puzzle game with a kitsch 70s aesthetic and cheesy live-action cut-scenes, Roundabout is a fresh-feeling classic-to-be about manoeuvring a constantly revolving stretch limousine.

As if the fiendishly clever gameplay weren't enough to recommend it, the knowingly cheap and silly scenes with badly lit actors are pitch-perfect and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. Please note the game can be played with keyboard and mouse but it really demands an Xbox- or Playstation-style controller to play properly, which many gamers won't have hooked up to their computers.

5 STARS

DO NOT CRASH

iOS/Android: Free, iTunes App Store/Google Play Store

It's rare to come across a game with the simplest control scheme imaginable, but this deceptively challenging mobile title only asks for a single tap anywhere on the screen to switch your car's lane and avoid oncoming traffic. What starts out childishly easily quickly becomes very tough, requiring lightning reflexes.

Perfect for short, quick bursts of play, you might throw your device down in frustration, but you'll pick it back up again and try to beat that personal best.

3 STARS

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