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Food, Inc.

Title:  Food, Inc. (2008)

Director:  Robert Kenner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HD9005 .F66 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  94 min.

Plot:  Explores the U.S. commercial food industry, examining corporate control of supply and market. The film seeks to demonstrate how the incentive for corporate profit can overwhelm consumer health needs, as well as the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment. Reveals various details of food ingredients and additives, and how contemporary mass production methods of food affects U.S. culture.

Legal Angles:   Food Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Interviewees include Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Gary Hirshberg, Joel Salatin.

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For Colored Girls

Title:  For Colored Girls (2010)

Director:  Tyler Perry

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F67 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  134 minutes

Plot:  A vibrant world where friends and strangers dream, fear, cry, love, and laugh out loud in an attempt to find their true selves. Adapted by writer/director Tyler Perry from Ntozake Shange's acclaimed choreopoem, this gripping film paints an unforgettable portrait of what it means to be a woman of color in the modern world.

Legal Angles: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anka Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg

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For Love of Liberty

Title:  For Love of Liberty (2010)

Director:  Frank Martin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE - AV E185.63 .F67 2010  discs 1 and 2, and 3

Format:  DVD

Rating:  Not Rated

Length:  240 minutes

Plot:  A look at the experiences and accomplishments of African Americans in the military, and the reasons why they would fight so heroically for the freedom of others that they themselves weren't able to enjoy. Hosted by Halle Berry with an introduction by Colin Powell.

Legal Angles: Military Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Hosted by Halle Berry ; narrated by Avery Brooks ; introduction by Colin Powell.

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For Us, the Living

Title: For Us, the Living (1983)

Director: Michael Schultz

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F67 1995

Format: VHS

Length: 90 minutes

Plot: The true story of one man's courageous fight for his people's dignity. Medgar Evers was one of the first African-American leaders to achieve worldwide recognition for his work. He was a true hero willing to pay the ultimate price for freedom.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast: Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Irene Cara, Larry Fishburne

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Force of Evil

Title: Force of Evil (1948)

Director: Abraham Polonsky

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F672 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 78 minutes

Plot: A racketeer's lawyer finds that his boss has found a way to bankrupt New York's numbers banks but gets wedged between the numbers racket and a new prosecutor's anti-crime campaign.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Professional Ethics

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cast: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Beatrice Pearson, Roy Roberts, Marie Windsor

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Foreign Correspondent

Title: Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock 

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F674 2004

Format: DVD

Length: 120

Plot: A reporter sent to Europe to cover a peace conference falls in love with a diplomat's daughter, but discovers that her father is the head of a Nazi spy ring.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Law of War

Genre:  Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Cast: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Basserman

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The Fortune Cookie

Title: The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Director: Billy Wilder

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F678 2001

Format: DVD

Length: 125 minutes

Plot: A TV cameraman, trampled by a half-back while shooting a football game, and his shyster brother-in-law team up to defraud an insurance company in a million dollar law suit.

Legal Angles: Fraud

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Cliff Osmond, Judi West

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42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Title:  42:  The Jackie Robinson Story (2013)

Director:  Brian Helgeland

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .F6789 2013

Format:  DVD & Blu-Ray

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  128 min.

Plot:  In 1946, Branch Rickey, ... owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, took a stand against Major League Baseball's infamous color line when he signed Jackie Robinson ... to the team. The deal put both men in the crosshairs of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and let his talent on the field win over fans and his teammates.

Legal Angles:  Employment Discrimination, Sports Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Sport

Cast:  Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Alan Tudyk, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, Brett Cullen, Ryan Merriman.

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Title: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .A2 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 113 minutes

Plot: Two college roommates have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice as they finalize arrangements for a black market abortion.

