The Best Movies to Watch This Fourth of July

3686613741_3aa70644ba_z(PCM) Grills are firing up across the country and fireworks are being arranged today as America’s United States gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July, despite some impending showers and cloudy skies.

In case the weather doesn’t clear up, we here at PCM wanted to provide you with a list of the best films to celebrate USA’s Independence Day inside, so pop some popcorn, grab the pigs-in-a-blanket, and hunker down for some of cinema’s greatest celebrations of and homages to the USA.

Let us know if we failed to include your favorite patriotic film!

Independence Day

What’s more American than Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saving America and the rest of the planet from world-dominating aliens on Independence Day? This 1996 Best Visual Effects Oscar-winner is a classic and includes one of the best and cheesiest shots of the White House being blasted into a million little pieces. Catch Independence Day on AMC, where it’ll be showing all day long.

The Patriot

Mel Gibson stars in this 2000 Academy Award-nominated historical drama as peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin, a reluctant leader of the Colonial Militia fighting to defend his land and country during the American Revolution after a British officer murders his son.

National Treasure

A much bigger hit with audiences than with critics, 2004’s National Treasure is an action/adventure starring Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a third generation treasure hunter on the hunt for a fabled treasure hidden by America’s Founding Fathers. In order to crack a centuries old mystery and find the treasure, Gates has to steal the Declaration of Independence. Chock full of fun conspiracy theories based on the founding of our country, National Treasure is a great PG way to celebrate with the whole family.

Forrest Gump

An American classic, Forrest Gump won six Oscars in 1995 for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Writing, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects. Take a nostalgic trip through America’s 20th Century as Forrest fights in Vietnam, meets several Presidents, becomes a shrimping tycoon, inspires the nation with his running, and searches for his childhood sweetheart, Jenny.


A musical retelling of the American Revolution’s political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. One of the lesser-known entries on this list, 1776 earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography in 1972.

Born on the Fourth of July

Writer-Director Oliver Stone won an Oscar for 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July, a biographical account of the true story of Ron Kovic, an idealistic small-town athlete whose decision to enlist in the Marines and fight in Vietnam changes his life irreparably. After a horrible turn of events leaves Kovic distraught and paralyzed from the waist down, he returns home and becomes incredibly disillusioned and depressed. Eventually tuning his life around, Kovic becomes an outspoken anti-war activist. Long and sad but most definitely worth a watch, Born on the Fourth of July is often considered Tom Cruise’s best performance.


Another Oscar-winner on the list, Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the most convincing Abraham Lincoln ever as he presides over a warring nation struggling with the ideas of freedom and independence. Lincoln details the USA’s 16th President’s time in office navigating the Civil War and struggling to pass the Emancipation Proclamation. On a day when we celebrate our Founding Fathers’ establishment of their own freedom and independence from British Rule, it’s good to reflect on a time when the citizens of our own country had to pick up arms and fight each other for the freedom and independence of slaves.


One of the most patriotism-inducing sports films to come out of Disney, 2004’s Miracle is well-loved for it’s feel-good nostalgia. Kurt Russell stars in Miracle as real-life Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.


So maybe Jaws doesn’t have a lot to do with patriotism or the Declaration of Independence, but it does take place over the Fourth of July weekend and that’s good enough for us. Be grateful you’re at home watching movies and not celebrating at the beach while Steven Spielberg’s monstrous creation creates mass havoc on a small island community over the summer holiday weekend.

Captain America

What better way to celebrate America than with the country’s own superhero, Captain America? Captain America: The First Avenger has more of a historical storyline than The Winter Soldier, but both pack a patriotic punch.

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Ant-Man Wants to Call Up the Avengers in New and Final Trailer

Ant-Man_Poster(PCM) Marvel UK released the final trailer for Ant-Man ahead of the film’s July 17th release. The new trailer features an Avengers shout-out as well as some new footage. Watch the new trailer below!

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero and tells the story of master thief Scott Lang after he gains the incredible ability to shrink to a miniscule size while increasing his strength.

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up) and from the screenplay by Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Paul Rudd (Role Models), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Ant-Man also stars Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Michael Peña, Wood Harris, David Dastmalchian, and Jordi Mollà.

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There’s a New Transporter in the First Teaser Trailer for The Transporter Refueled

TheTransporterRefueled_Poster(PCM) EuropaCorp and Relativity Media debuted the new two-minute-and-thirty-second teaser trailer for The Transporter Refueled via Fandango, starring Ed Skrein in the role previously held by Jason Statham.

