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Movie Review: The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Alternate Title: The Truth is Still Out There

Story: Has it really been six years since the fun paranormal phenomenon and Government conspiracy days of TV's The X-Files? Ah, I remember them well. Perhaps real life mistrust of Government has taken its place. Anyhow, if you are a fan (and I am) you will definitely like this second X-Files film. Director Chris Carter is back along with his writing pal, Frank Spotnitz to reintroduce us to Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.

Scully is now a full time medical doctor and Mulder, who was dumped by the FBI, seems to spend most of his time clipping newspaper articles about weird stuff and shooting those pencils up into the ceiling, just like the old days. Just when they thought they were out of it - the FBI pulls them back after a female agent goes missing and an ex-Priest has visions of where she might be located. I am not going to plot spoil for you but I will reveal there is no ET type alien in the movie, but there is plenty of mystery (all earthbound) and some really bad people. There are also those FBI agents who maintain their nay saying attitude at all costs.

Do you need to be a long time fan to appreciate the film? Not at all. The writers eke out old story lines so you are in the loop quickly. There are some old jokes that resurface and the fan based theater crowd all appreciated those oldies, like me.

I look forward to another in the X-Files series whenever this crowd feels like putting one together for us diehard fans.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HrxAXvQ6A

For those loyal fans you will enjoy this love song dedicated to Scully and Mulder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYhhh2hoL64

Acting: David Duchovny is, of course, Mulder and does not skip a beat. Gillian Anderson, as Scully, seems even more serious now that she wears a stethoscope full time. Amanda Peet as an FBI agent has too wide eyed an expression for me to believe her in the role. Billy Connolly as the former Priest was the best one in the cast and Rapper Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner as the FBI agent tagged as the non-believer and the one who is always wrong is fine.

Trivia: David Duchovny earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a graduate degree in English Literature at Yale.

Predilection: I am an X-Files fan and believe the truth is still out there.

Critters: Many scary, attack dogs. There are also photo images of experiments that have been done on dogs that will not be easy for some to view. There is also a scene where an attack dog gets hurt.

Food: I do not recall anyone eating anything.

Sex Spectrum: Scully and Mulder spoon.

Soundtrack: Loud and scary.

Opening Titles: The titles are superimposed over a winter landscape where tons of FBI agents are covering a lake looking for a body.

Visual Art: The winter landscape is supposed to be West Virginia, but it was filmed in Vancouver.

Theater Audience: About 50 believers. I was the only one to stay through the credits and I am glad I did because I received a very large smile for my extra time.

Weather: Very cold and snowy.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 3

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: Long time X-Files fans are used to seeing the location and time of a scene in the lower left hand corner of the screen. I assume this is too advance the story line. However, there is nowhere on the East or West coast that the sun rises at 5:02 in the morning in the dead of winter.

Big Screen or Rental: If you are a fan - you have to go BIG.

Length: 100 minutes.