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‘Old’ Review: M. Night Shyamalan Turns a Day at the Beach Into a Nightmare of Aging. But Are His Gimmicks Getting Old?

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Owen Gleiberman Chief Film CriticEveryone likes to talk about the big twist at the end of an M. Night Shyamalan movie: Was it good for you?

Did you see it coming? Did it turn the rest of the movie into nonsense? (In some Shyamalan films, no twist is required to do that.) Yet for all the attention paid to Shyamalan’s trademark teasing grand finales, it’s the little twists in his movies — the ones that happen along the way  — that can determine whether the film in question is spinning a yarn worth telling or just spinning its wheels.In “Old,” Shyamalan’s latest is-it-clever-or-just-dumb-or-is-it-both?

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