James McAvoy saves otherwise disappointing ‘Split’

James McAvoy in 'Split'
James McAvoy in ‘Split’

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split, seemed like a glimmer of hope for Shyamalan supporters. It had all the makings of a perfect thriller. A hostage situation created by a maniac suffering with dissociative identity disorder should be enough to keep its audience on the edge of their seats.

Unfortunately, Split let us down, leading us to conclude that Shyamalan’s success with movies such as The Sixth Sense and Signs, were flukes rather than a testament to his visionary talent.

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‘Silence’ speaks volumes

Adam Driver (left) and Andrew Garfield in 'Silence'
Adam Driver (left) and Andrew Garfield in ‘Silence’

“You make a deal.  You figure out how much sin you can live with.” – Martin Scorsese

Silence is a movie that has been a project of Martin Scorsese’s for over 25 years.  Based on a novel published in 1966 that won the Tanizaki Prize (one of the most prestigious literary awards in Japan) it tells the story of two Jesuit priests who journey from Macao to Japan in search of another Jesuit priest who has disappeared.  Worse yet, the two are told by Father Alessandro Valignano (Ciarian Hinds) that Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) renounced his faith while being tortured.  “Father Sebastião Rodrigues” (Andrew Garfield) and “Father Francisco Garupe” (Adam Driver) do not believe their mentor would become apostate and volunteer to go to Japan and find him.

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Natalie Portman brings ‘Jackie’ to life

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963. Before the end of that month his widow, Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman – Black Swan, Thor) summoned Life Magazine journalist Theodore H. White (Billy Crudup – Spotlight, 20th Century Women) to the Kennedy’s compound in Hyannis Port, MA. She wanted to give an interview as a kind of postscript to the Kennedy presidency and his assassination.