The Mustang (Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, 2019)

Roman Coleman is a convict who has served twelve years in prison. The crime that resulted in his lengthy sentence was the result of his severe anger issues. In a heated argument, he beat his wife, leaving her permanently brain damaged. Feeling himself to be a lost cause, he has resisted every opportunity to be reintegrated into society. In an effort to rehabilitate him, he is placed in a program run by a rancher named Myles. Their goal is to train wild mustangs so they may eventually be auctioned off.

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Us (Jordan Peele, 2019)

Many years ago in 1986, a young girl named Adelaide Thomas went with her family on a vacation to Santa Cruz. While wandering along the beach, she entered a funhouse. It was adorned with mirrors and fake monsters that popped out when she drew near. Though startled by the props, she was deeply traumatized when one of the reflections turned out to be a perfect doppelgänger. The parents found their child, but were distressed when she refused to talk about the experience. In the present day, Adelaide heads for Santa Cruz with her family. She is now married to a man named Gabe Wilson and has two kids: Zora and Jason. Little does she know that this innocuous vacation will force her to confront her past.

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In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967)

One night in 1966 in Sparta, Mississippi, police officer Sam Wood discovers a dead body. Being a small town, the crime rate in Sparta is unsurprisingly low. Even so, Officer Wood recognizes that the man’s death was no accident. He brings the case to the attention of his superior, Chief Gillespie, who leads the investigation. Shortly thereafter, Officer Wood stumbles upon an African American man waiting at the train station. Suspecting him of the crime, he arrests him, though his feeling of elation quickly turns to embarrassment when he eventually learns Tibbs is one of Philadelphia’s greatest homicide detectives. Tibbs’s chief then recommends the seasoned detective help assist the murder case in Sparta. Although neither Tibbs nor Gillespie are enchanted with the idea, they agree.

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dean DeBlois, 2019)

WARNING: The premise of this film contains unmarked spoilers for the series thus far.

One year has passed since the defeat of the avaricious warlord Drago Bludvist. Since that day, Hiccup, the new chieftain of Berk, has been leading his fellow riders on a campaign to rescue any remaining dragons captured by the trappers and bring them back to their village. In doing so, the island has become overpopulated with dragons. Remembering a story his father once told him, Hiccup wishes to find the Hidden World, which is said to be a dragon’s paradise. However, their exploits have caught the attention of an infamous dragon hunter known as Grimmel the Grisly.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois, 2014)

WARNING: The premise of this film contains unmarked spoilers for the series thus far.

Since the fall of the Red Death, the Vikings of Berk have made peace with the dragons forced to do its bidding, and they live together in harmony.  In just five years, the dragons have radically altered the culture of the village. Every Viking has now bonded with a dragon, and they even stage competitions to see who can capture more sheep. During one such competition, Hiccup, the son of the village chieftain Stoick the Vast, secretly leaves with his own dragon, Toothless, to explore uncharted lands.

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How to Train Your Dragon (Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois, 2010)

On a remote island is the Viking village of Berk. The weather isn’t exactly ideal, which makes living there quite difficult. While most communities have to deal with wolves or other predatory animals, Berk has a bigger problem: dragons. The island is frequently besieged by dragons that steal their livestock and cause massive amounts of property damage. Under the leadership of Stoick the Vast, the villagers have fared reasonably well against the dragon attacks, though they would stop at nothing to put a permanent end to their raids.

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The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)

The year is 1936. It is the height of the Great Depression and a man named Johnny Hooker is making ends meet as a con man in Joliet, Illinois. He successfully cons an impressive $11,000 out of an unsuspecting victim in a pigeon drop with his partners Luther Coleman and Joe Erie. Luther announces to Hooker his intentions to abandon the life of crime shortly thereafter, and advises him to seek out an old friend by the name of Henry Gondorff, who has knowledge of how to pull “the big con”. Unbeknownst to Hooker and his cohorts, their mark was a numbers racket courier working for nefarious crime boss Doyle Lonnegan. By grabbing the attention of such an influential figure in the criminal underworld, Hooker may have bitten off more than he could chew.

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Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)

Holly Sargis is a 15-year-old girl living in Fort Dupree, South Dakota in 1959. She has been raised by her father, a sign painter, and their relationship is highly strained as a result of her mother’s passing due to pneumonia. One day, Holly meets Kit Carruthers, a 25-year-old garbage collector and deeply troubled Korean War veteran. Resembling the late James Dean, Kit charms Holly and the two fall deeply in love. Though she couldn’t possibly have known it at the time, the romance is doomed to take a destructive turn.

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M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970)

The year is 1951. Six years have passed since the conclusion of the Second World War, and another conflict has broken out – this time in the Korean Peninsula. North Korea, with the support of China and the Soviet Union, fights against South Korea, whose citizens are backed up by the United States and her allies. Just like in the Second World War, the army has made extensive use of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) – a fully functional medical unit deployed in the combat zone. The 4077th of these units is about to shaken up when its two newest surgeons, “Hawkeye” Pierce and “Duke” Forrest arrive in a stolen Army Jeep.

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If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)

Fonny and Tish are two African-Americans deeply in love with each other. Their relationship begins with optimism and hope, but reality rears its ugly head when Fonny is falsely accused of rape. To make matters worse, Tish learns shortly after her lover’s incarceration that she is pregnant with his child. What should have been a moment of celebration and joy is instead a source of great tension shared between both families. Tish’s family soon hires a lawyer to defend Fonny in court, hoping that in doing so, they can find enough evidence to acquit him before the baby is born.

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