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Wag the Dog

Title:  Wag the Dog (1997)

Director:  Barry Levinson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W34 1998

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  97 minutes

Plot:  When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, "Mr. Fix-it" decides they need a war to distract the public's attention and he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it.

Legal Angles:  Politics, Media Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin, Kirsten Dunst

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Waitress

Title:  Waitress (2007)

Director: Adrienne Shelly

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 W36 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  Jenna, a waitress at a small-town cafe, has a gift for making great pies. Seeking to make a better life for herself, she decides to compete for a $25,000 baking prize. An obnoxious husband, a potential pregnancy, and a handsome stranger provide further challenges.

Legal Angles:  Domestic Violence, Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith

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Walk the Line

Title:  Walk the Line (2005)

Director:  James Mangold

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W3558 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  135 minutes

Plot:  Traces Johnny Cash's childhood, including his distant father to his early attempts at a music career. At this point in his life he marries his girlfriend Vivian. During a tour with singer/musicians Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, he encounters singer June Carter, and his love for her, and her rejection of him through the years, spurs him into drugs, drinking, and depression. June is both a sassy spitfire singer whose charm breaks hearts and eventually becomes a sympathetic friend who tries to help Johnny get over her. A true love story of two country music stars.

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

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Music

Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Larry Bagby, Shelby Lynne, Tyler Hilton, Waylon Payne, Shooter Jennings

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Wall Street

Title:  Wall Street (1987)

Director:  Oliver Stone

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W355 1987

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  126 minutes

Plot:  A behind-the-scenes look at big business in the 1980s, an ambitious young broker is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage.

Legal Angles:  Business Law, Professional Ethics, Securities, White Collar Crime

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, Hal Holbrook, Sean Young

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Wall Street Cowboy

Title:  Wall Street Cowboy (1939)

Director:  Joseph Kane

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W357 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  66 minutes

Plot:  Roy and Gabby travel to the Big City and tangle with courtroom lawyers when a crooked cartel of stock marketeers hope to swindle Rogers out of his ranch. It seems that his property is rich with the valuable mineral molybdenum, which the villains want to use for their steel-mining activities.

Legal Angles:  Business Law, Natural Resources Law, Property Law, Securities, Torts, Trial Practice

Genre:  Western

Cast:  Roy Rogers, George (Gabby) Hayes, Raymond Hatton, Pierre Watkin

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Title:  Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Director:  Oliver Stone

Location: MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .W35 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  132 minutes

Plot:  Following a lengthy prison term, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside looking in at a world he once commanded. Hoping to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie, Gekko forges an alliance with her fiancé, Jake. But Winnie and Jake learn the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

Legal Angles:  Business Law, Professional Ethics, Securities, White Collar Crime

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon

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The War Room

Title:  The War Room (1993)

Director:  Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W37 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  96 minutes

Plot:  Documentary about the Clinton presidential campaign, from the New Hampshire primary to the victory party 10 months later. At the center are the two men most responsible for Clinton's victory- James Carville, the campaign manager, and George Stephanopoulos, the communications director. This is a compelling portrait of the two men and the skill and determination required to bring about a victory.

Legal Angles:  Politics

Genre:  Documentary, History

Cast:  James Carville, George Stephanopoulos

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The War of the Roses

Title:  The War of the Roses (1989)

Director:  Danny DeVito

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W376 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  116 minutes

Plot:  A perfect 18-year marriage suddenly becomes unglued. Rather than just get divorced, Oliver and Barbara Rose declare war, fighting to the bitter end over their huge mansion and every possession in it. Not even the calculating guidance of Oliver's lawyer can stop this uncompromising twosome as their vicious battle sends them on an increasingly dark and dangerous path.

Legal Angles:  Client Counseling, Family Law, Professional Ethics, Property Law

Genre:  Comedy

Cast:  Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Marianne Sägebrecht, Peter Donat, Heather Fairfield, Sean Astin, G.D. Spradlin

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We are Marshall

Title:  We are Marshall (2006)

Director:  Joseph McGinty Nichol

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W437 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  131 minutes

Plot:  The inspiring story of how a small town in West Virginia, steeped in the rich tradition of college football, struggled to cope with a devastating loss and restore their community after one of the worst disasters in the history of American sports. On the evening of Saturday, November 14, 1970, a chartered jet carrying Marshall University's football team, coaches and fans, was on its way home from a hard-fought game in North Carolina. Less than a minute before its scheduled landing at Tri-State Airport, the plane crashed in the Appalachian Mountains, killing everyone aboard: 37 players, eight coaches and university staff, the flight crew, and 25 prominent Huntington citizens. They find hope and strength in the leadership of outsider Jack Lengyel, a young coach determined to rebuild Marshall's football program. Less than a year after the crash, on September 18, 1971, Marshall University was poised to stage one of the greatest comebacks in collegiate sports.

Legal Angles:  Sports Law

Genre:  Drama, Sport

Cast:  Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn, Ian McShane, Kate Mara, January Jones, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Arlen Escarpeta, Robert Patrick, Brian Geraghty, Tommy Cresswell

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We Bought a Zoo

Title:  We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Director:  Cameron Crowe

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .W436 2012

Format: DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  124 min.

Plot:  Adapted from a memoir by Benjamin Mee, the story of how the author,  and his children cope with a newly purchased, dilapidated zoo.

