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Hey, someone's gotta come to the defense of M. Night Shyamalan.

Before we all had Lindsay Lohan to beat up on, there was M. Night Shyamalan, Hollywood's very own prodigal son. Master of twist endings and cursed with less modesty about his directing gifts than even Quentin Tarantino, Shyamalan's fall from grace was swift and almost karmically vengeful. At least -- if you buy the overall narrative that after "The Sixth Sense," every movie he made was a case of increasingly diminishing returns and financial failure, culminating in the rock-bottom...

"Hey old man, you home tonight?": Seven cinematic atheists.

Friday sees the release of Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora" (alliteration!), which stars Rachel Weisz as a philosopher/scientist and courageous atheist suffering at the hands of rabid Christians in fifth-century Alexandria. The Catholic Church, predictably, is not pleased: "Your film is going to awaken hatred against Christians in today's society," wrote Antonio Alonso Marcos, president of the Religious Anti-Defamation Observatory. Amenabar's less than convincing response...