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127 Hours (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: True story of a thrill-seeker's adventure in a remote Utah canyon becomes the challenge of a lifetime.
Cast: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Kate Burton. Directed by Danny Boyle.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Health  Biography

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41 (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: Explores the life and careers of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Jeffrey Roth.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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42 (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: The life story of Jackie Robinson.
Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, Chadwick Boseman. Directed by Brian Helgeland.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Sports

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51 Birch Street (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: A personal documentary that explores a universal human question: how much about your parents do you really want to know?
Cast: Doug Block, Mike Block, Mina Block. Directed by Doug Block.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Family

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Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  110 min. B&W
Plot: A chronicle of Lincoln's childhood in the backwoods of Illinois all the way to his phenomenal rise to prominence as President Elect.
Cast: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard. Directed by John Cromwell.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Government

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Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1977)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: A band of Spanish conquistadors go up the Amazon in search of gold. In German with English subtitles.
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra, Peter Berling. Directed by Werner Herzog.
Categories:  Foreign  Biography  Drama

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  91 min. 
Plot: Chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.
Cast: Ai Weiwei, Danqing Chen, Ying Gao. Directed by Alison Klayman.
Categories:  Documentary  Art  Biography

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Ali (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  157 min. 
Plot: A biography of boxing legend Muhammed Ali, from his early days as Cassius Clay to his rise to heavyweight champion.
Cast: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson. Directed by Michael Mann.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Sports

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All the King's Men (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana. Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel.
Cast: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Kathy Baker, Jackie Earle Haley, Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Steven Zaillian.
Categories:  Drama  Biography

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All the Money in the World (2017)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  132 min. 
Plot: Story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his mother to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom.
Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg. Directed by Ridley Scott.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Family

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Amazing Grace (2006)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: An idealist maneuvers his way through Parliament in 19th century England, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Ciaran Hinds, Rufus Sewell. Directed by Michael Apted.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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American Made (2017)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  115 min. 
Plot: The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright. Directed by Doug Liman.
Categories:  Action  Biography  Government

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American Radical (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  84 min. 
Plot: Covers the life and work of controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein.
Cast: Features Norman Finkelstein. Directed by David Ridgen.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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American Sniper (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  132 min. 
Plot: A Navy SEAL sniper saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend, however, back home after four tours of duty he finds it was a war he can't leave behind.
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Navid Negahban, Keir O'Donnell. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Biography  War  Family

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Amy (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  60 min. 
Plot: The story of six-time Grammy winner, Amy Winehouse.
Cast: Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Yasiin Bey, Tony Bennett, Pete Doherty. Directed by Kirsten Sheridan.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Musical

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Angela's Ashes (2000)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  145 min. 
Plot: The experiences of Frankie and his family during pre-war Limerick.
Cast: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Peter Halpin. Directed by Alan Parker.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Poverty

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Anthropoid (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: Operation Anthropoid: the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution.
Cast: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon. Directed by Sean Ellis.
Categories:  Biography  History  War

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Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  160 min. 
Plot: A young man who has idolized Jesse James since childhood tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Mary-Louise Parker. Directed by Andrew Dominik.
Categories:  Biography  Criminal Law  Drama

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At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
Cast: William Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac. Directed by Julian Schnabel.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Art

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Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, The (1974)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 110 min. 
Plot: As the civil rights movement heats up, a former slave recants her memories of the black experience of working on a southern plantation to fetching water for soldiers in the Civil War to her views on the current and turbulent equal rights movement.
Cast: Cicely Tyson, Barbara Chaney, Richard Dysart, Katherine Helmond, Michael Murphy. Directed by John Korty.
Categories:  Biography  Civil Rights  Women

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Aviator, The (2004)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 170 min. 
Plot: The early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Jude Law. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Corporations

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Awakenings (1990)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: Years after an encephalitis epidemic a new drug offers hope to catatonic victims.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner. Directed by Penny Marshall.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Health

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Baader Meinhof Complex, The (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 150 min. 
Plot: A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction, during the 1960's and 70's. In German, with English subtitles.
Cast: Martin Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Uhl, Stipe Erceg. Directed by Uli Edel.
Categories:  National Security  Biography  Foreign

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Bad and the Beautiful, The (1952)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  119 min. B&W
Plot: A deplorable man rises from producing "B" movies to being a Hollywood power by shamelessly using people.
Cast: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
Categories:  Biography  Drama

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Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  121 min. 
Plot: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carroll, Andrea Riseborough. Directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris.
Categories:  Biography  Comedy  Drama

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Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly. Directed by Ron Howard.
Categories:  Drama  Biography

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Becoming Jane (2007)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.
Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Waters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith. Directed by Julian Jarrold.
Categories:  Biography  Romance  Women

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Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Rated:  NC-17  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: The tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his young lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
Cast: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Domestic Relations

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Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  100 min. 
Plot: About Ginger Baker, the smashing drummer for Cream and Blind Faith.
Cast: Ginger Baker, Jay Bulger. Directed by Jay Bulger.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Musical

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Big Eyes (2014)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: The success of the painter Margaret Kean and the subsequent legal difficulties with her husband, who later claimed credit for her works.
Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito. Directed by Tim Burton.
Categories:  Biography  Art  Marital Relations

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Big Short, The (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  130 min. 
Plot: Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt. Directed by Adam McKay.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Comedy

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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Rated:    Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  147 min. 
Plot: A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Edmond O'Brien, Telly Savalas. Directed by John Frankenheimer.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Animal

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Black Mass (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: The true story of Whitey Bulgar who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon. Directed by Scott Cooper.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Organized Crime

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: An African American police officer from Colorado successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader.
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier. Directed by Spike Lee.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Comedy

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Blind Side, The (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: A homeless and traumatized boy becomes a football star with the help of a caring family.
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinten Aaron,Kathy Bates. Directed by John Lee Hancock.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Sports

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Blow (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: Three decades in the turbulent life of the American cocaine smuggler who established the first vital link between a Colombian cartel and the United States in the 1970s.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Paul Reubens. Directed by Ted Demme.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Organized Crime

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  134 min. 
Plot: The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee. Directed by Bryan Singer.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Musical

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: A somewhat romantized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.
Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons. Directed by Arthur Penn.
Categories:  Biography  Criminal Law  Romance

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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: Tells about a blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Stefan Forbes.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Politics

