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Ender's Game

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Mike Mike has a degree in Film from The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years and sees two to four new movies in the theatre a week. Mike has a weekly movie blog where he reviews films both present and past at:

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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“Ender’s Game”  (2013)

Ender's Game

Photo Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Set in Earth’s future, mankind has barely survived two attacks by an alien race known as the “Buggers.”  As Earth prepares for the next invasion, the best of the best are sent to train at the International Fleet.  Ender Wiggin (Ada Butterfield) is a young but brilliant boy who is handpicked by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) of the Fleet as the military’s next great hope.  Ender is trained by the legendary war hero Mazer Rachham (Ben Kingsley), with the hope of the world’s survival resting on Ender’s shoulders. “Ender’s Game” Website

What to Watch For:  The writer of the bestselling novel of the same name, Orson Scott Card, was heavily involved with the adaptation to the screen.

Word on the Street:  The set where Ender participates in simulated war games is said to look amazing on screen.

My Take:  The book, Ender’s Game, was first published in 1985.  I think, finally, movie special effects have finally caught up and can give this film the look and feel that the story deserves.

“Free Birds”  (2013)

Free Birds

Photo courtesy of Relativity Media

Two turkeys (Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson) team up to find a secret government experiment, a Time Travel machine.  If they can find the machine, they plan on going back in time…to the first Thanksgiving to get turkey taken off the holiday menu. “Free Birds” Website

What to Watch For: Co- writer / director Jimmy Hayward worked as an animator on such classics as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.

Word on the Street:  Besides Harrelson, Wilson and Amy Poehler, the voice cast is a little weak with only “Star Trek’s” George Takei and “Who’s Line Is it Anyway” Colm Meaney standing out.

My Take:  Should be a good film to get the family excited for the holidays.

“About Time”  (2013)

About Time

Photo courtesy of Universal Studios

When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21 he discovers that the men in his family can travel in time and gain the ability to change what has happen to them in the past.  He then meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and is determined to do anything in his power to make her his girlfriend.   “About Time” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is written and directed by Richard Curtis, the man responsible for the beloved film, “Love Actually” (2003).

Word on the Street:  While having aspects of a romantic comedy like “Love Actually,” the film is more about family and how you treat life’s moments.

My Take:  I love the work of Richard Curtis.  Besides his film work that includes the scripts for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994), Curtis wrote some of the best in British TV comedy like “Mr. Bean” and the “Blackadder” series.

“Last Vegas”  (2013)

Last Vegas

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

Three sixty-something friends (Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline) go to Las Vegas to celebrate the wedding of the their last single friend (Michael Douglas).  Now, will this lifelong bachelor actually go through with the wedding? “Last Vegas” Website

What to Watch for: The film is being called “The Geriatric Hangover.”

Word on the Street:  A couple of musicians, Redfoo from the musical duo LMFAO and 50 Cent, are said to steal the show from the talented leads.

My Take:  The film was partially made in Atlanta, so it‘s going to be fun to try and figure out what scenes were shot Georgia and not in Las Vegas.

If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Forsaken”  (2001)  Sean (Kerr Smith) is driving across the country when he picks up a hitchhiker named, Nick (Brendan Fehr).  Nick isn’t an ordinary traveler – he is a vampire hunter on the trail of a group of youthful vampires, and Sean joins the crusade to battle the vampire leader Kit (Johnathon Schaech).

3:00 pm

“X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)  Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Storm (Halle Berry) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) are back as they take on Magneto (Ian McKellen) and his band of bad mutants, the Brotherhood, for control of a possible cure to treat mutations.

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