In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Tammy,' 'Deliver Us From Evil' and More

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What THR's critics are saying about the Melissa McCarthy road-trip comedy and the Eric Bana paranormal thriller, plus sci-fi adventure film "Earth to Echo" and Roger Ebert doc "Life Itself."

Melissa McCarthy is taking on the devil and an adorable alien as her comedy Tammy opens in theaters over the Fourth of July weekend alongside exorcism thriller Deliver Us From Evil and sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo.

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Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the holiday weekend's offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office):


The road-trip comedy stars McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Ben Falcone, who co-wrote the script with real-life wife McCarthy, the film tells the story of a down-on-her-luck woman who drives to Niagara Falls with her foul-mouthed grandmother. THR film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that "the film progresses from merely unfunny to unconvincing to dull. It’s a waste of a good cast as well as a serious trip wire for McCarthy, who may know what’s best for her talents but, on the evidence, needs a deft-handed outsider to make sure she’s maximizing them." Read what other critics are saying about the film here.

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Deliver Us From Evil

Eric BanaEdgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale lead the cast of director Scott Derrickson's paranormal thriller centered on a cop who teams up with a priest to put an end to a spate of demonic possessions. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that the film's "central conflict works," although "the supernatural side of the film suffers a flaw or two." Read his full review here.

Earth to Echo

Four kids help a friendly alien return home in director Dave Green's adventure film, which stars Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Reese Hartwig. "Despite all those echoes of classic '80s sci-fi fantasy adventures, Earth to Echo proves engaging in its own right," writes THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen in his review. "Having the characters’ constant reliance on video recording, texting and various forms of social-media-driven communication keeps it all in and of the moment, and that’s also true of the contemporary dialogue delivered by its likable young cast." 

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Life Itself

Steve James (Hoop Dreams) directed this documentary about the career and life of film critic Roger Ebert, based on Ebert's 2011 memoir of the same title. "James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story," although the film may "prove disturbing for some due to the vividness with which it presents its subject’s medical difficulties," McCarthy says in his review.

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