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Liar Liar

Title:  Liar Liar (1997)

Director:  Tom Shadyac

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L537 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  86 minutes

Plot:  Fletcher Reede is a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar. When his son Max blows out the candles on his fifth birthday cake, he has just one wish: that his dad will stop lying for 24 hours. When his son's wish comes true, Fletcher discovers that his biggest asset, his mouth, has become his biggest liability.

Legal Angles:   Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Trial Practice

Genre:  Comedy

Cast:  Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Cary Elwes

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Life is Beautiful

Title:   Life is Beautiful (1997)

Director:  Roberto Benigni

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .L544 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  116 mins.


Plot:  In 1930s Italy a bumbling Jewish waiter who's gifted with an amazing imagination and sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. But that life is threatened by World War II.

Legal Angles:  Human Rights, Genocide

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Horst Buchholz

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The Life of David Gale

Title:  The Life of David Gale (2003)

Director:  Alan Parker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L54 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  130 minutes

Plot:  David Gale was an active member of Deathwatch, an anti-capital punishment activist group. Constance is a fellow Deathwatch activist. When Constance is found raped and murdered, Gale is convicted of the crime. Now Gale awaits execution, and with less than a week before his date with the fatal injection, Gale agrees to tell his story to Bitsy, a nervy journalist from a major newsmagazine. As she discusses the facts of the murder with Gale, it occurs to her that the details simply don't add up. Soon a mysterious stranger begins to slip evidence to her that suggests Gale has been framed.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Matt Craven, Leon Rippy, Rhona Mitra

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Like Crazy

Title:  Like Crazy (2011)

Director:  Drake Doremus

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .L554 2012

Format:  DVD 

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  90 min.

Plot:  Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is fragile. When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey--only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control. ... Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart.

Legal Angles:  Immigration Law

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Chris Messina, Finola Hughes

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Lincoln

Title:  Lincoln (2012)

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .W436 2012

Format:  Blu-ray and DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  150 min.

Plot:  A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery.

Legal Angles:  Constitutional Law, Legislative Law

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Gloria Reuben, Jared Harris, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chase Edmunds

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The Lincoln Lawyer

Title:  The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Director:  Brad Furman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .L563 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  118 minutes

Plot:  Michael 'Mick' Haller is a slick, charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car. Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime. However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money payoff swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice


Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston, William H. Macy

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The Lion in Winter

Title: The Lion in Winter (1968)

Director: Anthony Harvey

Location: MU Law Reserve PN1997 .L56 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 134 minutes

Plot: Historical drama of the conflict between King Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine over Henry's successor to the British throne.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre: Drama, History

Cast: Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn, Jane Merrow, John Castle, Timothy Dalton, Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Stock, Nigel Terry

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The Lives of Others

Title: The Lives of Others (2006)

Director: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L584 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 137 minutes

Plot: A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people -- or at least to this one particular person.

Legal Angles: Politics

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Herbert Knaup

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Lone Star

Title: Lone Star (1996)

Director: John Sayles

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L662 1999

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 135 minutes

Plot: An unsolved murder in a Texas border town uncovers a tale of corruption, intrigue, and forbidden love.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance

Cast: Ron Canada, Chris Cooper, Clifton James, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Frances McDormand, Joe Morton, Elizabeth Peña

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Lone Survivor

   Title:  Lone Survivor (2013)

   Director:  Peter Berg

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .L6647 2014

   Format:  DVD

   Rating:  R

   Length:  121 min.

Plot:  The story of four Navy SEALs sent on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative. They are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller.

Legal Angles:  International Law, Law of War, (Rules of Engagement)

Genre:  Action, Biography, Drama

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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Lord of the Flies

Title: Lord of the Flies (1990)

Director: Harry Hook

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L67 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 90 minutes

Plot: Adaptation of William Golding's novel about a group of English boys completely cut off from society who revert to brutal, primitive savagery.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Military Law

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Roger Allan, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman, and Kent Fletcher

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Lord of War

Title: Lord of War (2005)

Director: Andrew Niccol

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L6736 2006

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 122 minutes

Plot: Chronicles the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early 1980s in Little Odessa to selling guns to mobsters in his local neighbourhood, and through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 90s. He forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. His relationship with his younger brother is somewhat volatile, he is married to a famous model, and he is relentlessly pursued by a determined federal agent and his inner demons sway between his drive for success and the immorality of what he does.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan, Ian Holm, Eamonn Walker, Sammi Rotibi, Eamonn Walker, Eugene Lazarev, Jean-Pierre Nshanian, Shake Toukhmanian, Ethan Hawke

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Losing Isaiah

Title: Losing Isaiah

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L675 1995

Format: VHS

Rating: R

Length: 111 minutes

Plot: A woman who has adopted an abandoned child to give it a new life has to fight for him when his birth mother shows up and wants him back.

Legal Angles: Adoption Law, Family Law

Genre: Drama

Cast: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr., Daisy Eagan, Marc John Jeffries, Samuel Jackson

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The Lovely Bones

Title:  The Lovely Bones (2009)

Director:  Peter Jackson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L68 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  130 minutes

Plot:  The extraordinary story about one girl's life, and everything that came after. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on. Filled with thrilling suspense, hope and the redeeming power of life.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon

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The Loving Story

Title:  The Loving Story (2011)

Director:  Nancy Buirski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE AV E185.62 .L68 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  77 min.

Plot:    Documentary about the case of Richard & Mildred Loving, a white man & a black woman who were convicted by the state of Virginia for the crime of marrying across racial lines in the late 1950s. 

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights

Genre:  Documentary, Drama, History

Cast:  Interviews and commentary (archival footage): Richard Loving, Mildred Loving, J. Lindsay Almond Jr., Virginia Governor, 1958; Edward Ayers, Historian and President, University of Richmond; Judge Leon M. Bazile, Caroline County Circuit Court; David Brinkley, NBC News, Washington; Bernard S. Cohen, Philip J. Hirschkop, ACLU Attorneys

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