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The Little Mermaid

After two little girls fail to believe the story of The Little Mermaid told to them by their grandmother, she surprises them by telling them another tale: Cam Harrison, a reporter just starting out in his career, receives orders from his editor to investigate stories of a real mermaid appearance at a circus in Mississippi. Cam, along with his little sister Elle, go to the circus and find a woman named Elizabeth, who seems to have a real tail, swimming in a large fish tank for the crowds. At first Cam believes she’s a fake, until she seeks him out on dry land with two legs and then transforms in water. Elizabeth has been imprisoned by the sideshow host, Locke, who has taken control of her soul. When Cam learns that Elle might be the only one able to save Elizabeth, he must decide whether to protect his sister or follow his heart.

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Halloween

It’s 40 years after killer Michael Myers wreaked his havoc on Halloween night. Laurie Strode remembers the horrific event from her first-hand experience of it all. Although Myers has been imprisoned, Strode has been preparing herself for the chance that he’ll somehow get out to embark on another killing spree. When Myers does, Strode will be ready to try to end the killer’s murderous ways, once and for all. Will she prevail if she and Myers come face-to-face again?

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Goosebumps 2

This sequel to the 2015 movie “Goosebumps” once again follows the adventures of a group of kids in the 1990s who battle all sorts of ghostly occurrences. When on of the group disappears, it’s up to their friends to figure out what has happened and how they can manage a rescue. But the ghost and unearthly demons have learned a lot since the last time they met and the kids might have picked a battle they can’t win.

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Bad Times at the El Royale

The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers — a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee — converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.

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The Oath

A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails. As timely as it is outrageous, THE OATH is a gleefully wicked reinvention of the traditional holiday comedy for our divisive political times.

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I Am Somebody

I Am Somebody 1970 30 min Color in English Not Rated In 1969, 400 poorly paid black women hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina went on strike to demand union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in a confrontation with the National Guard and the state government. Supported by such notables as Andrew Young, Charles Abernathy, and Coretta Scott King, the women nonetheless conducted a strike under the guidance of District 1199, the New York based union, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A testament to the courage of these women who would not be humbled, the now classic I AM SOMEBODY is both an inspiring film and an important historical record. Integration Report 1 1960 21 min Color in English Not Rated Shot by the Maysles Brothers and Richard Leacock, INTEGRATION REPORT 1 features haunting singing by a young Maya Angelou and captures the marches, sit-ins, rallies and boycotts in the months leading up to the first attempt at a march on Washington. (Notes from Harvard Film Archive) A Tribute to Malcolm X 1967 14 min Color in English Not Rated Discusses the influence of the famous activist and includes an interview with his widow, Betty Shabazz. (Notes from Harvard Film Archive)

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Night School

Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.

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Monsters and Men

One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? With a deep sense of humanity and a deft directorial hand, Reinaldo Marcus Green smartly reformulates the traditional construction of “protagonist” to magnify the power of perspective. Green tells the story of how the footage affects the lives of three upstanding men in Bed-Stuy–a young father striving to support his new family, an African American cop dealing with the fallout of his colleague’s mistake, and a star high school athlete who becomes politicized by the incident. Each man is very different, but they equally feel the urgency of the question they must all face: should I take moral action or remain safely on the sidelines? Green provokes viewers to ask themselves the same question.

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mid90s

Stevie, a kid in 1990s Los Angeles, escapes his turbulent home life with a new group of friends he meets at a local skate shop, plunging him into a world of fun, danger and excitement.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs to life, revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses.

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A Simple Favor

A SIMPLE FAVOR, a stylish post-modern film noir directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.

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Venom

Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.

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White Boy Rick

Rick Wershe is a single father who’s struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. Wershe sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his son, Rick Jr., to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. When young Rick gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself.

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Smallfoot

Migo is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn’t know existed — a human. He soon faces banishment from his snowy home when the rest of the villagers refuse to believe his fantastic tale. Hoping to prove them wrong, Migo embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community.

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Little Women

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — are always committed to supporting one another. When Jo moves to New York to pen a novel, her editor challenges her to write about something much more interesting — her family. When tragedy brings the siblings back home, sticking together takes on a whole new meaning as Jo tries to comfort Beth when she gets sick.

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