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'Stephen King's Bag of Bones': Brosnan's good in blah story

"Stephen King's Bag of Bones" scared me out of my seat, but not nearly enough to justify sitting through the two-night affair. The adaptation of King's novel (8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, A&E; 1 star) is too long by one night, plodding to a resolution that most viewers will have figured out by the time it drags them there. Pierce Brosnan plays Mike Noonan, a writer devastated by the accidental death of his wife Jo (Annabeth Gish). He decides to heal from his loss at the cabin in a small lakeside community that Jo visited often—without Mike. There he wrestles with his grief, not to mention nightmares, ghosts and a cranky old man (William Schallert, who once starred in "The Patty Duke Show") and his creepy assistant. Brosnan shows Noonan's emotional torment, and Schallert still is impressive at 89. But they can't make up for a lackluster mystery. Aide from those few jolting moments, the movie is as thrilling as a bag of bones. Curt Wagner, RedEye's Show Patrol
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