Alex Connolly

Alex grew up in NYC and studied philosophy and literature at Stanford. He subscribes to several esteemed publications like the New York Times and the New Yorker, but he usually just skips to the movie sections. He loves to write about movies and TV, especially of the courtroom drama variety.

As a teacher, he’s been all over the map, from Los Angeles, to Pasadena, to Hollywood. He’s also taught in Colombia (country not school) and Ethiopia, whose government deported Alex in 2009 when they (erroneously) suspected him of trying to start a revolution.

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The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: Denial

Usually, searching for The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time means sitting down on the couch, finding a movie on iTunes, and restarting my router a few times until the thing loads. This week, however, I had occasion to actually get out of the house and take a trip to my local cineplex, where a new courtroom drama is gracing screens. It’s called “Denial,” and it came out in select cities on September 30th. Here’s my review:


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: A Time to Kill

For this week’s installment of The Greatest Lawyer Movies of all time, I watched…

A Time to Kill
1996 dir. Joel Schumacher

A ten-year-old girl is raped and nearly killed in rural Mississippi. She is black. The rapists are vile, white, Confederate flag-waving hicks, the kind only found in neglected rural backwaters and Hollywood genre films. They’re quickly apprehended, but will a jury of their white peers let them walk? The victim’s father is not willing to run that risk and decides to take the law into his own hands.


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: Anatomy of a Murder

LSAT students need a break every once in awhile, and lawyer movies are a great option for passive entertainment. There’s nothing like a good courtroom drama to keep you excited about your future legal career and get you through the LSAT slog. But which lawyer movies are the best? That’s what I’m trying to find


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: Compulsion (1959)

There are so many great lawyer movies. Which ones are the best? That’s what I’m trying to find out. This week, I watched…

1959 dir. Richard Fleischer

“Compulsion” is a fictionalization of the 1924 murder of Robert Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.