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Fahrenheit 9/11

Title: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Director: Michael Moore

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F3474 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 122 minutes

Plot: Through actual footage, interviews, and declassified documents, Michael Moore illustrates the connections President Bush has to the royal house of Saud of Saudia Arabia and the bin Laden's, how the president got elected on fraudulent circumstances and then proceeded to blunder through his duties while ignoring warnings of the looming betrayal by his foreign partners. When the treachery hits with the 9/11 attacks, Moore explains how Bush failed to take immediate action to defend the nation.

Legal Angles: Politics, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre: Documentary, History, War

Cast: Michael Moore, James Baker, Al Gore, Tom Daschle, George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Byron Dorgan, Craig Unger, Jack Cloonan, James Moore, Dan Briody, Carol Ashley, Thomas H. Kean, Rosemary Dillard, Richard Clarke, Martha Brill Olcott, Jim McDermott, Porter Goss, John Conyers, Tammy Baldwin, Lila Lipscomb

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Failing Law Schools

Title:  Failing Law Schools

Director: Massachusetts School of Law: Books of Our Time

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV KF272 .T353 2012

Format: DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  60 min.

Plot:  In this episode of the Massachusetts School of Law's program Books of Our Time; Dean Lawrence R. Velvel talks with renowned jurisprudence scholar Brian Z. Tamanaha about his new and much noted book; Failing Law Schools. The fact that Law school students are faced with ballooning tuition costs combined with the inability to find work upon matriculation has become a problem not only for the students but society as a whole.

Legal Angles: Law School

Genre:  Broadcast Journalism

Cast:  Host:  Lawrence Velvel; Guest: Brian Tamanaha

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Fair Game

Title:  Fair Game (2010)

Director:  Doug Liman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F35 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  Based on the autobiography of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose covert identity was exposed when her husband, retired Ambassador Joe Wilson, wrote a newspaper article challenging the basis for the claim that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Legal Angles: Terrorism, Law of War, Whistleblowing

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, Noah Emmerich, Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill, David Andrews

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The Family

Title:  The Family (2013)

Director:  Luc Besson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F365 2013

Format:    DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  111 min.

Plot:  "A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite Agent Stansfield's ... best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake..., his wife Maggie..., and their children ..., can't help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the 'family' way. Chaos ensues as their former Mafia cronies try to track them down, and scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings"--

Legal Angles:   Criminal Law, Organized Crime (Witness Protection Program)

Genre:  Comedy, Crime Thriller

Cast:  Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Tommy Lee Jones, Jimmy Palumbo, Domenick Lombardozzi, Oisin Stack

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Family Plot

Title: Family Plot (1976)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F36 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 121 minutes

Plot: In his final picture, Hitchcock weaves together suspense and humor in this tongue-in-cheek thriller about a wealthy woman who innocently hires a phony psychic to find her missing heir. The unforgettable all-star cast contributes to an enthralling merry-go-round of mayhem, mystery and murder.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Cast: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Title:  Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Director:  Wes Anderson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F368 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  87 minutes

Plot:  Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristofferson. But after twelve years of quiet domesticity, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken theif, and, in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but also the whole animal community. Trapped underground without enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. In the end, he uses his natural instincts to save his family and friends.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Cast:  George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker

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Fargo

Title: Fargo (1996)

Director: Joel Cohen

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F3746 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 98 minutes

Plot: A midwestern policewoman investigates a series of brutal and interconnected crimes. Steadily, she tightens the net on the killers and their accomplices in a kidnapping scheme gone wildly wrong.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare

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Female

Title: Female (1933)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F671 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: Not Rated

Length: 60 minutes

Plot: Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.

Legal Angles: Labor Law, Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly, Ferdinand Gottschalk

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A Few Good Men

Title: A Few Good Men (1992)

Director: Rob Reiner

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F48 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 138 minutes

Plot: Cruise stars as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator in a politically-explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, they are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor - including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, James Marshall, J.T. Walsh, Kiefer Sutherland, Wolfgang Bodison, Michael DeLorenzo

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The Field

Title: The Field (1990)

Director: Jim Sheridan

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F545 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 107 minutes

Plot: The field is a plot of land in rural Ireland, rented and tended by an old man. When the owner sells the land to an American developer the old man decides to fight the change, regardless of the cost.

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

Genre:  Drama

Cast: Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean, Brenda Fricker, Frances Tomelty, Tom Berenger

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A Fierce Green Fire

Title:  A Fierce Green Fire (2013) 

Director:  Mark Kitchell

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  GE197 .F54 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:   NR

Length:  101 min.

Plot:  Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this Sundance documentary brings to light the vital stories of the environmental movement where people fought, and succeeded, against enormous odds.

Legal Angles:   Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Narrators, Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende, Meryl Streep

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The Fighter

Title:  The Fighter (2010)

Director:  David O. Russell

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F54 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  115 minutes

Plot:  Micky Ward is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky, a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down. However, the bond of blood may be their only chance to redeem their pasts, and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Sport

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

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Find Me Guilty

Title: Find Me Guilty (2006)

Director: Sidney Lumet

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F56 2006

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 125 minutes

Plot: Mobster Jackie Dee DiNorscio tries to strike a bargain with police: a shorter prison term in exchange for ratting on his fellow mobsters. He takes matters in his own hands when he defends himself instead, turning the courtroom upside down.

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

Genre:  Comedy, Crime, Drama

Cast: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Linus Roache, Ron Silver, Anabella Sciorra, Alex Rocco

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The Firm

Title: The Firm (1993)

Director: Sidney Pollack

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F57 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 154 minutes

Plot: A brilliant and ambitious Harvard Law grad joins a small, prosperous law firm in Memphis, and is soon confronted by FBI agents with evidence of corruption and murder within the firm.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Law School, Professional Ethics

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Wilford Brimley, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn

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First Monday in October

Title: First Monday in October (1981)

Director: Ronald Neame

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P577 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 98 minutes

Plot: When the first woman is nominated to the Supreme Court, she butts heads with another judge. They soon learn to respect each other, but through a number of comedic encounters.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Politics, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cast: Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Barnard Hughes, Jan Sterling, James Stephens

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Flesh and Bone

Title: Flesh and Bone (1993)

Director: Steve Kloves

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F547 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 126 minutes

Plot: Some thirty years after Arlis witnesses his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each other, but when his father returns, old wounds are reopened.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Romance

Cast: Dennis Quaid, James Caan, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scott Wilson

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Flight

Title:  Flight (2012)

Director:  Robert Zemeckis

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .F551 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  138 min.

Plot:  A seasoned airline pilot miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on the plane.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Tamara Tunie, Melissa Leo

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Flight of the Red Balloon

Title: Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

Director: Hsia-Hsien Hou

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F58 2008

Format: DVD

Length: 115 minutes

Plot: A young boy who must deal with the increased fragility of his loving but preoccupied mother, finds himself in a unique extended family when a Taiwanese film student helps care for him.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Property Law

Genre:  Drama, Family

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Simon Iteanu, Hippolyte Girardot, Fang Song, Louise Margolin

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