Nothing is better than hanging out with your friends and family over delicious barbeque and colorful fireworks for the 4th of July. Whether you are out and about or hanging out at home this weekend, you can still get into the spirit of the holiday with all these great red, white and blue Americana movies.
Is there a better guy to take us through American history than Forrest Gump? The critically acclaimed movie stars the lovable Tom Hanks in the role of a simple everyman and his experiences of major moments in time such as the Vietnam War, Watergate, and others that helped shaped a whole generation. And we can’t forget his best friend Bubba, Lieutenant Dan, or the love of his life, Jenny, too. An unforgettable story meets history in this heartfelt drama, and you’ll want to revisit it again and again.
Travel back in time to the days of drive-ins and milkshakes in American Graffiti. This comedy centers on a group of friends who are set to have one last hurrah with a wild final night of cruising before they go away to college. George Lucas based the film on his experiences growing up, so you know it’s got plenty of authenticity. So enjoy the vibes of this fun classic over an ice cold beverage and burgers too.
National Treasure is the perfect family classic to revisit this July 4th weekend. The exciting flick stars Nicolas Cage as a treasure hunter in the race against time to steal the Declaration of Independence before a team of mercenarie. Will he get to it before they beat him to it? This is one heart-pounding adventure you won’t want to miss.
Pucks fly and emotions run high in Miracle. This drama is based on the true story of Herb Brooks, a hockey player turned coach who lead his American team to face the Soviets in the Olympics in a history making game on the ice. This one is sure to fill you with plenty of hope and feel-good energy to take you into the holiday.
An American Tail
Take it back to an animated family classic in An American Tail. This story centers on an adorable Russian mouse named Fievel who comes to the United States, only to be separated from his family on the arduous journey. When little Fievel ends up in New York Harbor, he has to navigate this whole new world, all while looking for his loved ones too. This is an insightful journey for the whole family that’s sure to pull at everyone’s heartstrings.
The highly anticipated comedy Irresistible is finally here to spark up your summer, and you can rent it today through Theater at Home. The film tells the story of a Democratic political consultant who guides a retired colonel in running for mayor in a small town. The star-studded cast includes the hilarious Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Natasha Lyonne and many more familiar faces. It’s also worth noting that Jon Stewart, the expert of pointing out the ridiculousness of politics, wrote and directed the film too. What more could you ask for? This is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Run With the Hunted
Run With the Hunted is a drama that takes a hard look at disenfranchised youth. The story centers on a young boy, Oscar, who kills his friend Loux’s abusive father to protect her, forcing him to run away. Many years later, their lives have lead them down some very different paths, and Loux is determined to find the boy who saved her. But what will happen when they face the reality of their actions?
Force of Nature
An epic storm of events takes over in Force of Nature. The film follows a gang of criminals who are planning a big heist in the middle of an epic hurricane. But things get even more amped up when a cop tries to evacuate everyone from the building in the middle of their plans. Watch it all unfold in this action-packed ride.
Resistance is a touching drama inspired by true events. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Marcel Marceau, the man who would eventually become France’s most famous mime. The film outlines Marcel’s origins and incredible character as he helps the French Resistance save children orphaned by the Holocaust. This may be an emotional journey fraught with danger, but it gives plenty of much needed hope too.
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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Take a trip back to the 1930’s in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Join detectives Tiago Vega and Lewis Michener in solving the horrendous murder that rocked everyone to their core. And enjoy some cool vintage costumes and vibes while you’re at it too.
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Is there anything better than a family movie night? There’s the delicious snacks, all the comforts of home, and spending precious quality time with your favorite people. Now you can make family movie night even better with fun activities, creative recipes, coloring sheets, and more – all based on some of the best family films out there. So revisit some favorites, make all-new discoveries, and make your next family movie night extra special with all these great titles.