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Daddy & Papa

Title:  Daddy & Papa (2002)

Director:  Johnny Symons

Location:  MU Law RESERVE HQ75.28.U6 D33 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  57 minutes

Plot:  A documentary exploring the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who are making a decision that is at once traditional and revolutionary: to raise children themselves. Taking us inside four gay male families, this documentary traces the critical issues that inevitably intersect their private lives, the ambiguous place of interracial families in America, the wonder and precariousness of surrogacy and adoption, the complexities of marriage and divorce within the gay community, and the legality of their own parenthood.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  NA

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Dallas Buyers Club

Title:  Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Director:  Jean-Marc Vallee

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D355 2014  DVD copy

                MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D355 2014  Blu-ray copy
                        
Format:    DVD & Blu-ray

Rating:     R

Length:   117 min.

Plot:   Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Shunned and ostracized by many old friends and bereft of government-approved medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful "buyers' club."

Legal Angles: Health Care Law, Public Safety

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O'Neill, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Kevin Rankin, Donna Duplantier

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The Dancer Upstairs

Title:  The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Director:  John Malkovich

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D363 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  133 minutes

Plot:  As a Latin American nation nears collapse, idealistic policeman Agustin Rejas faces his greatest challenge: to catch the mysterious terrorist leader Ezequiel. Mass panic sets in as the terrorist attacks become more ferocious, and Rejas finds himself drawn to Yolanda, his daughter's beautiful ballet teacher. As the search for Ezequil comes nearer, he and Yolanda must choose between love, country or self.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Politics

Genre:  Crime, DramaThriller

Cast:  Javier Bardem, Juan Diego Botto, Laura Morante, Elvira Mínguez, Alexandra Lencastre, Oliver Cotton, Luis Miguel Cintra, Javier Manrique, Abel Folk, Marie-Anne Berganza

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The Dark Knight

Title: The Dark Knight (2008)

Director:  Christopher Nolan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D37 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  153 minutes

Plot:  With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman raises the stakes on his war on crime and sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. The Joker, whose eerie grin and laughter characterize his emotional and mental instability, becomes a dangerous adversary that Batman seeks to stop at all costs.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Executive Branch, Trial Practice

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman

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The Dark Knight Rises

Title:  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Director:  Christopher Nolan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D373 2012

Format:   DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  165 min.

Plot:  It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent,  the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the  weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Tort

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Modine, Ben Mendelsohn, Burn Gorman

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Dave

Title:  Dave (1993)

Director:  Ivan Reitman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D384 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  110 min.

Plot:  An uncanny Presidential lookalike is recruited as a momentary stand-in for America's Chief Executive. However, things don't turn out exactly as planned and Dave finds himself continuing the masquerade indefinitely.-

Legal Angles:   Corruption, Executive Branch

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley

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Dead Man Down

   Title:  Dead Man Down (2013)

   Director:  Niels Arden Oplev

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D43373 2013

   Format:  DVD

   Rating:  R

   Length:  118 min.

   Plot:  In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is blackmailed by a woman seeking retribution, which complicates his own dark agenda.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Organized Crime, Vigilantism

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, F. Murray Abraham, Armand Assante, Isabelle Huppert

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Dead Man Walking

Title: Dead Man Walking (1995)

Director: Tim Robbins

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D43 1999

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 122 minutes

Plot: Based on the bestselling book, this film tells of convicted killer Matthew Poncelet and Sister Helen Prejean, his spiritual advisor. "The journey they will undertake in search of the truth, is as powerful and profound as you are ever likely to witness on screen."

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky

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Deadly Matrimony

Title: Deadly Matrimony (1992)

Director: John Korty

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D43 1996

Format: VHS

Rating: NR

Length: 182 minutes

Plot: A true crime drama in which a powerful attorney weaves a web of murder and corruption reaching the highest levels of the Chicago Police Department and judicial system.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast: Brian Dennehy, Treat Williams, Embeth Davidtz

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Dear White People

     Title:  Dear White People (2014)

      Director:  Justin Simien, Adriana Serrano

      Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D437 2015

      Format:  DVD

      Rating:  R

      Length:  108 min.

