Four films for the Fourth of July

Tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S., which means ballgames, fireworks, and (for movie fans) July 4th films. Here are four movie picks for your holiday viewing pleasure — two musicals, one action flick and one drama:

The Music Man — Features the show-stopper 76 Trombones and a pair of wonderful actors in Robert Preston and Shirley Jones (yes, the future mom on The Partridge Family). Watch for Ron Howard as Jones’ much younger brother … so young he’s credited as Ronny Howard.

Independence Day — Aliens attack the White House, then get creamed by Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum’s computer virus.

Born on the Fourth of July — Based on the autobiography by Vietnam Vet-turned antiwar protester Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise got his first Academy Award nomination for playing Kovic.

1776 — If you’ve ever wanted to see the Founding Fathers sing and dance, this is your chance.

Have a happy Fourth!

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