Silence (Martin Scorsese, 2016). A thoughtful and ambitious movie, with a handful of terrific scenes and a lack of overall tautness. It’s not exactly right that the film is about religion – more belief, which is not quite the same thing. A fascinating final ten minutes or so. In a fair world, Issei Ogata would snag a Supporting Actor nomination for his inquisitor role; he’s the Christoph Waltz of the movie.
Split (M. Night Shyamalan, 2016). James McAvoy gets to take it out and chop it up, playing a multiple-personality kidnapper. Ol’ M. Night’s still got a few moves in his arsenal. (full review 1/20)
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