Ender’s Game has eye-popping visuals and compelling story elements that can compete with any seen in the glut of science fiction films that hit theaters this year. But what makes it stand apart from the pack is its commitment to delivering a message, or at least adding to the conversation, about the ever-evolving methods and ethics of waging war in the name of preserving peace and security.
“Safe Haven” is a pretty film featuring a very pretty place and very pretty people living out a pretty fantasy about love and second chances. If that’s your cup of tea, then it’s the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day at the movies. If you’re looking for something more, however, best look elsewhere.
As a zombie film, “Warm Bodies” is certainly closer to “Zombieland” and “Shaun of the Dead” than it is to “Day of the Dead” or anything George Romero put into film. But it’s got one thing in abundance that very few hardcore zombie flicks have: romantic charm.
As a film, “Jack Reacher” reflects the aims of best-selling author Lee Child, who created the character in the mold of classic loner, knight errant types of westerns and other literary and film traditions. You’ve seen this type of hero, and this type of movie before, but when it’s done well, as is in Reacher, it doesn’t matter. it’s still enjoyable.