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Tammy starring Melissa McCarthy

4th of July flix: 'Tammy' - 'Earth to Echo'

Comedy, family-friendly sci-fi, horror... if you plan on spending part of the long Independence Day weekend at the movies there is definitely something for everyone at the multiplex.

But the Movie Man, Russ Leatherman, says all three films he brings to the 4th of July table are all meals you've probably had before:

Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, stars of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" battle to see who can transform a Dinobot first

'Transformers' stars take the toy test

The newest ‘Transformers’ movie opens today!

Transformers: Age of Extinction’ stars Mark Wahlberg along with our special in-studio guests Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz.

Review: Nothing new in 'Think Like a Man Too'

Review: Nothing new in 'Think Like a Man Too'

Get more rapid-fire reviews from Russ Leatherman at Six Second Reviews.

Today's must-see, must-share stories: Speed feed: Friday, June 20

 Actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort attend 'The Fault In Our Stars' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on June 2, 2014 in New York City.

Readers are ruining 'Fault' movie on purpose

Editor's Note: Grayson Thagard is the Social Media Producer for Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Spoiler Alert: Let's just get that out of the way. The fate of one of the main characters in "The Fault in Our Stars" (novel AND movie) is going to be revealed below. And if Twitter is any indication, there are a lot of people who WANT it that way!

 Angelina Jolie attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's 'Maleficent' are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England.

Angelina's evil diva may be too dark for kids

So should you take your family to see Disney's re-telling of the "Sleeping Beauty" story? The Movie Man, Russ Leatherman, says "Maleficent" is "very dark." Maybe too dark for little kids. With that caveat aside however, Leatherman says the film is beautiful and Jolie is great in the role of the evil fairy who casts that infamous sleeping spell on the fair Princess Aurora.

Leatherman is also "in" for "One Million Ways to Die in the West" from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. It's a raunchy "spoof movie" set in the old west that Leatherman says will appeal to fans of MacFarlane's raunchy style of humor.

The Movie Man, Russ Leatherman, of '6 Second Reviews' says the new Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore movie 'Blended' is "awful"

Review: 'Blended' is 'awful in almost every way'

The Movie Man, Russ Leatherman, says 'Blended' starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is, "terrible for families, and you're a bad parent if you take your kid to see it."

As for this weekend's other big opener, 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' Leatherman says it's, "Better than 'Captain America.' WAY better than 'Spiderman'" and maybe "the best comic book movie of the summer."

The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced on Thursday.

And the Oscar nominees are...

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role:

Oscar nominations announced today

Oscar nominations announced today

"Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Django Unchained," "Argo," all possible best picture Oscar nominees! In fact there could be as many as 10 films in that category.  We'll find out which of your favorite movies and movie stars could be big winners next month, when Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announce the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards today at 8:30 eastern time (5:30PT) live on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Gallery: Predicting the 2013 Oscar nominations

Tsunami movie 'The Impossible' - moving, painful

Tsunami movie 'The Impossible' - moving, painful

Russ Leatherman (also known as Mr. Moviefone) appears every Friday on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Got six seconds? Get fast-forwarded reviews on these movies and everything else at the theater this weekend on Mr. Moviefone's site,

'Killing Them Softly' good but very violent

'Killing Them Softly' good but very violent

New this weekend at the movies, two films that are not for the squeamish (or anyone under 17, unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian).

Mr. Moviefone, Russ Leatherman, says one has an Oscar-caliber performance, and the other "is what it is."