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Rita Kempley - Style section,
"An overgrown hybrid of disaster epic, can-do combat adventure and '50s sci-fi movie."


Kevin McManus - Weekend section, "Cruises to an upbeat ending but furnishes no more of the wicked thrills of the initial hour."


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'Independence Day'

Scene from this movie The planet is beset by 36 saucers the size of Cleveland. The dish du jour contains millions and millions of extraterrestrial crustaceans in no mood for a close encounter. Their mission: Fry earthlings, grab the planet, snork up the resources, move on to the next juicy orb.

Launched from the mother ship in lunar orbit, the saucers are well on their way to Earth by the time SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) picks up their signal. As the saucers oh-sooo-slowly move into position over Washington, New York and Los Angeles, President Thomas J. Whitmore (can-do Bill Pullman), a former combat pilot, and his staff attempt to come up with a plan. -- Rita Kempley
Rated PG-13


Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Bill Pullman; Will Smith; Jeff Goldblum; Judd Hirsch; Margaret Colin; Mary McDonnell; Randy Quaid; Robert Loggia; James Rebhorn; Harvey Fierstein; Vivica Fox; Brent Spiner
Running Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes
Filmographies: Will Smith; Bill Pullman; Jeff Goldblum; Judd Hirsch; Randy Quaid;
Robert Loggia; Mary McDonnell