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James McAvoy Replaces Joaquin Phoenix In M. Night Shyamalan Thriller

2 October 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but throughout his career — minus his recent low-budget "The Visit," and failure-on-all-fronts "The Last Airbender" — he's had a knack for landing big actors for his movies, and with some, collaborating on multiple films. In fact, Joaquin Phoenix, who appeared in "Signs" and "The Village," was lining up a third movie with Shyamalan, but it looks like that hasn't worked out. (And apparently, a deal was never made). Read More: Review: M. Night Shayamalan Makes A Comeback With Found Footage Horror 'The Visit' THR reports that James McAvoy, certainly no slouch himself, has replaced Phoenix in the untitled film. Plot details are under wraps about the project in development over at Blumhouse Productions, which has grossed $67 million worldwide with "The Visit." On paper, that's not great, and the lowest global figure in the director's career. But considering it cost next to nothing, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office Sabermetrics: M. Night Shyamalan is the Jeff Francoeur of Directors…..Or Is He????

16 September 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Box Office Sabermetrics is a bi-weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.

Let me tell you about my personal history with M. Night Shyamalan. When I was 10 years old, I watched his third film Signs for the first time, and it changed my life. Signs was the first film to make me love films, to want to spend my life doing something with films. It was the first film that I watched and immediately understood and grasped onto the subtext and themes of the film, and the fact that a film could do that blew my tiny mind.

Before then, I had always loved film, but I had always watched them only taking in what was explicitly on screen. M. Night Shyamalan then became the first director I got into, as I went back and watched »

- Dylan Griffin

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Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan Offers Chills, Laughs in ‘The Visit’

15 September 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Director and auteur M. Night Shyamalan has been very spotty in the last nine years. “The Sixth Sense” filmmaker has had less of an impact with “After Earth” and “The Last Airbender,” but scores again with the super weird, creepy and funny “The Visit.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shyamalan has discovered the “found footage” genre (the movie is filmed by the characters) in a satirical way – two teens chronicle their visit for the first time to their grandparents– and does it his way, with crisp cinematography and flipped out images of dread and humor that both freezes and engages the soul. It’s funny to the point of stupidity – and it survives a tremendously unnecessary epilogue. I think M. Night has found a new niche, and will panic less about his reputation and begin to deliver more on his unrealized potential, based on his earlier works. And, with a tremendous boost right »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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5 Reasons The Visit Is M. Night Shyamalan's Best Movie in Years

14 September 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

While I was initially excited upon watching the trailer for The Visit, a little part of me couldn't get past the fact that it was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. On the one hand, Shyamalan made The Sixth Sense, one of the most shocking horror/thrillers of the '90s. On the other hand, he's also the same guy behind The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth, some of the most heavily mocked movies of the past decade. Given his track record, The Visit really could have gone any number of ways. Thankfully, it's a shocking crowd-pleaser with more to offer than just a good twist - though it does have one. Allow me to make a case for why you need to see it, and don't worry, I'll keep it spoiler-free. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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What's Behind the Crazy Box Office Success of 'The Perfect Guy' and 'The Visit'?

13 September 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The fall box office season wasn't supposed to kick into gear until next week. No one expected much from either "The Visit" or "The Perfect Guy," two low-budget films with little or no star power that opened this weekend. Maybe both films would open around $17 or $18 million, with a slight edge going to M. Night Shyamalan's horror movie "The Visit" because it was opening on 850 more screens than its rival.

Instead, both movies opened big -- about $10 million above expectations. And romance/thriller "The Perfect Guy" edged out "The Visit" by about $1 million, with estimates placing its debut at $26.7 million to "The Visit's" $25.7 million. After several weeks of dog-days doldrums at the box office, we finally have a real surge in sales at the multiplex.

What happened? How were the pundits all caught off guard? Here are some possible answers.

African-American Audiences Are Underserved

This should be obvious, »

- Gary Susman

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Box Office: 'The Perfect Guy' Beats 'The Visit' with $26.7M

13 September 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a dismal outing over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the box office started to show signs of life again, with The Perfect Guy fending off The Visit in a very close race. The Perfect Guy took in $26.7 million over the weekend, with The Visit just behind it in second place with $25.6 million. Since these estimates are so close to each other, it's possible these results could change when the actual box office figures are announced on Monday, but, for now The Perfect Guy has the top spot, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo.

