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“Ender’s Game,” based on the beloved, lauded 1985 book by Orson Scott Card, finally blasts its way to the big screen after decades of development. There’s franchise gold in them thar hills, with the production carefully mounting what appears to be a story that could carry on for multiple films, following the titular character as he journeys from an awestruck boy to an intergalactic lawman, complete with elaborate training missions and enormous space battles. While ambitious and exceedingly well designed, “Ender’s Game” is mummified in the drama department. It’s absolutely cold to the touch, with clumsy scenes sapping power from the material’s thought-provoking commentary on war, leaving writer/director Gavin Hood with a gorgeous picture that retains very little spirit. Read the rest at


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