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Brian Offenther

Brian Offenther is a Shanghai-based writer on music scenes in the city. He can be reached at BrianOffenther@yahoo.com.

'Sicko' on ailing US health care

SOME movies can be appreciated outside the context of the filmmakers. Whether or not audiences appreciate the other works of M. Night Shyamalan, and many don't, his film "The Sixth Sense" is almost universally lauded.

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'Spider Baby' so bad it's good

THE year 1968 in film: "2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Odd Couple," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" "Once Upon a Time in the West" and ... "Spider Baby."