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McAvoy Mesmerizes In Many, Many Roles

Movie: ‘Split’
James McAvoy in “Split.”

M. Night Shyamalan’s career as a writer and director seems to be following an inverted bell curve. He started on a high note with 1999’s acclaimed “The Sixth Sense” — you know, the one where Haley Joel Osment saw dead people. He followed that hit with Bruce Willis as a real-world superhero in 2000’s “Unbreakable,” then focused on Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix as they dealt with aliens in 2002’s “Signs.”

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