Archive for July 2nd, 2014

2nd July
2014
written by Adam

On their last night of living in the same neighborhood, Alex, Tuck, Munch, and Emma (Teo Halm, Brian Bradley, Reese Hartwig, and Ella Wahlestedt) set out to follow a series of clues and encrypted messages on their cell phones. But, early on the gang learns they’re not alone in the search for what turns out to be an extraterrestrial distress call. Quickly piecing things together a new and unexpected friend is made, echo, an interstellar traveler light years from home. Now the race is on to help Echo reassemble his parts in an effort to return home, the meddling Dr. Madsen (Jason Gray-Stanford) may have something to say about all of this though. EarthtoEcho Writen by Henry Gayden and Directed by Dave Green this pre-teen adventure makes for another formidable addition to what’s already a fairly crowded dance card. Surprisingly well acted by the ensemble, on the surface this light spirited jaunt also manages to address subtexts of abandonment, parental inattention, being the odd man out, fraternal order, and government distrust, impressive for what might otherwise be passed off as “just a kid’s film.” From a cinematography standpoint, the Point of View/found footage/documentary style of shooting might prove to be a bit challenging for more conservative viewers but makes for a fun gimmick throughout. Meanwhile, special effects involved have sparkle and aren’t distracting from the overall film. Fun for the younger audiences, Earth to Echo is rated PG.

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2nd July
2014
written by Adam

After losing her job and discovering her husband has been cheating on her, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) heads out to asses her life and figure things out. But, joining her the road is her alcoholic and ill tempered grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). With the intended destination of Niagara Falls the two venture out on a substance abuse laden journey flirting with love and lust along the way. Confronted by family friend Lenore (Kathy Bates), Tammy begins to face the music and err of her own ways, she might straighten up and fly right yet, or is it already too late?Tammy A far cry from the road tripping and empowering Thelma and Louise, Director Ben Falcone has the building blocks to a competent film; unfortunately, that’s about where the praise ends. Repeated attempts at humor come across as flat, contrived, and disingenuous; and, while we want to like and be sympathetic towards Tammy (She is supposed to be our hero here), try as we might, she’s just not likeable. Those anticipating wit and yuks from one of Hollywood’s up and coming comedic talents will have to look elsewhere. Void of charm, and lacking a compelling storyline, star power alone just isn’t enough to carry Tammy through the finish line. Keep trying, polish refine and polish again. Tammy is rated R.

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