With Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jack Black, Joe Don Baker
Directed by Tim Burton

Made after his
Ed Wood biopic, this is a far cry from the quick and thrifty Plan Nine From Outer Space, and a great counter strike to the more mainstream Independence Day (also released in ’96). What you get is a slick, funny, crazy and highly entertaining homage to the classic flying saucer invasion B movies. Based on a series of trading cards, the bulbous head men from Mars invade earth with a shaken up president trying to contain the situation (played by Nicholson in one of two separate roles). Several storylines run throughout, including a range of other characters from washington to Vegas, like the first lady and first daughter, a scientist, a reporter, a young man, his gung-ho soldier wanna-be brother and his grandmother, as well as a new-ager and a woman with two kids whose ex-boxer dad has an undignified job in a casino hotel. Even Tom Jones pops in! With conventional weapons proving useless, it takes something quite out of the ordinary to defeat the invaders. A spaced-out, fantastic ride indeed.

5 / A
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5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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