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Absence of Malice (1981)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: A Miami reporter writes a story implicating an innocent man in the mysterious disappearance - and possible murder - of a union leader.
Cast: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Wilford Brimley. Directed by Sydney Pollack.
Categories:  Drama  Romance  Justice

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Agnes of God (1985)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: Sister Agnes remembers neither the birth or the murder of her baby and court-appointed psychiatrist uses hypnotism to help discover the identity of the baby's father and murderer.
Cast: Meg Tilly, Ann Bancroft, Jane Fonda. Directed by Norman Jewison.
Categories:  Drama  Justice  Mystery/Suspense

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

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Cat Ballou (1965)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: When her father is murdered a woman hires a has-been gunfighter to help her gain revenge.
Cast: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan,Nat King Cole. Directed by Elliot Silverstein.
Categories:  Western  Comedy  Justice

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Central Park Five, The (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through a group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman.
Cast: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Angela Black, Calvin O. Butts III. Directed by Ken Burns.
Categories:  Documentary  Justice  Racism

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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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Criminal Code, The (1931)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  83 min. B&W
Plot: A young man that is wrongfully convicted has a chance at being pardoned, but must break the criminal code and identify an inmate who has murdered another.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Walter Huston, Philips Holmes. Directed by Howard Hawkes.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Justice  Jurisprudence

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Criminal Law (1988)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A lawyer successfully defends a man on trial for murder, only to determine that his client is guilty.
Cast: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen young, Joe Don Baker. Directed by Martin Campbell.
Categories:  Ethics  Mystery/Suspense  Justice

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Daredevil (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: * 1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 103 min. 
Plot: A lawyer blinded by toxic waste acquires enhanced senses which help him fight crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson.
Categories:  Action  Justice

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Dark Passage (1947)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  106 min. B&W
Plot: A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead. Directed by Delmer Daves.
Categories:  Drama  Justice  Domestic Relations

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Django Unchained (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  165 min. 
Plot: A former slave turned hired gun heads back to the plantation to free his wife.
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Dicaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Categories:  Drama  Marital Relations  Justice

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Eye for an Eye (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice.
Cast: Sally Field, Keifer Sutherland, Ed Harris. Directed by John Schlesinger.
Categories:  Action  Drama  Justice

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Girlhood (2003)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  82 min. 
Plot: Chronicles two female inmates - victims of horrific violence and tragedy - who are serving time in a Maryland juvenile detention center.
Cast: Mia Guzman, Rachel Lloyd. Directed by Liz Garhus.
Categories:  Documentary  Juvenile  Justice

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House I Live In, The (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: A penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Eugene Jarecki.
Categories:  Documentary  Justice  Human Rights

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I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. B&W
Plot: A wrongly convicted man serves in intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.
Cast: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Preston Foster. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Categories:  Drama  Justice

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In the Tall Grass: Inside the Citizen-Based Justice System Gacaca (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  57 min. 
Plot: Focuses on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process: Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts.
Cast: Narration by Margaret Travolta. Directed by Jahn Coll Metcalfe.
Categories:  Documentary  Justice  Negotiation

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Incredibles, The (2004)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 115 min. 
Plot: A family of former superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Spencer Fox, Sarah Vowell, Dominique Louis, Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews, Wallace Shawn. Directed by Brad Bird.
Categories:  Animation  Action  Justice

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Judge, The (1949)
Rated:  NR  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  69 min. B&W
Plot: A hotshot criminal lawyer blackmails a client into participating in a plan to murder the lawyer's cheating wife and her lover.
Cast: Milburn Stone, Katherine deMille, Paul Guilfoyle. Directed by Elmer Clifton.
Categories:  Justice  Criminal Law  Advocacy

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Jury of Her Peers, A (1980)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  30 min. 
Plot: A woman is jailed after her husband is found murdered in his sleep.
Cast: Diane de Lorian, Dorothy Lancaster, Sheila Hinchliffe, Mark Margolis. Directed by Sally Heckel.
Categories:  Women  Justice

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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  136 min. 
Plot: A shooting at an all-night diner is investigated by three Los Angeles detectives in their own unique ways.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito. Directed by Curtis Hanson.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Justice  Evidence

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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray  109 min. 
Plot: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free.
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
Categories:  Drama  Action  Justice

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Looper (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: A time travel hired gun must chase himself down to close the loop.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano. Directed by Rain Johnson.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Organized Crime  Justice

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Magnificent Seven, The (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  132 min. 
Plot: Seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke. Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Categories:  Action  Western  Justice

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Man from Laramie, The (1955)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A resolute vigilante becomes obsessed with finding the man who is responsible for his brother's death.
Cast: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell, Alex Nichol, Aline MacMahon. Directed by Anthony Mann.
Categories:  Western  Mystery/Suspense  Justice

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Man on Fire (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  146 min. 
Plot: In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who kidnapped the girl he was hired to protect.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin, Mickey Rourke. Directed by Tony Scott.
Categories:  Action  Juvenile  Justice

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Matter of Life and Death, A (1946)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:   (2 disc set) 104 min. 
Plot: A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.
Cast: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough. Directed by Michael Powell, and Emeric Pressburger.
Categories:  Justice  SciFi/Fantasy  War

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Ricochet (1991)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: An attorney is terrorized by a criminal he put away years ago.
Cast: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice T, Kevin Pollack. Directed by Russell Mulcahy.
Categories:  Action  Justice  Organized Crime

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Seven Samurai (1954)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  207 min. B&W
Plot: A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Categories:  Justice  Foreign

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Shadows and Fog (1992)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  85 min. B&W
Plot: With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer
Cast: Woody Allen, Kathy Bates, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Jodie Foster, Fred Gwynne, Julie Kavner, Madonna, John Malkovich, Kenneth Mars, Kate Nelligan, Donald Pleasance, Lily Tomlin. Directed by Woody Allen.
Categories:  Comedy  Mystery/Suspense  Justice

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Sisters Brothers, The (2018)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.
Cast: John C. Reilly, Joazuin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by Jacques Audiard.
Categories:  Drama  Natural Resources  Justice

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Superman Returns (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  154 min. 
Plot: The Man of Steel, mysteriously absent for several years, returns to Earth.
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint, Parker Posey, Kal Penn, Sam Huntington, Kevin Spacey. Directed by Bryan Singer.
Categories:  Justice  Law Enforcement  SciFi/Fantasy

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Trial of Bernhard Goetz, The (1988)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: The restaging of the 1987 trial of Bernhard Goetz.
Cast: Peter Crombie, Richard Libertini, Andrew Robinson, Dann Florek. Directed by Harry Moses.
Categories:  Drama  Justice  Trial

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True Grit (1969)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: A 14 year old is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold.
Cast: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Alfred Ryder, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey. Directed by Henry Hathaway.
Categories:  Western  Drama  Justice

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True Grit (2010)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: A 14 year old is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold.
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld. Directed by Ethan Coen.
Categories:  Western  Drama  Justice

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Unforgiven (1992)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  131 min. 
Plot: A retired gunslinger agrees to avenge a brutalized prostitute and has to take on a corrupt sheriff. Won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Western  Action  Justice

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West of Memphis (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  147 min. 
Plot: An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.
Cast: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Miskelly. Directed by Amy Berg.
Categories:  Documentary  Criminal Procedure  Justice

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