Don't want to see the latest big budget releases this Fourth of July weekend (Tammy, Transformers) here are some other options to satiate your culture craving.
Feeling like staying indoors while everyone else is out barbecuing? Well, the Huffington Post has catalogued all the television marathons that are going to be taking place. The highlight—if you're going to call it that—is probably AMC's Walking Dead marathon. If you want to embark on that, Darren Franich at EW has compiled a handy "survival guide." Personally, we're probably going to tune in to the Sex and the City marathon on E! at some point during the day, because, really, who are we kidding? IFC, meanwhile is showing the Adam West Batman series. Come for the kitsch!
Indies on VOD
The weekend's most notable indie opening is also available on VOD. On this Independence Day, why not celebrate the life of "America's movie critic" with Life Itself, the documentary about Roger Ebert. In the New York Times review of the film Geoffrey O'Brien wrote that it is "in many ways like a wake at which intimate acquaintances warmly recall their departed friend in all his aspects, foibles and quirks along with his talents and triumphs."
In the Art House
Get yourself to a theater to see Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer, which expands this weekend. If you're into something with a slightly less depressing take on humanity, try Begin Again, the latest musical from the director of Once.
Oldies But Goodies
Turner Classic Movies has a July 4 lineup of classic patriotic films. There are a bunch of good options here, but we'd recommend tuning in around 1:30 p.m. EST for the double feature of 1776, the musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, followed by Yankee Doodle Dandy, the George M. Cohan biopic starring James Cagney. Make your Fourth musical!