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Truth Has Fallen

This compelling production offers a combination of effective treatment of the problems in the system with proposed solutions.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Fan studies scholars and movie buffs will definitely want to see The Adaptation for themselves, but others will find the documentary just as enjoyable.

Natural Life

Policymakers and those who labor in the juvenile justice system will value this film.

The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

Fans of the musical may find this retelling a bit humdrum without the songs; however, there are times when it tugs at the heartstrings. Suitable for family viewing and public libraries.


This look at the work of three generations of public servants will be of interest to historians, human rights advocates, and political scientists.

Hate Crimes in the Heartland

Lyon succeeds in illuminating these episodes and creating a valuable platform for discussion groups studying racial animosity in America and the violence it brings.

El Poeta

Though there are plenty of facts about the war on drugs in this film, El Poeta is at its heart a moving profile of a charismatic person on a mission.

Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise

This book is essential for LGBT couples as they explore the practicalities and legalities of a civil union, and it's well-rounded enough that straight couples may find it useful as well.

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

Though the director belabors his theories somewhat, his generally astute use of interviews and clips raises solid questions about media attention in high-profile cases.

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