Valdosta Daily Times


November 9, 2013

Does ‘Ender’s Game’ score?



On the plus side, the film offers good science-fiction action, grand views and reasonably good acting from several members. Plenty of action exists for this tale that is easily acknowledgeable as a very serious “Starship Troopers” (1997) or futuristic version of “War Games” (1983) with a side of “The Last Starfighter” (1984). Plus, the visual effects are very energetic space views similar to that of the currently showing “Gravity.”  
The cast, including Ford, who has not done a major sci-fi space film since the original “Star Wars” trilogy, manages to make the characters just interesting enough to hold one’s attention, although the plot makes them flat by not offering more chances to get to know them.
This exists due to a screenplay that is more about story than substance. This story marches a straight line without allowing observers a chance to share in the characters’ experiences. When the film ends, you have observed a story, but it feels like a mere shell of a story.         
Grade: C+ (Interesting, but where is the scoreboard?)
“Last Vegas” (Comedy: 1 hour, 45 minutes)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Rated: PG-13 (Profanity, sexual innuendo)
Movie Review: “Last Vegas” is a film with plenty of flaws, but it is entertaining. It is pleasurable entertainment with plenty of laughs. The film works thanks to the camaraderie of four talented actors, who are all Oscar recipients.  
Longtime friends Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) assemble in Las Vegas to have a bachelor party for Billy to celebrate his first marriage. The men find it is a correct time to live a little, something they haven’t done for a while. It is not long before this group of 60-something-year-olds are the talk of Las Vegas.

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