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1984 (1984)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future in which a man, whose daily work is rewriting history, tries to rebel by falling in love.
Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack. Directed by Michael Radford.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  Censorship

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Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 102 min. 
Plot: When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.
Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale. Directed by Michael Curitz and William Keighley.
Categories:  Action  Politics  Civil Rights

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Alice's Restaurant (1969)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: A cinematic adaptation of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story.
Cast: Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, James Broderick, Pete Seeger. Directed by Arthur Penn.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  War

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All the King's Men (1949)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.
Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge. Directed by Robert Rossen.
Categories:  Politics  Drama

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Amarcord (1973)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 123 min. 
Plot: A year in the life of a small Italian coastal town during the Fascist period of the 1930s. In Italian with English subtitles.
Cast: Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Magali Noel, Ciccio Ingrassia. Directed by Federico Fellini.
Categories:  Politics  Foreign  Comedy

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Art of the Steal, The (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: Follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Don Argott.
Categories:  Documentary  Art  Politics

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

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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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Ben-Hur (1959)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  212 min. 
Plot: When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott. Directed by William Wyler.
Categories:  Action  Politics  Religion

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Bloody Sunday (2002)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: Recreation of the events of "Bloody Sunday", Jan. 30, 1972, when British troops fired on unarmed protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Cast: James Nesbitt, Allan Gildea, Gerard Crossan, Mary Moulds. Directed by Paul Greengrass.
Categories:  Drama  History  Politics

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Blow Out (1981)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: An audio technician accidentally records the evidence that proves a car accident was murder, and consequently finds himself in danger.
Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz. Directed by Brian De Palma.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Drama  Politics

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Bobby (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: The assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and its effect of the people in Ambassador Hotel with him.
Cast: Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy. Directed by .
Categories:  Politics  History  Drama

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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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Broken Arrow (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the US military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.
Cast: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Frank Whaley. Directed by John Woo.
Categories:  Action  Politics

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Camelot (1967)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  180 min. 
Plot: The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guenevere is played out amid the pageantry of Camelot.
Cast: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries, Lawrence Naismith. Directed by Joshua Logan.
Categories:  Musical  Politics  Domestic Relations

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Casino Jack (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.
Cast: Jack Abramoff, William Branner, Tom DeLay, Donn Dunlop, Kevin Henderson. Directed by Alex Gibney.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  History

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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, which was an efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets, had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hopkins, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty. Directed by Mike Nichols.
Categories:  Politics  War  International

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Citizen Koch (2013)
Rated:    Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: Follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party.
Cast: Cast members portray themselves. Directed by Carl Deal & Tia Lessin.
Categories:  Drama  Documentary  Politics

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Citizenfour (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 114 min. 
Plot: A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
Cast: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald. Directed by Laura Poitras.
Categories:  Documentary  National Security  Politics

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City Hall (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Cast: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello. Directed by Harold Becker.
Categories:  Drama  Law Enforcement  Politics

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Control Room (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  84 min. 
Plot: Based on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.
Cast: Joshua Rushing, Samir Khader, David Shuster, Donald Rumsfeld. Directed by Jehane Noujaim.
Categories:  Documentary  War  Politics

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Day of the Jackal, The (1973)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  143 min. 
Plot: A professional assassin plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.
Cast: Alan Badel, Tony Britton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Lonsdale, Eric Porter, Delphine Seyrig. Directed by Fred Zinnemann.
Categories:  Politics  Law Enforcement  Drama

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Disgrace (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A professor gets caught up in post-apartheid politics.
Cast: John Malkovich, Natalie Becker, Antoinette Engel, Antonio Fisher. Directed by Steve Jacobs.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  Racism

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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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District 9 (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt. Directed by Neill Blomkamp.
Categories:  Immigration  Politics  SciFi/Fantasy

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Double Take (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  79 min. Color/B&W
Plot: Archival footage and a Hitchcock double are blended to create a political documentary/thriller.
Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Ron Burrage, Mark Perry, Delfine Bafort. Directed by Johan Grimonprez.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Mystery/Suspense

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Each Dawn I Die (1939)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  92 min. B&W
Plot: After breaking a story about city corruption, a reporter is jailed for manslaughter and broken down by the penitentiary system.
Cast: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft, Maxie Rosenbloom. Directed by William Keighley.
Categories:  Ethics  Politics

