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Di­rec­tor M. Night Shya­malan takes the split per­son­al­ity of Psy­cho’s Nor­man Bates and mul­ti­plies it by 12, of­fer­ing au­di­ences an an­tag­o­nist (James McAvoy) with 24 dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties. When he kid­naps three teenage girls, in­clud­ing young Casey (Anya Tay­lor-Joy), they fig­ure out how to get the help­ful per­son­al­i­ties to aid them in their es­cape from the harm­ful ones. Re­fresh­ingly, the movie is nei­ther overly grim nor vi­o­lent. It is also not very scary, as Shya­malan im­plies rather than shows the more grue­some el­e­ments, even in the fi­nal con­flict. In­stead, Shya­malan milks the unique con­cept for all it’s worth and even sneaks in a sur­prise for long­time fans of his work. Rated PG-13. 117 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)

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