McAvoy puts on a show in nostalgic trilogy capper ‘Glass’ (Spoiler-free movie review)

“Glass,” the trilogy topper we didn’t know we needed, is a unique animal. It’s hard for me to put a finger on how I feel about it, as it is a very unconventional superhero film, choosing to focus on narrative rather than CGI battles. Today’s cinema is dominated by Marvel and DC blockbusters (most recently the CGI fest “Aquaman”), but writer-director M. Night Shyamalan grounds us in reality by keeping everything just believable enough.

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With thrilling ‘Split,’ it’s safe to say M. Night Shyamalan is back (Movie review)

Propelled by can’t-look-away performances by James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy and meticulous writing and direction by M. Night Shyamalan, “Split” (which hit theaters in January and is now on HBO) was one of the year’s first great films. It’s buzzworthy for its closing surprise (more on that after the spoiler tag below), but it’s worth seeing in its own right for its sci-fi-tinged examination of split personalities.

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The latest story from Shyamalan is a ‘Devil’ of a good time (Movie review)

It seems like I’m the last person who still gets excited about M. Night Shyamalan movies. But although movies from the auteur behind “Signs,” “The Village” and “The Happening” are screened to smaller audiences now, he still knows how to spin a good yarn and build suspense.

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