Legal Angles: Constitutional Law, International Law

Genre: Drama

Cast: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alex Potocean, Ioan Sapdaru, Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Adi Carauleanu, Liliana Mocanu

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Foyle's War: Set 1-5

Title: Foyle's War: Set 1-5 (2002)

Director: Gavin Millar, Jeremy Silbersten

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F69 2003

Format: DVD

Length: 412 minutes

Plot: English Detective Christopher Foyle solves crimes on the home front while he reluctantly sits out on World War II.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell, Honeysuckle Weeks, Julian Overden

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Foyle's War: Set 2

Title: Foyle's War: Set 2 (2003)

Director: Gavin Millar, Jeremy Silbersten

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F69 2004

Format: DVD

Length: 400 minutes

Plot: Foyle, a veteran detective is persuaded to remain on duty at home rather than join the troops at the front as World War II begins. But home is on the vulnerable southern English coast and the chaos, danger and venality of war seep into everyday events.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal ProcedureWar, Terrorism & Genocide

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Michael Kitchen

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Foyle's War: Set 3

Title: Foyle's War: Set 3 (2004)

Director: Gavin Millar, Jeremy Silbersten

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F69 2005

Format: DVD

Length: 400 minutes

Plot: This is the gripping third series that airs on PBS. Michael Kitchen plays a veteran detective whose job on the home front in southern England is complicated by WWII raging over Europe. DVD includes behind the scenes documentary and cast reflections.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal ProcedureWar, Terrorism & Genocide

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Michael Kitchen

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Foyle's War: Set 4

Title: Foyle's War: Set 4 (2005)

Director: Gavin Millar, Jeremy Silbersten

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F69 2007

Format: DVD

Length: 400 minutes

Plot: This is the gripping fourth series that airs on PBS. Michael Kitchen plays a veteran detective whose job on the home front in southern England is complicated by WWII raging over Europe. 

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal ProcedureWar, Terrorism & Genocide

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Michael Kitchen

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Foyle's War: Set 5

Title: Foyle's War: Set 5 (2007)

Director: Gavin Millar, Jeremy Silbersten

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F69 2008

Format: DVD

Length: 300 minutes

Plot: DCS Christopher Foyle investigates wartime crimes in the English coastal town of Hastings. With the end of World War II slowly but inevitably approaching, Foyle and his fellow citizens learn the price of victory and face a peace that will transform their lives in unexpected ways. 

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal ProcedureWar, Terrorism & Genocide

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Michael Kitchen

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Fracture

Title: Fracture (2007)

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F734 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 113 minutes

Plot: Ted Crawford is a wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous structural engineer who lives in Los Angeles. He shoots his wife and entraps her lover. After the police arrive, he signs a confession. At his arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot D.A. who is getting ready to leave for a civil-law firm. He is told by everyone the case is open and shut. Crawford, however, sees Beachum's weakness - the hairline fracture of his character.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis, Fiona Shaw, Bob Gunton

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Frailty

Title: Failty (2001)

Director: Bill Paxton

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F735 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 100 minutes

Plot: The Meiks brothers, Fenton and Adam, have an idyllic relationship with their father. Their world is turned upside-down when their father suddenly announces that he has been visited by an angel who entrusted him with the holy mission of destroying "demons". Now, years after terrorizing a small Texas community, the God's Hand Killer has returned - leaving in his wake a perplexing trail of fear and death.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Luke Askew, Jeremy Sumpter, Matt O'Leary

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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley's)

Title: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley's) (1994)

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F736 2003

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 123 minutes

Plot: Based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Legal Angles: Bioethics, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama, Horror, Romance

Cast: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm, Richard Briers, John Cleese

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Frankenstein

Title:  Frankenstein (2004)

Director:  Kevin Connor

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F736 2004 
 
Format:  DVD

Rating:  NA

Length:  174 minutes

Plot:  Obsessed with violating the laws of nature and of life and death, scientist Victor Frankenstein constructs a creature from the limbs of the dead. Once jolted into life, the creature proves to be even more human than his creator. He is knowledgeable, wise and also possesed with a conscience. Unable to inspire love, he chooses to inspire fear and vows to avenge the man who created and then abandoned him.

