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MU Law Films Guide: Mn-Mz

Moneyball

Title:  Moneyball (2011)

Director:  Bennett Miller

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .M65 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  133 mins.

Plot:  The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Legal Angles: Contracts, Sports Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Sport

Cast:  Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Stephen Bishop, Reed Diamond, Brent Jennings, Ken Medlock, Tammy Blanchard, Jack McGee, Vyto Ruginis, Nick Searcy, Glenn Morshower

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Monster

Title:  Monster (2003)

Director:  Patty Jenkins

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M666 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who was executed in 2002 for the brutal murders of at least 6 men in Florida. Homeless most of her life, Wuornos subsisted by working as a prostitute. In Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a bar for a beer where she meets Selby. One night, after a john attacks her, Aileen pulls a gun and kills the man. Aileen's loathing for the men who pay her for sex becomes so extreme that she begins killing her customers regardless of their behavior.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Marco St. John, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Scott Wilson

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Monster's Ball

   Title:  Monster's Ball (2001)

   Director:  Marc Foster

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .M667 2002

   Format:  DVD

   Rating:  R

   Length:  111 min.

   Plot:  Hank and Leticia inhabit stark, queasy realities of the contemporary South, he as a death row corrections officer and she as the soon-to-be widow of an inmate whose execution Hank helps conduct. In the aftermath of the execution, both lose their children to tragic deaths and they form an unlikely bond.

Legal Angles:   Correction & Punishment, Death Penalty, Discrimination

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Mos Def, Will Rokos, Milo Addica, Coronji Calhoun, Peter Boyle

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Title:  Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Director:  Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M66 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  89 minutes

Plot:  The quest for the Holy Grail by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is retold in the inimitable Python fashion.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Adventure, Comedy

Cast:  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

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The Motorcycle Diaries

Title:  The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Director:  Walter Salles

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M68 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  Based on a true life story, the Motorcycle Diaries is an inspiring and thrilling adventure that traces the youthful origins of a revolutionary spirit. The film follows two daring friends, Ernesto "Che" Guevera and Alberto Granado, who hop on the back of a beat-up motorcycle for a breathtaking and exciting road trip across Latin America.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Genre:  Adventure, Biography, Drama

Cast:  Gael García Bernal, Mía Maestro, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mercedes Moran, Jean Pierre Noher

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Mr. Brooks

Title:  Mr. Brooks (2007)

Director:  Bruce A. Evans

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M74 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  121 minutes

Plot:  Mr. Brooks is a successful businessman, a generous philanthropist, a loving father, and a devoted husband. He is seemingly perfect, but he has a secret. He is also the notorious Thumbprint Killer, and no one has ever suspected it until now. Tracy Atwood is a tough detective whose devotion to her craft catches the attention and respect of the serial killer she is hunting, which leads to a symbiotic relationship.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, William Hurt, Marg Helgenberger, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Danielle Panabaker

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Title:  Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Director:  Frank Capra

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .M57 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  115 minutes

Plot:  Comedy about writer of greeting card verses who leaves his small town home for New York when he inherits $20 million dollars. In New York, "sophisticates", including relatives, lawyers, and business executives, attempt to have him declared insane in order to gain control of the fortune.

Legal Angles: Trusts & Trustees

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn

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Mr. District Attorney

Title:  Mr. District Attorney (1947)

Director:  Robert B. Sinclair

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F6746 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  83 minutes

Plot:  A woman is slain in her apartment by an escaped killer, and the paper prints that the alive-and-well girlfriend (Marguerite Chapman) of a local crime boss was the victim.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Dennis O'Keefe, Adolphe Menjou, Marguerite Chapman, Michael O'Shea

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Title:  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Director:  Frank Capra

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M77 1999

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  130 minutes

Plot:  An idealistic, small town senator heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him.

Legal Angles: Politics

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Beulah Bondi

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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

Title:  Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

Director:  James Ivory

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M7 1990

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  Story of a Kansas City couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, whose lives are affected in different ways as their children grow up and leave home, and more adventurous friends bring new ideas into their home. Mrs. Bridge questions the life she has led, but her husband remains a firm believer in family and home, regardless of the changes in the world around him.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Blythe Danner

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Title:  Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M736 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  95 minutes

Plot:  A bickering couple discover their marriage isn't legal, and go through the courtship process again.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond, Jack Carson, Philip Merivale, Lucile Watson

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The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

Title:  The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (1998)

Director:  James Hawes, Martin Hutchings

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M7737 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  240 minutes

Plot:  Mrs. Bradley solves the most complicated crimes with a sly combination of charm, intelligence, and wit.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Diana Rigg, Neil Dudgeon, Peter Davison

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Mud

Title:  Mud (2012)

Director:  Jeff Nichols

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .M83 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  130 min.

Plot:  Two boys, Ellis and his best friend Neckbone, find a mysterious man named Mud hiding out on a deserted island in the Mississippi. Mud tells the boys fantastic stories about his life, including how he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper. The boys agree to help him, but it isn't long until their small town is besieged by bounty hunters out for blood.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Water Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Paul Spakrs, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon

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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

Title:  Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

Director:  Stephen Frears

Location:  MU Law RESERVE   PN1997 .M843 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  TV-14

Length:  97 min.

