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Kavanagh Q.C.

Title: Kavanagh Q.C. 

Director: Ted Childs

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K38 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 325 minutes

Plot: James Kavanagh Q.C., one of the most respected criminal adovcates in London, has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and opponents alike. However, the long hours, difficult cases and dedication to his work have taken their toll on his wife and two children.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: John Thaw, Lisa Harrow, Daisy Bates

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The Kids Are All Right

Title:  The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Director:  Lisa Cholodenko

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K53 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  107 minutes 

Plot:  Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. They have two teen-aged children, Joni, who is Nic's biological child, and Laser, who is Jules' biological child. A big-hearted, sexy and uproariously funny movie that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth.

Legal Angles: Children and the Law, Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Annette Bening, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska

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The Killer Inside Me

Title:  The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Director:  Michael Winterbottom

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K55 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:   R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Professional Ethics

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas, Tom Bower, Simon Baker, Bill Pullman

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The Killer's Trail

Title:  The Killer's Trail (1999)

Director:  Marian Marzynski, Joel Olicker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE HV6534.C55 K55 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  60 minutes

Plot:  Did Dr. Sam Sheppard kill his wife? With the help of advanced technology, Nova re-examines the 1954 murder of Marilyn Sheppard.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Documentary 

Cast:  Liev Schrieber, narrator

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The Killing of Mary Surratt


Title:   The Killing of Mary Surratt (2009)

Director:  Chris King

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .K555 2009

Format: DVD

Rating:   n.a.

Length:   23 minutes

Plot: A short drama about the trial and convicition of Mary Surratt, a boarding house owner, who was accused, tried and convicted as being a member of a conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. 

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Treason, Trial Practice

Genre:  Short, Drama

Cast:  Mary Beth Barber, Robert Anthony Peters, Eric Wheeler, Erik Sundquist, Christina Birdsall, Brian Rife, Sean Morneau, Ron Randolph, etc.

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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Title: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Director: Robert Hamer

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K56 1994

Format: VHS

Rating: Not Rated

Length: 106 minutes

Plot: Impatient to become duke, the ninth in line decides to eliminate the eight relatives standing in his way in this tart black comedy. Obstructing the path to his title is Alec Guinness, in one of his greatest performances, playing all eight relatives.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Cast: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson

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King Corn

Title:  King Corn (2007)

Director:  Aaron Woolf

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV SB191.M2 K56 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  88 min.

Plot:  "Engrossing and eye-opening, King Corn is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast-food nation. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa, to find out how the modest corn kernel conquered America. With the help of real farmers, powerful fertilizer, government aid, and genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hidden truths about America's modern food system ... King corn shows how -- and why -- whenever you eat a hamburger or drink a soda, you're really consuming ...corn."-

Legal Angles:   Food Law

Genre: Documentary

Cast: Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis, Stephen Macko, Chuck Pyatt


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King Lear

Title: King Lear (1953) 

Director: Andrew McCullough

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K56 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 73 minutes

Plot: Full length adaptation of the Shakespeare classic.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Drama

Cast: Orson Welles, Arnold Moss, Beatrice Straight, Margaret Phillips

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The King's Speech

Title:  The King's Speech (2010)

Director:  Tom Hooper

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K56 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  118 minutes

Plot:  When England's throne is suddenly thrust upon him, amidst royal family scandal and impending world war, King George VI must overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment to lead his nation. After his iron-willed, compassionate wife Elizabeth secretly enlists an eccentric speech therapist, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that will ultimately empower the monarch to find his voice, inspire his people and rally the world. Based on an inspiring true story.

Legal Angles: British Law, Laws governing the Monarchy and Abdication of the Throne

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Andrews, Claire Bloom, Eve Best, Michael Gambon

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Kiss Me, Stupid

Title: Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Director: Billy Wilder

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K57 2003

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 125 minutes

Plot: Two would-be songwriters hijack Dino as he passes through their town. Their attempts to charm him into listening to their songs encounter a problem when one man's wife is the head of Martin's fan club. A substitute is hired to claim his attentions. Things do not exactly work out as planned.

Legal Angles: Entertainment Law, Family Law, Media Law, & Sports Law

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Cast: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond

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Kramer vs. Kramer

Title: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Director: Robert Benton

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .K73 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 105 minutes

Plot: Winner of 5 Academy Awards, Kramer vs. Kramer is a ground-breaking drama about the heartbreak of divorce and the struggle between work and family. Young husband and father Ted Kramer loves his family -- and his job, which is where he spends most of his time. When he returns home late one evening from work, his wife Joanna confronts him and then leaves him, forcing Ted to become the sole caregiver to their six-year-old son. Now, Ted must learn to be a father while balancing the demands of his high-pressure career. But just as Ted adapts to his new role and begins to feel like a fulfilled parent, Joanna returns. And now she wants her son back.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

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