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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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Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: The untold true story behind the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Cast: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny KNoxville. Directed by Liza Johnson.
Categories:  History  Comedy  Politics

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Emmanuel's Gift (2005)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  80 min. 
Plot: Chronicles the life of a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds and effecting social and political change throughout his country.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  History

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End of Suburbia, The: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  78 min. 
Plot: The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living.
Cast: Hosted by Barrie Zwicker. Directed by Gregory Greene.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Economics

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Evan Almighty (2007)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.
Cast: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman. Directed by Tom Shadyac.
Categories:  Religion  Comedy  Politics

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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.
Cast: Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring. Directed by Francois Truffaut.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Politics  Free Speech

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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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Frost/Nixon (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: A retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall. Directed by Ron Howard.
Categories:  Drama  History  Politics

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Gangster Squad (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A secret crew of police officers work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city.
Cast: Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. Directed by Ruben Fleischer.
Categories:  Drama  Organized Crime  Politics

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Gatekeepers, The (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.
Cast: Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri. Directed by Dror Moreh.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Government

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Glass Key, The (1942)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  85 min. B&W
Plot: During the campaign for reelection, a politician decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of a gangster and associating to a respectable political conformist.
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix. Directed by Stuart Heisler.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  Mystery/Suspense

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD   min. 
Plot: Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Cast: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella. Directed by George Clooney.
Categories:  History  Politics  Drama

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Good Shepherd, The (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  168 min. 
Plot: The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.
Cast: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro. Directed by Robert De Niro.
Categories:  Politics  National Security  Drama

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Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  89 min. 
Plot: In 1974 college student Patty Hearst was kidnapped by a terrorist group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Robert Stone.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Politics

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Hacking Democracy (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  82 min. 
Plot: Ground breaking investigation of election fraud during the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
Cast: Narration by James Naughton. Directed by Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Fraud

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Head of State (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: An unknown local politician from down-and-out Washington D.C. is unexpectedly selected to run as a presidential candidate.
Cast: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Nick Searcy, Robin Givens, Lynn Whitfield, Tamala Jones, James Rebhorn. Directed by Chris Rock.
Categories:  Politics  Drama

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Hidden Agenda (1990)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend and a police detective to find the truth.
Cast: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling. Directed by Ken Loach.
Categories:  Drama  Government  Politics

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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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House of Cards: Season One (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 7 hours, 15 min. 
Plot: A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll. Directed by Various directors.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  Domestic Relations

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House of Cards: Season Two (2014)
Rated:    Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 11 hours, 3 min. 
Plot: Continuing saga of a congressman working to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll. Directed by Various directors.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  Domestic Relations

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How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: Story of two coalitions whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by David France.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Health

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Hunger (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  1 hour, 36 min. 
Plot: The last six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands.
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan. Directed by Steve McQueen.
Categories:  Politics  Drama  International

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Hunting of the President (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: Story of a sustained and well-funded effort to discredit and defeat Bill Clinton
Cast: Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, James Carville, Susan McDougal, and Jerry Fallwell. Directed by Nicholas Perry and Henry Thomason.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  History

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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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In the Line of Fire (1993)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: A veteran secret service agent who is haunted by his failure to protect JFK, must overcome his past to protect the current president.
Cast: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Politics  Drama

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 153 min. 
Plot: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by brutally killing Nazis.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Christopher Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Categories:  International  War  Politics

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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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Khodorkovsky (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: The richest Russian challenges President Putin and a fight of the titans begins. Khodorkovsky journeys to exile, but returns to Russia knowing he will be imprisoned.
Cast: Mikhail Khodorkovsky and narrated by Jean-Marc Barr. Directed by Cyril Tuschi.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  History

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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 Campaign, The (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: The 2004 campaign for re-election of Justice Warren McGraw for the West Virginia Supreme Court is dubbed the "nastiest" judicial race in 2004.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Wayne Ewing.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Supreme Court

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Legally Blonde 2: Red White & Blonde (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A sassy Harvard law grad is all about animal rights. In fact, she puts her nuptial plans on hold to head to Washington D.C. to get an anti-animal testing bill passed. Her building's doorman quickly shows her the ways and workings of our nation's capital.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge. Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.
Categories:  Comedy  Government  Politics

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Lions for Lambs (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: Injuries sustained by two Army ranger behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist, and a professor.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford. Directed by Robert Redford.
Categories:  War  Politics  Drama

