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Take Shelter

 


Title:  Take Shelter (2011)

Director:  Jeff Nichols

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T3547 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  120 min.

Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, six-year old Hanna. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His inexplicable behavior concerns those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can't compare with Curtis's privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify.

Legal Angles:  Property Law, Torts

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart

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The Taking of Pelham 123

Title:  The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

Director:  Tony Scott

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T355 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  106 minutes

Plot:  New York Metropolitan Transit Authority train dispatcher Walter Garber's day is turned upside down when he must face-off against Ryder, the criminal mind that has hijacked the passengers of subway train, Pelham 1-2-3. Ryder is the leader of a highly-armed gang of four, including a henchman who used to work for the MTA. NYPD Hostage Negotiator Detective Camonetti initially takes charge of the situation, but quickly realizes that Ryder will only deal with Garber. Garber begins to employ his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Law Enforcement

Genre:  Action, Crime, Thriller

Cast:  Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli, James Gandolfini

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A Tale of Two Cities

Title:  A Tale of Two Cities (1980)

Director:  Jim Goddard

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T354 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  162 minutes

Plot:  Indifferent to the plight of France's downtrodden, and pained by unrequited love for Lucie Darnay, London barrister Sydney Carton finds meaning through an act of ultimate sacrifice.

Legal Angles:  International Law & Comparative Law, Politics, Trial Practice, Death Penalty 

Genre:  Drama, History, Romance

Cast:  Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Kenneth More, Barry Morse, Flora Robson, Billie Whitelaw, Alice Krige

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The Talk of the Town

Title:  The Talk of the Town (1942)

Director:  George Stevens

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T3446 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  118 minutes

Plot:  A fugitive, falsely accused of murder, is aided by a schoolteacher and a Supreme Court nominee. The three are forced to become roommates and their unconventional relationship becomes the talk of the town in this madcap romantic comedy.

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

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman

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Tangled

Title:  Tangled (2010)

Director:  Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T364 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  100 min.

Plot:  When the kingdom's most wanted--and most charming--bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law


Genre:  Animation, Comedy, Family

Cast:  Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins, Richard Keil, Delaney Rose Stein

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Tar Creek

                                                            Title:  Tar Creek (2009)

Director:  Matt Myers

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV TD1042.O52 T37 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  95 min.

"This environmental documentary examines the Tar Creek Superfund Site, a stretch of Oklahoma heartland that has long been profoundly damaged by zinc and lead mining. The piece looks back as far as 100 years into Tar Creek's history (when the U.S. government removed Native Americans from the land), and traces the many offenses that have been committed against the area and its people over the past century" -- Carly Wray, All Movie Guide

Legal Angles: Environmental Law

Genre:  Documentary, Drama

Cast:  John Fazier, Earl Hatley, Matt Myers (narrator), Bob Nairn, Mark Osborn, John Sparkman

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The Tell-Tale Heart

Title:  The Tell-Tale Heart (1971)

Director:  Scott Mansfield

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T454 1991

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  25 minutes

Plot:  A murderer recounts the bizarre details of his crimes against "the old man with the evil eye."

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Drama, Horror, Short

Cast:  Alex Cord, Sam Jaffe, Ed Binns, Dennis Cross, Dan Desmond

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The Terminal

Title:  The Terminal (2004)

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T376 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  128 minutes

Plot:  Viktor is a simple man with a mission who finds himself entrapped in JKF airport after the accidental loss of his country to villainous coup. He becomes a man without a country and is stuck in at the airport's international terminal with no visa, and is instructed that he is not allowed to leave. Slowly he encounters airport workers who come to his aid by mutual coercion. Gupta the hilarious Indian custodian; Enrique who transports food; Torres the security clerk and Mulroy. Viktor eventually falls for a stewardess who has spent her life waiting for the right man to come along.

Legal Angles: Immigration, International Law & Comparative Law 

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna

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Terror's Advocate

Title:  Terror's Advocate (2007)

Director:  Barbet Schroeder

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T476 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  137 minutes

Plot:  A look at Jacques Verges, a lawyer known for not only defending and later marrying a known bomber, but also for winning cases for known Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy and Nazi criminal Klaus Barbie.

Legal Angles: Professional Ethics, Terrorism, War

Genre:  Biography, Documentary, History

Cast:  Jacques Vergès

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Tess

Title:  Tess (1979)

Director:  Roman Polanski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T477 1990

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  190 minutes

Plot:  The adventures of a poor farm girl who goes to live with wealthy relatives and is seduced by a cousin.

Legal Angles:  International Law & Comparative Law, Trusts & Estates, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Property Law, Death Penalty 

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Nastassia Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson

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Thank You for Smoking

Title:  Thank You for Smoking (2005)

Director:  Jason Reitman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T436 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  92 minutes

Plot:  Nick Naylor is a sexy, smart and charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who will fight to protect American's right to smoke. At the same time he is trying to maintain the idea of a perfect role model for his 12-year-old son. When Nick incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, Nick's powers of "filtering the truth" will be put to the test.

Legal Angles:  Business & Corporate Law, Government & Politics, Administrative Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility 

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall

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There Will Be Blood

Title:  There Will Be Blood (2008)

Director:  Paul Thomas Anderson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T44 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  158 minutes

Plot:  A down-and-out silver miner raising a son, self-made oilman Daniel Plainview has a voracious appetite for oil and it turns him into a California tycoon in the early years of the 20th century. Getting the oil from the ground is an intensely physical process that later broadens into Plainview's equally indomitable urge to control land and power. Along the way, Plainview deals with a mighty derrick fire, a visit from a long-lost brother, the ongoing involvement of Plainview's poker-faced adoptive son, and Plainview's rivalry with Eli Sunday, the local preacher.