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Boomerang (1947)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  88 min. B&W
Plot: The priest of a Connecticut town is murdered while waiting on a street corner and an out-of-towner is accused of the crime. A dedicated district attorney then must strive to prove his innocence
Cast: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobbs, Cara Williams. Directed by Elia Kazan.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Biography  Witness

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Born to be Blue (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Rennie. Directed by Robert Budreau.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Musical

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Boston Strangler, The (1968)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women.
Cast: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy. Directed by Richard Fleischer.
Categories:  Drama  Criminal Law  Biography

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Boy Erased (2018)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman. Directed by Joel Edgerton.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Gender

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Boys of '36, The (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  53 min. 
Plot: Story of how a team of underdog American rowers became gold medalists in the 1936 Olympics.
Cast: Daniel James Brown, Eric Cohen, Timothy Egan. Directed by Margaret Grossi.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Biography

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Bridge of Spies (2015)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  142 min. 
Plot: During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend a Soviet spy and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy with an American spy plane pilot.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  War

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Brother Minister (1994)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: Reveals the mystery surrounding the assassination of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965.
Cast: Malcolm X and narrator Roscoe Lee Browne. Directed by Jefri Aalmhuammed.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Brother Outsider: Life of Bayard Rustin (2003)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  83 min. 
Plot: Deals with the interplay of personal and political in the life of a complex, multi-talented essential figure in the history of American radicalism.
Cast: Voice of Erick Todd Dellums. Directed by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Bugsy (1991)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  136 min. 
Plot: A notorious mobster and Las Vegas visionary had it all until he fell for a woman who wanted more.
Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna. Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Biography  Criminal Law

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: Two Western bank and train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross. Directed by George Roy Hill.
Categories:  Western  Biography  International

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Butler, The (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  132 min. 
Plot: Inspired by a true story about Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served eight Presidential administrations.
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr. Directed by Lee Daniels.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  History

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Can You Ever Forgive Me (2018)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard Grant, Dolly Wells. Directed by Marielle Heller.
Categories:  Biography  Drama

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Capote (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: Truman Capote travels to Kansas to research what will become his most celebrated book.
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins, Jr.. Directed by Bennett Miller.
Categories:  Biography  Entertainment  Death Penalty

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Captain Phillips (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  134 min. 
Plot: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed. Directed by Paul Greengrass.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Maritime

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Casino (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  178 min. 
Plot: Details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Organized Crime

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Chaplin (1992)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  143 min. 
Plot: A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin, Kevin Dunn, Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Richard Attenborough.
Categories:  Drama  Energy  Biography

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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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Che (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 134 min. 
Plot: Che & Castro-Led Cuban exiles mobilize to topple dictator Batista's regime.
Cast: Julia Orman, Benico Del Toro, Rodrigo Santoro, Maria Isabel Diaz, Demian Bichir, Yul Vazquez. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Categories:  Biography  History  War

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Chopper (2000)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: The story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison.
Cast: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Dan Wyllie. Directed by Andrew Dominik.
Categories:  Drama  Biography

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Con Man (2003)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  53 min. 
Plot: About a man who throughout his life assumed a series of fraudulent identities.
Cast: James Arthur Hogue. Directed by Jesse Moss.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Mental Health

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Conjuring, The (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  112 min. 
Plot: Based on true events paranormal investigators work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Cast: Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson. Directed by James Wan.
Categories:  Horror  Biography

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Conviction (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: A woman spends 18 years trying to free her brother when he is wrongfully sentenced to life in prison.
Cast: Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo, Sam Rockwell, Minne Driver, Peter Gallagher, Juliette Lewis. Directed by Andrew Sugerman.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Evidence

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Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, The (1955)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  100 min. 
Plot: An American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.
Cast: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger, Elizabeth Montgomery. Directed by Otto Preminger.
Categories:  War  Biography  Drama

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Crazy Love (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: Burt Pugach went to jail for having acid thrown in the face of Linda Riss. Sixteen years later, they were married.
Cast: Jimmy Breslin, Burt Pugach, Linda Pugach. Directed by Dan Klores.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary

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Crime After Crime (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Yoav Potash.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Justice

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Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  82 min. 
Plot: This candid love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko.
Cast: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara. Directed by Zachary Heinzerling.
Categories:  Documentary  Art  Biography

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A free-wheeling Texas cowboy works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn, Denis O'Hare. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Health

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Danish Girl, The (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne, Tusse Silberg, Adrian Schiller, Amber Heard, Emerald Fennell. Directed by Tom Hooper.
Categories:  Biography  Domestic Relations  Romance

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Darkest Hour (2017)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  125 min. 
Plot: During the early days of World War II Winston Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas. Directed by Joe Wright.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Denial (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: An acclaimed writer and historian must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when a renowned denier sues her for libel.
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall. Directed by Mick Jackson.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Civil Procedure

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Devil's Double,The (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.
Cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Dominic Cooper. Directed by Lee Tamahori.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Ethics

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Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  180 min. B&W
Plot: Story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Based on the real diary of Anne Frank.
Cast: Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Gusti Huber, Ed Wynn. Directed by George Stevens.
Categories:  Biography  War  Drama

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Diary of Anne Frank, The (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 100 min. 
Plot: The story of a young girl who had to go into hiding during World War II.
Cast: Iain Glen, Tamsin Greig, Ellie Kendrick, Ron Cook, Lesley Sharp, Nicholas Farrell, Kate Ashfield, Geoff Breton, Felicity Jones. Directed by Jon James.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  War

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Dillinger (1973)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.
Cast: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Michelle Phillips. Directed by John Milius.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Organized Crime

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Disaster Artist, The (2017)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  104 min. 
Plot: Two acting students form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Cast: Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen. Directed by James Franco.
Categories:  Biography  Comedy  Drama

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Disraeli (1978)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 4 hours, 13 min. 
Plot: Disraeli, the first and only Jewish-born Prime minister, used his fame as a writer of scandalous novels and his charm with influential women to make remarkable strides in Parliament.
Cast: Ian McShane, Mary Peach, John Carlisle. Directed by Claude Whatham.
Categories:  Biography  Politics  Television

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Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body and uses his left eye to blink out his memoir.
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze. Directed by Julian Schnabel.
Categories:  Medical  Biography  Drama

