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Eastern Promises

Title: Eastern Promises (2007)

Director: Daniel Cronenberg

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E37 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 100 minutes

Plot: Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Semyon heads the syndicate and is the proprietor of a plush Trans-Siberian restaurant. But his friendliness at the restaurant masks a cold and brutal core. Fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill. But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the death of a teenager while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try and trace the baby's lineage and relatives. The girl has a personal diary, but it is written in Russian. Anna's Russian-born uncle urges caution. Anna accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. Hanging in the balance is a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Human Trafficking, Organized Crime

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl

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Eastern State: Living Behind the Walls

Title:  Eastern State: Living Behind the Walls (2008)

Director:  Tony Alosi

Location:  MU Law RESERVE HV9475.P3 E1953 2006 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  77 minutes

Plot:  Profiles Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which was the first prison in the world to use solitary confinement as a means to rehabilitate prisoners. Program details the history of the prison which opened its doors in 1829 and operated for 142 years, closing in 1972. Includes interviews with some of the last people to live and work at Eastern State Penitentiary as well as experts in the criminal justice and sociology fields.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  NA

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Easy Money

Title:  Easy Money (2010)

Director:  Daniel Espinosa

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .E379 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  124 min.

Plot:  Lower-class business student JW falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm's wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he's lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and the Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he's unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW's journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.

Legal Angles: Drug Trafficking, Fraud, Securities

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Dejan Cukic, Annika Whittembury, Lea Stojanov and Fares Fares

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Eat Pray Love

Title:  Eat Pray Love (2010)  

Director:  Ryan Murphy

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E28 2010
 
Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  146 minutes

Plot:  A happily married woman who is trying to get pregnant realizes that her life needs to go in a new direction. After a very painful divorce, she risks everything and embarks on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery.

Legal Angles: Family Faw

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Billy Crudup, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Richard Jenkins

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Eclipse

Title:  Eclipse (2010)

Director:  David Slade

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T954 2010 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:  It all begins with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenal Twilight series, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen, and her friend, Jacob Black, knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Adventure, Drama

Cast:  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Xavier Samuel, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos

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Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

Title:  Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009)

Director:  Susan Muska, Greta Olafsdottir

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HQ75.3 .E354 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  61 min.

Plot: Lesbians Edie and Thea recount how their improbable romance ignited a lifelong journey around the world and through history. Though touched by events like the civil rights movement and the Stonewall riots, Edie and Thea's relationship transcends politics and is a shining example of love's ability to endure.

Legal Angles:   Civil Rights, Diversity, Gender Law

Genre:  Documentary, Drama, Family

Cast:   Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer

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Eli Stone: The Complete First Season

Title:  Eli Stone: The Complete First Season (2008) 

Director:  Greg Berlanti, et al.

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E45 2008
 
Format:  DVD

Rating:  TV-PG

Length:  9 hours, 31 minutes 

Plot:  When San Francisco lawyer Eli Stone awakens to an unending George Michael soundtrack that only he can hear, gets dive-bombed by a WWI biplane on a busy San Francisco street and faces a fire-breathing dragon outside his office window, there are two possible explanations: delusions caused by a potentially fatal brain aneurysm or the chance that something greater is at work. He might just be a prophet sent to change the world. 

Legal Angles: Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Comedy, Drama 

Cast:  Jonny Lee Miller, Victor Garber, Loretta Devine, Natasha Henstridge, Matt Letscher, Sam Jaeger, James Saito

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Eli Stone: The Complete Second Season

Title:  Eli Stone: The Complete Second Season (2009) 

Director:  Greg Berlanti, et al.

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E45 2009
 
Format:  DVD

Rating:  TV-PG

Length:  9 hours, 30 minutes 

Plot:  When Eli Stone starts having strange visions, his job, relationships and sanity are in jeopardy. Do these crazy illusions have a purpose?

Legal Angles: Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Comedy, Drama 

Cast:  Jonny Lee Miller, Victor Garber, Loretta Devine, Natasha Henstridge, Matt Letscher, Sam Jaeger, James Saito

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Elizabeth

Title: Elizabeth (1998)

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E459 2003

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 124 minutes

Plot: Queen Elizabeth I must learn to weigh her counsel carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown--and her head.

 Legal Angles: British Law, Politics, Religion, Separation of Church and State

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardant, Kathy Burke, Eric Cantona, James Frain, Vincent Cassel, and John Gielgud.

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Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals

Title:  Elusive Justice:  The Search for Nazi War Criminals (2011)

Director:  Jonathan Silvers

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV D804.G4 E4 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  116 mins.

Plot: Explores the 65-year effort to identify, prosecute, and punish the 20th century's most notorious murderers. In the face of apathy, obstruction, and violence, the men and women who pursued Nazi fugitives not only brought a measure of dignity to the victims of the Holocaust, they also reminded the international community that enemies of humanity must be punished, if humanity is to survive.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Law of War

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Narrated by Candice Bergen

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Elysium

Title:  Elysium (2013)

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .E497 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 min.

Plot:  In the year 2154 two groups of people remain; the extremely wealthy who reside on an immaculate man-made space station named Elysium, and the rest, who occupy an overpopulated, destroyed Earth. Max decides to embark on a mission that could bring equality to the opposed worlds.

