In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Ender's Game,' 'Last Vegas' and More

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"Ender's Game"

UPDATED: What THR's critics say about the movies opening this weekend.

Aliens are coming.

Ender's Game, directed by Gavin Hood and based on Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel, stars Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin who must try to save Earth from an alien invasion. The sci-fi epic also stars Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

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Ender's Game

Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley star in Gavin Hood's adaptation of the classic 1985 sci-fi novel. Read Marc Bernardin's review here.

Free Birds

Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler play a trio of animated turkeys determined to remove the traditional bird from the inaugural Thanksgiving menu. Read Michael Rechtshaffen's review here.

Last Vegas

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen star in director Jon Turteltaub's comedy about amiable geezers. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

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Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto star in the true story of a hedonistic Texan homophobe who bounced back in surprising ways from the gut punch of his HIV-positive diagnosis. Read David Rooney's review here.


Naomi Watts plays the doomed British princess in a biopic from Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Read Stephen Dalton's review here.

About Time

Rom-com maestro Richard Curtis mixes familiar boy-meet-girl ingredients with time-traveling magic realism, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. Read Stephen Dalton's review here.

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Big Sur

Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas and Radha Mitchell star in Michael Polish’s adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel. Read Justin Lowe's review here.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

This intensely emotional Belgian drama flavored by American-style bluegrass music traces the sad spiral of a passionate relationship derailed by devastating loss. Read David Rooney's review here.

Casting By

Tom Donahue's documentary chronicles the evolution from studio contract players to the boom in the 1970s of creative casting, with Marion Dougherty leading the charge on that shift. Read David Rooney's review here.

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Mr. Nobody

This big-budget English-language co-production shows that Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king. Read Deborah Young's review here.

Sweet Dreams

Lisa and Rob Fruchtman's documentary recounts the efforts of a Rwandan woman to create the country's first ice cream parlor. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

Last Love

Michael Caine plays a widower who strikes up a friendship with Clemence Poesy's young French dance teacher in Sandra Nettelbeck's adaptation of a novel by Francoise Dorner. Read Boyd van Hoeij's review here.

Running from Crazy

The dark study of suicides and mental illness in the Hemingway family will air on Oprah Winfrey's OWN. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Why We Ride

Bryan H. Carroll’s film celebrates both the greats and the unknowns of motorcycling. Read Justin Lowe's review here.