Mid-Week Poll: Which Summer Movie Will You See This July 4th Weekend?

This coming Monday is the 4th of July. For our American readers, that means a long weekend and plenty of time to catch one or more of the year’s big summer movies. What do you plan to see?

Paramount rolls out the big guns for the holiday with Friday’s release of ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’. Will you be there on opening weekend?

If that’s not your thing, Universal offers up some counter programming with the Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts rom-com ‘Larry Crowne’.

Perhaps this will be a good time to take your kids to see ‘Cars 2’ or ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’? Or maybe you’d like to catch up on some of the summer’s earlier blockbusters such as ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘Super 8’.

Tell us what your plans are in the poll below. You may vote for as many options as you’d like.

Which Summer Movie Will You See This July 4th Weekend?

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  1. Alex

    I’m thinking I may give it the one-two action punch of “Independence Day” and “The Patriot.” Say what you want about them (actually, don’t say anything about “The Patriot”. It’s awesome), but there aren’t that many movies that make you feel prouder to be an American.

    • What about “The American”, “An American Tail”, “Once Upon A Time in America”, “The Godfather” (“I believe in America/America has made my fortune”)?

      • Alex

        I’ve always found the “I believe in America” speech to be a little creepy. It’s almost satirical. The guy believes in America, believes in the liberties that it provides, but resorts to the aid of a crime-lord to find true justice.

        An America Tail does something similar. The mice sing about how wonderful America is and how the streets are paved with cheese (they should have settled in Milwaukee), but when they arrive, it’s grim, dangerous, and not at all what they expected.

        Don’t get me wrong, I love both movies, but I’d still rather go with ID4 or The Patriot for pure, unadulterated, chest-slapping, fist-pumping, American patriotism.

    • The Gettysburg collectors edition comes out July 4th, but as its a federal holiday, and the proceeding day is a Sunday, I am not getting my set until the 5th. However, watching The Patriot sounds like a great way to spend the 4th. I am burnt out on Independance Day, my family plays it EVERY SINGLE HOLIDAY, and they are all DVD copies (shrunk down to fit on a single layer DVD-R) that they then play on HDTVs hooked up with RCA cables, and they leave the 120Hz Motion Compensation turned on. I used to like this movie, but now I cannot stand it! I have even offered to bring my Blu-ray player and the movie with me, but they are all blind and deaf, and don’t know why I am insisting on going to the trouble.

  2. I still cannot believe that I haven’t seen Pirates 4 yet. By this time, I should probably wait for it to come to the dollar theater. In fact, they also just installed 3D there, and 3D movies are $3.25. So may just wait for that.

    Everything else I am interested in I have seen. I was so disappointed in Transformers 2, that I am not even going to give 3 a shot.

    • Man, I wish we had something like “the dollar theater”. Whether it’s week 1 or week 15, we always pay (wait for it) top dollar.

  3. lordbowler

    In addition to seeing Bad Teacher, Transformers (with the nephews), and maybe Green Lantern (again), I’ll be watching Lord of the Rings (Extended Cuts) on Blu-Ray!

  4. vihdeeohfieuhl


    Give Transformers 3 a shot! I promise you won’t regret it. Read EW’s review, or some of the reviews that were linked to in the blog posts about Luke Hickman’s review of it. It’s much better than the second one, and 90% of the things that most likely made you hate the second one are nowhere to be seen in Dark of the Moon. It’s a film that begs to be seen on a gigantic screen with a good audience. You’ll never have the opportunity to see it properly if you don’t go see it soon. It’s pure spectacle! Essentially, if you hated Transformers 2, you’ll love — or at least be highly pleased with — Transformers 3.

    With that said, I’ll say that I’m going to Transformers 3 again in IMAX 3D. I’ll also be seeing Super 8 (easily and by far the best summer movie of the last decade plus). And I’m going to try to see X-Men: First Class again as well.

    I love seeing summer movies over the July 4th weekend. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. I’m so happy that we have a truly great summer movie — Super 8 — that is still holding up after a month in theatres, and that I’ll have a shot to see it a third time. I wish it was still playing in IMAX, but I’m happy I got to experience that way when it opened.

  5. vihdeeohfieuhl

    I just read over the list and realized that I’ve already seen every single movie on it, with the exception of Larry Crowne and Mr. Popper’s Penquins.

    I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to see either of those films, so in my eyes, I have seen every movie that has been released so far this summer. 😉

    I can’t believe that Jim Carrey is still able to land jobs at all! And I can’t believe that a studio thought that pairing Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts — AGAIN — when they have both been washed up for a decade, would be a good idea.

    • Tom Hanks has hardly been washed up for a decade. “Catch Me If You Can” is brilliant, “Toy Story 3” is golden (etc.)

      • vihdeeohfieuhl

        You absolutely can’t count Toy Story 3 when discussing Tom Hanks performances! Voice

        Catch Me if You Can is a very good film, but this is in spite of Tom Hanks. He completely mailed it in during that movie.

        By the way, what year did that movie come out?

        Yep, that’s right, even if I concede your only example of Tom Hanks not being a corpse in a film in the last decade, the one film that you cite came out almost a decade ago.

        • Catch Me If You Can is 2002, and in my opinion, that movie was only good because of Leonardo DiCaprio. And I agree with you about Toy Story – I only didn’t say it because I didn’t want to start the fight.

          Truthfully, Tom Hanks has pretty much become a character-actor – he plays the same role in every film. Look slightly-off-camera for half the movie, and make frownie faces. NEVER smile, and NEVER show any emotion. For variety, throw in a really-bad Eastern-European accent.

  6. Jane Morgan

    ‘Transformers 3’ has 90% audience approval, with 60,000+ votes, at Rotten Tomatoes.

    Michael Bay 90 > Woody Allen 84 > Terrence Malick 66 > Pixar 65

    This is the perfect weekend to watch ‘Team America: World Police.’

  7. EM

    I picked “I’m staying home…”. I’ve already seen everything of interest to me on the list. I might be willing to see Super 8 for the 3½th time (the second time I went, there was a power outage halfway through!), but I don’t think I’ll be going this weekend.

    I will make a point of putting on some Schoolhouse Rock! segments, in particular “The Great American Melting Pot”. (When is Schoolhouse Rock! coming to Blu?!?)

  8. Atlfalconsfan

    Other. Saw Tree Of Life today. Excellent, powerful, deep, thought provoking film.