MOVIE × DIVERGENT Based on the young adult smash hit book series by Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger sets out to try and replicate the success of a dystopian future corrupt by the government with a lone teenage girl as the only hope to save the world. Within the first few minutes of the movie it is blatantly clear that this is a Hunger Games copy and whilst the books have broken away from that title and gained success in their own right, the movie was unsuccessful in doing so and felt repetitive and cliché. Review by Ellie Stuart
MOVIE × THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN : THE RISE OF ELECTRO The Amazing Spiderman 2 (The Rise Of Electro) packs 3 super villains from the Spidey universe on screen and combines some of the best special effects I have seen in a long time, combined with a funny and heart-warming script and top notch performances from all involved. Review by Alaisdair Dewar
MOVIE × CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the ninth entry and penultimate chapter to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the ensemble crossover and superhero reunion party The Avengers: Age of Ultron this time next year. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo delivered an exceptional update to Captain America with genuine twists and far-reaching implications for the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe inside a tense political thriller. Review by Mark Halyday
MOVIE × MR PEABODY & SHERMAN Remember the Rocky & Bullwinkle show? Then you will recognise this loveable duo who have been updated for todays audiences and given their very own feature film. I will be honest and say when I heard about this and saw the trailer, I wrote it off as a forgettable kids flick, and then after seeing it I can say that I was completely wrong. P&S is a heartwarming and entertaining flick that is worthy of the DreamWorks stamp of approval. Read the full reviews online at http://www.novastreamovies.com.au
GAME × BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS : BLACKGATE [PS3, XBOX 360] This is one of the most difficult reviews I have had to write. Whilst the Arkham Games do the batman franchise a great deal of justice I don’t think the same can be said for Blackgate, not on console anyway. As I never played the 3Ds or vita versions of the game I can’t comment on how well it crosses over, but in terms of a console game it just doesn’t have the hooks, which as a long time lover of the series, leaves me disappointed. What Blackgate does do well is translate the combat system, it feels exactly like that of a traditional Arkham Game button for button and swing for swing. Our caped crusader certainly handles with every inch of precision that he does in the series other entries and you get that memorable sense of connecting with hard hitting punches and kicks.
GAME × LEGO THE HOBBIT [PS4] The Lego Hobbit follows the story of the first two Hobbit Films : An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation Of Smaug. It pretty much sticks strictly to the storyline of the movies and mixes up the action with button mashing action combined with puzzles, lego building challenges and two new elements: buddy up fighting moves and through the game item collection to build bigger pieces. It all combines well to keep the combat feeling fresh, after what seems like a large influx of Lego games over the last few years. Review by Alaisdair Dewar Read the full reviews online at http://www.novastreamgames.com.au