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Dolores (2017)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: In the 1950's, a working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish a farmer's union, which later develops into a platform for feminism and gender equality.
Cast: Hillary Clinton, Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta. Directed by Peter Bratt.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Biography

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Duchess, The (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of the life of the Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.
Cast: Keira Knightly, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper. Directed by Saul Dibb.
Categories:  Biography  History  Drama

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Ed Wood (1994)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray. Directed by Tim Burton.
Categories:  Drama  Biography

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Edie & Thea (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  61 min. 
Plot: After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married.
Cast: Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Directed by Susan Muska.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Gender

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Education of Sonny Carson, The (1974)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A teenager who has fallen into a life of gangs and crime realizes he must rise above it when he is released from prison.
Cast: Rony Clayton, Don Gordon, Joyce Walker, Paul Benjamin, Thomas Hicks. Directed by Michael Campus.
Categories:  Biography  Drama

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Eichmanns Ende (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  89 min. 
Plot: Rendition of encounter between Adolf Eichmann and his Israeli police captain interrogation. German, Spanish, and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Cast: Herbert Knaup, Ulrich Tukur, and Axel Milberg. Directed by Raymond Lee.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  War

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Eleanor and Franklin (1976)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 370 min. 
Plot: The story of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt as told from her point of view.
Cast: Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, Priscilla Pointer, Walter McGinn, Rosemary Murphy. Directed by Daniel Petrie.
Categories:  Biography  Family  Politics

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Elegant Criminal, The (1990)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  VHS  120 min. 
Plot: Based on a true story, a nineteenth-century intellectual embarks on a life of crime designed to lead to his execution. In French with English subtitles.
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Jean Poiret, Marie-Armelle Deguy. Directed by Francis Girod.
Categories:  Biography  Foreign  Mystery/Suspense

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Elephant Man, The (1980)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak.
Cast: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft. Directed by David Lynch.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Medical

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Elizabeth I (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 223 min. 
Plot: Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
Cast: Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy, Ian McDiarmid, Patrick Malahide, Toby Jones. Directed by Tom Hooper.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Romance

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Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: An Amazonian shaman and two scientists work together to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Cast: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar. Directed by Ciro Guerra.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Foreign

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Every F---king Day of My Life  (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  65 min. 
Plot: Paints a revealing portrait of the seemingly desperate conditions that drove a mother and son to plead guilty to manslaughter in the killing of Aaron Maldonado.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Tommy Davis.
Categories:  Documentary  Domestic Relations  Biography

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Executioner's Song, The (1982)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: Based on a true story, an unstable ex-con committed two cruel and senseless murders that resulted in his execution by firing squad.
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Rosanna Arquette, Christine Lahti, Eli Wallach. Directed by Lawrence Schiller.
Categories:  Biography  Sentencing  Death Penalty

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Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  87 min. 
Plot: An eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend a famous graffiti artist, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Banksy.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Art

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Exonerated, The (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: After being sentenced to death row, six people tell their stories of being exonerated of the crimes that put them behind bars.
Cast: Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo, Aidan Quinn, Susan Sarandon, David Brown. Directed by Bob Balaban.
Categories:  Biography  Sentencing  Drama

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Family Affair (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  80 min. 
Plot: A seemingly random act detonates a chain reaction that exposes unspeakable realities and shatters a family.
Cast: Chico Colvard. Directed by Chico Colvard.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Family

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Favourite, The (2018)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend governs the country in her stead.
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
Categories:  Biography  Comedy  Drama

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Fifth Estate, The (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  128 min. 
Plot: Revealing the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, Laura Linney. Directed by Bill condon.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Computer

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Fighter, The (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: An explosive relationship threatens to take down Micky Ward,a struggling boxer, and his older brother and trainer, Dicky.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee. Directed by David O. Russell.
Categories:  Biography  Family  Sports

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Find Me Guilty (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: Based on the true story of Jack DiNorscio, a mobster who defended himself in court for what would be the longest mafia trial in U.S. history
Cast: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Linus Roache, Ron Silver. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Organized Crime  Biography

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Finding Neverland (2004)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman. Directed by Marc Forster.
Categories:  Biography  Entertainment  Drama

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Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  83 min. 
Plot: Story of the nanny who earned a posthumous reputation of the most accomplished street photographers.
Cast: John Maloof. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.
Categories:  Documentary  Mystery/Suspense  Biography

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First Man (2018)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke. Directed by Damien Chazelle.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Flash of Genius (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: One man's fight to receive recognition for his ingenuity comes at a heavy price.
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermont Mulroney. Directed by Marc Abraham.
Categories:  Patent  Corporations  Biography

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: The story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg. Directed by Stephen Frears.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Comedy

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Founder, The (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: Story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned McDonald's into the biggest restaurant business in the world.
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch. Directed by John Lee Hancock.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Foxcatcher (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: The fascinating story of the unlikely and tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Bennett Miller.
Categories:  Domestic Relations  Biography  Sports

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Free State of Jones (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  139 min. 
Plot: A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali. Directed by Gary Ross.
Categories:  Biography  Action  Drama

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Frida (2002)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 123 min. 
Plot: A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
Cast: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Julie Taymor.
Categories:  Biography  Politics  Women

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Fruitvale Station (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray. Directed by Ryan Coogler.
Categories:  Drama  Biography

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Funny Girl (1968)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  155 min. 
Plot: The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early-1900s.
Cast: Barbara Streisand, Omar Sharif. Directed by William Wyler.
Categories:  Biography  Musical  Debtor-Creditor

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Game Change (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.
Cast: Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Jamey Sheridan. Directed by Joy Roach.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  History

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Garrow's Law Series 1 (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1.2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 240 min. 
Plot: Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.
Cast: Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle, Michael Culkin. Directed by Peter Lydon.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Criminal Law

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Garrow's Law Series 2 (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 240 min. 
Plot: Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.
Cast: Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle, Michael Culkin. Directed by Gary Lyons.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Criminal Law

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Garrow's Law Series 3 (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 236 min. 
Plot: Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.
Cast: Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle, Michael Culkin. Directed by Peter Lydon.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Criminal Law

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George Harrison: Living In the Material World (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 208 min. 
Plot: Unseen photos and footage tracing the life of George Harrison.
Cast: Featuring interviews with Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary  Musical

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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  131 min. 
Plot: The widow of a murdered civil rights leader and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the culprit to justice.
Cast: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Medgar Evers, Whoopi Goldberg, Craig T. Nelson. Directed by Rob Reiner.
Categories:  Biography  Discrimination  Criminal Law

