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'Independence Day'

January 18, 1998|Kennethe Turan

This 1996 blockbuster is the Hollywood version of raising the dead. Its frankly spectacular special effects revive a genre that has slept with the fishes since the 1950s, the "Keep watching the skies" epics of destructive alien invasion. "ID4's" addiction to cardboard characters, however oblivious it is to its own naivete, has a kind of adolescent charm. Will Smith (left), Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum (right) star (Cinemax Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.).

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