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Split

Three teenage girls are held captive in a grimy building somewhere by a madman with 23 personalities, but at least they aren't trapped in a theater watching this exercise in tedium from vaunted master of surprise M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs). As the shaven-headed kidnapper, James McAvoy acts up a storm, trying out a collection of funny voices and pushing every scene to the verge of silliness; Haley Lu Richardson is easier to watch as the moody, levelheaded one among the girls, though Shyamalan has given her character a tasteless backstory involving sexual molestation. Most movies like this one induce suspense with a subplot in which someone searches for the missing persons, but Shyamalan doesn't bother with that—he's more interested in making a clinical psycho-thriller about dissociative identity disorder, though eventually he lets his story drift off into the supernatural.

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Director:

  • M. Night Shyamalan

Cast:

  • James McAvoy
  • Anya Taylor-Joy
  • Betty Buckley
  • Haley Lu Richardson
  • Jessica Sula
  • Izzie Coffey
  • Brad Henke
  • Sebastian Arcelus
  • Neal Huff

Producers:

  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • Jason Blum
  • Marc Bienstock
  • Steven Schneider
  • Ashwin Rajan
  • Kevin Frakes
  • Buddy Patrick

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