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Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Cast: Henry Fonda, Jose Ferrer, John Houseman, Fay Wray, Sam Jaffe, Dean Jagger, Nicholas Pryor, William Prince. Directed by Robert E. Collins.
Categories:  Biography  Constitutional  Television

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Good Fortune (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: The rags to riches tale of conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul DeJoria.
Cast: Dan Akroyd, Robert Cromeans, Eloise DeJoria. Directed by Joshua Tickell & Rebecca Harrell Tickell.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary  Economics

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Goodfellas (1990)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 145 min. 
Plot: The blue-collar side of New York's Italian mafia is explored as a young man makes his way from a petty criminal, to a big-time thief, to a middle-aged cocaine addict and dealer.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Categories:  Organized Crime  Biography  Drama

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Great Debaters, The (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 124 min. 
Plot: In 1935, a professor at Wiley College Texas inspires students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett. Directed by Denzel Washington.
Categories:  Biography  Discrimination  Drama

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Grizzly Man (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A devastating take on grizzly bear activists who were killed in 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.
Cast: Timothy Treadwell, Jewel Palovak, Franc G. Fallico. Directed by Werner Herzog.
Categories:  Documentary  Animal  Biography

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Hannah Arendt (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch. Directed by Margarethe von Trotta.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  War

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Harlan: In the Shadow of the Jew Suss (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  100 min. 
Plot: Explores one of Nazi Germany's most notorious filmmakers. In German with English subtitles.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Felix Moeller.
Categories:  Documentary  Foreign  Biography

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Henry V (1944)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  137 min. 
Plot: English King Henry V's military campaign at Agincourt, France, in 1415.
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer, Robert Helpmann, Vernon Greeves. Directed by Laurence Olivier.
Categories:  Biography  History  War

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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  82 min. 
Plot: Explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Mary McDonagh Murphy.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Hidden Figures (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae. Directed by Theodore Melf.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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History of the Eagles (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 5 hours, 30 min. 
Plot: The story of the life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.
Cast: The Eagles. Directed by Alison Ellwood.
Categories:  Documentary  Musical  Biography

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Hitchcock (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  98 min. 
Plot: Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock risks his reputation when he becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that studios won't back.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette. Directed by Sacha Gervasi.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Entertainment

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Houdini (1953)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: A struggling circus performer emerges as the world's most captivating magician and escape artist.
Cast: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke, Stefan Schnabel. Directed by George Marshall.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Marital Relations

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Hurricane, The (1999)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  144 min. 
Plot: A Brooklyn-born teenager and his Canadian guardians spur an investigation leading to the release of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder decades earlier.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Unger, Liev Schreiber. Directed by Norman Jewison.
Categories:  Biography  Sports  Drama

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I Want To Live! (1958)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  120 min. B&W
Plot: After being arrested for the murder of an older woman, two gamblers try to frame a former partner.
Cast: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel. Directed by Robert Wise.
Categories:  Biography  Women  Drama

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I'm Not There (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 135 min. 
Plot: Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan.
Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams. Directed by Todd Haynes.
Categories:  Biography  Entertainment  Drama

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I'm Still Here (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: A documentary of Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Directed by Casey Affleck.
Categories:  Biography  Comedy  Musical

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I, Tonya (2017)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  119 min. 
Plot: A competitive ice skater rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Paul Walter Hauser, Bobby Cannavale, Bojana Novakovic, Caitlin Carver . Directed by Craig Gillespie.
Categories:  Biography  Criminal Law  Sports

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Imitation Game, The (2014)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear. Directed by Morten Tyldom.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  History

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Imposter, The (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: Centers on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.
Cast: Frédéric Bourdin, Adam O'Brian, Carey Gibson, Anna Ruben. Directed by Bart Layton.
Categories:  Documentary  Family  Biography

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In the Name of the Father (1993)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: Based on the true story of a Belfast youth who, along with family members and friends, was wrongly convicted of bombing two pubs outside of London.
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite. Directed by Jim Sheridan.
Categories:  Biography  Drama

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Infamous (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a relationship with two convicted murderers on death row.
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Toby Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lee Pace, Daniel Craig, Juliet Stevenson, Michael Panes, Hope Davis, Sandra Bullock, Isabella Rossellini, John Benjamin Hickey, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Daniels. Directed by Douglas McGrath.
Categories:  Biography  Drama

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Internet's Own Boy, The (2014)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
Cast: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn. Directed by Brian Knappenberger.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Mental Health

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Into the Wild (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  148 min. 
Plot: After graduating from college, a young man gives up his worldly possessions and takes to life on the road, in a journey that leads him to the Alaskan wilderness.
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn. Directed by Sean Penn.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Environmental

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Intouchables, The (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street-smart ex-con caretaker. In French with English subtitles.
Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet. Directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano.
Categories:  Foreign  Biography  Health

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Invictus (2009)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: Nelson Mandela finds hope of national unity on the rugby field.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Margaret Wheatley. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Biography  Human Rights  International

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Ip Man (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. In Chinese with English subtitles.
Cast: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Fan Siu-Wong, Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi. Directed by Wilson Yip.
Categories:  Foreign  Biography  Drama

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Iron Lady, The (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: A surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Iain Glen, John Sessions, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
Categories:  Biography  History  Government

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J. Edgar (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  137 min. 
Plot: Behind closed doors J. Edgar Hoover held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  History

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Jackie (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig. Directed by Pablo Larrain.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Jackie Robinson (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 4 hours min. 
Plot: Details Jackie's rise from humble beginnings to an American hero and pivotal figure in history.
Cast: Keith David, Jamie Foxx. Directed by Ken Burns.
Categories:  Documentary  Sports  Biography

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Jane (2017)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.
Cast: Jane Goodall. Directed by Brett Morgen.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Animal

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Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains (2007)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of the former president's tour for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."
Cast: Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter. Directed by Jonathan Demme.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Jinx, The: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 4 hours, 39 min. 
Plot: A groundbreaking documentary series sheds new light on real-estate icon, Robert Durst, while unraveling one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in New York history.
Cast: Robert Durst, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson. Directed by Andrew Jarecki.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Criminal Procedure