      Plot:  A sharp and funny comedy about a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial boundaries at a predominately white college. A sly, provocative satire about being a black face in a white place.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights, Diversity, Education Law, Social Justice

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Brittany Elizabeth Curran, Justin Dobies, Marque Richardson II, Malcolm Barret, Dennis Haysbert, Peter Syversten, Brandon Alter, Terry Hempleman, Sungmi, Ashley Blaine Fetherson, Baratunde Thurston, Craig Stepp, Nia Jervier, Brian James, Craig Stepp, Michelle Wong

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Title:  Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Director:  Kurt Kuenne

Location: MU Law RESERVE HV6535.C3 D43 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NA

Length:  95 minutes

Plot:  Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne begins making a film for Zachary, son of his oldest friend who was murdered by Zachary's mother. The film's focus shifts to Zachary's grandparents as they fight to win custody of Zachary from the woman who took their son's life.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Documentary, Drama

Cast:  Kathleen Bagby, David Bagby, Kurt Kuenne

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Death of a Salesman

Title: Death of a Salesman (1985)

Director: Volker Schlondorff

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D4 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 130 minutes

Plot: A social drama about an ageing travelling salesman who recognizes the emptiness of his life and commits suicide.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Charles Durning, Kate Reid, Stephen Lang, John Malkovich, Louis Zorich, David S. Chandler, Jon Polito, Kathy Rossetter, Tom Signorelli, Linda Kozlowski, Karen Needle, Anne McIntosh, Michael Quinlan

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Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country

Title:  Deep Down:  A Story from the Heart of Coal Country  (2010)

Director:  Jennifer Gilomen, Sally Rubin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV TD195.C58 D44 2010

Format:  DVD 

Rating:   N.A.

Length:  57 min.

Plot:  Neighbors and friends living in a small eastern Kentucky community find themselves on opposite sides of a debate over the activities of a coal mining company conducting mountaintop removal mining in their backyards.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law, Property Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Beverly May and Terry Ratliff

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The Deep End

Title:  The Deep End (2001)

Director:  Scott McGehee, David Siegel

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .E447 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  101 min.

Plot:  The life of a well organized and responsible mother descends into danger after she discovers her son's boyfriend's body on the beach of their Lake Tahoe home.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Evidence

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Josh Lucas, Raymond J.Barry

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The Defender

Title: The Defender (1957)

Director: Robert Mulligan

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D44 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 120 minutes

Plot: In this two-part special, Steve McQueen plays a man on trial for murder defended by Ralph Bellamy and William Shatner.

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

Genre: Drama

Cast: Ralph Bellamy, Martin Balsam, Steven McQueen, William Shatner, Ian Wolfe

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Defending Gideon

Title:  Defending Gideon (2013)

Director:  Rebecca Richman Cohen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV  KF9646 .D44 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  30 min.

Plot:  This documentary deals with the landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright, which guarantees poor defendants the right to counsel in criminal cases. It also presents contemporary portraits of legal injustice.

Legal Angles: Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Documentary, Short.

Cast:  Martin Sheen, narrator

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Defiance

Title:  Defiance (2008)

Director:  Edward Zwick

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D445 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  137 min.

Plot:  The deep forests of Poland and Belarus are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests to undertake the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of Polish Jews fleeing from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold, unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into powerful freedom fighters. Based on true events.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Human Rights

Genre:  Action, Drama, History

Cast:  Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein, Tomas Arana, Jodhi May, Kate Fahy, Iddo Goldberg, Iben Hjejle, Martin Hancock, Ravil Isyanov, Jacek Koman, George MacKay, Jonjo O'Neill, Sam Spruell, Mia Wasikowska

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Deliver Us from Evil

Title:  Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Director:  Amy Berg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE BX1912.9 .D45 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  104 minutes

Plot:  A documentary on confessed pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady and attempts by the Catholic Church to cover up his actions. Includes interviews with O'Grady and his victims.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Documentary

Cast:  NA

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The Departed

Title: The Departed (2006)

Director: Martin Scorsese 

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D473 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 151 minutes

Plot: In South Boston, the state police force are waging a war on Irish-American organized crime. Undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate, which is run by gangland chief Frank Costello. Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence. Colin Sullivan is a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate. Colin is rising to a position of power within the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly thrust into danger. Afraid of being caught and exposed to the enemy, they each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Corrigan

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The Descendants

Title:  The Descendants (2011)

Director:  Alexander Payne

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D474 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  115 min.

