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God on Trial

Title: God on Trial (2008)

Director: Andy DeEmmony

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G63 2009

Format:  DVD

Length: 85 minutes

Plot: In the Jewish tradition of arguing with God, Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz decide to put God on Trial.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Genocide, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama

Cast: Josef Atlin, Ashley Artus, Dominic Cooper, Lorcan Cranitch, David de Keyser, Stephen Dillane, Rupert Graves.

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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

Title:  Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

Director:  George Bulter

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G65 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  88 minutes

Plot:  A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.

Legal Angles: Politics,  Military Law, The Law of War

Genre:  Biography, Documentary, History

Cast:  Interviews with: John Kerry, Max Cleland, Bob Kerrey

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Golden Door

Title: Golden Door (2006)

Director: Emanuele Crialese

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G653 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 118 minutes

Plot: A Sicilian farmer falls in love with a worldly British woman while both are attempting to emmigrate to America.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Immigration Law

Genre:  Adventure, Drama

Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi.

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Gomorrah

Title: Gomorrah (2008)

Director: Matteo Garrone

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G655 2009

Format: DVD

Length: 137

Plot: Five disparate tales of Naples' mafia underworld, where men and children are caught up in a corrupt system that extends from the housing projects to the world of haute couture. Adapted from the best-selling exposé by undercover Italian reporter, Roberto Saviano.

Cast: Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Salvatore Cantalupo, Gigio Morra, Salvatore Abruzzese, Marco Macor

Legal Angles: Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Environmental Law, Organized Crime

Genre:  Crime, Drama

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The Good Mother

Title: The Good Mother (1988)

Director: Lenoard Nimoy

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G66 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 104 minutes

Plot: Discovering true passion for the first time in her life, Anna's life couldn't have been more perfect. But shocking charges against her force her to prove that she is a good mother.

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

Genre: Drama, Romance

Cast: Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson, Jason Robards, Ralph Bellamy.

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Good Night and Good Luck

Title: Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

Director: George Clooney

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G663 2006

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 93 minutes

Plot: Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Legal Angles: Politics, Employment Law, Media Law

Genre: Drama, History

Cast: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey, Jr., Frank Langella

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The Good Shepherd

Title: The Good Sheperd (2006)

Director: Robert DeNiro

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G6637 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 168 minutes

Plot: The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Legal Angles: Family Law, National Security, Politics, Terrorism, Law of War,

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Keir Dullea, Martina Gedeck, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, John Sessions, Oleg Stefan, John Turturro

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Good Will Hunting

Title:  Good Will Hunting (1997)

Director:  Gus Van Sant

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G66 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  126 minutes

Plot:  A young working-class genius is hauled back from the brink of self-destruction by a gifted counselor.

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

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver

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The Grapes of Wrath

Title:  The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Director:  John Ford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G6 2004

Format:  DVD

Length:  129 minutes

Plot:  The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression is depicted in this immortal film of the Steinbeck classic.

Legal Angles: Property Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin, Doris Bowdon, Russell Simpson, O.Z. Whitehead, John Qualen, Eddie Quillan, Zeffie Tilbury

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Gravity

Title:  Gravity (2013)

Director:  Alfonso Cuaron

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .G738 2014

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  91 min.

Plot:  Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. On a routine spacewalk, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Legal Angles:  Space Law, Torts

Genre:  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Cast:  Sandra Bullock, George Clooney; additional voices by Ed Harris.

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The Great Debaters

Title:  The Great Debaters (2007)

Director:  Denzel Washington

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G743 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:  Melvin B. Tolson is a professor at Wiley College in Texas. Wiley is a small African-American college. In 1935, Tolson inspired students to form the school's first debate team. Tolson turns a group of underdog students into a historically elite debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Inspired by a true story.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Education Law, Employment Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Forest Whitaker, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise, Devyn Tyler, Trenton McClain Boyd

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Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our time

Title:  Green Fire:  Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Director:  David Steinke

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV QH31.L618 G74 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  73.3 minutes

Plot:  Examines the conservationist's life and legacy, examining ways his land ethic philosophy and vision of a community that cares about both people and land lives on in the work of individuals and organizations around the country today.

Legal Angles:  Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Voices of Aldo Leopold, Peter Coyote ; narrator/guide, Curt Meine

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Guilty as Sin

Title:  Guilty as Sin (1993)

Director:  Sidney Lumet

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G85 1993

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  107 minutes

Plot:  An attractive lawyer, captured by her client's irresistible charm, finds herself caught in his seductive psychological web of deceit from which there is no legal escape-and soon fears she may be his next victim.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Rebecca De Mornay, Don Johnson, Jack Warden

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