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John Adams (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 498 min. 
Plot: A miniseries on the life of John Adams and the first 50 years of the United States.
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Stephen Dillane, Danny Huston, David Morse, Sarah Polley, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Tom Hooper.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Julia (1977)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: The 1930's memoirs of playwright Lillian Hellman.
Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Meryl Streep. Directed by Fred Zinneman.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Politics

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Julie & Julia (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: Story of Julia Child's cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond. Directed by Nora Ephron.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Romance

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Kill the Messenger (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  112 min. 
Plot: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Michael Cuesta.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Mystery/Suspense

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Killing of John Lennon, The (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: A dramatization of Mark Champman's plan to murder John Lennon.
Cast: Jonas Ball, Krisha Fairchild, Gunter Stern, Gail Kay Bell. Directed by Andrew Piddington.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Mental Health

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Kind, Das (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: Irma Miko, Jewish Communist and political activist from age 14, joined the French Resistance in Paris in 1941. In French, Romanian & German with English subtitles.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Yonathan Levy.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  War

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King's Speech, The (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi. Directed by Tom Hopper.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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King: A Filmed Record--From Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 185 min. 
Plot: Chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cast: Readings by Joanne Woodward, James Earl Jones, and Paul Newman. Directed by Sidney Lumet and Joseph Mankie.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Civil Rights

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Kinsey (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 118 min. 
Plot: The life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker. Directed by Bill Condon.
Categories:  Biography  Medical  Drama

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Lady in the Van, The (2015)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway.
Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Frances De La Tour, Roger Allam. Directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Categories:  Biography  Comedy  Drama

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Lady, The (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  132 min. 
Plot: The extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman at the core of Burma's democracy movement.
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett. Directed by Luc Besson.
Categories:  Biography  Government  Politics

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Last Emperor, The (1987)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 219 min. 
Plot: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China.
Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Categories:  Biography  History  International

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Last Station, The (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: A look at the final days of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.
Cast: James McAvoy, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, Ann Marie Duff. Directed by Michael Hoffman.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Family

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Left Handed Gun, The (1958)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: After his boss is murdered by rival cattlemen, a troubled and uneducated young cowboy vows revenge on the murderers.
Cast: Paul Newman, Lita Milan, John Dehner, Hurd Hatfield. Directed by Arthur Penn.
Categories:  Western  Biography  History

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Lenny (1974)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  111 min. B&W
Plot: The life of Lenny Bruce from his beginnings as a Catskills comic to his later underground popularity based on his anti-establishment politics and his scatological humor.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck. Directed by Bob Fosse.
Categories:  Biography  Censorship

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Life & Times of Allen Gibsberg (1997)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  82 min. 
Plot: Depicts an American poet and social activist in the different decades of his life and activities.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Jerry Aronson.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Life According to Sam (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: A family's courageous fight to save their only son from the rare and fatal disease progeria.
Cast: Documentary subjects portray themselves.. Directed by Sean Fine & Andrea Nix.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary  Health

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Life of Emile Zola, The (1937)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  116 min. B&W
Plot: The bio-epic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. Won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Cast: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden. Directed by William Dieterle.
Categories:  Biography  Government  Discrimination

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Lincoln (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  150 min. 
Plot: As the Civil War continues to rage, Lincoln struggles with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Cast: Sally Field, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, Hal Holbrook. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Lion (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta and survives many challenges before being adopted and then searching for his lost family 25 years later.
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara. Directed by Garth Davis.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Family

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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  174 min. B&W
Plot: A film depicting a day in the life of Eugene O'Neill's family deteriorating under drug addiction, alcoholism, and imminent death.
Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards Jr., Sir Ralph Richardson, Dean Stockwell. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
Categories:  Domestic Relations  Biography  Family

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Longford (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Lindsay Duncan, Andy Serkis. Directed by Tom Hooper.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Television

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Lost City of Z, The (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Sienna Miller. Directed by James Gray.
Categories:  Action  Biography  Mystery/Suspense

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Love & Mercy (2014)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  241 min. 
Plot: Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. By the 1980s he is under the 24-hour watch of a shady therapist.
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Bill Pohlad.
Categories:  Drama  Musical  Biography

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Loving (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: Story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton. Directed by Jeff Nichols.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Racism

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Magic Mike (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  110 min. 
Plot: An experienced male stripper educates a younger performer.
Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Cody Horn, Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Entertainment

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Magnificent Yankee, The (1950)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  80 min. B&W
Plot: A portrait of Oliver Wendell Holmes, who sat on the Supreme Court for 30 years.
Cast: Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz. Directed by John Sturges.
Categories:  Biography  Drama

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Malcolm X (1992)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 tape set) 194 min. 
Plot: The life of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X, from gangster, to prisoner, to spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman, Jr., Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee. Directed by Spike Lee.
Categories:  Biography  History  Drama

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Man for all Seasons, A (1966)
Rated:  G  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: Sir Thomas Moore opposes King Henry VIII's wish to divorce his Queen and marry Anne Boleyn. Won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Leo McKern, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave. Directed by Fred Zinnemann.
Categories:  Biography  History  Religion

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Marie Antoinette (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Marianne Faithfull, Steve Coogan, Judy Davis, Jason Schwartzman. Directed by Sofia Coppola.
Categories:  Biography  Comedy

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Marshall (2017)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  118 min. 
Plot: Story of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and one of his landmark cases.
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson. Directed by Reginald Hudlin.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Criminal Procedure

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Marshall University: Ashes to Glory (2000)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: Recounts how Marshall University achieved a great comeback in sports history one year after losing their entire football program in an airplane crash.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Deborah Novak.
Categories:  Documentary  Sports  Biography

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Marwencol (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  83 min. 
Plot: After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.
Cast: Mark Hogancamp. Directed by Jeff Malberg.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Personal Injury

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Maudie (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ehtan Hawke, Kari Matchett. Directed by Aisling Walsh.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Romance

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Mesrine: Killer Instinct (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: The first of two parts charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine, the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and the Man of a Thousand Faces. In French with English subtitles.
Cast: Cecile De France, Vincent Cassel, Gerard Depardieu. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet.
Categories:  Biography  Action  Foreign

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Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  133 min. 
Plot: The second part of the Mesrine saga, Jacques' life comes once and for all to a full bloody circle. French with English subtitles.
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Gerard Lanvin. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet.
Categories:  Biography  Action  Foreign

