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‘Split’ Review: What The What?!

6 hours ago | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Split writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has had a very interesting career. He first struck it big in 1999 with The Sixth Sense, a film that came with a huge twist that changed how the movie was perceived, and ushered in a new sub-genre of film that Shyamalan would absolutely rule for half a decade. His follow up, Unbreakable, also had a neat twist, but that film had so much more going for it, as it took the classic comic book movie and made it so real.

In recent years, Shyamalan has fallen on hard times, as the need to create twists, and his self-indulgent desire to cast himself in his films have all but made the once promising wunderkind a wash-up, and his films are now avoided as much as they used to be anticipated. Does Split serve as a cinematic pressing of the reset button, or the final nail »

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‘Split’ Ending: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of M. Night Shyamalan’s Biggest Twist

7 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It should come as no surprise that M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split features a big twist. It’s kind of his thing. Everyone, even his fans, has poked fun at his penchant for Big Shocking Reveals, some of which work as stunning reversals and some of which fall flat on their face. The twist in Split is a weird […]

The post ‘Split’ Ending: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of M. Night Shyamalan’s Biggest Twist appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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‘Split’: M. Night Shyamalan Explains the Thriller’s Shocking Twist Ending

11 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller “Split” follows James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with 23 discrete personalities, all different and dangerous with agendas of their own. The story follows him as he kidnaps three teenage girls and holds them hostage in his basement. The girls soon begin to meet each personality, with the final persona being the most terrifying of them all.

The film looks to be Shyamalan’s big return after a string of disappointments like “The Happening” and “After Earth.” “Split” has critics excited, with some, like io9, saying that the film has the “best twist since ‘The Sixth Sense.'” The website spoke with the director about the shocking ending, that may surprise and excite many M. Night fans.

Readers beware, if  you have not seen “Split,” turn away.

[Editor’s Note: Major spoilers for “Split” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]

Read More: ‘Split’ Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan Unleashes 23 Different Versions Of James McAvoy In Wild Kidnapping Thriller

In “Split, »

- Liz Calvario

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ to Twist Past Vin Diesel’s ‘xXx’ at Weekend Box Office

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has separated from its rivals, and is on its way toward a surprisingly strong $28 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Vin Diesel’s launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is heading for a second-place finish with about $20 million at 3,651 sites while the historical drama “Hidden Figures” continues its solid performance in third with $16 million. Michael Keaton’s biopic “The Founder” is showing little traction with a modest $3 million to $4 million weekend at 1,115 locations.

Split” is outperforming recent expectations, which had been at around $20 million at 3,037 sites earlier this week. Early grosses point to a $12 million $14 million opening day with Thursday night previews of $2 million, while “Xander Cage” heads for a $7 million to $9 million opening day. Some early estimates project that “Split” will hit as much as $35 million during the weekend.

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- Dave McNary

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The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Split top Tanner's What to Watch weekend preview

12 hours ago | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Split top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewThe Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Split top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewTanner Zipchen1/20/2017 3:21:00 Pm

Happy Friday! *said with Cineplex popcorn in my hair.

This weekend we have some very exciting movies landing on the big screen: M. Night Shyamalan Is Back with Split. Starring James McAvoy, a man with 24 personalities who does very bad things -- a great date night movie if you ask me! Michael Keaton is loving it in The Founder, about the insane story of how McDonalds started up. The movie is written by Robert D. Siegel, who wrote the cult movies Big Fan and The Wrestler. And finally Vin Diesel returns as the extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage. This high fueled action tale is a must see on the big screen with big sound! »

- Tanner Zipchen

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Spoiler Space: Spoiler Space: Split

13 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.

If Unbreakable’s David Dunn was M. Night Shyamalan’s version of the classic superhero, then what does that make Kevin? His take on an X-Men villain? Over the course of the film, Shyamalan drops a few hints about the connection between Split and his fondly remembered reimagining of the comic book origin story (the title and poster are dead giveaways, in retrospect), but it isn’t until the final moments—and the split-second return of Bruce Willis as Dunn—that the movie reveals itself as being set in the Unbreakable-verse. One can imagine a proper sequel that will pit Dunn against “the Horde,” as Kevin calls himself at the end of the movie. But how much does the connection between the two films really matter?

