M. Night Shyamalan has gone through a rough patch in his filmmaking career, with flops like ‘The Happening’ and ‘The Last Airbender’ under his belt. Thankfully, the man has officially come back to form with last year’s ‘The Visit’, and ‘Split’; his newest film. Whenever we get the news of a new M. Night Shyamalan film, we have one of two reactions. One being of joy and anticipation of his newest twist ending, or disappointment and regret at how awful some of his executions are. Thankfully, ‘Split’ is more entertaining than terrible. This is a film that has a decent buildup with an amazing Oscar-worthy performance by James McAvoy.
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Hailee Steinfeld has come a long way throughout her acting career. We should remember when she started working in film at age 14 as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic ‘True Grit’, (for which she was nominated for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar) all the way up to last year’s ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ as aspiring singer/Freshman member of the Barden Bellas, Emily Junk. She was also in ‘Barely Lethal’ and ‘Term Life’ after that, but I don’t think those films were as mainstream as ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. Now, in 2016, she plays the lead in the James L. Brooks produced teen comedy-drama ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, where she not only gives a career-best (I have yet to watch ‘True Grit’, so hold your horses), but also plenty of attitude as Nadine, a 17-year-old with a lot of angst and hatred for almost everything around her.
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