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Michael Collins (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  133 min. 
Plot: Presents the life of an Irish man whose dreams inspired hope and whose courage forged a nation's destiny.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts. Directed by Neil Jordan.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Government

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Milk (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco. Directed by Gus Van Sant.
Categories:  Sexuality  Biography  Politics

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Miracle Worker, The (1962)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  106 min. B&W
Plot: The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Kathleen Comegys. Directed by Arthur Penn.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Disability

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Miss Potter (2006)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: The story of the children's book author Beatrix Potter and her struggle for love, happiness, and success.
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paterson, Emily Watson. Directed by Chris Noonan.
Categories:  Biography  Women

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Missing (1982)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  122 min. 
Plot: A conservative father sets out to find his son, a journalist who has gone missing in South America.
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, John Shea, Melanie Mayron, Janice Rule, David Clennon. Directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras.
Categories:  Biography  International  Politics

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Molly's Game (2017)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  140 min. 
Plot: True story of an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner. Directed by Aaron Sorkin.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Organized Crime

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Moneyball (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  133 min. 
Plot: The story of Oakland A's general manager's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright. Directed by Bennett Miller.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Sports

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Monster (2003)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: Biopic of female serial killer Aileen Wuornos, executed for killing seven men in the state of Florida during the 1980s.
Cast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Scott Wilson. Directed by Patty Jenkins.
Categories:  Women  Biography  Sentencing

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Monuments Men, The (2014)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  BLu-ray/DVD  118 min. 
Plot: An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin. Directed by George Clooney.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  War

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Mr. Turner (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  150 min. 
Plot: An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.
Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Karl Johnson. Directed by Mike Leigh.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  History

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Murder in Coweta County (1983)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: A county sheriff goes after the richest man in the county after he murders a farmhand and considers himself to be rich and powerful enough to get away with it.
Cast: Andy Griffith, Johnny Cash. Directed by Gary Nelson.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Drama  Biography

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My Dinner With Andre (1981)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 111 min. 
Plot: Two friends get together for dinner and share their thoughts on death, money, love, and everything in between.
Cast: Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler. Directed by Louis Malle.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Entertainment

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Naked Civil Servant, The (1975)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  77 min. 
Plot: The life and times of an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.
Cast: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge. Directed by Jack Gold.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Comedy

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Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: A government researcher learns the positive nature of wolves.
Cast: Charles martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah. Directed by Carroll Ballard.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Natural Resources

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Nicky's Family (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: An Englishman organizes the rescue of Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.
Cast: Klára Issová and Michal Slaný. Directed by Matej Minac.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Drama

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Nixon (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 191 min. 
Plot: Controversial, fragmented portrait of the U.S. politician and president, presented as a driven man beset by deep-rooted insecurities.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins. Directed by Oliver Stone.
Categories:  Politics  Biography

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, which focuses mainly in his adolescence.
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall, Kristin Scott Thomas. Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Family

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Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A look at the life and work of a publisher who struggled to bring controversial works like "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch" to publication.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Daniel O'Connor and Neil Ortenberg.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Media

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Of Time and the City (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  74 min. B&W/Color
Plot: A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.
Cast: Narrated by Terence Davies. Directed by Terence Davies.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Osama (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  83 min. 
Plot: Under the brutal Taliban regime in Afganistan, a desperate mother disguises her daughter as a boy. Subtitled in English.
Cast: Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar. Directed by Siddiq Barmak.
Categories:  Foreign  Women  Biography

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Out of Africa (1985)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  161 min. 
Plot: In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandaver. Directed by Sydney Pollace.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Romance

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Party Monster (2003)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: The true story of Michael Alig, a party organizer whose life was sent spiraling downward when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate.
Cast: Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin, Diana Scarwid, Dillon Woolley, Marilyn Manson, Dylan McDermott, Mia Kirshner. Directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary

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Passion of Joan of Arc, The (1928)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  114 min. B&W
Plot: The last day in the life of Joan of Arc, including her trial before the ecclesiastical court, where she is forced to recant to receive communion, and she is later burned at the stake.
Cast: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, Antonin Artuad. Directed by Carl Dreyer.
Categories:  Biography  Religion  History

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Patton (1970)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 171 min. 
Plot: The World War II phase of the controversial American general's career is depicted.
Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.
Categories:  Biography  Military  War

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People v. O.J. Simpson, The (2016)
Rated:  NC-17  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 8 hours, 18 min. 
Plot: An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals.
Cast: Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, Sterling K. Brown. Directed by Scott Anderson & Larry Karaszewski.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Television

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People vs. Fritz Bauer, The (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: Story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.
Cast: Rudier Klink, Burghart Klaubner, Andrej Kaminsky. Directed by Lars Kraume.
Categories:  Biography  History  War

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People vs. Larry Flynt, The (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover. Directed by Milos Forman.
Categories:  Free Speech  Censorship  Biography

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Philomena (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: A political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken from her and adopted as a young boy.
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham, Michelle Fairley. Directed by Stephen Frears.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman.
Cast: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, Christopher Fulford. Directed by Adrian Shergold.
Categories:  Death Penalty  Biography  Sentencing

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Post, The (2017)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  116 min. 
Plot: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson. Directed by Steven Speilberg.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Private War, A (2018)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time is driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Greg Wise, Alexandra Moen. Directed by Matthew Heineman.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  War

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: Story of the psychologist and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and his mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.
Cast: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcode. Directed by Angela Robinson.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Marital Relations

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Project Nim (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: Story of the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by James Marsh.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Animal

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Public Enemies (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  140 min. 
Plot: The Feds try to take down notorious gangsters during the 1930's.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, James Russo, David Wenham. Directed by Michael Mann.
Categories:  Biography  History  Criminal Law

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Puncture (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  100 min. 
Plot: A drug addicted lawyer takes on a health supply corporation.
Cast: Brett Cullen, Chris Evans, Jesse L. Martin, Kate Burton, Michael Biehn, Vinessa Shaw. Directed by Adam & Mark Kessen.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Health

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Purple Rain (1984)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.
Cast: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III. Directed by Albert Magnoli.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Musical

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Pursuit of Happyness, The (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
Cast: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith. Directed by Gabriele Muccino.
Categories:  Family  Biography  Poverty

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Queen of Katwe (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyongo. Directed by Mira Nair.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Sports

