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Review: Earth to Echo

Earth_to_Echo_Poster“Earth to Echo” doesn’t come close to being the next “E.T.,” but it does pack enough spirit and fun to make it a worthwhile knockoff.

Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley (yes, the kid from “The X Factor”) and Reese Hartwig lead as Alex, Tuck and Munch, three best friends who never really fit in until they found each other. However, with plans to build a highway straight through their Nevada suburb, their families are left with no choice, but to pack up and move away. In an effort to make their very last night together one to remember, Tuck insists they ride their bikes to the middle of the desert to investigate a mysterious signal that pops up on their cellphones.

Elements of that premise are in line with “The Goonies,” but there aren’t many similarities beyond that primarily because “Earth to Echo” is a far more juvenile film. It’s got heart, intrigue and a mild amount of suspense, but a lighter tone that will make older moviegoers well aware of the fact that nothing bad can happen to these characters. However, “Earth to Echo” gets away with it because the film is much more so about experiencing this crazy adventure than it is about the characters.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Peanuts_MovieThis was a very good week for movie trailers. So good, in fact, that this iteration of the column requires a lengthier intro. Even though three trailers earned the top spots, there are four others that deserve to be seen, too.

Noteworthy Newcomers

Maleficent blows its narrative wide open with its latest promo, hinting that the title character could have an antihero quality. We’ve also got a brand new international piece for Godzillaand even though much of the material comes from previous promos, this one does have elements that will enhance your perspective, adding to the thrill. The Boxtrolls got a new trailer as well, and even though the promotional campaign is still steering clear of story details, this one does delve a little deeper by revealing the Boxtroll lore. Last up for the noteworthy newcomers that couldn’t quite crack The Best Stuff is our first look at the Peanuts movie. The first part of this piece was screened at CinemaCon last year, but now, 20th Century Fox has added an interaction between Charlie Brown and Snoopy that’s both highly nostalgic and will absolutely warm your heart.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

GodzillaPerhaps I’m still having a tough time shaking off Cloud Atlas, but while this first teaser for the Wachowskis’ follow-up, Jupiter Ascending, does look interesting, it still falls short of proving its worth trying to wrap your head around the narrative. Of course it’s only a teaser, so hopefully the progression of the marketing campaign will come with an effective build, but for now, the Best Stuff spots belong to three other upcoming releases.

The Best Stuff

1. Godzilla

Even though Godzilla is one of the most iconic creatures in pop-culture history, the first trailer for Gareth Edwards’ version feels exceptionally thoughtful and fresh. Not only is the imagery and sound design absolutely stunning, but this piece forgoes an overdose of widespread destruction and takes the time to deliver an impeccable build — and it’s the success of that build that makes the reveal of Edwards’ monster especially chilling.

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