PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan scores an impressive hat-trick with Glass, the long-awaited sequel to his 2000 mystery drama Unbreakable that was bridged by his hit 2016 horror thriller Split.

Fans of Unbreakable and Split are going to love Glass, as Shyamalan's sweeping, twisty and ambitious narrative finally comes together in grand fashion after two decades.

The film will no doubt be confusing, though, to those who've never seen Unbreakable and/or Split, and Shyamalan is putting a lot of trust in his audience as such by not including any sort of prologue. Glass is rated PG-13. Local film critic Tim Lammers, with DirectConversations.com, gives the new thriller 3 stars (out of 4); Kid Quotient: None.

Also, opening in theaters Friday, Jan. 17 is the new biographical comedy drama Stan & Ollie.

To see Lammer's Stan & Ollie review and full interview with star John C. Reilly, go to DirectConversations.com.

Stan & Ollie is rated PG-13. Lammers gives this movie 3 1/2 stars (out of 4); Kid Quotient: None.