TAMMY Coming off the uninspired and seemingly phoned-in female buddy comedy "The Heat," Melissa McCarthy is reprising her role as an obnoxious loudmouth. Tammy (McCarthy) gets fired from her fast-food job and decides she needs a change of pace, so she and her boozy grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon) leave Tammy’s cheating husband behind for the road. The directorial debut of McCarthy's hubby (Ben Falcone) looks like a hot mess of cheap laughs. Even the trailer is underwhelming, as a solid portion of it is just McCarthy dancing in slow-mo with a bag on her head. But, someone’s bound to find it funny. Opens July 2.
EARTH TO ECHO This found-footage project tells the story from the viewpoint of Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley of “The X Factor”) who, along with friends Alex (Teo Halm) and Munch (Reese Hartwig), discovers a beep-booping robot friend named Echo in his neighborhood. This robot apparently must find all of its parts before it returns home. David Green makes his directorial debut with this lovechild of "E.T." and "Super 8," albeit an animated, softened project that has much less bite than the '80s movies it (almost) rips off. Whatever, your kids’ll love it and you can take a nap while they watch the movie. Opens July 2.
AIRPLANE! The best pun-filled slapstick comedy to ever be selected for preservation in the Library of Congress is back on the big screen. A romance once thought long lost between Ted Striker (Robert Hays) and Julie Hagerty (Elaine Dickinson) is once again sparked amid a pending disaster and puns that will make you cringe. Many of the actors delivering these classic one-liners had never starred in a comedy movie prior to "Airplane!" and the choice, though a tricky one, was a hit. Bring your kids to the showings at the Charles and realize halfway through that it's way dirtier than you remember! Plays July 5, 7, and 10.
RESERVOIR DOGS Quentin Tarantino’s classic heist-movie tribute is so enthralling precisely because you never actually see the diamond heist committed by Messrs. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Orange (Tim Roth), White (Harvey Keitel), and Blonde (Michael Madsen). While the violent acts of these color-codenamed criminals might seem old hat in the wake of Tarantino's later flicks, the cheeky cleverness of "Reservoir Dogs" is still biting. Go to the Charles to check out this Tarantino film that isn’t often shown on the big screen, and we can guarantee you won’t want to hear Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” for the next week. Plays July 3.