The X-Files

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The X-Files ★★½ The X-Files: Fight the Future 1998 (PG-13)

The TV series' fifth-season cliffhanger continues in the big screen adaptation, which supposedly has a plot clear enough so viewers unfamiliar with the series can still figure out what's going on. Creator Chris Carter uses the show's “mythology” episodes to have FBI agents Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson) battling a global conspiracy involving the Cigarette-Smoking Man (Davis) and an international syndicate, colonizing aliens, and related paranormal perplexities. The big budget allows for some big action sequences and special effects and the two leads have a comfortable partnership. 120m/C VHS, DVD . David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, William B. Davis, John Neville, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Blythe Danner, Mitch Pileggi, Terry O'Quinn, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lucas Black, Glenne Headly; D: Rob Bowman; W: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz; C: Ward Russell; M: Mark Snow.