The teaser is as action-packed as you’d expect the trailer for the fourth installment in the Transporter series to be and includes harrowing car stunts, bank robberies, kidnapping, and lots of fighting.

Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people.

When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century.

Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. 

From the producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy, The Transporter Refueled is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.

The Transporter Refueled, directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) and written by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Accepted, Exodus: Gods and Kings), stars Ed Skrein (Ill Manners, The Sweeney), Ray Stevenson (Divergent, The Book of Eli), Loan Chabanol (Fading Gigolo), Radivoje Bukvic (Taken, A Good Day to Die Hard), Gabriella Wright (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Anatole Taubman (Quantum of Solace, Taken) and Tatiana Pajkovic.

The Transporter Refueled opens in theaters nationwide September 4, 2015.

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The First Official Trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic Starring Michael Fassbender

SteveJobs_Image(PCM) Universal Pictures released the first official trailer for Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the “Father of the Digital Revolution.”

Also starring are Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (previously played by Josh Gad in 2013’s Jobs), Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of both the Macintosh team and the Jobs-founded NeXT team, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.

The new trailer, with a solid runtime of two-minutes-and-forty-seconds, focuses on the personality quirks and aggressive management style of Jobs’ that caused friction and fallouts between Jobs, his family, and his collaborators.

Perla Haney-Jardine also stars as Lisa Jobs, alongside Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Snook, Makenzie Moss, and Adam Shapiro.

Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson and written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs details Steve Jobs’ life and relationships with 7 people including John Sculley, Lisa-Brennan Jobs, and Steve Wozniak throughout three major and historical product launches before ending in 1998 with the debut of the iMac.

Like most biopics, Sorkin’s script explores not only Jobs’ accomplishments, but also his struggles and his triumphs in an attempt to create a well-rounded portrait of the larger-than-life technology entrepreneur and business icon.

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Steve Jobs is slated to open in theaters nationwide on October 9, 2015.

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Gerard Butler is Back in the First Official Teaser Trailer for London Has Fallen

LondonHasFallen_Poster(PCM) A piano slowly plays “London Bridge Has Fallen Down” over images of chaos and destruction in London in the new official teaser trailer for Lionsgate Films’ London Has Fallen, the sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen.

Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning alongside Aaron Eckhart, reprising his role as the President of the United States. Also returning are Morgan Freeman as Vice President Trumbull, Angela Bassett as Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs, and Melissa Leo as Defense Secretary Ruth McMillan.

As the title suggests, London Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world.

However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.

Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service head (Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.

Robert Forster also returns in his supporting role as General Edward Clegg, Sean O’Bryan as NSA Deputy Director Ray Monroe, and Radha Mitchell returns as Leah Banning. Jackie Earle Haley, Alon Aboutboul, Charlotte Riley, and Waleed Zuaiter join the returning cast.

Directed by Babak Najafi (Easy Money II: Hard to Kill) after Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua turned down the sequel due to his dislike for the script, London Has Fallen comes from the screenplay by Chad St. John (The Punisher: Dirty Laundry), Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart), Creighton Rothenberger (Olympus Has Fallen, The Expendables 3), and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen, The Expendables 3).

London Has Fallen will be distributed in theaters nationwide by Gramercy Pictures starting January 22, 2016! Watch the new teaser trailer below!

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Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone Star in the First Official Trailer For Creed

Creed(PCM) The muffled sounds of an announcer and cheering crowds precede the first shot of Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed in the first official trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Rocky spinoff, Creed.

The dramatic trailer delivers, doing a great job of setting up the premise and portraying Creed as a promising spinoff from Stallone’s highly successful and iconic Rocky films. Watch the new teaser trailer below, after the newly released official synopsis which follows.

From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s Creed. The film explores a new chapter in the Rocky story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

Creed also stars Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ Pretty Ricky Conlan.

Coogler directs from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on characters from the Rocky series written by Sylvester Stallone. The film is being produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King Templeton and Sylvester Stallone, with Nicholas Stern executive producing.

Joining Coogler behind the scenes are director of photography Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler) and costume designers Antoinette Messam (Orphan) and Emma Potts (127 Hours), as well as his Fruitvale Station team: editors Michael P. Shawver and Claudia Castello; production designer Hannah Beachler; and composer Ludwig Göransson.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present, in association with New Line Cinema, a Chartoff Winkler Production, Creed. Opening on November 25, 2015, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, with select international territories as well as all television distribution being handled by MGM.

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