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Queen of Versailles (2012)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  100 min. 
Plot: A billionaire couple begins construction on a Versailles inspired mansion just prior to their empire faltering due to an economic crisis.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Lauren Greenfield.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Economics

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Quiet Passion, A (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: Story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
Cast: Emma Bell, Sara Vertongen, Rose Williams. Directed by Terence Davies.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Art

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Raging Bull (1980)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 129 min. B&W
Plot: An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Categories:  Sports  Biography  Marital Relations

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RBG (2018)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
Cast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Clinton, Sharron Frontiero. Directed by Julie Cohen & Betsy West.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary  Supreme Court

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Red Army (2014)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  76 min. 
Plot: The story of the Soviet Union's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its players.
Cast: Slava Fetisov. Directed by Gabe Polsky.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Biography

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Requiem for the American Dream (2015)
Rated:    Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  73 min. 
Plot: The definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time - the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.
Cast: Peter Hutchinsn, Kelly Nyks. Directed by Noam Chomsky.
Categories:  Discrimination  Biography  Economics

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Richard III (1955)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 161 min. 
Plot: Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.
Cast: Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson. Directed by Lawrence Olivier.
Categories:  Biography  History  Drama

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Roots (1977)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 645 min. 
Plot: Author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendents' liberation.
Cast: Maya Angelou, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Moses Gunn, Thalmus Rasulala, Hari Rhodes, William Watson, Ren Woods . Directed by Marvin Chomsky, John Erman, David Greene, and Gilb.
Categories:  Biography  History  Family

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Rosewater (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: Journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who relentlessly interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo. Directed by Jon Stewart.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Politics

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Rudy  (1983)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: After being told he wasn't smart enough to go to Notre Dame, or big enough to play on the football team, Rudy becomes determined to do just that.
Cast: Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Lili Taylor, Robert Prosky. Directed by David Anspaugh.
Categories:  Biography  Sports  Drama

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Runaways, The (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: An all-girl rock band comes of age in the mid-1970s.
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Riley Keough, Johnny Lewis, Tatum O'Neal. Directed by Floria Sigismondi.
Categories:  Entertainment  Gender  Biography

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Sacco and Vanzetti (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  81 min. 
Plot: The story of two Italian immigrant radicals who were executed in 1927 offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties and the rights of immigrants.
Cast: Voices of Tony Shaloub and John Turturro . Directed by Peter Miller.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Immigration

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Salt of the Earth, The (2014)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  110 min. 
Plot: Documents 40 years of photographs by Sebastião Salgado in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus.
Cast: Sebastião Salgado. Directed by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Art

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Seabiscuit (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it, but also those of the nation.
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Gary Ross.
Categories:  Biography  Sports  Drama

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Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars:
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.
Categories:  Documentary  Musical  Biography

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Secret Honor (1984)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.
Cast: Philip Baker Hall. Directed by Robert Altman.
Categories:  Politics  Biography

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Shadowlands (1993)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  131 min. 
Plot: Based on the true story of C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Edward Hardwicke, John Wood. Directed by Richard Attenborough.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Romance

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She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: The story of a woman and her three lovers.
Cast: Tracy Camila Jones, Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell. Directed by Spike Lee.
Categories:  Comedy  Biography

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Shine (1996)
Rated:  PG13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: The troubling life story of famous pianist David Helfgott.
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Chris Haywood, Alex Rafalowicz. Directed by Scott Hicks.
Categories:  Biography  Family  Mental Health

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Silkwood (1983)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  131 min. 
Plot: An Oklahoman nuclear-plant worker was murdered, possibly to prevent her blowing the whistle on dangerous practices at the plant to a New York Times reporter.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Fred Ward, Sudie Bond. Directed by Mike Nichols.
Categories:  Biography  Employment

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Snowtown Murders, The (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: A teen falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Cast: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris. Directed by Justin Kurzel.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Mental Health

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Social Network, The (2010)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 120 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of the founding of Facebook, the social-networking Web site.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Justin Timberlake. Directed by David Fincher.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Some Mother's Son (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison.
Cast: Aidan Gillen, Fionnula Flanagan, Helen Mirren. Directed by Terry George.
Categories:  Biography  History  Human Rights

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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A young man discovers boxing as a way of earning quick money, and is discovered as a new talent in the ring.
Cast: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart, sal Mineo. Directed by Robert Wise.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Sports

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Sound of Music, The (1965)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 174 min. 
Plot: A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower.
Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Robert Haydn. Directed by Robert Wise.
Categories:  Musical  Biography  Drama

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Southern Comfort (2001)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: The story of a wise cracking cowboy in small-town Georgia who transitioned into living as a man after the birth of two sons.
Cast: Robert Eads, Lola Cola, Maxwell Scott Anderson, Cas Piotrowski, Corissa Anderson, Stephanie Piotrowski. Directed by Kate Davis.
Categories:  Gender  Family  Biography

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Southside with You (2014)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  84 min. 
Plot: Chronicles the afternoon when the future President Barack Obama wooed his future First Lady Michelle Obama on a first date.
Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway. Directed by Richard Tanne.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Romance

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Spartacus (1960)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  196 min. 
Plot: The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire.
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Categories:  Action  Biography

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Spirit of St. Louis, The (1957)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: Biography of Charles Lindbergh from aviation's infancy to his flight from New York to Paris in 1927.
Cast: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson, Marc Connelly, Arthur Space, Charles Watts. Directed by Billy Wilder.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Aviation

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Spotlight (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  128 min. 
Plot: Story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery. Directed by Tom McCarthy.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Squid and the Whale, The (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  81 min. 
Plot: The true childhood experiences of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, Halley Feiffer, Anna Paquin. Directed by Noah Baumbach.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Family

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Staircase, The (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 5 hours, 59 min. 
Plot: Was the death of Kathleen Peterson accidental or was she murdered by her husband, author Michael Peterson?
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Mystery/Suspense

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  147 min. 
Plot: The group NWA emerges in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with music and tales about life in the hood.
Cast: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Street Cat Named Bob, A (2016)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: The true story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.
Cast: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode.
Categories:  Biography  Comedy  Drama

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Suffragette (2015)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game with an increasingly brutal State.
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne Marie Duff. Directed by Sarah Gavron.
Categories:  Biography  History  Drama

