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Even if you've seen Stanley Kubrick's film of The Shining a dozen times, it's doubtful you've seen it quite the same way the contributors to this often hilarious documentary have. For them, it's not just an effective, stylish, spooky tale that plays fast and loose with the Stephen King source material; it's a cryptic maze full of symbolism and puzzles to be unlocked.

They may be right on some scores, since The Shining is full of things hidden in plain sight, like the recurring Native American motif. There are even things investigated here that Kubrick definitely had an eye on, such as the impossible geography of the Overlook Hotel, where windows look out on to nothing and doors lead to nowhere. But they take »

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