November starts out with some turkeys, some of them of the Thanksgiving variety.
Your pre-Thanksgiving movie is "Free Birds," a funny but undemanding animated kiddie comedy about two turkeys (voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson) going back in time to change the dinner plans at the first Thanksgiving. The humor is largely throwaway, but it's got some funny moments.
No such levity in the weekend's big-budget blockbuster, the science-fiction drama "Ender's Game." Long awaited by fans of Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel, the movie tells of an 11-year-old boy (Asa Butterfield) pressed into battle training to face an alien menace that's expected to attack Earth. Director/screenwriter Gavin Hood ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine") overloads the action with workmanlike visual effects, and rote performances by Butterfield and Harrison Ford as the military academy's gruff commander.