The always charming Keri Russell (“Waitress”) pairs up with mild-mannered Josh Hamilton (“The Bourne Identity”) as a couple thrown head first into a swamp made up of various story components from the “The X-Files” — and left floundering in the muck.

Every so often, Russell seems to draw out sadistic tendencies in a director (in this case Scott Stewart) — because “Dark Skies” revels, not in making her scream (she’s the type to grit her teeth in the face of horror) but in stressing her out to the absolute limits of female tolerance, then refusing to help. Not nice. But then look what happened to Russell in “Mission Impossible III.” She was almost Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) girlfriend but wound up with a time bomb thingie wedged into her brain.

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