Legal Angles: Bioethics, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Luke Goss, Alec Newman, Julie Delpy, William Hurt, Jean Rochefort, Nicole Lewis, Mark Jax, Ian McNeice, Dan Stevens, Donald Sutherland

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A Free Soul

Title: A Free Soul (1931)

Director: Clarence Brown

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F671 2008

Format: DVD

Length: 93 minutes

Plot: An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance

Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable

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Freedom Writers

Title: Freedom Writers (2007)

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F744 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 123 minutes

Plot: A true story about a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they've always needed, a voice. Erin Gruwell comes to a southern California high school bubbling over with naive optimism. She quickly discovers that her unruly classroom is not easily won over by her good intentions. After a few floundering attempts to connect with her students, Gruwell gives them the assignment of keeping journals about their own lives, This assignment is something that the class can bite into with relish. This eventually bonds them together and pushes racial rivalries aside. Draws heavily from the published journals of the real students themselves.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Education Law

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April Lee Hernandez, Mario, Kristin Herrera, Jacklyn Ngan, Sergio Montalvo, Jason Finn, Deance Wyatt, Vanetta Smith, Gabriel Chavarria, Hunter Parrish

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Frenzy

Title: Frenzy (1972)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F746 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: TV-14

Length: 116 minutes

Plot: The Necktie Murderer has the London police on red alert and an innocent man is on a desperate quest to find the real sex criminal and clear his name. Alternating heart-pounding tension with distinctive Hitchcock humor, Frenzy marked the Master of Suspense's return to his native England after almost 20 years.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre: Crime, Thriller

Cast: Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Bernard Cribbins, Vivien Merchant

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Fresh

Title:  Fresh (2009)

Director:  Ana Sofia Joanes

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HD9005 .F74 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  72 min.

Plot:  Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among others, Fresh features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, and supermarket owner David Ball.

Legal Angles:   Food Law

Genre:  Documentary, News

Cast:  George Naylor

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From the Hip

Title: From the Hip (1987)

Director: Bob Clark

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F757 2006

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 111 minutes

Plot: Robin "Stormy" Weathers is a brash young lawyer with a reputation for breaking the rules and some wild ways of practicing criminal defense. But when Stormy takes on the case of a brilliant professor accused of a brutal murder, he finds himself questioning his client's innocence as well as his own abilities as an attorney.

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

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cast: Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins, John Hurt, Ray Walston, Darren McGavin

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Frost/Nixon

Title: Frost/Nixon (2007)

Director: Ron Howard 

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F758 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 122 minutes

Plot: Richard Nixon is the disgraced president with a legacy to save. David Frost is a jet-setting television personality with a name to make. This is the legendary battle between the two men and the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after resigning from office, Nixon remained silent. But in the summer of 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Everyone is surprised that Nixon would select Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbors doubts that their boss will be able to hold his own. But as cameras roll, a charged battle of wits results.

Legal Angles: Politics

Genre: Drama, History

Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Clint Howard, Patty McCormack, Andy Milder, Eloy Casados

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Frozen River

Title: Frozen River (2008)

Director: Courtney Hunt

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F76 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 97 minutes

Plot: Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Ray, a white woman, and Lila, a Mohawk, both single mothers facing desperate circumstances, are drawn by the lure of fast money into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Immigration Law

Genre: Crime, Drama

Cast: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe, Mark Boone Junior

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Fruitvale Station

Title:  Fruitvale Station (2013)

Director:  Ryan Coogler

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .F785 2014

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R 

Length:  85 mins.

Plot:  Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Based on a true story.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights Litigation, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Tort (Wrongful Death)

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O'Reilly, Octavia Spencer

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The Fugitive

Title: The Fugitive (1993)

Director: Andrew Davis

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F845 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 130 minutes

Plot: A Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife is determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Crime

Cast: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbé

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The Fury

Title: The Fury (1978)

Director: Brian DePalma

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F8792 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 118 minutes

Plot: A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Cast: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgrass, Charles Durning, Amy Irving, Andrew Stevens

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