The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Die-hard believer in the weird and outlandish Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and rational skeptic Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) return to the big screen after The X-Files abandoned its own paranoid mythology and main characters during its final two years on television, ending in 2002. And all series creator and writer/director Chris Carter can come up with is a run-of-the-mill crime story. A female FBI agent goes missing, and a ruined priest-turned-psychic leads the FBI to some opaque clues. The investigating agents (Amanda Peet and Xzibit) bring in former agents Scully, now a doctor at a Catholic hospital, and the wanted and in-hiding Mulder, to assist them, given the "paranormal" nature of their priest. Yawn: What transpires is less classic X-Files standalone episode than a slightly more graphic C.S.I.--complete with pointless pseudo-plot points about gay marriage, stem-cell research, and black-market organs--spiced with relationship prattle between the still-in-love-but-so-can't-be-together Mulder and Scully. Consider it more like The Ex Files.