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Boasting a dubious distinction as the first found footage adventure made for family audiences, the gentle sci-fi shenanigans of “Earth to Echo” reach for the stars but the rote result is decidedly earthbound. Tyro helmer Dave Green wears his ’80s era Amblin inspirations on his sleeve for this good-hearted “E.T.” meets “Chronicle” hybrid that never quite finds its own voice. A little picture bravely expected to enter the summer wide release skirmish a few days after the latest “Transformers” installment, “Echo” looks likely to get steamrolled at the box office by more substantial studio product.

Developed and produced by Disney under a cloud of secrecy as the “Untitled Wolf Adventure” back in summer 2012, relatively low budget pic was quietly sold to Relativity last year when the Mouse House reportedly didn’t know what to do with it. Those concerns are borne out by a likeable but low wattage cast and »


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