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It’s the Summer of Shyamalan. In August, M. Night Shyamalan returns to screens with “Trap,” revisiting thriller interests after dabbling in semi-horror releases over the last handful of years. Before dad gets a chance to entertain audiences, his daughter, Ishana Night Shyamalan, offers her feature-length directorial debut with “The Watchers,” also handling screenplay duties on this adaptation of a 2021 A.M. Shine novel. Shyamalan also attempts to deliver spooky business with the endeavor, which observes four characters trapped in a dire situation of fantastical imprisonment, and like her father’s recent output, the picture just doesn’t have much in a way of chills or pace to really capture audience imagination. “The Watchers” is atmospheric at times, and the helmer is aided greatly by an active sound design, but it’s a long wait for something special to happen, and while Shine has ideas, Shyamalan struggles to make them come alive. Read the rest at


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