Review pending, too tired to post it right now Place-holder reminder for tomorrow. -edit- Posted review below, editing first post with it too. Lady in the water is, for lack of a better term, a story. That's not the end all/be all of its essence but thats what it is. It is not a gimmicky horror movie or some kind of cliched sci-fi flick or something else that we have come to expect from the run-of-the-mill hollywood crap that we routinely witness. There are many characters in this story and each character seems to have a distinguishing characteristic. You will grow to learn more about these characters layers as the movie progresses but they are all integral in one way or another. What I loved about the movie was the pacing and the manner in which the story unfolded. Again, each scene was framed perfectly and while I could have lived with a character or two fewer, the acting by these invididuals was excellent. For once, we don't have yound stars stealing the show, although there is a child. The star of this movie is Giametti and what a star he is. There is a scene near the end where the entire range of his emotions can be seen and we learn why it is a travesty that he was robbed of an Oscar for his portrayal is Sideways, the quintissential wine drinking movie. The music is a beautiful accompaniment to the goings-on in the movie and lend a lot to the atmosphere. Notice the contrasts between the night-time settings and the day-time settings. Shyamalan's play with the bright/dark contrasts worked well in the Village and does so here in Lady in the Water as well. Also, the story is not overtly cliched, in fact there are scenes which will cause you to laugh out loud at the ludicrous nature of the majority of hollywood movies treatment of certain scenes. It's almost like film-making 101 and it rocks M Night Shyamalan has a large role in this movie, far bigger than in the Signs where I thought he did an exceptional job. He is not quite as good here, but, he shows that he does have good acting range. This movie is recommended for the story lovers here. It has various elements of horrow/fantasy/sci-fi/misc. but it is not one or the other type of movie. That is where it distinguishes itself. It is a simple story with interesting characters. Thats where it won me over. 4/5 OSNN stars.