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Mao's Last Dancer

Title:  Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

Director:  Bruce Beresford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M36 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  117 minutes

Plot:  Based on an inspiring true story, this emotionally powerful crowd-pleaser emerged as one of the year's most talked about independent films. It's the fascinating and epic tale of Li Cunxin, a peasant boy from rural China who beats impossible odds to become a world-renowned ballet dancer. Through breathtaking talent and sheer determination, Li makes his way to the United States, but when he falls in love with an American woman, he must risk everything to remain in the land of the free.

Legal Angles:  Immigration Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Music

Cast:  Bruce Greenwood, Chi Cao, Joan Chen, Kyle MacLachlan

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March of the Penguins

Title:  March of the Penguins (2005)

Director:  Luc Jacquet

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M373 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  G

Length:  80 minutes

Plot:  In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, one by one in a single file. They will endure freezing temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law

Genre:  Documentary, Family

Cast:  Morgan Freeman

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Margin Call

Title:  Margin Call (2011)

Director: J.C. Chandor

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .M374 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  107 min.

Plot:  Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, Margin call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

Legal Angles:   Securities

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell, Aasif Mandvi, Ashley Williams, Susan Blackwell, Maria Dizzia

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Maria Full of Grace

Title:  Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Director:  Joshua Marston

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M3753 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  101 minutes

Plot:  Maria Alvarez, a bright, spirited 17-year-old, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation, Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin--which she must swallow--to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials. The dramatic thriller builds toward a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a thousand true stories.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paolo Vega, Jhon Alex Toro, Guilied López, Patricia Rae

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Marked Woman

Title:  Marked Woman (1937)

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M375 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  97 minutes

Plot:  A young assistant District Attorney uses a prostitute to indict a gang of racketeers, its czar, and his underlings.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Music

Cast:  Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Ciannelli, Jane Bryan, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Allen Jenkins, John Litelben Welden, Henry O'Neill

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Marnie

Title:  Marnie (1964)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M376 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  Marnie is a complusive thief who attempts to rob her boss, Mark Rutland but instead ends up marrying him. Her obsessive behavior continues, but when she is pushed to the edge after a terrible accident, Marnie's groom urges her to confront the past in the shattering conclusion of this psychological thriller.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Cast:  Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel

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The Master

Title:  The Master (2012)

Director:  Paul Thomas Anderson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .M3782 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  144 min.

Plot:  A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post-World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" unfolds the journey of a naval veteran who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Legal Angles: Fraud

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Title:  Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Director:  Peter Weir

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M378 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  138 minutes

Plot:  During the Napoleonic Wars, a British frigate, the HMS Surprise, and the larger French warship, Acheron, stalk each other off of the coast of South America. Lucky Jack, as he is referred to by his crew, is well regarded by his men, who trust him implicitly, even after the first devastating battle and an apparent personal vendetta against the French captain. The ship's surgeon balances the violence of his chosen life with the quiet demeanor of the scientist. He is the captain's friend and confidant, the two frequently playing violin and cello duets together.

Legal Angles: Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Drama

Cast:  Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy, Lee Ingleby, George Innes, Mark Lewis Jones, Chris Larkin, Richard McCabe, Robert Pugh, David Threlfall, Edward Woodall, Max Pirkis, Jack Randall, Max Benitz

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Master Harold...and the Boys

Title:  Master Harold...and the Boys (1985)

Director:  Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M378 1986

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  90 minutes

Plot:  A young white man's frustration with the return home of his alcoholic, handicapped father turns into racist viciousness against the two black men who work for the family.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Matthew Broderick, Zakes Mokae, John Kani

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Match Point

Title:  Match Point (2005)

Director:  Woody Allen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M3834 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:  Former tennis pro Chris Wilton stumbles into good fortune when Chloe Hewett, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and the sister of one of his tennis students, falls in love with him. But when Chris meets Nola, a much deeper passion is stirred. His desire isn't deterred even after he discovers that Nola is already dating Chloe's brother. But when their affair threatens Chris's increasingly cozy lifestyle, Chris begins to consider a drastic solution.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Penelope Wilton

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Matchstick Men

Title:  Matchstick Men (2003)

Director:  Ridley Scott

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M383 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  116 minutes

Plot:  Neurotic con man Roy suffers from several emotional problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. He and his partner Frank swindle people out of money. Frank wants to pull a really big job, but Roy is too consumed with fear and panic attacks to join him. Only cigarettes and his trusty illegal prescription drugs seem to keep him going. When Roy finds himself in desperate need of more pills, he is forced to see legitimate psychotherapist Dr. Klein. Roy discovers he has a daughter from his previous marriage and Dr. Klein suggests Roy spend time with her.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Comedy, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill, Sheila Kelley, Beth Grant

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Matewan

Title:  Matewan (1987)

Director:  John Sayles

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M37 1996

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  142 minutes

Plot:  The tale of a bitter clash between union and coal company in West Virginia in the 1920's.

Legal Angles: Labor Law

Genre:  Drama, History

Cast:  Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldhams

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Medea

Title:  Medea (1969)

Director:  Pier Paolo Pasolini

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M43 1970

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  Surreal story of Medea as the woman whose aid made Jason king but whose love he came to despise. As Jason is to remarry and Medea go into exile, Medea takes her revenge.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Maria Callas, Massimo Girotti, Laurent Terzieff, Giuseppe Gentile, Margereth Clementi

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Melvin and Howard

Title:  Melvin and Howard (1980)

Director:  Jonathan Demme

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M45 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  95 minutes

Plot:  Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes encounters an unsuspecting ne'er-do-well in the Nevada desert.

Legal Angles: Trusts & Trustees

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Jack Kehoe, Michael J. Pollard

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Memento

Title:  Memento (2000)

Director:  Christopher Nolan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M46 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  113 minutes

Plot:  An intricate crime story about a man who has lost his short term memory due to a rare brain disorder. Now he is out to catch his wife's murderer, whose identity he cannot ever know for sure. The more he tries to figure out what is true and real, the more he sinks deeper into a multi-layered abyss of uncertainty and surprises.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

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The Merchant of Venice

Title:  The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Director:  Michael Radford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M47 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  131 minutes

Plot:  Shylock has grown wealthy through money-lending, the only profession open to Jewish businessmen of the time, but faces indignity and danger when he ventures beyond the Jewish quarter. In the same city, though in a different world, lives Antonio, a Christian merchant beset by worry over the fate of his trading vessels and his increasing isolation from his best friend Bassanio. The younger man has fallen in love with the beautiful Portia, and seeks to go abroad to win her hand. When Antonio takes a loan from Shylock, a bond is sealed, the risk of which is one pound of Antonio's flesh. So when Antonio goes into debt to Shylock, the angst-ridden moneylender demands a pound of his flesh.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Zuleikha Robinson, Kris Marshall, Charlie Cox, Heather Goldenhersh, Mackenzie Crook, John Sessions, Gregor Fisher, Ron Cook, Allan Corduner, Anton Rodgers, David Harewood, Antonio Gil-Martinez

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