In Theaters July 4 weekend

In Theaters July 4 weekend are Steve Carell in ‘Despicable Me 2’ and Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in ‘The Lone Ranger.’

‘Despicable Me 2’ is the follow-up to the 2010 animated hit movie that finds former criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell) recruited by the “Anti-Villain League” to stop a new and dastardly super-villain.

The original film was funny and heartwarming for kids and adults, and the trailers for ‘DM2’ look just as good as the first.

With Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids) on board along with Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) and Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) as the evil Dr. Nefario, expect another huge hit that will entertain adults and children alike.

Stick around for the credits at the end of ‘Despicable Me 2.’

Also in theaters July 4 is ‘The Lone Ranger’ from Disney, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and director Gore Verbinski. Star Johnny Depp rounds out the team which made ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ a global film franchise.

Well, if the talent behind ‘The Lone Ranger’ is the same that turned a theme park attraction (Pirates) into a lucrative film series, don’t count out ‘The Lone Ranger’ as being at least moderately entertaining.

Add another off-the-wall characterization by Johnny Depp (Tonto) to some impressively expensive-looking production values and ‘The Lone Ranger’ just might steal the number two spot at the box office this long holiday weekend.

Below is the lesser-shown second trailer for ‘The Lone Ranger,’ in theaters July 4 weekend.

For a peek at some behind the scenes action from the set of ‘The Lone Ranger,’  click here for the featurette from our Flixnerd article from June 4.


What to watch at home july 4

There are many patriotic options for streaming, iTunes, and VOD to satisfy your holiday needs this weekend.

My picks will be a little less conventional.

Sure, you could go with ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ the brilliant Oliver Stone-Tom Cruise collaboration based on the life of paralyzed veteran and activist Ron Kovic. Sweeping, challenging at times, but ultimately inspiring.

‘Patton’ starring George C. Scott gets the nod for many on July 4 must watch lists, also.

I’m going with ‘Miracle’ and ‘The Avengers’ for my July 4 at home picks.

‘Miracle’ is the true story of coach Herb Brooks, who took a largely unknown group of American hockey players to great heights in the 1980 Olympic Games.

Kurt Russell is terrific as the tough-as-nails coach and family man who challenges his players to reach their potential as people and as players.

And, of course, ‘The Avengers’ needs little introduction. The mega-successful “dream team” of superhero movies from director Joss Whedon defied even the highest fan-boy expectations by giving audiences an immensely entertaining action movie.

With Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Chris Evans (Captain America), ‘The Avengers’ is now available streaming right into your living room.

What could be more uniquely American than a group of talented, dysfunctional misfits banding together to save New York City?

Click on any of the above film titles to be taken directly to iTunes for ordering.

Most of all, regardless of what’s in theaters July 4, or available at home…have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!


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