Both The Perfect Guy ($12 million budget) and The Visit ($5 million) have already turned a profit after just one weekend, but The Perfect Guy's win is more impressive since it opened in far fewer theaters than The Visit. The Perfect Guy opened in 2,221 theaters, earning an robust $12,022 per-screen average. The Visit, on the other hand, »

- MovieWeb

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'Perfect Guy' Takes Weekend #1 With Shyamalan's 'Visit' a Close Second

13 September 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The weekend box office was bolstered by two strong openings for both new, major releases. The Screen Gems thriller, The Perfect Guy topped the box office with $26.7 million and M. Night Shyamalan's micro-budget thriller The Visit was a very close second with an estimated $25.6 million. Perfect Guy, which starred Michael Ealy (his third $25+ million opening in a row), Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut, is now the third film in a row featuring a predominantly African American leading cast to take #1 at the box office, capping a five weekend streak started by Straight Outta Compton and continued by War Room. While it wasn't screened for critics, Perfect Guy appears to have appealed to its opening day audience, receiving an a "A-" CinemaScore. Even with that score expect it to drop 55+% next weekend, similar to the nearly 60% drop last year for No Good Deed. Made on only a $12 million budget, however, »

- Brad Brevet <>

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The Visit review – a shocker from M Night Shyamalan, and not the good kind

13 September 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There’s horror and comedy in this messy, shaky-cam nadir, but not the kind Shyamalan was aiming for

There’s a terrible sense of dread lurking in M Night Shyamalan’s latest. Sadly, it has nothing to do with the boring shaky-cam story about two incandescently irritating teenagers spending some Grimm-lite time with their unhinged grandparents. Instead, it’s the horrible realisation that the film-maker who was lauded for The Sixth Sense, defended for The Village, and just about tolerated for The Happening, may actually have made a movie worse than Lady in the Water. Is it meant to be a horror film? Or a comedy? The publicity calls it “an original thriller” but it is neither of those things. Only “endurance test” adequately describes the ill-judged shenanigans that ensue, as our two young heroes film their estranged Nana and Pop-Pops scratching at the walls, puking on the floor, and »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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‘The Visit’ is M. Night Shyamalan’s Best Film In 15 Years [Video Review]

11 September 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I was skeptical but hopeful when I first heard about M. Night Shyamalan’s new low-budget found-footage film, The Visit. With The Happening, After Earth, and The Last Airbender, Shyamalan has demonstrated not only a decline in his ability to draw big box office, but also an inability to write or direct basic scenes competently. But […]

The post ‘The Visit’ is M. Night Shyamalan’s Best Film In 15 Years [Video Review] appeared first on /Film. »

- David Chen

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Second Opinion – The Visit (2015)

11 September 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Visit, 2015.

Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie and Kathryn Hahn.


A young filmmaker and her wannabe rapper brother get more than they bargained for when they spend a bizarre week with their grandparents, whose one rule is that the kids don’t leave their room after 9:30pm.

It’s understandable that the release of any new film from M Night Shyamalan is met with a degree of healthy skepticism. Since stunning the world with the iconic twist ending to The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has increasingly alienated viewers with big-budget misfires such as The Last Airbender and 2013’s pitiful Jaden Smith vehicle After Earth. He returns to low-budget horror with his latest film The Visit, which is an amiably ridiculous chiller with a dark sense of humour.

Initially, the film grates with its use of the over-familiar found footage gimmick. »

- Tom Beasley

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ is a Trip Worth Taking!

11 September 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

M. Night Shyamalan has had a rough go of it over the past few years. After his breakout success with The Sixth Sense in 1999, he hit what some believed to be a sophomore slump with Unbreakable in 2000. After Signs in 2002, he had a string of duds: The VillageLady In The WaterThe Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. Many people thought the […] »

- Trace Thurman

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‘The Visit’ Terrorizes Thursday Night Box Office With $1 Million

11 September 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

M. Night Shyamalan‘s “The Visit” began terrorizing eager audiences on Thursday night, and raked in $1 million from previews that started running in 2,206 locations. The Universal release cost $5 million to make, and had previously been tracking for a $15 million to $17 million opening weekend. Critics are praising it as his directorial comeback after his pricey disappointments, “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth.” The Blumhouse horror movie — about two kids (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) who discover something strange happens to their creepy grandparents after 9:30 at night — has gotten a 65 percent “fresh” approval rating from critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes.  Also. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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'The Visit' Review: M. Night Shyamalan Fails Again

10 September 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit has been hailed by some critics as a return to form for the much maligned filmmaker. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Visit is another woeful outing from a director that has inundated us with terrible films. It doesn't quite reach the depths of The Happening or The Last Airbender, mercifully. It is another gimmicky, parlor trick film. The Shyamalan 'twist' ending is blatantly obvious within the first ten minutes. There are some humorous moments and the young leads are well cast. That's as high as my praise can go for The Visit.

Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould star as Becca and Tyler. Precocious siblings who are visiting their grandparents for the first time in rural Pennsylvania. The back story is their mother (Kathryn Hahn) has been estranged from her parents for fifteen years. The kids want to meet their grandparents and »

- MovieWeb

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Is ‘The Visit’ M. Night Shyamalan’s Comeback? 9 Critics Sound Off

10 September 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

M. Night Shyamalan‘s “The Visit” is opening in theaters on Friday, and so far, critics are praising the $5 million horror film as the director’s comeback after the pricey flops “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth.” The Blumhouse production — about two kids (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) left in the care of their mom’s long estranged parents (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie), who proceed to torment them — has gotten a 65 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is strong for the genre. TheWrap’s critic James Rocchi praised the cast and the sound design but offered a mixed assessment. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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The Visit | Review

10 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Home is Where the Hacker Is: Shyamalan’s Return to Entertaining Cinema

In many ways, The Visit, the latest film from once celebrated M. Night Shyamalan, is praiseworthy considering this follows on the heels of two back-to-back cinematic abominations, The Last Airbender (2010) and After Earth (2013). In a similar vein to his earlier thrillers, the director revisits tight-knit family dynamics marred by domestic dramas and supernatural/sci-fi shadings, resulting in another of his famous ‘twists’ audiences seem to hold out for. Surprisingly, it’s a found footage film, and as many films in the subgenre, falls victim to the obvious artificial editing and a legion of conveniences that tend to distract rather than compel.

