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Our picks from the highest-grossing box office list for July 4 weekend

Bringing in nearly $98 million box office, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in 2011, was certainly popular. It’s the highest grossing July 4 weekend release, according to boxofficemojo.com. But, is this really the caliber of film we want to enjoy on the nation’s birthday? If so, then enjoy it. For those who seek more from their movie-watching experiences, I have found five Independence Day releases that offer more substance than the usual fare. And no, Independence Day is not one of them.

The whole premise for that Transformers movie is wrong. Courtesy of Earthsky.org

The whole premise for that Transformers movie is wrong.
Courtesy of Earthsky.org

Get ready for the rousing speeches.

Get ready for the rousing speeches.

The movie that sits at 11 on the highest-grossing July 4 weekend releases is Men In Black. Barry Sonnenfeld directed this film following the success of Get Shorty (which isn’t too shabby either). While he might have strayed a bit in his career, Sonnenfeld was one of the best cinematographers in the early ’90s. His skill translated well to directing, especially in his early pictures.

A great example of Sonnenfeld's camera skills.

A great example of Sonnenfeld’s camera skills.

 Men In Black redefined the way we see sci-fi comedies and aliens in general. The camera’s movement in relation to the scenes is a thing of beauty, as it adds its own element of comedy to the production. If nothing else, revisit this for a look at a young Will Smith, fresh off Fresh Prince, arguing with Tommy Lee Jones.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Before we knew Will Smith would be a scientologist with two annoying famous kids.

Before we knew Will Smith would be a scientologist with two annoying famous kids.

Next up, The Perfect Storm, which comes in at 15 on the July 4 list with just over $41 million. This movie is a raw drama with some big-budget special effects. The drama might be a little too raw, but the movie still makes good use of the actors to deliver a visual and tense story. Read the rest

Tell us your favorite movie mom

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Sunday is the day for celebrating mothers. And in the spirit of the Little Rock Film Festival, which opens the very next day, why don’t you tell us:

Who is your favorite movie mom?

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Literary classics on the silver screen

A toast ... to F. Scott Fitzgerald!

A toast … to F. Scott Fitzgerald!

What's the best film adaptation of a well-known book?

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Who got dissed?

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2014 Oscar nominees have been announced, and the list includes those nominations you probably expect to see: 12 Years a Slave for Best Picture, Leonardo for Best Actor in Wolf of Wall Street, Judi Dench for Best Actress in Philomena. But there are always a few that seem like they were overlooked, aren’t there?

What's the biggest Oscars snub of 2014?

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Summer bellybusters

The summer blockbusters: Remember how excited we were for those?

Iron Man 3 was good. Man of Steel did its thing. Despicable Me 2 was cute. At least $283 million worth in ticket sales says it was cute.

But then there’s the ones that can’t quite live up to the hype. They get zip, zilch, nil in the box office, and we’re embarrassed we ever cared. Maybe the movie was a really good idea, just not executed quite as well as it could have been. Or maybe it was a case or poor timing, and competition with another film killed it’s chances. It’s OK. You don’t have to be embarrassed. You can tell us.

Even if you'll admit it was kind of bad, what was your favorite blockbuster flop this summer?

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