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The Happening (movie)
Misdirection expert back to 'After Earth' ★★ 1/2
Misdirection expert back to 'After Earth' ★★ 1/2

Director and screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan has gone from being Mr. Twist, thanks to "The Sixth Sense," to the most doggedly straightforward storyteller on the planet, judging from the modestly entertaining "After Earth." It's essentially a two-hander showcasing the Smiths, Will and Jaden. Smith the Younger has entered that phase of not-quite-this-not-quite-thatness, which is the hallmark of being 14. He receives top billing; Smith the Elder, of "I Am Legend" and (with his son) "The Pursuit of Happyness," makes do with second. Co-written by Gary Whitta and the director, "After Earth" is an Outward Bound sort of adventure set...

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