The Crescent ★★

It must have been a pain to get that performance out of that kid, so credit where it's due. Still, this ghost story smacks of student film tendencies, not just in the glaring jump cuts, flat lighting and overreliance on experimental technique, but also in the central narrative conceit, which anyone who's every suffered through a student film showcase will see coming by the end of the first reel. Credit, also, for evocative use of the seascape, but we've seen all of this stuff far too often before.