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November 9, 2013

Does ‘Ender’s Game’ score?

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VALDOSTA —

This tale is the perfect vehicle to show one is never excessively old to live. “Last Vegas” shows age is no reason to stop looking for love, happiness and some fun. This is where this comedy scores points.
De Niro, Douglas, Freeman and Kline appear to have some fun. Considering three of these guys are in their 70s, it is fun to see them having fun. Think of them as the mirror image of the “Golden Girls.”
The story has gaps that are plentiful. Some parts of this plot appear missing or unfinished. For example, some character development is lacking, but this does not stop one for appreciating them. While the story could be better, the entertainment value provided makes this a guilty pleasure. In addition, audiences hear nice music on the side.        
Grade: B- (What happens in Vegas provides laughs.)
 
“Free Birds” (Animation/Comedy: 1 hour, 31 minutes)
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and George Takei
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Rated: PG (Violence and crude humor)
 
Movie Review: When one thinks of Thanksgiving Day, one rarely thinks of it from a turkey’s perspective. This may exist because people just find turkeys taste good. This all changes when two turkeys find they are about to become the main attraction on the dinner table.
 “Free Birds” attempts to show how two turkeys, Reggie (Wilson) and Jake (Harrelson), plan on stopping turkeys from being the main course on Thanksgiving Day. Reggie and Jake, using a time machine, go back in time to the first Thanksgiving to make sure turkeys stay off the menu.    
Two turkeys deliver a mild story and lukewarm entertainment. The film scores with the talents of voices like Wilson, Harrelson, Takei, Amy Poehler and Colm Meaney. The story, however, is not convincing. It bounces around as if trying to make itself more important by inserting unneeded moments that, while appearing smartly written material, come off as wayward ventures to fill time.  
Grade: C (Angry birds gone awry.)

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