Weekend Movies: Decent reviews for “Ender’s Game,” “About Time,” “Man of Tai Chi,” mixed for “Last Vegas,” “Free Birds” pounded


“Ender’s Game” — the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card — finally makes it to the big screen in a Summit (“Twilight”, and they had “Hunger Games”) release, a potential franchise in the making.

The reviews for this sober-minded slog into the future have been decent, but not breathless enough to be a big boost to the picture. Decent enough cast, good looking picture. Reviews won’t hurt it.

“About Time” is a “Groundhog Day” variation from Mr. “Love Actually.” Mushy, overlong, but touching and romantic and sweet. It would have worked better as a PG-13 picture, but whatever. Solid reviews for this one.

Very curious to see how “Ender’s Game” does at the box office. I sense a LOT of interest from the OS Card crowd, not so much from the sci-fi loyalists. It could do quite well.

“Free Birds” is the first animated offering from Relativity. The first animated film since the soggy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Pretty bad. Will it blow up the box office? Maybe.

“Diana” goes into limited release this weekend. This was supposed to be an Oscar contender. And though I liked it more than most, it most certainly isn’t. Now.

“Man of Tai Chi” is a competent martial arts actioner that Keanu Reeves directed and star Tiger Chen fight-choreographed. Generic, in the extreme.

“Mr. Nobody” goes into very limited release — 4 years after premiering at Toronto. A Hard sell, a fascinating movie. Jared Leto’s profile is at long last on the rise.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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