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Lady in the WaterThe silver lining for director M. Night Shyamalan? Even Steven Spielberg once made Always. Then again, Spielberg never cast himself in his own...Lady in the WaterMystery and Thriller, DramaPT110MPG-13The silver lining for director M. Night Shyamalan? Even Steven Spielberg once made Always. Then again, Spielberg never cast himself in his own...2006-12-27Freddy RodriguezWarner Bros.

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Lady in the Water

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Freddy Rodriguez; Director: M. Night Shyamalan; Author: M. Night Shyamalan; Release Date Wide: 07/21/2006; Runtime (in minutes): 110; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Warner Bros.

The silver lining for director M. Night Shyamalan? Even Steven Spielberg once made Always. Then again, Spielberg never cast himself in his own film as a writer whose work is destined to change the world. And Spielberg never condescended to early doubters, like Shyamalan does in an EXTRA six-part doc: ”Someone reads [the script] and says, ‘I don’t see it, I don’t get it.’ And [I] go, ‘It’s there.”’ The ”it” he was hoping to capture in Lady in the Water was the fairy-tale magic of The Princess Bride, but even an eclectic cast can’t salvage this self-indulgent Never-ending Story.

Originally posted December 27 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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