Plot:  Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Legal Angles: Estates & Trusts, Trusts & Trustees, Property Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer.

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Desperate Housewives: Seasons 5 & 6

Title:  Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season (2009)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D476 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  1032 minutes

Plot:  The ladies of Wisteria Lane have more shocking mysteries to unveil. These housewives are not always as they seem. New mysteries will bind true friendship with a balance of humor.

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

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker, Nicollette Sheridan, Dana Delaney

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The Devil's Advocate

Title: The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Director: Taylor Hackford

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D485 1998

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 144 minutes

Plot: Hotshot attorney Kevin Lomax's 64-0 case record has brought him a tempting offer from an elite New York firm. But the job Lomax accepts isn't what it seems. The Devil is in the details.

Legal Angles: Lawyering, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron

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The Devil and Daniel Webster

Title: The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

Director: William Dieterle

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D48 1941

Format: VHS

Rating: NR

Length: 107 minutes

Plot: A 19th Century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with the Devil for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract.

Legal Angles: Lawyering, Trial Practice

Genre: Comedy, Drama, History

Cast: Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, James Craig, Anne Shirley, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon, Gene Lockhart

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The Devil Came on Horseback

Title: The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

Director: Annie Sundberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE DT159.6.D27 D48 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 85 minutes

Plot: This powerful and original film exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness, former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, who has since returned to the U.S. to take action to stop it.

Legal Angles: War, Terrorism & Genocide

Genre: Documentary

Cast: N/A

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Devil in a Blue Dress

Title:  Devil in a Blue Dress  (1995)

Director:  Carl Franklin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D485 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  102 min.

Plot:  Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a decorated war hero who returns home to work as a private eye. His job of finding a missing socialite puts him between the white power elite and the vibrant black commumnity of Central Avenue. As soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse find Daphne Monet, trouble follows.

Legal Angles: Police Corruption

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Beals, Tom Sizemore, Maury Chaykin

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Dexter: The First Season

Title:  Dexter: The First Season (2006)

Director:  James Manos, Jr

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1992.77 .D49847 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  10 hours, 50 minutes

Plot:  Dexter Morgan is a Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Forensic Science, Lawyering, Trial Practice, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar

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Dexter: The Second Season

Title:  Dexter: The Second Season (2007)

Director:  Tony Goldwyn

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D50 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  10 hours, 36 minutes

Plot:  Dexter is back, struggling between his love for killing and his job in the homicide department.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Forensic Science, Lawyering, Trial Practice, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Keith Carradine, Michael C. Hall, Erik King, James Remar

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Dexter: The Third Season

Title:  Dexter: The Third Season

Director:  Keith Gordon

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D50 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  10 hours, 48 minutes

Plot:  Dexter is back with a new take on taking life. He is ready to put the past behind him, until a high-profile case puts him in the sights of powerful Assistant DA Miguel Prado, and the pressure might be too great for even Dexter to hack.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Forensic Science, Lawyering, Trial Practice, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar, Erik King

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Dexter: The Fourth Season

Title:  Dexter: The Fourth Season (2009)

Director:  Marcos Siega

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D50 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  10 hours, 53 minutes

Plot:  America's favorite serial killer has gone from freewheeling bachelor to responsible husband and doting dad. Maintaining an average-guy facade while satisfying his need to kill has never been easy. But now, with wife and kids in tow, Dexter's got more to lose than ever, as he gets drawn into a deadly game with a killer every bit as dangerous and conflicted as he is.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Forensic Science, Lawyering, Trial Practice, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Michael C. Hall, James Remar, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee

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