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M. Night Shyamalan is up to his usual tricks, but this time the game of “Can you guess the plot twist while I dazzle you with atmosphere?” doesn’t work. Once upon a time there was a village in the woods where everyone lived in fear of “those we don’t speak of.” A fine cast (William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix) invests earnest performances in characters that never quite jell. Shyamalan and cinematographer Roger Deakins are good at gorgeously lit, strikingly framed compositions that reference everyone from the Dutch masters to Andrew Wyeth, but every eerily tranquil shot, weirdly elliptical scene, and peculiar line reading contributes to a mood of detachment rather than creeping dread. PG-13, 107 min.