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Ace in the Hole (1951)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 111 min. B&W
Plot: When a man is trapped alive in a mine collapse, a self-interested reporter and the townspeople create a media circus.
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur, Porter Hall. Directed by Billy Wilder.
Categories:  Employment  Drama

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Adventureland (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: After canceling his summer vacation so he can save money for grad school, a young man ends up with a job at a local amusement park.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristin Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Margarita Levieva, Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Greg Mottola.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment  Education

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All About Eve (1950)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  138 min. B&W
Plot: A Broadway legend has everything: a successful career, close friends, and a man who loves her; however she also has a young understudy who is attempting to replace her.
Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Categories:  Drama  Employment

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  119 min. 
Plot: San Diego's top rated newsman returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.
Cast: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Judah Nelson, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell. Directed by Adam Mckay.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment  Media

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Be Cool (2005)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: Disenchanted with the movie industry, a smooth-talking producer tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music executive on the way.
Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Andre 3000, Steven Tyler, The Rock, Danny Devito. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
Categories:  Comedy  Romance  Employment

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Being There (1979)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  130 min. 
Plot: A simple minded-gardener gains influence with only the knowledge that he has gleaned from watching TV.
Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas. Directed by Hal Ashby.
Categories:  Employment  Politics  Drama

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Big (1988)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 120 min. 
Plot: When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning to find himself in an adult body.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard. Directed by Penny Marshall.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment  Children

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Boomerang (1992)
Rated:  R  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A New York marketing exec is a lady's man dedicated to life, liberty and the happiest of pursuit but he soon finds what goes around comes around when he meets a woman who treats men the same way he treats women.
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones. Directed by Reginald Hudlin.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment  Romance

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Bruce Almighty (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: A down-on-his-luck television reporter vents at God about the difficulties in his life; God proves he is listening by handing over his powers.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston. Directed by Tom Shadyac.
Categories:  Comedy  Religion  Employment

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Clerks (1994)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: A day in the lives of two convenience clerks as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Cast: Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Lisa Spoonauer. Directed by Kevin Smith.
Categories:  Employment  Comedy

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Clerks II (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 97 min. 
Plot: Two inveterate slackers flipping burgers at a fast food joint long to break out and do something more with their lives.
Cast: Jeff Anderson, Brian O'Halloran, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Jason Mewes. Directed by Kevin Smith.
Categories:  Employment  Comedy  Marital Relations

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Coming to America (1988)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: An African prince goes to Queens, New York, to find a wife.
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley. Directed by John Landis.
Categories:  Comedy  Immigration  Employment

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Day's Work, A Day's Pay (2001)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  57 min. 
Plot: Tracks three welfare-recipients' involvement in New York's controversial Work Experience Program.
Cast: Narration by Tamara Tunie. Directed by Kathey Leichter and Jonathan Skurnik.
Categories:  Documentary  Employment  Welfare

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Disclosure (1994)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: A female executive manipulates her former lover, who counters with a sexual harassment suit.
Cast: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Caroline Goodall, Dennis Miller. Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Gender  Sexuality  Employment

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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: A classical pianist who has given up his life to work in the oil fields, is forced to confront his past when his father falls gravely ill.
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Block, Susan Anspach. Directed by Bob Rafelson.
Categories:  Family  Employment  Drama

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Fountainhead, The (1949)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. B&W
Plot: An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite pressure in all aspects of his life to conform to popular standards.
Cast: Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas. Directed by Henry Blanke.
Categories:  Drama  Employment

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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: Two out-of-work suburbanites turn to a life of armed robbery.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins. Directed by Dean Parisot.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment  Criminal Law

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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 100 min. 
Plot: Employees of a New York real estate office are given a strong incentive to succeed in a sales contest; they must either sell or get out.
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin. Directed by James Foley.
Categories:  Employment  Ethics  Drama

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Great Buck Howard, The (2008)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: A law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant and unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career.
Cast: John Mlkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Ricky Jay, Steve Zahn, Tom Hanks. Directed by Sean McGinly.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment

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Haiku Tunnel (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  88 min. 
Plot: A man may be the best office temp around, but he is terrible as a permanent employee when he accepts a position as secretary for a top tax attorney who seems like Satan himself.
Cast: Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Leah Alperin, Jacob Kornbluth. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth and Josh Kornbluth.
Categories:  Employment  Comedy  Tax

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Harlan County USA (1976)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: The coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973.
Cast: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks. Directed by Barbara Kopple.
Categories:  Employment  History  Corporations

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Hot Fuzz (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: Jealous colleagues conspire to get a top London cop transferred to a small town and paired with a witless new partner. On the beat, the pair stumble upon a series of suspicious accidents and events.
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent. Directed by Edgar Wright.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Employment  Action

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It Happened One Night (1934)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. B&W
Plot: A spoiled heiress, on the run from her family, is helped by an out-of-work reporter looking for a story.
Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, Alan Hale, Arthur Hoyt, Blanche Friderici, Charles C. Wilson. Directed by Frank Capra.
Categories:  Comedy  Romance  Employment

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Little Shop of Horrors, The (1960)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  72 min. B&W
Plot: A young man nurtures a plant only to discovers that it's a bloodthirsty plant, forcing him to kill to feed it
Cast: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Jack Nicholson. Directed by Roger Corman.
Categories:  Business  Employment  Comedy

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Matewan (1987)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  142 min. 
Plot: Coal miners, struggling to form a union, are determined to bring the local, Black, and Italian groups together.
Cast: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham. Directed by John Sayles.
Categories:  Employment  Discrimination  Racism

