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'Earth to Echo,' an 'E.T.' knockoff, is pleasantly diverting
'Earth to Echo,' an 'E.T.' knockoff, is pleasantly diverting

It's no "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." (What is?) But on its own modest terms, the alien adventure "Earth to Echo" is a lively and likable knockoff that should divert, if not exactly enthrall, tweens and young teens. Logic hounds beware, however. The script by Henry Gayden, from a story by Gayden and producer Andrew Panay, has holes big enough to fly, well, a spaceship through. Still, first-time feature director Dave Green keeps things moving so swiftly — at times too swiftly — it helps patch over some of the film's narrative chasms as well as the fuzziness of its found-footage conceit. In a Nevada suburb, three 13-year-old best friends —...

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