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Five American movies to see on Independence Day

Five American movies to see on Independence Day

What to watch this Fourth of July weekend? There are, of course, those obvious holiday-title perennials, “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Independence Day” (the misbegotten “Independence Day: Resurgence,” not so much).

Maybe it’s the mood of the moment, but the five films I’m recommending here offer tougher, more conflicted visions, and some are patriotic precisely because they subject the very notion of patriotism to critical scrutiny.

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