The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

Ender's Game is Both Smart AND Appropriate

Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in
"Ender's Game." (Photo: Summit Entertainment)


Without the benefit of reading the book, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card before seeing the movie, I didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, the trailers and press photos did not impress me in the least and it feels like Summit Entertainment has been promoting this film forever.  So imagine my surprise when it turned out to be good – really good.
In what appeared to be a “children’s” movie, turned out to be something worthwhile for the whole family. In fact, at the screening I attended, I don’t remember seeing any kids there, but the place was packed completely full of sci-fi fan adults, who seemed to have liked it as much as I did. It doesn’t hurt that the film has the star power of Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley. More importantly, Asa Butterfield (Ender) holds the whole thing together with his incredibly fine acting. The movie would have fallen apart with a lesser actor.

The basic plotline made my eyes roll at the start of the movie and if you can get over that, you’ll enjoy the movie. Set sometime in the near future, Earth was (or will be if you prefer) attacked by the alien race known as the Formics, a stunt that the world was not prepared for. So, the International Fleet begins preparing children for the next battle, if it comes to that. Children are recruited because they are so good at video games. Since all the training takes place in a virtual world, it will be the children that will save us. Trust me, it gets better.

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