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Sugarland Express, The (1974)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: Based on the true story of Lou Jean Poplin, who kidnapped a Texas State Trooper and led the police on a wild chase across the state in an effort to save her son from adoption.
Cast: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Custody

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Sully (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 96 min. 
Plot: A pilot becames a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Aviation

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Swoon (1992)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. B&W
Plot: Based on the infamous Leopold-Loeb murder case of the 1920s, two intelligent, wealthy homosexual adolescents are convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 13-year-old boy from their Hyde Park neighborhood.
Cast: Craig Chester, Daniel Schlachet, Michael Kirby, Michael Stumm, Ron Vawter. Directed by Tom Kalin.
Categories:  Biography  Sexuality  Drama

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Talk To Me (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: Story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Cast: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee. Directed by Kasi Lemons.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Temple Grandin (2010)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: Story of an autistic young woman who became one of America's most remarkable success stories.
Cast: Claire Danes, Catherine O'Hara, David Strathairn, Julia Ormond. Directed by Mick Jackson.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Health

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Theory of Everything, The (2014)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  123 min. 
Plot: The relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney. Directed by James Marsh.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Marital Relations

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They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  139 min. B&W
Plot: A fictionalized story of General Custer from the time he enters West Point through the American Civil War and his death at Little Big Horn.
Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin. Directed by Raoul Walsh.
Categories:  Biography  War  Drama

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Times of Harvey Milk, The (1984)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 122 min. 
Plot: A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.
Cast: Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann, Tom Ammiano. Directed by Rob Epstein.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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To Die In Jerusalem (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  76 min. 
Plot: This film explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families and depicts the toll on human life and family ties exacted from suicide bombings in the Middle East.
Cast: Avigail Levy, Khadra al-Akras. Directed by Hilla Medalia.
Categories:  Documentary  Conflict  Biography

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Toyo's Camera (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: Discussion and photographs of life behind barbed wires in Manzanar War Relocation Center. In English and Japanese with subtitles.
Cast: Narration by George Takei. Directed by Junichi Suzuki.
Categories:  Documentary  War  Biography

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Tracks (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Rainer Bock, Rolley Mintuma. Directed by John Curran.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Women

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Trials of Muhammad Ali, The (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War.
Cast: Muhammad Ali, Rahaman, Ali, Louis Farrakhan ; with archival footage of Malcom X, Elijah Muhammad. Directed by Bill Siegel.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Sports

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Truman (1995)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  131 min. 
Plot: An account of the political life of Harry S. Truman
Cast: Gary Sinese, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart. Directed by Frank Pierson.
Categories:  Biography  Politics  Government

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Trumbo (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: After being blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo finds a way to continue his work.
Cast: Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Nathan Lane, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn, Donald Sutherland. Directed by Peter Askin.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary  Entertainment

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Trumbo (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: In 1947, Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Louis C.K., Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman. Directed by Jay Roach.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Politics

Law movies
U.S. vs. John Lennon, The (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: The story of John Lennon's evolution from beloved Beatle to an outspoken artist and activist.
Cast: Appearances by John Lennon, Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, Yoko Ono Lennon, Gore Vidal. Directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Musical

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United Kingdom, A (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his controversial marriage to a British white woman put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.
Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton. Directed by Amma Asante.
Categories:  Biography  Politics  Drama

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Unreasonable Man, An (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 122 min. 
Plot: A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah.
Cast: Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Howard Zinn. Directed by Henriette Manel and Steve Skrovan.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Politics

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Vice (2018)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  132 min. 
Plot: The story of Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush, from 2001 until 2009.
Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Alison Pill, Eddie Marsan, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton . Directed by Adam McKay.
Categories:  Drama  Government  Biography

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Victoria: Season One (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 6 hours, 55 min. 
Plot: The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.
Cast: Jenna Coleman, Nell Hudson, Tommy Knight. Directed by Daisy Goodwin.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Vie En Rose, La (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: The the trials and tribulations of the life of Edith Piaf
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve. Directed by Olivier Dahan.
Categories:  Biography  Children  Drama

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W. (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush.
Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss. Directed by Oliver Stone.
Categories:  Biography  Politics  Drama

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Walk the Line (2005)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick. Directed by James Mangold.
Categories:  Biography  Entertainment  Drama

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Walking Tall (1973)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: A Tennessee sheriff almost single-handily cleans up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost to his family life and nearly his own life.
Cast: Joe Don Baker, Noah Berry Jr., Elizabeth Hartman, Felton Perry. Directed by Phil Karlson.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Organized Crime  Biography

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Waltz With Bashir (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
Cast: Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman, Dror Harazi. Directed by Ari Folman.
Categories:  Animation  Biography  War

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Watchers of the Sky (2014)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: Four modern stories of remarkable courage while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term 'genocide'.
Cast: Samantha Power, Benjamin Ferencz, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Emmanuel Uwurukundo. Directed by Edet Belzberg.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Whistleblower (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring.
Cast: Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Anna Anissimova. Directed by Larysa Kondracki.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Human Rights

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Whitey (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: Number 2 on America's Most Wanted list, James 'Whitey' Bulger terrorized the city of Boston for years without ever being charged with so much as a misdemeanor.
Cast: Characters portray themselves. Directed by Joe Berlinger.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary  Organized Crime

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Wild (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Mental Health

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Wind Rises, The (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  126 min. 
Plot: A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Cast: Voices of John Krasinski, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Martin Short. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Categories:  Animation  Biography  Drama

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Wolf of Wall Street, The (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  180 min. 
Plot: Story of Jordan Belfort; from rise to wealthy stock-broker to his fall involving crime and corruption.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Government

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Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.
Cast: Joanne Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Bianculli. Directed by Morgan Neville.
Categories:  Biography  Documentary  Entertainment

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Woody Guthrie (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: Chronicles the life and times of a populist poet, balladeer, rabble-rouser, and prototypical ramblin' man.
Cast: Narrated by Peter Coyote. Directed by Peter Fumkin.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

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Wrecking Crew, The (2008)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians that provided back-up instrumentals to legendary recording artists.
Cast: Narration by Denny Tedesco. Directed by Denny Tedesco.
Categories:  Musical  Biography  History

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You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Rated:  TV-14  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: The story of Jack Kevorkian, a man whose passionate belief is that people have the right to die.
Cast: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, Danny Huston, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman . Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Medical

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.