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: A London governess finds herself unfairly dismissed and her attempts to gain employment catapult her into the position of a social secretary for an American actress.
Cast: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Mark Strong. Directed by Bharat Nalluri.
Categories:  Romance  Employment  Comedy

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Moulin Rouge (2001)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Lequizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Categories:  Musical  Employment

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New in Town (2009)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A Miami businesswoman adjusts to her new life in a tiny Minnesota town.
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Henry Connick Jr. Siobhan Fallon, J.K. Simmons, Mike O'Brien. Directed by Jonas Elmer.
Categories:  Comedy  Business  Employment

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Nightmare Alley (1947)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. B&W
Plot: An ambitious carnie scams the crowds to become the darling of society.
Cast: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Henry Walker. Directed by Edmund Goulding.
Categories:  Drama  Employment  Entertainment

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No Sweat (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  2006 min. 
Plot: An all-American tale about an all-American garment produced in the bowels of the Los Angeles garment industry. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Amie Williams.
Categories:  Documentary  Economics  Employment

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Norma Rae (1979)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her Southern textile mill despite the problems and dangers involved.
Cast: Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle, Beau Bridges, Barbara Baxley. Directed by Martin Ritt.
Categories:  Employment  Women  Drama

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North Country (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  126 min. 
Plot: As women began to inflitrate the ranks of the Minnesota iron mines, they endured abuse from the male miners.
Cast: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek, Woody Harrelson, Sean Bean. Directed by Niki Caro.
Categories:  Women  Employment  Drama

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On the Waterfront (1954)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  108 min. B&W
Plot: An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Cast: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger. Directed by Elia Kazan.
Categories:  Sports  Employment  Drama

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Out-of-Towners, The (1970)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A couple's dream trip to New York City turns into a nightmare of mishaps.
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron. Directed by Arthur Miller.
Categories:  Comedy  Aviation  Employment

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Philadelphia (1993)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: When an AIDS victim and attorney is fired from his law firm, he hires a local attorney to represent him against his former employer.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Joanne Woodard. Directed by Jonathan Demme.
Categories:  Employment  Discrimination  Drama

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Red Road (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A CCTV operator sees a man on camera she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again.
Cast: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Nathalie Press, Andrew Armour. Directed by Andrea Arnold.
Categories:  Drama  Employment  Mystery/Suspense

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Red Rock West (1993)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: An unemployed Texan shows up in a Wyoming bar and is mistaken for the hitman that the owner called.
Cast: Nicolas cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, Timothy Carhart. Directed by John Dahl.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Employment  Drama

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Riff Raff (1991)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: The story of a construction worker and his girlfriend serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class.
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Richard Belgrave, Jimmy Coleman. Directed by Ken Loach.
Categories:  Drama  Economics  Employment

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Route Irish (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: A private security contractor in Iraq rejects the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.
Cast: Andrea Lowe, Geoff Bell, Najwa Nimri, Stephen Lord, Mark Womack. Directed by Ken Loach.
Categories:  Drama  War  Employment

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Scotland, PA (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: Shakespeare's Macbeth is moved to an early 1970s hamburger joint.
Cast: John Cariani, James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan, Andy Dick. Directed by Billy Morrissette.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Employment  Criminal Law

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Secretary (2002)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship takes a sadomasochistic turn.
Cast: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren, Stephen McHattie. Directed by Steven Shainberg.
Categories:  Employment  Drama  Comedy

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Serious Man, A (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: A Midwestern professor watches his life unravel.
Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Ellen Chendweth, Rachel Tenner. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
Categories:  Religion  Domestic Relations  Employment

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Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: Shaun tries to turn his life around, unfortunately, during a zombie apocalypse.
Cast: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis. Directed by Edgar Wright.
Categories:  Comedy  Family  Employment

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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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Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: A family of fiercely-independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times.
Cast: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin. Directed by Paul Newman.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Employment

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Splice (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: Two rebellious scientists secretly continue groundbreaking DNA work.
Cast: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphone Chaneac, Brandon McGibbon. Directed by Vincenzo Natali.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Employment  Ethics

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Swingers (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: A not-very-confident comedian-actor and his buddy, a would-be producer, are out of work and trying to live the high life.
Cast: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Patrick Von Horn. Directed by Doug Liman.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment  Domestic Relations

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Tootsie (1982)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: An unemployed actor with a reputation for being difficult disguises himself as a woman to get a role in a soap opera.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning. Directed by Sydney Pollack.
Categories:  Comedy  Entertainment  Employment

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Trainspotting (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: A man deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee, Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle. Directed by Danny Boyle.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Employment  Foreign

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Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns. Directed by Marc Lawrence.
Categories:  Employment  Women  Comedy

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Up In the Air (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: A contractor who travels around the country firing employees at other companies discovers there might be more to life than living out of a suitcase.
Cast: George Clooney, Sam Elliott, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman. Directed by Jason Reitman.
Categories:  Corporations  Romance  Employment

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Wages of Fear, The (1953)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  148 min. B&W
Plot: In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent explosives shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. In French, with English subtitles.
Cast: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter van Eyck. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
Categories:  Employment  Mystery/Suspense  Foreign

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Waste Land (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: Highlight the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
Cast: Narration by Vik Muniz. Directed by Lucy Walker and Karen Harley.
Categories:  Documentary  Art  Employment

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Withnail and I (1987)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: Two down-on-their-luck actors find solace in drink and other substances and seek respite from their uneventful lives by escaping to an uncle's stone cottage.
Cast: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths. Directed by Bruce Robinson.
Categories:  Comedy  Employment  Foreign

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