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“Split” stars James McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities. We never see all of them, but the ones that present themselves are wildly different, often dangerous, and consistently creepy.

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Ludwig (Arrow Academy) is the story of Ludwig II (Helmut Berger), the last King of Bavaria who died under a cloud of mystery. Born in 1845, Ludwig ruled from 1864 to 1886. After ascending the throne when he was 18, he displayed an interest only in opera, constructing elaborate castles, and handsome young men. Obsessed with the music of Richard Wagner (Trevor Howard), Ludwig sponsored the composer, but Wagner betrayed the king by …

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Lion (Lionsgate) is two stories. The first is the journey of an impoverished five-year-old boy from India, Saroo (Sunny Pawer), accidentally trapped on a train that takes him 1,0000 miles from home, alone and frightened. The second, set 25 years later, focuses on the adult Saroo (Dev Patel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), curious about his heritage and determined to seek out his mother, brother, and his very roots.

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In 1961, Virginia, the home of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was still a state in which segregation was law. “Hidden Figures” (20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment) tells the story of three black women mathematicians working for NASA when the United States is racing against Russia to get a man into space.

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Cinema Paradiso (Arrow Academy) is director Giuseppe Tornatore’s valentine to the movies. Salvatore (Jacques Perrin), a successful film director, returns home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema during his childhood. He recalls his Sicilian childhood when he was a kid known as Toto (Salvatore Cascio) who helped out in the local movie theatre’s projection booth, learning to love movie magic and becoming a friend to the projectionist (Philippe Noiret).

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Home Video) is the title of a book mentioned in the novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and later inspired a novel by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that Warner Brothers adapted into the newly released movie. What may appear an entirely commercial decision to milk a cash cow still further is actually a film with great charm and a wonderful menagerie of imaginative creatures.

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Why Him? (20th Century-Fox) is a broad comedy starring Bryan Cranston as Ned Fleming, owner of a struggling Grand Rapids printing business, whose daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) has a boyfriend she’d like him to meet over Christmas. That boyfriend is Laird Mayhew (James Franco), a Silicon Valley millionaire who is overly eager to impress his potential father-in-law.

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Live By Night (Warner Home Video), the new film starring and directed by Ben Affleck, is a Prohibition Era gangster tale of dangerous romance, vengeance, and underworld politics necessitated by changing times. Affleck plays Joe Coughlin, an Irish-American World War I vet from Boston who turns to a life of crime after returning home from …

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