Here's a guide to what you should see. After you've eaten the last burnt hockey-puck hamburger and watched as one of your neighbors nearly decapitated himself setting off the fireworks he bought on his last trip to South of the Border, it's time for the real Independence Day fun to begin! Escaping to the movies is a great way to cool off when you're ready to take a break from the beach -- and there's no risk of getting a sunburn.
Here's a guide to what you should see.
With a Date: Although it hasn't gotten great reviews, 'Knight and Day,' starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, is a fun choice if you decide in advance not to take things too seriously. Sure, it seems like your typical, formulaic action comedy, but Cruise and Diaz are an attractive couple, and critic Leonard Maltin referred to the movie as "perfect summer fare."
With the Family: 'The Last Airbender' turns animation into a live-action, 3-D film. While the special effects have been criticized, kids never tire of wearing those 3-D glasses. And although director M. Night Shyamalan doesn't always hit the mark, his vision never fails to be interesting. An even better bet might be 'The Karate Kid,' a remake of the 1984 film that features Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi. Wax on!
With Your Friends: Lively, sexy and a little bit bizarre, Russell Brand carries 'Get Him to the Greek,' portraying a strung-out rock star that Jonah Hill must ferry to a comeback concert. You'll leave the theater laughing over plenty of funny moments. The only misstep is that the role of record producer is played by Sean Combs (or whatever his name is now), who should probably keep his day job.
With the Girls: Adolescent girls (and big girls who still feel like adolescents at heart) will flock to see 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' this weekend in droves. Edward or Jacob, Jacob or Edward? Those who've read the books will be on the edge of their seats.
With the Guys: Your wife or girlfriend likely doesn't want to see 'The A-Team,' so bring your boys instead. In this rendering of the 1980s TV show, things explode, the heroes save the day and Jessica Biel looks hot.
With Your July 4th Hook-Up: Set in a Nevada bordello (where such places are legal), 'Love Ranch' takes a look at the hookers and johns who inhabit the raunchy ranch. Helen Mirren's performance just may take the sleazy subject matter to the level of high art.
With Anyone You Love: 'Toy Story 3' isn't just for kids, and critics (and fans ) are touting it as the best in the series of films about wide-eyed Woody and Buzz Lightyear. You and whomever you take will leave richer for the experience.
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