The gremlins may be up to no good this Friday, but the Fox Theater clearly put us on the nice list. Last week, it announced the new Cults and Classics movie series starting in 2018.

Films screen on Mondays; doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. at the theater, 2001 H St. Admission is $5.

Jan. 8: Start 2018 off with a case of the Mondays with a screening of "Office Space." The 1999 Mike Judge comedy will help you exorcise your frustrations of your personal Lumbergh in its breakdown of office politics.

Jan. 22: Younger filmgoers who might not be acquainted with the oeuvre of John Wayne should start with "The Searchers." Named the best greatest American western by the American Film Institute in 2008 and considered one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time, the tale features Wayne as a a middle-aged Civil War veteran on a years-long search for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood).

Feb. 5: The Dude abides and you will too heading into a screening of "The Big Lebowski." The 1998 Coen Brothers crime comedy has spawned many catchphrases and even an annual festival. Head out with your fellow achievers for white Russians after the show.

Feb. 12: A sweeping drama romanticizing the Old South may not be everyone's cup of cinematic tea, but "Gone With The Wind," a 1939 Oscar-winning historical epic, is a classic for a reason.

March 5: Remakes need not apply. The original "Footloose," starring the ubiquitous Kevin Bacon and pre-"Sex and the City" Sarah Jessica Parker, is a must-see film of the 1980s. Let's hear it for the boy!

March 12: Four years before venturing to a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas had Harrison Ford cruising a different star system — with Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss and more — in "American Graffiti." A tribute to cars, rock 'n' roll and a simple time (the early 1960s), this film's a gem for the soundtrack alone.

April 16: Let fan boys keep whining about the reboot but we can all agree the original 1984 "Ghostbusters" is supernaturally fun. Go alone and maybe meet your own Keymaster or Gatekeeper but never forget: If someone asks you if you're a god, you say, "Yes!"

April 23: Come for Debbie Reynolds, stay for Gene Kelly; "Singin' in the Rain" is a beloved musical romantic comedy whose story endures (Stars Theatre Restaurant will produce a version of the show in July).

May 14: The film that taught us the terrifying meaning of "carcaradon carcharias" and that we're going to need a bigger boat, "Jaws" set the template for summer blockbusters in 1975. 

May 28: We'll make you an offer you can't refuse: Go see "The Godfather" on the big screen. Regarded as the second-greatest film in American cinema by the American Film Institute (after "Citizen Kane"), this 1972 crime epic spawned sequels both excellent ("I know it was you, Fredo.") and execrable (teaching us Sofia Coppola makes a better director than actress).

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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