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Kyla’s Movie Review The whole family can enjoy ‘Free Birds’

FREE BIRDS (PG) - Starring the talented voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, and Keith David. We first meet Reggie (Wilson) on a turkey farm where he is a bit of a misfit. He tries to warn the other turkeys that they’re just being fattened up to be the main course at Thanksgiving, but they don’t want to hear it. Fate intervenes when the President of the United States shows up to officially pardon Reggie allowing him to escape the slaughter. At this point you may be wondering where the story is going and that’s when we meet another turkey named Jake (Harrelson) who is on a mission from the “Great Turkey.” He is to get Reggie and then the two of them are to infiltrate a top-secret project involving a time machine. The plan is for the two turkeys to return to the 17th century and prevent the pilgrims and the local Indians from celebrating the first Thanksgiving with turkey. The time machine, run by a computer program named S.T.E.V.E. (Takei), takes them back and they meet up with the local wild turkeys. Reggie falls in love with Jenny (Poehler), whose father is the Turkey Chief (David). Meanwhile, the Pilgrims are starving and their team of hunters, headed up by a thuggish Miles Standish (Meaney), are doing what they can to provide turkey dinners for the settlers. A cute animated film the whole family can enjoy just in time for Thanksgiving. RATING: B

ABOUT TIME (R) - Starring Domhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Richard Cordery, and Tom Hollander. Directed by Richard Curtis. At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time… The night after another unsatisfactory New Year’s Eve party, Tim’s father (Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to work as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs. This is about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all. Gleeson and McAdams share some sweet and tender moments that make the film worth watching. RATING: B

(Kyla Davis is a Nevada native and a movie enthusiast.)

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