Though not quite a return to form, and never quite seizing the mounting dread its narrative tends to suggest, it certainly is Shyamalan’s most entertaining film in well over a decade, and he utilizes a simple scenario to pleasurable effect, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Visit Review – Stop The Presses: M. Night Shyamalan Has Made A Film That Doesn’t Suck

10 September 2015 7:21 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Universal Pictures

Rating: ★★★

“No man can hold me down,” blares out the song over the end credits of The Visit. The message is clear – M. Night Shyamalan, the man who was proclaimed the next Spielberg (boy, I hope somebody got fired for that blunder) before going into the most public creative breakdown ever, thinks he’s back on form. Is he really? Well kinda, yeah.

Following film after film of drastically increasing diminishing returns, M. Night seems to have finally got the message and has dialled it back massively. With The Visit the budget is a fraction of his dull Will/Jaden Smith vehicle After Earth, the scale minuscule compared to the over-the-top The Last Airbender and we’ve got a cast of unknowns instead of Hollywood’s best and brightest slumming it woodenly for a paycheck. It’s the sort of restrained, back-to-basic filmmaking you wish more big budget »

- Alex Leadbeater

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The Visit Movie Review

10 September 2015 6:12 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Visit Director: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deana Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, and Katheryn Hahn The Visit may be better than The Last Airbender, After Earth and Lady in the Water but it is by no means a return to form in the likes of The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable. The Blumhouse produced horror feature reinvigorates Shyamalan’s sense of suspense in an interesting premise but detracts from it by putting it in the found footage box. When teen siblings Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler(Ed Oxenbould) encourage their mom (Katheryn Hahn) to go off on a cruise, they embark on a trip to visit her estranged parents. It also just so happens that Becca  [ Read More ]

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- Sabina Ibarra

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Forecast: Shyamalan's 'Visit' and 'Perfect Guy' Challenge for Weekend #1

9 September 2015 6:27 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Updated: Predictions at the bottom of this post have been updated as final theater counts have arrived. The text of today's forecast article has not been edited and the early predictions are listed at the bottom of this article for comparison. It has been slow-going at the box office as of late. This past four-day, Labor Day weekend haul came in at just $85.7 million for the top twelve, the worst Labor Day weekend result since 2004 where films such as Paparazzi, Wicker Park, Vanity Fair and The Cookout all cracked the top ten. Remember them? Things actually got worse the following weekend back in 2004, and it looks as if this year won't be any different, despite the efforts of new releases such as M. Night Shyamalan's micro-budget horror The Visit and Screen Gems' The Perfect Guy, led by Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and "True Blood" star Rutina Wesley. »

- Brad Brevet <>

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Box Office: ‘The Visit,’ ‘Perfect Guy’ in Tight Race to the Top

9 September 2015 4:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Hollywood, September may be the cruelest month.

The start of fall isn’t known for hosting a lot of blue-chip productions, and this weekend is shaping up to be a typically muted start to the season. Two new films, “The Visit,” M. Night Shyamalan’s latest act of penance for that infamous Newsweek cover, and “The Perfect Guy,” a thriller aimed at African-American audiences, will try to breath some life into multiplexes.

It’s looking to be a toss-up for first place with both films looking at openings of between $15 million and $17 million based on tracking. Some analysts expect “The Visit,” which has a creepy ad hook depicting what appears to be the most disturbing visit to grandmother’s house ever, to pull ahead and climb higher. Although early ticket sales give the slight edge to “Perfect Guy,” which is currently outpacing “The Visit,” according to Fandango.

Neither picture was terribly expensive. »

- Brent Lang

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Film Review: ‘The Visit’

9 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After delivering back-to-back creative and commercial duds in the sci-fi action genre, M. Night Shyamalan retreats to familiar thriller territory with “The Visit.” As far as happy homecomings go, it beats the one awaiting his characters, though not by much. The story of two teens spending a week with the creepy grandparents they’ve never met unfolds in a mockumentary style that’s new for the filmmaker and old hat for horror auds. Heavier on comic relief (most of it intentional) than genuine scares, this low-budget oddity could score decent opening weekend B.O. and ultimately find a cult following thanks to its freakier twists and turns, but hardly represents a return to form for its one-time Oscar-nominated auteur.

In a way, it’s a relief to see Shyamalan set aside the studio-system excesses of “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth” and get down and dirty with a found-footage-style indie »

- Geoff Berkshire

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