Plot:  Looks at Muhammad Ali's historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the U.S. judicial system right up to the highest court in the land.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Religion, Supreme Court

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Benjamin Walker, Ed Begley Jr., Peter Gerety, Barry Levinson, John Bedford Lloyd, Fritz Weaver, Harris Yulan, Danny Glover

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Munich

Title:  Munich (2005)

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M86 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  164 minutes

Plot:  It's the 1972 Olympics and PLO terrorists have just kidnapped and murdered 11 Israeli athletes. After the tragic incident is over and several of the terrorists have gone free, the Israeli government of Golda Meir recruits Avner to lead a team of undercover agents to hunt down those responsible throughout Europe, and eliminate them one-by-one. It is physically and emotionally messy work, and conflicts between Avner and his team's handler, Ephraim, over information Avner doesn't want to provide only make things harder. Soon the work starts to take its toll on Avner, especially as it becomes clear that Avner is being hunted in return, and that his family's safety may be in jeopardy.

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

Genre:  Drama, History, Thriller

Cast:  Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Ayelet Zurer, Geoffrey Rush

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Murder in the First

Title:  Murder in the First (1995)

Director:  Marc Rocco

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M872 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  122 minutes

Plot:  A young lawyer defends his client by claiming that inhumane and brutal prison treatment turned him into a murderer.

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

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Christian Slater, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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Murder on a Sunday Morning

Title:  Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Director:  Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M873 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length: 111 minutes

Plot:  When a 15-year-old black male is arrested for the murder of Mary Ann Stephens, everyone involved in the case--from investigators to journalists--is ready to condemn him, except for his public defence lawyer, Patrick McGuiness. A true tale of murder and injustice.

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

Genre:  Crime, Documentary

Cast:  Isabelle Razavet, Helen Blazy, Pascal Vernier, Pagnar Van Leyden

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Murderball

Title:  Murderball (2005)

Director:  Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M8734 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  88 minutes

Plot:  A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it will smash every stereotype you ever had about the disabled.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Documentary, Sport

Cast:  Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Christopher Igoe, Bob Lujano, Joe Soares, Mark Zupan

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Music Box

Title:  Music Box (1989)

Director:  Costa-Gavras

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M87 1998

Format:  DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 126 minutes

Plot:  A gifted attorney must defend her own father against war crimes charges despite her unsettling suspicions about his past.

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

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest, Lukas Haas

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Title:  Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Director:  Frank Lloyd

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M875 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  132 minutes

Plot:  Tale of the ship, Bounty, that sailed a 2 year voyage from England to Tahiti. Terrorized by the captain, Bligh, the crew cowers under his tyranny. One man, Fletcher Christian, initiates a plan to defeat the captain and bring justice to his shipmates.

Legal Angles: Admiralty Law

Genre:  Adventure, Drama, History

Cast:  Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Spring Byington

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My Country, My Country

Title: My Country, My Country (2006)

Director: Laura Poitras

Location:  MU Law RESERVE DS79.76 .M9 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: Not Rated

Length: 90 minutes

Plot: Documentary providing an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. The principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six, and Sunni political candidate who is an outspoken critic of the occupation but passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq. As his waiting room is filled daily with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence, Dr. Riyadh struggles to understand the tragic contradiction of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy through the Middle East.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre: Documentary

Cast: Dr. Riyadh, Peter Towndrow, Carlos Valenzuela, Cpt. Khris Scarcliff

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My Cousin Vinny

Title:  My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Director:  Jonathan Lynn

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M9 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  120 minutes

Plot:  Two carefree pals mistakenly arrested and charged with murder are defended by the cousin of one of them (Vinny), a former auto mechanic of Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny's never been in court and this case quickly turns into a hysterical escapade.

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

Genre:  Comedy, Crime

Cast:  Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

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My Sister's Keeper

Title:  My Sister's Keeper (2009)

Director:  Nick Cassavetes

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M975 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  110 minutes

Plot:  Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donator. Their desperate decision to conceive another child raises both ethical and moral questions and begins to erode their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva, Joan Cusack

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My Week with Marilyn

Title:  My Week with Marilyn (2011)

Director:  Simon Curtis

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .M99 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  99 min.

Plot:  In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. When his diary account was published, one week was missing. This is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

Legal Angles:  Contracts

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Philip Jackson, Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Michael Kitchen, Julia Ormond, Simon Russell Beale, Dougray Scott, Zoë Wanamaker, Emma Watson, Judi Dench.

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Mystic River

Title:  Mystic River (2003)

Director:  Clint Eastwood

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M978 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  138 minutes

Plot:  Boston childhood friends Jimmy, Sean and Dave are reunited after a brutal murder. Reformed convict Jimmy and his devoted wife Annabeth find out that their teenage daughter Katie has been beaten and killed. Jimmy's old friend Sean is the homicide detective assigned to the case. Jimmy gets his relatives, the Savage brothers to conduct their own investigation. Jimmy and Sean soon suspect their old pal Dave, who now lives a quite life, but harbors some disturbing secrets of his own.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Kevin Chapman, Adam Nelson, Tom Guiry

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