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Movie review: 'The Bay'

Movie review: 'The Bay'

It's hard to figure which primal fear Barry Levinson doesn't tap into with "The Bay," a horror-thriller in which, it turns out, the problems in the Chesapeake go much deeper than a declining oyster harvest and too much shoreline development.

Of course, there's fear of the unknown, a staple of horror stories since caveman days. But in Levinson's skilled hands, "The Bay" also evokes the fear of science run amok, of nature unbridled (not to mention ticked off), of government censorship, of disease, of unstoppable forces, of darkness, of technology unchecked. And, of course, of the bogeyman.

Shot using hand-held cameras, smartphones, surveillance video and...