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Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  127 min. B&W
Plot: A platoon of Korean War G.I.s returns home with mysterious gaps in their memories, which seem to point toward a diabolic political plot.
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory. Directed by John Frankenheimer.
Categories:  Military  Politics

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Matchmaker, The (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: Marcy, an assistant to Senator John McGlory, is having problems with the Irish vote during a re-election campaign.
Cast: Janeane Garofalo, Denis Leary, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea. Directed by Mark Joffe.
Categories:  Comedy  Domestic Relations  Politics

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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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Missiles of October, The (1974)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  150 min. 
Plot: A profile of the Kennedy administration during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Cast: Martin Sheen, William Devane, Howard DaSilva. Directed by Anthony Page.
Categories:  International  Politics  War

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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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Most Dangerous Man in America, The (2009)
Rated:  ****  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: In 1971 a former Pentagon insider smuggled a top-secret Pentagon study to the New York Times.
Cast: Daniel Ellsberg as narrator. Directed by Judith Ehrlich.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  War

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  129 min. B&W
Plot: A naive man is appointed to the U.S. Senate by a corrupt political boss, and thwarts the boss's efforts of manipulation.
Cast: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold. Directed by Frank Capra.
Categories:  Government  Politics  Comedy

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Names of Love, The (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.
Cast: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem. Directed by Michel Leclerc.
Categories:  Foreign  Politics  Comedy

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Nashville (1975)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  160 min. 
Plot: Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated individuals prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surface and are revealed.
Cast: Henry Gibson, Lily Tomlin, Ronee Blakely, Keith Caradine. Directed by Robert Altman.
Categories:  Politics  Entertainment  Drama

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Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: A newly elected district attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation which may involve his father and his partner.
Cast: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Politics  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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No Way Out (1987)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A cover up and witch hunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff. Directed by Roger Donaldson.
Categories:  Politics  Criminal Law  Drama

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Omagh (2004)
Rated:  PG13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: An examination of the aftermath of the 1998 Real IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
Cast: Gerard McSorley, Michèle Forbes, Brenda Fricker. Directed by Pete Travis.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  History

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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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Parallax View (1974)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: An ambitious reporter gets in over his head while investigating a senator's assassination.
Cast: Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Paula Prentiss. Directed by Alan J. Pakula.
Categories:  Action  Politics  Entertainment

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Patriocracy (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: An examination of the current state of political polarization in the United States of the America.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Brian Malone.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics

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Pelican Brief, The (1993)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: A law student who hypothesizes about the assassinations of two Supreme Court justices in a brief finds herself caught up in the plot.
Cast: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard. Directed by Alan J. Pakula.
Categories:  Drama  Mystery/Suspense  Politics

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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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Point of Order (1964)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A compilation of TV coverage of the 1954 McCarthy-Army hearings.
Cast: Roy M. Cohn, Joseph McCarthy, Joseph N. Welch. Directed by Emile de Antonio.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Government

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Postman, The (1994)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: A fisherman's life dramatically when a famous Chilean poet is exiled to his island. In Italian with English subtitles.
Cast: Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Directed by Michael Radford.
Categories:  Romance  Politics  Women

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Pow Wow Highway (1989)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  88 min. 
Plot: Social realism regarding the struggles of reservation dwelling for Native Americans.
Cast: A. Martinez, Gary Farmer, Amanda Wyss, Joannelle Nadine Romero. Directed by Jonathan Wacks.
Categories:  Drama  Racism  Politics

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Primary (1960)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  60 min. 
Plot: Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary
Cast: Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, Joseph Julian. Directed by Robert Drew.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  History

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Primary Colors (1998)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  140 min. 
Plot: A virtually unknown Southern governor goes on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife.
Cast: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Adrian Lester, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman. Directed by Mike Nichols.
Categories:  Politics  Drama

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Prince and the Showgirl, The (1957)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: An American showgirl's love affair with a duke is challenged by politics, petty jealousies and premonitions of war.
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike. Directed by Laurence Olivier.
Categories:  Romance  Entertainment  Politics

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Recount (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Laura Dern, John Hunt, Denis Leary, Bruce McGill, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Jay Roach.
Categories:  Politics  Government  Drama

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A parody of the traditional Robin Hood story.
Cast: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck, Dave Chappelle, Isaac Hayes, Tracey Ullman. Directed by Mel Brooks.
Categories:  Comedy  Politics  Conflict

