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As a pop parable of heavenly reassurance and redemption, Ian Softley's K-PAX is probably the kind of entertainment the movie industry refers to when it promises gentler, feel-good fare in light of current anxieties.
If K-PAX's conclusion is a bit too glib, too pat for what it's trying to do, it's an honorable attempt to create a thoughtful entertainment, and it's got the kind of acting worth visiting from another planet to experience.
K-PAX succeeds most often when it isn't blinded by the light of its own cosmic message. Its creators have apparently decided to embrace that message, seizing the moment -- and full credit -- with both hands.