After all, part of what makes »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Split's Anya Taylor-Joy Explains Why the Shocking Final Scene Is "Such an Electric Moment"

13 hours ago | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Spoilers for the end of Split below! If there's one movie that people are going to be talking about over the next few days, it's Split. Among the many disturbing twists and turns in M. Night Shyamalan's latest horror film, the very last scene of the movie will no doubt be a point of extreme surprise for plenty of audience members (it definitely was for us). The film follows three teen girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula) who are abducted by Kevin (James McAvoy), a man with dissociative identity disorder struggling to keep all 23 of his extremely different personalities in check. At the end of the movie, it's revealed that the events that occur in Split are actually happening in the same universe as Shyamalan's 2000 film, Unbreakable. Once we recovered from shock, we immediately hopped on the phone with Taylor-Joy, who shines as the film's smart, »

- Quinn Keaney

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M. Night Shyamalan Talks The Hugely Surprising Twist Behind ‘Split’

15 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, just how big is the final twist of M. Night Shyamalan‘s “Split“? Well, a member in the audience that I saw the film with screamed. Twice. And the second time, it was a sustained, very excited howl which included fist pumps. So yes, it’s pretty damn big, and obviously, don’t read further if you don’t want to know. But in case anybody is just skimming over this…

 

**Major Spoilers Ahead, Seriously**

 

**I’M Not Kidding, Big Spoilers Lay Ahead**

 

Okay, with that out of the way, here’s what happens: After kidnapping three girls, and killing two of them, James McAvoy‘s Kevin remains on the run.

Continue reading M. Night Shyamalan Talks The Hugely Surprising Twist Behind ‘Split’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Abducts $2 Million in Thursday Night Launch

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has taken an impressive $2 million at 2,295 locations in Thursday night preview showings in North America.

Split” easily outdistanced Thursday night previews of Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which took in a decent $1.2 million at 2,536 sites.

Universal is expanding “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, to 3,037 sites on Friday. The Thursday night figure for “Split” doubled the $1 million in previews from Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million two years ago.

Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script in a story of McAvoy’s character capturing three young women. It’s the 12th movie that Shyamalan has directed with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” remaining the most successful with more than $650 million in worldwide grosses.

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Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top »

- Dave McNary

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‘Split’ Scares In Solid $2M; ‘Xander Cage’ Takes $1.2M In Previews – Friday Am Box Office

17 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is off to an incredibly strong start, grabbing $2M in Thursday night previews in 2,295 theaters. Paramount Pictures/Revolution Studios’ xXx: Return of Xander Cage just logged in with $1.2M in 2,536 locales. It’s been a long time coming for fans of the xXx franchise — the last film in bowed in 2005 and did not star Diesel. This brings the actor back to the franchise after 14 years. One of xXx‘s comps is the 2012 film Looper which grossed $6.8M on… »

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‘Split’ Creeps to Strong $2 Million at Thursday Box Office

17 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s long-awaited return to form may have finally come, if early reception to his new film,”Split,” is any indication. The James McAvoy-led thriller debuted to a strong $2 million in Thursday night previews at 2,295 locations. It is projected to have an opening weekend of around $20 million against a budget of $10 million, though Universal is more conservative with a projection in the high-teens. The Thursday yield blows by that of Shyamalan’s last film, “The Visit,” which raked in $1 million in previews when it was released in September 2015 and went on to gross $25 million »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Weekend Box Office: 'Split' Scares Up $2M Thursday Night; 'xXx: Xander Cage' Earns $1.2M

17 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

M. Night Shyamalan's latest horror-thriller, Split, earned a pleasing $2 million as it began rolling out at the North American box office Thursday night in 2,295 theaters, while Vin Diesel's xXx: The Return of Xander Cage took in $1.2 million from 2,536 locations.

Split, starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with 24 personalities, is projected to gross $20 million-$23 million for the weekend, thanks to a teen-friendly PG-13 rating. Jason Blum's Blumhouse and Universal partnered on the film, which will expand into a total of 3,015 theaters on Friday.

Universal is being more conservative and suggesting a domestic debut »

- Pamela McClintock

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What Are You Watching?: Béla Tarr versus Dr. Phibes in a duel of gothic eccentricities

18 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

I’ll keep it brief this week, as I’m in the middle of a quick drip down to southern Missouri to pick up my kids from their grandparents. (Currently, my son is shouting, “I’m not bothering you, I’m not bothering!”) I haven’t really watched anything substantial since the weekend, when I sat down with a couple of movies I’ve been itching to revisit for years. Both are eccentric exercises in horror atmosphere (was I mentally prepping myself to write on the new M. Night Shyamalan film?), though they couldn’t be more different. The first was the eerie, experimental adaptation of Macbeth that the Hungarian director Béla Tarr made for TV in 1982. It’s ...

