split review

(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, Unbreakable, and Signs was stumbling with duds like The Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender – his name had become synonymous with disappointment for many moviegoers. He had become a punchline.

But now, it’s looking like Shyamalan has started to get his groove back. The Visit was one of last year’s more pleasant surprises and now Split, which held its world premiere as part of a secret screening at Fantastic Fest, has seemingly revealed his future going forward: he’s going to keep on making low-budget horror movies until someone tells him to stop. If his latest film is any indication, few people are going to tell him to stop anytime soon.

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James McAvoy as Professor X in X-Men

Despite the fact that New Mutants is supposed to start shooting within the next few months, there’s still not a whole lot we know about it. No casting has been officially announced (though there are plenty of rumors swirling about), and while an animatic unveiled Demon Bear as the big villain, plot details remain pretty scarce otherwise. But today someone let slip that James McAvoy will be returning as Professor X, the role he’s inhabited since 2011’s X-Men: First ClassRead More »

Devon Terrell as Barack Obama in Barry trailer

With the clock winding down on Barack Obama’s presidency, a new film promises to look back at where it all began. Vikram Gandhi‘s Barry is a portrait of Obama in his college years, with Devon Terrell playing the future POTUS as a fresh-faced young man still figuring out his place in the world. Also starring are Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as his girlfriend, Ashley Judd as his mother, and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) as a couple of his friends.

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Split Trailer - James McAvoy

Now that M. Night Shyamalan has crafted a relationship with the horror hit machine that is Blumhouse Productions, he appears to be back in a big way. The Visit was a satisfying, suspenseful thriller last year, and now the director of The Sixth Sense is back with another unsettling entry to his filmography.

Split follows James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with dissociative identity disorder giving him no less than 23 different personalities. This creates nothing short of a perplexing nightmare for three girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson) who are kidnapped and held prisoner by Kevin for something presumably sinister. A new Split trailer shows off more of some of the other personalities we’ll see James McAvoy inhabit in the thriller. It’s not quite as stirring as the first trailer, but it does give us a better idea of how much more dangerous Kevin can become. Read More »

Split Trailer

After stumbling in the film world for some years, director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) made a decent comeback with the suspenseful thriller The Visit last year. Now he’s back behind the camera again for another unsettling thriller called Split starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse), and the trailer has just debuted online.

Split starts off like your average kidnapping thriller with James McAvoy abducting three young girls and taking them to a dark basement. But the kidnapping is just the beginning of the creepiness that ensues as they learn that this man has some serious mental problems that make their imprisonment that much more horrifying. Watch the Split trailer after the jump. Read More »

Morgan trailer

Anya Taylor-Joy came seemingly out of nowhere to wow audiences in The Witch earlier this year. It was the kind of star-making performance that had us dying to see where she’d end up next, and luckily we haven’t had to wait too long for an answer. Taylor-Joy will be seen this fall in Morgan, a sci-fi thriller that marks the directorial debut of Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott, who gets a producer credit).

As in The Witch, she plays a young woman that arouses fear and suspicion in others. Unlike in The Witch, her character in Morgan seems to know exactly what she’s doing. Taylor-Joy is Morgan, an artificial being created in a lab. Kate Mara stars as a corporate consultant sent to investigate a terrifying incident involving Morgan. The impressive cast also includes Toby JonesRose LeslieBoyd HolbrookMichelle YeohJennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. Watch the first Morgan trailer below.  Read More »

Morgan Trailer

Last year Ridley Scott delivered the crowd-pleasing sci-fi survival drama The Martian, and now he’s busy shooting Alien: Covenant, the first film in what is supposed to be a new trilogy that will lead up to the events of the original Alien from 1979. But before that, Scott had time to produce a promising new sci-fi thriller directed by his son Luke Scott.

The film is called Morgan, and the first teaser trailer just debuted with some flares of Alien, Ex Machina and Firestarter. Plus, it’s a pure teaser that doesn’t give much away, which makes it all the move intriguing. Watch the Morgan trailer after the jump. Read More »

Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones

UPDATE: Nerdist has gotten in touch with a rep at 20th Century Fox who says the New Mutants casting rumor is not true. Original story follows.

20th Century Fox’s New Mutants may have just picked up some new mutants. According to a new report, Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams and The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy have been cast as Wolfsbane and Magik, respectively, in the X-Men spinoff, where they’ll join Alexandra Shipp as Storm and James McAvoy as Professor X. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is directing the superhero flick, which follows a group of young mutants who study and train at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters.  Read More »

M Night Shyamalan directing The Visit

While The Visit stopped short of restoring M. Night Shyamalan to his Sixth Sense heyday, it was, at least, a step in the right direction for the once-hyped filmmaker. It earned him his strongest reviews in years, and (thanks to its $5 million budget) turned a tidy profit for studio Universal.

Whether he’ll keep that momentum going with his next film remains to be seen, but at least now we know when we’ll find out. Universal has just set a 2017 release date for his upcoming project with James McAvoy, now titled Split. More on the Shyamalan 2017 release date after the jump.  Read More »

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Set decades before the Salem witch trials, The Witch follows a devout Christian family who come to New England to start a new life. However, they seem to be cursed at every turn — their crops fail, and their infant son goes missing. Fear and dread begin to plague the family, as they grow increasingly suspicious of one another. Watch The Witch trailer after the jump.
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