Legal Angles:  Natural Resources Law, Property Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Daniel Day-Lewis, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciarán Hinds, Dillon Freasier, Barry Del Sherman, Paul F. Tompkins

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The Thin Blue Line

Title:  The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Director:  Errol Morris

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T45 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  102 minutes

Plot:  Academy Award winner Errol Morris broke new ground with this riveting film that dramatically reenacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas. So powerful and convincing that it helped free an innocent man from prison, The Thin Blue Line is one of the finest documentary films ever made. On a cold night in November 1976, when drifter Randall Dale Adams was picked up by a teenage runaway David Harris, his fate was sealed. Later that night, a police officer was shot in cold blood. And though all the facts pointed to Harris, a sociopath with a legenthy rap sheet, Adams was convicted of capital murder. Did Adams pull the trigger? And if not, can Morris unlock the secrets of this baffling case?

Legal Angles:  Wrongful Convictions, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Juvenile Law

Genre:  Crime, Documentary, Mystery

Cast:  NA

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The Third Man

Title:  The Third Man (1949)

Director:  Carol Reed

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T457 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  93 minutes

Plot:  Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market.

Legal Angles:  International Law & Comparative Law, Immigration & Emigration, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Joseph Cotton, Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

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This is 40

Title:  This is 40 (2012)

Director:  Judd Apatow

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T4575 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  134 min.

"After years of marriage, Pete and Debbie are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. ..."

Legal Angles:   Embezzlement, Negligence during a bike/SUV collision.

Genre:  Comedy

Cast:  Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Graham Parker, Michael Ian Black, Chris O'Dowd, Lena Dunham, Tom Everett, John Lithgow, Lisa Darr, Wyatt Russell, Melissa McCarthy, Billie Joe Armstrong, Phil Hendrie, Ryan Adams, Joanne Baron, Ryan Lee

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This Must be the Place

Title:  This Must be the Place (2011)

Director:  Paolo Sorrentino

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T4576 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  118 min.

Plot:  A retired rock star,living in Ireland, learns that his father is close to death, and travels to New York to make peace. He then embarks on a quest to find his father's nemesis and persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal taking refuge in the U.S.

Legal Angles:  Revenge, Nazi Death Camps, Genocide

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Sean Penn, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten, David Byrne, Frances McDormand

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Thor

Title:  Thor (2011)

Director:  Kenneth Branagh

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T467 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  115 min.

Plot:  When the arrogant warrior Thor is banished to Earth from his homeworld of Asgard, he must fight to reclaim his lost powers. Pursued by an invasion force sent to destroy him, the fallen God of Thunder must rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero.

Legal Angles:  Search and Seizure without a Warrant.

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Cast:  Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Joshua Dallas, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

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A Thousand Acres

Title:  A Thousand Acres (1997)

Director:  Jocelyn Moorhouse

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T46 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  105 minutes

Plot:  Follows the saga of the Cook family. Cook's kingdom is a fertile farm that spans 1,000 acres, but the seeds of its destruction are sown when the patriarch, Larry Cook, impulsively decides to distribute it among his three daughters, Ginny, Rose, and Caroline.

Legal Angels:  Property Law, Business Organizations & Corporate Law, Lawyering, Family Violence, Incest

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Colin Firth, Keith Carradine, Kevin Anderson, Pat Hingle, Jason Robards

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Three Days of the Condor

Title:  Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Director:  Sydney Pollack

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T474 1999

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  117 minutes

Plot:  A CIA agent who is on the run from a mass slaughter in his research office suddenly finds himself the target of both his employers and the unknown killers of his associates.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Law of War, Military Law, National Security, Whistleblowing

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Romance

Cast:  Robert Redford, Cliff Robertson, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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Three on a Match

Title:  Three on a Match (1932)

Director:  Mervyn Leroy

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F671 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  63 minutes

Plot:  Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis

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3:10 to Yuma

Title:  3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Director:  James Mangold

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .A1 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  122 minutes

Plot:  Arizona in the late 1800s. Infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail, and dangers at every turn, the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny.

Legal Angles:  Agriculture & Animal Law, Property Law, Dispute ResolutionCriminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, Vinessa Shaw, Alan Tudyk, Luce Rains, Gretchen Mol, Lennie Loftin, Rio Alexander, Johnny Whitworth

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A Time to Kill

Title:  A Time to Kill (1996)

Director:  Joel Schumacher

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T56 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  149 minutes

Plot:  A small-town lawyer is hired to defend a man who is accused of killing the men who raped his daughter.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Lawyering, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, Death Penalty 

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Donald Sutherland

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Title:  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Director:   Tomas Alfredson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T565 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 min.

Plot:  At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own. Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone's motives are in question.

Legal Angles:  The British Official Secrets Act and D Notices, Comparative Law, National Security

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Thriller   

Cast:  Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch

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Titicut Follies

Title:  Titicut Follies (1967)

Director:  Frederick Wiseman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV  HV8742.U52 T59 1967b

Format:  DVD

Rating:  UR

Length:  84 min.

Plot:  Filmed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater, this documentary shows harsh scenes of the life and treatment of the criminally insane inmates. Shows scenes of the daily life of the men, interspersed with shots from the inmates' talent show.

Legal Angles:  Mental Health Law

Genre: Documentary, Drama

Cast:  - -

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