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M. Night Shyamalan
Career high points: "The Sixth Sense", "Signs"
Career low points: "The Happening", "The Last Airbender"
How to fix it: First, he should read Michael Bamberger's "The Man Who Heard Voices" about 30 times in a row, just so he internalizes how out-of-control precious his reputation was at that point. I understand where he earned his attitude about outside influence and studio notes, and all writers working for studios go through it to some degree, but when it turns into pathology and starts hurting your films, you have to let it go. He's been humbled to some degree by some big failures, and for the first time since he broke out, he's taking assignment work and seems to be embracing the team dynamic more. Is his new movie with Will Smith, "After Earth," going to be his return to commercial relevance? Or will he and Smith continue their slide together? At the very least, pull a Hail Mary and give the fans the "Unbreakable" sequel they've been begging for.
- Drew McWeeny