In theaters this week...
Asa Butterfield (left) and Abigail Breslin appear in "Ender's Game," opening at Cinemark in Paducah this Friday.
When aliens called the Formics attack Earth, only the heroics of Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) manage to attain a victory.
To prepare for the next attack, Col. Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and his cohorts initiate a military program to find the next Mazer.
Recruit Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) exhibits a gift for the training, easily mastering all of the challenges thrown at him.
Mazer Rackham himself takes Ender as a protege to prepare him for the oncoming war.
The buzz: It may not be as thought-provoking as the book, but “Ender’s Game” offers solid performances and plenty of sci-fi thrills.
Length: 114 min.
See it early: 8 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Thursday.
Show times: 1:55 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“The Butler” tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades.
The film traces the changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how they affected this man’s life and family.
Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more.
The buzz: The all-star cast manages to overcome a sometimes uneven narrative, making for an emotionally affecting film.
Length: 132 min.
Show times: 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Maiden Alley Cinema.