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MU Law Films Guide: Mf-Mm

Michael Clayton

Title:  Michael Clayton (2007)

Director:  Tony Gilroy

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M534 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  119 minutes

Plot:  Michael Clayton is an in-house fixer at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of the law firm Kenner, Bach, & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder, Marty Bach. Burned out with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture, and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class-action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Michael O'Keefe

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Title:  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

Director:  Clint Eastwood

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M53 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  155 minutes

Plot:  When the affable host of an elegant Christmas party shoots a man to death, his friends discover secrets that make them less eager to help with his courtroom defense.

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

Genre:  Comedy, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Kevin Spacey, John Cusack

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Midsomer Murders: Sets 3-10

Title:  Midsomer Murders: Sets 3-10

Director:  Peter Smith, Sarah Hellings, David Tucker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  500 minutes

Plot:  The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Jane Wymark, Laura Howard, Barry Jackson

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Midsomer Murders, Set Four

Title:  Midsomer Murders, Set Four (1998)

Director:  Peter Smith, Sarah Hellings, David Tucker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2004a

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  500 minutes

Plot:  Likable family man Tom Barnaby is the down-to-earth Chief detective for a cluster of idyllic English country villages where some of the rose-covered cottages are home to murderers, thieves, and blackmailers. Barnaby exposes the criminals with the help from his eager young assistant Sargeant Troy and from his supportive wife.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Jane Wymark, Laura Howard, Barry Jackson

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Midsomer Murders, Set Five

Title:  Midsomer Murders, Set Five (1998)

Director: Jeremy Silberston, Baz Taylor

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2004b

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  500 minutes

Plot:  Idyllic country villages harbor sinister secrets in these darkly humorous contemporary mysteries.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Emily Mortimer, John Firth, Anna Massey, Joanna David

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Midsomer Murders, Set Six

Title:  Midsomer Murders, Set Six (2002)

Director:  Sarah Hellings, Peter Smith and Jeremy Silberston

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  500 minutes

Plot:  The cozy villages of Midsomer County reval their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Honor Blackman, Susan Wooldridge, Isla Blair

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Midsomer Murders, Set Seven

Title:  Midsomer Murders, Set Seven (2003)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  400 minutes

Plot:  The cozy villages of Midsomer County reval their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, Daniel Casey, John Hopkins

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Midsomer Murders, Set Eight

Title:  Midsomer Murders, Set Eight (2004)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  300 minutes

Plot:  The cozy villages of Midsomer County reval their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, John Hopkins, Jane Wymark, Laura Howard

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Midsomer Murders, Set Nine

Title:  Midsomer Murders, Set Nine (2004)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2007a

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  400 minutes

Plot:  The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets. A series of grisly murders rocks the village of Fletcher's Cross and local spiritualists fall under suspicion. Barnaby and Scott immerse themselves in the luxurious world of rowing after a murder mars the annual Midsomer Regatta. In the orchid-mad village of Midsomer Malham, Barnaby and Scott must discover who would kill to own an extremely rare specimen. Why did the owner of Bantling Hall bequeath his champion thoroughbred to four Midsomer villagers? The only person who knows doesn't live to tell the tale.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, John Hopkins, Jane Wymark, Laura Howard, Barry Jackson

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Midsomer Murders, Set Ten

Title:  Midsomer Murders, Set Ten (2005)

Director:  Richard Holthouse, Sarah Hellings, Renny Rye

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M538 2007b

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  400 minutes

Plot:  The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets. Second sight: A mysterious death brings Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and his young assistant Sergeant Dan Scott to Midsomer Mere, where villagers claim psychic powers. Hidden depths: Barnaby and Scott face a bizarre crime scene when a local oenophile gets killed by a combination of catapult, croquet, and Chateau Lafite. Sauce for the goose: After a visitor dies while touring Plummer's relish factor, Barnaby and Scott investigate the local food wars. Midsomer rhapsody: Barnaby links a long-decreased local composer with odd events that crescendo to a murderous conclusion.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  John Nettles, John Hopkins, Jane Wymark, Laura Howard

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A Mighty Heart

Title:  A Mighty Heart (2007)

Director:  Michael Winterbottom

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M544 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  Jewish-American journalist, Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan in January of 2002. The violent act became an international scandal as the group that claimed responsibility for the crime demanded the liberation of prisoners from the American detainee prison in Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba. The American government does not give in to the terrorists' demands. Mariane travels to Pakistan and is alone, searching for the most important person in her life. Knowing the odds are against her, holding on to hope becomes all the more complicated when she is surrounded by a chaos that is absolutely inescapable. Yet still, Mariane must remain calm. After all, she is the heart of this operation.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Politics, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan, Archie Panjabi, Will Patton

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The Milagro Beanfield War

Title:  The Milagro Beanfield War (1998)

Director:  Robert Redford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M5742 205

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  118 minutes

Plot:

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Politics

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Chuck Vennera, Ruben Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Julie Carmen, James Gammon, Christopher Walken, Melanie Griffith

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Milk

Title:  Milk (2008)

Director:  Gus Van Sant

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M556 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  129 minutes

Plot:  His life changed history, his courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, becomes a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he is elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977, the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, are shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blames his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Based on the true story of Harvey Milk.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Politics

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella

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Minority Report

Title:  Minority Report (2002)

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M566 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  144 minutes

Plot:  Washington, D.C. has been murder-free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the Pre-crime unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who sets him up.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Action, Crime, Mystery

Cast:  Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max Von Sydow, Lois Smith, Peter Stormare, Tim Blake Nelson, Steve Harris, Kathryn Morris

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Miracle on 34th Street

Title:  Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Director:  George Seaton

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M573 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  96 minutes

Plot:  The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play the department store's Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is.

Legal Angles: Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Family

Cast:  Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall, William Frawley, Jerome Cowan, Philip Tonge

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Mirror, Mirror: Northern Ireland

Title:  Mirror, Mirror, Northern Ireland

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV DA990.U46 M57 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  50 mins.

Plot:  (Blood and Brotherhood series, Part 3) Focuses on the Loyalists of Northern Ireland: Protestant, anti-Catholic, anti-European, anti-Irish, monarchist, they clearly belong to a nation-state--the United Kingdom--yet feel abandoned by the British people, who no longer share their devotion to traditional values. They are, of course, at home in the northern part of Ireland; but they seem most at home when invoking the past to justify their present opinions and singing the kind of nationalistic song which any Serb, Croat or Kurd, German or Ukrainian, French Canadian or Cree would sing to prove his or her blood and belonging.

Legal Angles: Dispute Resolution

Genre:  Documentary

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Les Misérables

Title:  Les Misérables (1935)

Director:  Richard Boleslawski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M574 1988

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  104 minutes

Plot:  Fredric March stars as the heroic Valjean, an ex-convict who rises against all odds from galley slave to mayor. Charles Laughton is Javert, the fanatical police inspector who dedicates his life to recapturing Valjean.

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

Genre:  Drama, History, Romance

Cast:  Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson, Frances Drake, John Beal

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Miss Marple

Title:  Miss Marple (1984)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .M5776 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  420 minutes

Plot:  Based on the novels by Agatha Christie.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trusts & Trustees

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Joan Hickson

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Missing

Title:  Missing (1982)

Director:  Costa-Gavras

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S87

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length: 123 minutes

Plot:  Based on an actual event, the story involves the search by his wife and father for a young American who has disappeared during a South American coup.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre:  Drama, History, Mystery

Cast:  Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

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Mississippi Burning

Title:  Mississippi Burning (1988)

Director:  Alan Parker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G463 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe

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