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Al Capone (1959)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. B&W
Plot: History of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era.
Cast: Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, James Gregory, Martin Balsam. Directed by Richard Wilson.
Categories:  Banking  Organized Crime  Justice

Law movies
Arbitrage (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: The error of a New York hedge-fund magnate throws his life into a tailspin and threatens the future of his financial empire.
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki.
Categories:  Drama  Banking  Fraud

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Bamako (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: During the course of a typical day in Mali, a historic trial against world financial institutions is taking place in a residential courtyard. In French and Bambara with English subtitles.
Cast: Aïssa Maïa, Tiécoura Traoré, Hélène Diarra, Habib Dembélé, Djénéba Koné, Danny Glover. Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako.
Categories:  International  Banking  Politics

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Bank Dick, The (1940)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  72 min. B&W
Plot: An unemployed, henpecked drunk unwittingly captures a bank robber.
Cast: W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Evelyn Del Rio, Jessie Ralph, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard. Directed by Edward F. Cline.
Categories:  Comedy  Banking  Criminal Law

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Betting on Zero (2016)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: Follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.
Cast: William Ackman as himself. Directed by Ted Brown.
Categories:  Documentary  Business  Banking

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Capital (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: A newly appointed CEO of a giant European investment bank works to hold on to his power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy out his company.
Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Liya Kebede, Celine Sallette. Directed by Costa-Gavras.
Categories:  Drama  Foreign  Banking

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Chasing Madoff (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  91 min. 
Plot: A look at how one investigator spent ten years trying to expose Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that scammed an estimated $18 billion from investors.
Cast: Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, Neil Chelo, Gaytri Kachroo, Michael Ocrant. Directed by Jeff Prosserman.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Banking

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Field of Dreams (1989)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 107 min. 
Plot: Inspired by a mysterious voice, a farmer constructs a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Timothy Busfield. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson.
Categories:  Drama  Sports  Banking

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In Debt We Trust:: America Before the Bubble Burst (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD   min. 
Plot: Suggests corrupt practices by financial and government institutions are fostering citizens' dependence on credit while creating a ballooning debt towards fiscal disaster.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Danny Schechter.
Categories:  Documentary  Banking  Economics

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Inside Job (2010)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.
Cast: Narrated by Matt Damon; featuring Paul Volcker, George Soros, Eliot Spitzer, Barney Frank, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. . Directed by Charles Ferguson.
Categories:  Documentary  Banking  Fraud

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  130 min. B&W
Plot: A beleaguered businessman at the end of his rope is given a chance to see what the world would be like if he had never been born.
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame,. Directed by Frank Capra.
Categories:  Banking  Bankruptcy  Corporations

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Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: Documentary on rock singer Janis Joplin, with her own words telling much of the story through a series of letters she wrote home over the years.
Cast: Interviews with musicians P!nk, Kris Kristofferson, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Weir, Juliette Lewis. Directed by Amy Borg.
Categories:  Documentary  Banking  Musical

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Lavender Hill Mob, The (1951)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  81 min. B&W
Plot: A timid bank clerk devises a perfect scheme to steal gold from the Bank of England.
Cast: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass. Directed by Charles Crichton.
Categories:  Drama  Comedy  Banking

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Lookout, The (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: A once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down by a tragic accident tries to maintain a normal life by taking a job as a janitor at a bank, however he ultimately finds himself caught up in a heist.
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, Isla Fisher, Carla Gugino. Directed by Scott Frank.
Categories:  Banking  Criminal Law

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Margin Call (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Cast: Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons. Directed by J. C. Chandor.
Categories:  Drama  Ethics  Banking

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Mary Poppins (1964)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  139 min. 
Plot: A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.
Cast:  Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Reta Shaw, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Ed Wynn, Jane Darwell. Directed by Robert Stevenson.
Categories:  Family  Domestic Relations  Banking

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers' beloved book, Mary Poppins.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman. Directed by John Lee Hancock.
Categories:  Banking  Family  Entertainment

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Small Time Crooks (2000)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.
Cast: Woody Allen, Tony Darrow, Hugh Grant, George Grizzard,Tracy Ullman. Directed by Woody Allen.
Categories:  Comedy  Banking  Criminal Law

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Steve Jobs (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  122 min. 
Plot: Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston. Directed by Danny Boyle.
Categories:  Banking  Drama  Business

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Too Big to Fail (2011)
Rated:  NC-17  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: Offers a look at the financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful people who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks.
Cast: James Woods, William Hurt, Cynthia Nixon, Paul Giamatti, Edward Asner. Directed by Curtis Hanson.
Categories:  Drama  History  Banking

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Trading Places (1983)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Jamie Lee Curtis. Directed by John Landis.
Categories:  Comedy  Banking  Ethics

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