Legal Angles:  Animal Law


Genre:  Drama, Family

Cast:  Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Elle Fanning, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, John Michael Higgins, Angus MacFadyen, Peter Riegert

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Title:  We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Director:  Lynne Ramsay

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .W4644 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  112 min.

Plot:  A psychological thriller explores the fractious relationship between a mother and her evil son. From the mother's point of view of her contending with the increasing malevolence of her baby boy-turned-teenager. The father is the eternally optimistic husband and father, blind to the devastating dynamic around them. The mother explores nature versus nurture on a disturbing new level as her culpability is measured against her son's depravity.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Juvenile Law: Explores Nurture vs. Nature, and a parent's grappling with the reasons for a sociopathic son's acts of extreme violence.

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Alex Manette, Jasper Newell, Ashley Gerasimovich

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Wedding Crashers

Title:  Wedding Crashers (2005)

Director:  David Dobkin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W43 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  128 minutes

Plot:  John and Jeremy are single guys in their mid-30s who mediate divorces in D.C. Their summer social life consists of wedding crashing in order to meet young women for a one-night stand. As John thinks about growing up, Jeremy convinces him to go to one more wedding, this one is for the daughter of the Treasury Secretary. Each catches the eye of a bridesmaid, who happen to be daughters of the host. Jeremy quickly scores with Gloria, who proves to be a psycho clinger. John, on the other hand, wants real romance with Claire, but she has a boyfriend. Now John needs to convince Jeremy to stick around long enough so he can woo Claire. John has one more problem to deal with - telling Claire the truth about himself before someone else does.

Legal Angles:  Dispute Resolution, Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, Ellen Albertini Dow, Keir O'Donnell, Bradley Cooper

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The West Wing: The Complete First Season

  Title:  The West Wing: The Complete First Season (1999)

  Director:  Alex Graves

  Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W477 2003

  Format:  DVD

  Rating:  NR

  Length:  957 minutes

Plot:  Headed by President Josiah Bartlet, demonstrates that office politics are the same everywhere; things just have greater repercussions when your office happens to be the White House. Stories surround the President; his deputy communications director Sam Seaborn; his beleaguered press secretary, C.J. Cregg; the chief of staff, recovering boozehound Leo McGarry, who sacrifices his marriage to his career. Among the global crises Bartlet must finesse are a nuclear showdown between India and Pakistan, an American plane shot down by terrorists, and another downed U.S. plane in Iraq.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Executive Branch, Media Law, Military Law, Politics

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  John Spencer, Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Moira Kelly, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford

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The West Wing: The Complete Second Season

Title:  The West Wing: The Complete Second Season (2000)

Director:  Thomas Schlamme, Chris Misiano

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W477 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  954 minutes

Plot:  The President and staff have been targeted for disruption by rival politicians, soon after being targeted by would-be assassins. The President heads through midterm elections and into a crisis that leads to allegations of criminal conduct.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Executive Branch, Media Law, Military Law, Politics

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford

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The West Wing: The Complete Third Season

   Title:  The West Wing: The Complete Third Season (2001)

   Director:  Thomas Schlamme, Chris Misiano

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W477 2003

   Format:  DVD

   Rating:  NR

   Length:  954 minutes

The 22-episode third season whose storylines include the investigation into the alleged cover-up of President Barlet's illness, the early bid for a second term and confrontations with global terrorism. Reel- and real-life events profoundly intersect in the historic Isaac and Ishmael episode made in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. And must-see bonus features include a special The West Wing look at the executive branch featuring interviews with former U.S. Presidents and staff.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Executive Branch, Media Law, Military Law, Politics

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Stockard Channing, Martin Sheen

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The West Wing: The Complete Fourth Season

Title:  The West Wing: The Complete Fourth Season (2002)

Director:  Thomas Schlamme, Chris Misiano

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W477 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  1000 minutes

Plot:  Follow the re-election of President Bartlet to his second term and some crises both during and after the election in this 22-episode fourth season.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Executive Branch, Media Law, Military Law, Politics

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing

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The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season

Title:  The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season (2003)

Director:  Thomas Schlamme, Chris Misiano

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W477 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  946 minutes

Plot:  Follow the drama when the government is temporarily passed from a Democratic administration to the Republican Speaker of the House, as President Bartlet copes with the kidnapping of his youngest daughter Zoey.

Genre:  Drama

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Executive Branch, Media Law, Military Law, Politics

Cast:  Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford

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The West Wing: The Complete Sixth Season

Title:  The West Wing: The Complete Sixth Season (2004)

Director:  Thomas Schlamme, Chris Misiano

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W477 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  949 minutes

Plot:  The presidential race is on, with Senator Arnold Vinick as the Republican frontrunner and Matthew Santos vying for the hotly contested Democratic presidential nomination.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Executive Branch, Media Law, Military Law, Politics

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Martin Sheen, Alan Alda, Jimmy Smits, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford

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The West Wing: The Complete Seventh Season

Title:  The West Wing: The Complete Seventh Season (2005)

Director:  Thomas Schlamme, Chris Misiano

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W477 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  957 minutes

Plot:  This season chronicles the transition between the administration of President Bartlet and the race for the new presidency between Congressman Santos and Senator Vinick.

Legal Angles: Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Executive Branch, Media Law, Military Law, Politics

Cast:  Alan Alda, Stockard Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Jimmy Smits, Martin Sheen

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