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Almost Famous (2000)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on a concert tour.
Cast: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Directed by Cameron Crowe.
Categories:  Entertainment  Media

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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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Broadcast News (1987)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  133 min. 
Plot: Two rival male TV reporters, and one female producer, make the sparks fly.
Cast: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky. Directed by James L. Brooks.
Categories:  Drama  Media  Comedy

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China Syndrome, The (1979)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  122 min. 
Plot: A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.
Cast: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas. Directed by James Bridges.
Categories:  Energy  Media  Drama

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Chronicle (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-Ray/DVD  84 min. 
Plot: Three high school friends gain superpowers and soon find their lives spinning out of control.
Cast: Dane Dehaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hunshaw. Directed by Josh Trank.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Juvenile  Media

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Copyright Criminals (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  54 min. 
Plot: Examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod.
Categories:  Documentary  Copyright  Media

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Dolce Vita, La (1960)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 174 min. B&W
Plot: A journalist ventures into the decadent society of modern Rome and finds that his values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned. In Italian and English, with English subtitles.
Cast: Marcello Mastroianno, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux. Directed by Federico Fellini.
Categories:  Foreign  Media  Privacy

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For Your Consideration (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: Three actors learn that their respective performances in an independent film are generating award-season buzz.
Cast: Catherine O'Hara, Stephen Rannazzisi, Ed Begley Jr., Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Christopher Moynihan, Christopher Guest. Directed by Christopher Guest.
Categories:  Comedy  Media  Documentary

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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  152 min. 
Plot: A man convinced his niece was murdered believes the killer is a member of his own family. In Swedish and English, with English subtitles.
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Andersson, Ingvar Hirdwall, Marika Lagercrantz. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev.
Categories:  Foreign  Media  Criminal Law

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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,The (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD (3 disc set) 158 min. 
Plot: A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by a young computer hacker.
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff. Directed by David Fincher.
Categories:  Drama  Media  Computer

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Great Beauty, The (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 142 min. 
Plot: Takes a look past the nightclubs and parties of Rome to find a timeless landscape of absurd and exquisite beauty. In Italian with English subtitles.
Cast: Carlo Verdone, Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Categories:  Drama  Foreign  Media

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Greatest Movie Ever Sold, The (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.
Cast: Peter Berg, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Morgan Spurlock. Directed by Morga Spurlock.
Categories:  Documentary  Comedy  Media

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His Girl Friday (1940)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. B&W
Plot: A newspaper editor attempts to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.
Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart. Directed by Howard Hawks.
Categories:  Comedy  Media  Death Penalty

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House of Cards Trilogy (1990)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 225 min. 
Plot: The Chief Whip in the House of Parliament manipulates his way to the top but a young reporter may be his downfall.
Cast: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson, David Lyon, Malcolm Tierney. Directed by Paul Seen.
Categories:  Government  Politics  Media

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Ides of March, The (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei. Directed by George Clooney.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  Media

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Interview, The (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: When a tabloid show lands an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Timothy Simons. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.
Categories:  Drama  Media  Government

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Kick-Ass (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A teenage comics-reader dons a wetsuit and becomes a masked vigilante.
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Moretz, Omari Hardwick, Xander Berkeley, Nicolas Cage. Directed by Matthew Vaughn.
Categories:  Action  Organized Crime  Media

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Life or Something Like It (2002)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A comedy about making choices, making friends, and making a mess.
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub, Christian Kane, Stockard Channing. Directed by Stephen Herek.
Categories:  Romance  Media  Women

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Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: Documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cast: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williamsb. Directed by Jean-Xaxier de Lestrade.
Categories:  Documentary  Criminal Procedure  Media

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Nightcrawler (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A man muscles into the world of crime journalism where he blurs the line between observer and participant.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton. Directed by Dan Gilroy.
Categories:  Drama  Media  Action

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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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Outfoxed:Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  78 min. 
Plot: Takes an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
Cast: Narrated by Douglas Cheek. Directed by Robert Greenwald.
Categories:  Documentary  Media  Politics

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Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: Access to the newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape, with both peril and opportunity.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Andrew Rossi.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Media

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Perfect Candidate, A (1996)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: Follows Oliver North's unsuccessful 1994 bid for a Virginia Senate seat.
Cast: Don Baker, Mark Goodin, Mark Merritt, Bill Clinton, G. Gordon Liddy, Oliver North, Chuck Robb, Douglas Wilder.. Directed by R. J. Cutler.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Media

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Pink Panther, The (2006)
Rated:  PG  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: Loosely based on Peter Sellers original film, where the detective must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.
Cast: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Beyoncé Knowles. Directed by Shawn Levy.
Categories:  Comedy  Discovery  Media

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Public Eye, The (1992)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and in not getting involved... until this time.
Cast: Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey. Directed by Howard Franklin.
Categories:  Drama  Media  Organized Crime

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Pump Up the Volume (1990)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: A shy teen who runs a pirated radio station exposes the corrupt school principal.
Cast: Christian Slade, Scott Paulin, Ellen Greene, Samantha Mathis. Directed by Allan Moyle.
Categories:  Entertainment  Media  Comedy

Law movies
Red Kimona, The (1925)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  77 min. B&W
Plot: A young girl is tricked into a life of prostitution as she tries to escape her small town.
Cast: Priscilla Bonner, Tyrone Power Sr., Theodore Von Eltz. Directed by Walter Lang.
Categories:  Women  Criminal Law  Media

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Roman Holiday (1953)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  118 min. B&W
Plot: A modern-day princess rebels against her royal obligations and explores Rome on her own.
Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power. Directed by William Wyler.
Categories:  Comedy  Romance  Media

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Secrecy (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: Amidst the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts," this film uncovers the vast and invisible world of government secrecy.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss.
Categories:  Documentary  Government  Media

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Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: Erotic comedy about a long lost college friend who drifts back into town and into the lives of a self-involved philanderer, his angelic wife, and her saucy sister.
Cast: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laure San Giacomo. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Categories:  Drama  Media  Marital Relations

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Shop Around the Corner, The (1940)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  99 min. B&W
Plot: Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.
Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
Categories:  Comedy  Romance  Media

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Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: A recently-widowed man's son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rosie O'Donnell, Bill Pullman, Rob Reiner. Directed by Nora Ephron.
Categories:  Romance  Children  Media

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Soloist, The (2009)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: A journalist befriends a homeless, Julliard-trained musician.
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander. Directed by Joe Wright.
Categories:  Media  Mental Health  Drama

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Superman: The Movie (1978)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 158 min. 
Plot: An alien orphan becomes the greatest super hero.
Cast: Christopher Reeves, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty. Directed by Richard Donner.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Family  Media

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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Rated:  NR  Stars:
Format:  DVD  96 min. B&W
Plot: An unethical Broadway columnist coerces an unscrupulous press agent into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Media

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Trip, The (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: Asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, Steve has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob.
Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Categories:  Comedy  Media  Domestic Relations

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Truth In Numbers? (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: Engagingly explores the history and cultural implications of Wikipedia.
Cast: Participants portray themselves.. Directed by Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill.
Categories:  Documentary  Media  Ethics

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Under Fire (1983)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: The final days of Somoza's Nicaragua as witnessed and experienced by three American journalists.
Cast: Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Richard Masur, Ed Harris. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode.
Categories:  Media  International  War

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Zodiac (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  157 min. 
Plot: A serial killer terrorizes San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards. Directed by David Fincher.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Media  Law Enforcement

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.