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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‘Split’ Is a Return to Form For M. Night Shyamalan and a Wild Showcase For James McAvoy

18 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

(This review originally ran after Split‘s first screening at Fantastic Fest 2016. It arrives in theaters today.) Every filmmaker finds themselves in a rough patch every now and again, but few directors have had quite as public a rough patch as M. Night Shyamalan. It wasn’t enough that the immensely talented director of The Sixth Sense, […]

The post ‘Split’ Is a Return to Form For M. Night Shyamalan and a Wild Showcase For James McAvoy appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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The Insane Connection Between Split and Another Great M. Night Shyamalan Movie

19 hours ago | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Warning: Spoilers below! Split is M. Night Shyamalan's latest horror-thriller, and if you've seen the movie, you undoubtedly have some questions about the ending. I'm not talking about how the actual story concludes - I'm talking about the last minute or so, when we get an unexpected cameo. We see Shyamalan earlier in the film, but this appearance is even better. The movie has all but concluded when we see patrons of a diner fixated on a news broadcast. Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) has been found and the reporter is talking about the case, saying that outlets have already started calling the killer by a nickname: The Hoard, due to his many personalities. A woman at the counter says, "That guy who got locked up 15 years ago, they gave him a funny name too." The camera pans down the counter to a man dressed in a jumpsuit with a tag marked "Dunn. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Excellent ‘Split’ Twist Gives Off Vibe of Early Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies (Commentary)

19 January 2017 10:03 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(It probably should be expected that there will be major spoiler for “Split” and other M. Night Shyamalan movies below. So here’s your spoiler alert.) M. Night Shyamalan movies have it tough. Almost all of them feature an attempt at a hard-hitting twist, and with the massive success of “The Sixth Sense” right out of the gate, the bar for those twists has been set pretty high. When a movie’s twist fails to clear that bar, viewers and critics aren’t too kind about it. Several Shyamalan movies, such as “The Village” or “Lady in the Water,” are met with disdain for their. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Every Bizarre, Twisted, F*cked-Up Thing That Happens in M. Night Shyamalan's Split

19 January 2017 8:30 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

M. Night Shyamalan first gained fame with The Sixth Sense, thanks to its brilliant, original twist ending. Since then, the director has been chasing the ever-elusive high of a similarly successful and mind-blowing surprise, which he's attempted in his successive horror and sci-fi films like The Village, Signs, and Unbreakable. Although those failed to deliver the same impact, his 2015 found-footage flick The Visit seemed to herald a return to form for Shyamalan with its simple story and fantastic, shocking conclusion. With that in mind, the writer-director's latest entry into the horror genre, Split, looked like it might be a twist-filled slam dunk at the box office. Although the film suffers from a few bloated, meandering storylines and the ending will leave some rolling their eyes, there are enough creepy, terrifying moments (and incredible performances) scattered throughout Split that will no doubt make it a notable notch on Shyamalan's belt of accomplishments. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Every M Night Shyamalan Movie Twist Ranked, From ‘Sixth Sense’ to ‘Split’ (Photos)

19 January 2017 6:02 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This weekend marks the release of “Split,” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller about a man with multiple murderous personalities, and there’s only one question to ask: How good is the twist? Ever since “The Sixth Sense,” Shyamalan has been known for spooky, dramatic movies with giant, mind-blowing twists in their plots. Of course, they’re not all good — some of Shyamalan’s twists have left audiences laughing instead of gasping. Here’s the definitive list of which of his twists do their stories justice and which ones merely unravel them, from “The Sixth Sense” way back in 1999 to this week’s “Split. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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The Last Horror Blog: 'Split' Talk, 'Phantasm' Box Set, 'The Belko Experiment' Trailer and More

19 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan go behind-the-scenes on Split – I’m cautiously optimistic about Split, the latest genre offering from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. The director seems to have regained his footing with 2015’s surprise hit The Visit, and if the trailers are any indication, he looks to build on that with his latest – a tale of an abduction by a man with multiple personalities. The film is slated to open this weekend, so there’s no better time to see what Shyamalan and star James McAvoy have to say about the project in this new behind-the-scenes clip. Enjoy.   Phantasm box set launches in March – If you can’t get enough of Angus Scrimm and those deadly flying silver balls, then you’re in luck – Well...

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- Mike Bracken

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Adds Hundreds of Theaters Ahead of Oscar Nominations

19 January 2017 5:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Studios is opting to more than triple the number of North American locations this weekend for Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence” as Oscar nominations loom Tuesday.

Silence” will expand from 474 sites to 1,580 on Friday. It’s an optimistic move for a film that has failed to catch on with either awards voters or audiences so far.

The movie, set in 1640 Japan, has under-performed in a month of limited release with $3.8 million. During the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, “Silence” had a per-screen average of $5,010 — seventh-highest among the top 20 films.

Scorsese has been trying to make “Silence,” based on the Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuit missionaries, for 28 years. The film stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor — played by Liam Neeson — and spread Catholicism even though the religion has been banned. It was budgeted between $40 million »

- Dave McNary

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