Davis: Talented McCarthy backed by great cast

After hits like The Heat (with Sandra Bullock) and Identity Thief (with Jason Batemen), it will be interesting to see if the talented and funny Melissa McCarthy can open a movie with her name alone on the marquee.

In Tammy, she plays a woman having a really bad day.  She’s totalled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint and, instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbour in her own house.

She decides to escape her life, but the only one she can turn to is her grandma Pearl (Susan Sarandon)—her only option to get a car and some cash.

With her grandma riding shotgun, it was not exactly the escape to Niagara Falls that Tammy had in mind.

It is probably worth the price of admission to see Sarandon (Thelma and Louise) in another road trip movie, but with a supporting cast that includes Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd and Gary Cole, expect another comedy hit for McCarthy.

At first glance, Deliver Us From Evil looks like an unremarkable horror flick, but not only is it from super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean), but it is based on the personal experiences of Ralph Sarchie, a 26-year NYPD veteran who was involved in over 20 cases of paranormal exorcism.

Eric Bana stars as Sarchie, who teams up with a priest to solve a case that has paranormal forces working against them.

Directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), it also stars Olivia Munn, Édgar Ramírez and Joel McHale.

Earth to Echo is a family sci-fi adventure that sounds very familiar—three inseparable friends are about to be torn away from each other by a highway construction project that is forcing their respective families to move away. However, just days before they are separated, they discover something beyond their wildest imaginations—a small alien who has become stranded on Earth.

In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home.

This movie almost celebrates its similarity to the Steven Spielberg classic E.T. and so far the critics do not seem to mind. However, I think the closer comparison is to another Spielberg-produced classic called Batteries Not Included, which did not have a huge box office, but people who saw it remember it fondly. I predict Earth to Echo will have a short life in theatres, but will have a long life of family home viewing.

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