Independence Day
1996
***
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell

Massive city-sized alien spaceships appear all over the world and the future of humanity is at stake, but those pesky and resourceful Americans are not going to give up without a fight. Roland Emmerich’s science fiction blockbuster has a gripping premise, but it is undermined by a connect-the-dots screenplay and an overall sense of silliness. The special effects, which look impressive but a bit dated, won an Academy Award. Followed by Independence Day: Resurgence 20 years later.