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 "Count Laszlo de Almasy"by Indiewench; "The Lamb (cinema 1915)" from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection Photograph File;"Pauline Chase (LOC)" from the George Grantham Bain Collection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

J. Edgar

Title:  J. Edgar (2011)

Director:  Clint Eastwood

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .J434 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  137 min.

Plot:  J. Edgar Hoover was head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

Legal Angles:   Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Legislative Law, National Security, Privacy

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:   Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Jeffrey Donovan, Denis O'Hare.


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Jagged Edge

Title: Jagged Edge (1985)

Director: Richard Marquand

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J34 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 108 minutes

Plot: An attorney falls in love with her defendant, the prime suspect in a vicious murder case.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia

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Jane Eyre


Title:  Jane Eyre (2011)

Director:  Cary Fukunaga

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .J364 2011 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  120 minutes

Plot:  When orphaned governess Jane Eyre arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall, she's intrigued by her brooding, wealthy employer, Rochester. His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Property Law

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Jamie Bell, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench

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Janie Jones

Title:  Janie Jones (2010)

Director:  David M. Rosenthal

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .J365 2011

Format: DVD

Rating:  Unrated

Length:  114 min.

Plot:  Ethan, a struggling rock musician, content with his on-the-road, party lifestyle, has his life turned upside down by the arrival of a thirteen-year-old daughter he never knew he had; and, left with the responsibility of raising Janie Jones, a shy but talented, aspiring musician herself, Ethan takes Janie on a road trip of music, discovery, and father-daughter bonding.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Drama, Music

Cast:  Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue, Brittany Snow, Joel David Moore, Frances Fisher, and Peter Stormare; with Frank Whaley

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JFK

Title: JFK (1991)

Director: Oliver Stone

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J45 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 205 minutes

Plot: A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

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

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Cast: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek.

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Jobs

  Title:  Jobs (2013)

  Director:  Joshua Michel Stern

  Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .J637 2013

  Format:  DVD

  Rating: PG-13

  Length:  128 min.

   Plot:  Chronicles Jobs' early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc. and forced retirement from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world's most valuable companies.

Legal Angles:  Business Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Ashton Kutcher, Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lesley Ann Warren, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Ron Eldard, James Woods, Ahna O'Reilly, Victor Rasuk, John Getz

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John Adams

Title: John Adams (2008)

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J64 2008

Format: DVD

Length: 501 minutes

Plot: While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Politics

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Danny Huston, John Bedford Lloyd, Justin Theroux

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John Brown's Holy War

Title: John Brown's Holy War (2000)

Director: Robert Kenner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE 

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 90 minutes

Plot: John Brown, considered the father of American terrorism, was an inspiration to the Civil Rights movement. He was a farmer, a warrior, a family man and an avenging angel. More than 150 years after his execution, questions swirl around John Brown: was he a madman or a martyr? A bloodthirsty fanatic or a great American hero? Dramatic reenactments trace John Brown's obsessive battle against human bondage.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Genre: Documentary

Cast: Joe Morton

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Jolene

Title:  Jolene (2008)

Director:  Dan Ireland

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .J654 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  121 min.

Plot:  At the age of fifteen, Jolene, a free-spirited orphan, embarks on a decade-long cross-country adventure, where she experiences life, love, heartbreak, and freedom.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Jessica Chastain, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Friend, Denise Richards, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Vartan, Frances Fisher, Zeb Newman, Theresa Russell

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Judge Priest

Title: Judge Priest (1934)

Director: John Ford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J832 2005

Format: DVD

Length: 70 minutes

Plot: A small town Judge William "Billy" Priest (Rogers) in the old south stirs up the place with stinging humor and common sense observances as he tangles with prejudices and civil injustices.

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

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Wawlthall, David Landau, Rochelle Hudson, Hattie McDaniel, Stepin Fetchit.

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Title: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Director: Stanley Kramer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J83 2004

Format: DVD

Length: 186 minutes

Plot: American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of "legalizing" Nazi atrocities. But as graphic accounts of sterilization and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Genocide, Politics, Professional Ethics, Terrorism, Trial Practice, Law of War

Genre: Drama, History

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, William Shatner, Ed Binns, Kenneth MacKenna, Werner Klemperer.

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Juno

Title: Juno (2007)

Director: Jason Reitman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J86 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 96 minutes

Plot: Juno MacGuff is sixteen years old. After a one-time sexual encounter with her best friend Paulie, she learns that she's pregnant. Juno and Paulie like each other, but not enough to start a family, complete with a child. Paulie leaves all the decisions about the baby to Juno. During her pregnancy, which she treats with care but detachment, her relationships develop.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Contracts & Commercial Law

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons.

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The Juror

Title: The Juror (1996)

Director: Brian Gibson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J87 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 118 minutes

Plot: A struggling single mother impulsively agrees to serve on a jury hoping for a little excitement in her humdrum life. She gets far more than she bargained for when she's forced to sacrifice the truth to save her son from the mob's seductive, psychotic enforcer.

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

Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller

Cast: Alec Bladwin, Demi Moore

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The Jury

Title: The Jury (2002)

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .J875 2002

Format: DVD

Length: 284 minutes

Plot: A comprehensive six-part series of a shocking murder trial and the jurors affected by it.

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

Genre: Drama

Cast: Derek Jacobi, Antony Sher, Helen McCrory.

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And Justice for ALL

  Title:   And Justice for All (1979)

  Director:  Norman Jewison

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .A53 2008  

   Format:  DVD

   Rating:  R

   Length:  120 min.

   Plot:  A young lawyer battles not only one-on-one injustice in the courts, but the entire system as well.

Legal Angles:  Conflict of Interests, Contempt of Court, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Al Pacino, Jack Warden John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg

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