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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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Saboteur (1942)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  108 min. B&W
Plot: An aircraft worker evades arrest after he is accused of sabotage.
Cast: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Politics  War

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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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Shaggy D.A., The (1976)
Rated:  G  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: A successful lawyer running for District Attorney, suddenly finds himself being transformed into an English sheepdog.
Cast: Dean Jones, Tim Conway, Suzanne Pleshette, Keenan Wynn. Directed by Robert Stevenson.
Categories:  Comedy  Politics  Family

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Situation, The (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: A love triangle between a CIA operative, an American journalist, and an Iraqi photographer plays out against the backdrop of the war in Iraq.
Cast: Connie Nielson, damian Lewis, Mido Hamada. Directed by Philip Haas.
Categories:  International  Politics  War

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Slacker Uprising (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: Michael Moore's 60-city tour of college campuses and other venues to showcase what the filmmaker calls "the birth of a new political generation."
Cast: Michael Moore. Directed by Michael Moore.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics

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State of Play (2009)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: A team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Helen Mirren . Directed by Kevin MacDonald.
Categories:  Politics  Law Enforcement  Mystery/Suspense

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Strangers and Brothers (1984)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 715 min. 
Plot: As WWII looms in Europe, an ambitious young English lawyer embarks on his tempestuous career-and even stormier romantic life.
Cast: Shaughan Seymour, Sheila Ruskin, Nigel Havers, CHerie Lunghi, Richard Heffer, Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Ronald Wilson & Jeremy Summers.
Categories:  Drama  Television  Politics

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Syriana (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt. Directed by Stephen Gaghan.
Categories:  International  Commercial  Politics

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Tanner '88 (1996)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 353 min. 
Plot: An 11 part television series that is a satire of media-age politics in America.
Cast: Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Daniel Jenkins, Cynthia Nixon. Directed by Robert Altman.
Categories:  Politics  Government

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Tea Party: The Documentary Film (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: Follows the struggles of five grassroots individuals and their transformation into national activists in the 9/12 March on Washington.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Pritchett Cotton.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Government

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They Won't Forget (1937)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student.
Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Dickenson, Edward Norris. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Categories:  Drama  Mystery/Suspense  Politics

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Thirteen Days (2001)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  147 min. 
Plot: The film is set during the two-week Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962, and it centers on how President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and others handled the explosive situation.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood. Directed by Roger Donaldson.
Categories:  International  Politics

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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 (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

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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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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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Wag the Dog (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: When the president of the United States is about to get caught in a sex scandal 14 days from the election it must be time to invent a war.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Woody Harrelson, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy. Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Politics  War  Sexuality

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Waking the Dead (2000)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.
Cast: Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, Molly Parker, Janet McTeer, Paul Hipp, Sandra Oh. Directed by Keith Gordon.
Categories:  Romance  Politics

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War is Over, The (1966)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  116 min. B&W
Plot: A Spanish revolutionary maintains his ideals even though he is warned he will be sold out. In French with English subtitles.
Cast: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold, Jean Dasté. Directed by Alain Resnais.
Categories:  War  Politics  Foreign

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Way We Were, The (1973)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Cast: Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman. Directed by Sydney Pollack.
Categories:  Drama  Romance  Politics

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Weather Underground, The (2002)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: Story of the radical activists of the 1970s and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.
Cast: Interviews with: Bernadine Dohrn, Mark Rudd, Brian Flanagan, and others. Directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Politics

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Weiner (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's disastrous 2013 mayoral campaign.
Cast: Participants portray themselves.. Directed by Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  History

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Well-Founded Fear (2000)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: An in-depth look at the asylum process of the federal U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson.
Categories:  Documentary  Immigration  Politics

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Wire: The Complete Fourth Season, The (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 780 min. 
Plot: A shake up in the police department during a tight race for mayor allow a gang leader to make his way to the top of the drug trade.
Cast: Dominic West, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Lance Reddick, Aidan Gillen. Directed by Daniel Attias.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Law Enforcement  Politics

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Year of Living Dangerously, The (1982)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: An Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno.
Cast: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Kerr, Michael Murphy, Linda Hunt, Noel Ferrier. Directed by Peter Weir.
Categories:  War  Romance  Politics

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Z (1969)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: Based on actual incidents in 1960s Greece, an investigator tries to uncover the truth following the murder of a prominent leftist while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. Subtitled in English.
Cast: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Charles Denner. Directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras.
Categories:  Drama  Foreign  Politics

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.