Legal Angles: Health Care Law, Social Justice

Genre:  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William FIchtner, Brandon Auret, Josh Blacker, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Faran Tahir, Adrian Holmes, Jared Keeso

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Enchanted

Title: Enchanted (2007)

Director: Kevin Lima

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E53 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 107 minutes

Plot: The beautiful princess Giselle is banished from the animated land of Andalasia by the evil queen. She finds herself in the gritty streets of the real, modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that does not operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle finds herself adrift in a chaotic world that is badly in need of enchantment. Giselle begins to fall in love with the cynical, no-nonsense divorce lawyer who has come to her aid. Little does he realize that this joyful, wide-eyed innocent is about to enchant him.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Family

Cast: Amy Adams, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey, Timothy Spall, Rachel Covey

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Encounters at the End of the World

Title: Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Director: Werner Herzog

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E55 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: G

Length: 99 minutes

Plot: Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines life in Antarctica, focusing especially on the stories of the "professional dreamers" who reside there.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law

Genre:  Documentary

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End of Watch

                                                            Title:    End of Watch (2012)

Director:  David Ayer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .E536 2013 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 min.

Plot:  Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.

Legal Angles:  Drug Trafficking

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera

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Enemy of the State

Title:  Enemy of the State (1998)

Director:  Tony Scott

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E555 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  132 minutes

Plot:  A suspenseful story of espionage and corruption. Robert Clayton Dean is a successful attorney with a happy home life, until he unknowingly receives top-secret information about a murder and becomes the target of a pursuit.

Legal Angles: Professional Ethics, Trial Practice, Politics

Genre:  Action, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Gabriel Byrne

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The Enforcer

Title: The Enforcer (1951)

Director: Bretaigne Windust

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E56 2003

Format: DVD

Length: 87 minutes

Plot: A district attorney attempts to crack a murder for hire ring.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane, Roy Roberts, Lawrence Tolan

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Title:  Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Director:  Alex Gibney

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .E57 2005

Format: DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  110 min.

Plot:  Chronicles the rise of Enron Corporation and its disintegration following scandal.  Examines the morality of corporate philosophy. Focuses on key Enron executives Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow.

Legal Angles: Corruption

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Narrator, Peter Coyote; featuring Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, Andy Fastow, Bill Lerach, Gray Davis

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Erin Brockovich

Title: Erin Brockovich (2000)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E756 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 130 minutes

Plot: Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a momumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Romance

Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

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Ethnic Notions

Title: Ethnic Notions (1986)

Director: Marlon Riggs

Location:  MU Law RESERVE E185.61 .E77 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 57 minutes

Plot: Ethnic Notions takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing the evolution of the deeply rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes and wide-eyed Pickaninnies roll across the screen in cartoons, feature films, popular songs, advertisements, household artifacts, even children's rhymes. These caricatures permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the Civil Rights era and implanted themselves within the American psyche. Narration by Esther Rolle and commentary by scholars shed light on the origins and devastating consequences of seemingly passive images and their corrosive, dehumanizing affect on society.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast: Esther Rolle

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Evelyn

Title: Evelyn (2002)

Director: Bruce Beresford

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E945 2002

Format: VHS

Rating: PG

Length: 94 minutes

Plot: In 1953, Desmond Doyle takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children. Despite a strong work ethic, Desmond has a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond's wife walks out on the relationship and his sporadic employment eventually attracts the attention of the law. A court order sends his two sons and young daughter to separate Catholic orphanages until Desmond can prove he's capable of properly supporting them. However, Desmond discovers merely getting work is not enough to bring his children back to him.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies, Stephen Rea, John Lynch, Sophie Vavasseur, Alan Bates

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The Execution of Private Slovik

Title: The Execution of Private Slovik (1974)

Director: Lamont Johnson

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E943 1991

Format: VHS

Length: 120 minutes

Plot: The story of the only American deserter to be executed in World War II

Legal Angles: Genocide, Terrorism, Military Law, Law of War

Genre:  Drama

Cast: Martin Sheen, Ned Beatty, Gary Busey, Mariclare Costello

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Eye for an Eye

Title: Eye For an Eye (1996)

Director: Joel Schlesinger

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .E944 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 101 minutes

Plot: Karen McCann's orderly life is shattered when a stranger breaks into her home and murders her 17-year-old daughter. But shock and grief turn into rage and disbelief when the killer is released on a legal technicality. When he commits another murder--and is set free once again-- Karen is determined to make him pay for his crimes. Alienating her husband and her friends, Karen quietly and methodically devises a deadly plan for retribution.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland, Ed Harris, Beverly D'Angelo, Joe Mantegna

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Eyes on the Prize

Title:  Eyes on the Prize:  America's Civil Rights Movement (1987-   )

Director:  James A. DeVinney, Orlando Bagwell, Callie Crossley, Judith Vecchione, Sheila Curran Bernard, Madison D. Lacy, Loius J. Massiah, Samuel D. Pollard, Terry Kay Rockefeller, Jacquiline Shearer, Paul Stekler, Thomas Ott, Henry Hampton

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV E185.61 .E943 2006  v.1 -7

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  360 min.

Plot:  Vols. 1-3 tell the story of America's civil rights years from 1954 to 1965; vols. 4-7 examine the new America from 1966 to 1985, from community power to the human alienation of urban poverty.

Legal Angles:   Civil Rights

Genre:  Documentary, History

Cast:  Julian Bond, Eugene 'Bull' Connor, Unita Blackwell, James Eastland, James Hicks, Martin Luther King, etc.

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