'Ender's Game' review: franchise-launcher is cool and clever — but cheerless

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:00 am

In a future where families are encouraged not to overbreed, Ender Wiggin is “a third,” the third child born to his family. “An extra.”

Skinny and pale, he is bullied at school. But he’s been observed, singled out by the state. How he problem-solves during video games and how he copes with bullies — his cunning, ruthlessness and measured compassion — are assets.

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