January 20, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

The time: 1947. The place: Roswell, N.M. Apparent UFO wreckage has been found in the desert — and the Feds have engineered a cover-up. The truth-seeking hero is an Air Force major (Kyle MacLachlan) who investigates the crash site, finds things he can’t explain, and spends the next 30 years trying to prove he had a close encounter. Blending headlines and hearsay with docu-style sci-fi, the filmmakers of Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-up conjure a gripping detective story that’s only slightly too fantastic to be true. Or is it? B+

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