Underrated Movie #54 ~ Night Falls on Manhattan

Night Falls on Manhattan

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Andy Garcia stars as Sean Casey, a policeman turned lawyer who’s handed a career-making case when the district attorney lets him prosecute a cop-killing drug peddler. Sean’s father (Ian Holm), a seasoned New York police officer, was injured while trying to nab the culprit, so when Sean prevails in court, a double celebration is in order. But his moral code gets tested when he learns that his father may have compromised the case. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Great Movie Scenes ~ No Country For Old Men

Call It, Friend-O Chigurh (Javier Bardem) forces a gas station attendant to call “heads” or “tails” on a coin toss, and losing could mean his life. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Warning: Spoilers. Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #53 ~ Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

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In Jersey City, an African American hit man follows “Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai.” He lives alone, in simplicity with homing pigeons for company, calling himself Ghost Dog. His master, who saved his life eight years ago, is part of the local mob. When the boss’ daughter witnesses one of Ghost Dog’s hits, he becomes expendable. In response, Ghost Dog goes right at his attackers but… but how does he do it while staying true to the Samurai code? (IMdb) Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #52 ~ Diamond Men

Diamond Men

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Eddie (Robert Forster) is an aging traveling diamond salesman who faces demotion when his company’s new management deems him too high risk for carrying their gems. His final assignment — training inexperienced rookie salesman Bobby (Donnie Wahlberg) — brings an unexpected change. Although the relationship between the two men gets off to a less than amiable start, they eventually find that each has something valuable to offer the other. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Watch Instantly ~ 5 Fingers

Game 6 The valet to the British ambassador (James Mason) in Turkey during WWII decides to improve his lot by selling his employer’s top-secret documents to Germany. Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #51 ~ 5 Fingers

5 Fingers

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The film tells the (sort of) true story of Albanian-born Elyesa Bazna (James Mason), one of the most famous spies of World War II. Using the code name “Cicero,” he worked for Germany in 1943-44 while he was employed as valet to the British ambassador to Turkey, Sir Hughe Montgomery Knatchbull-Hugessen. His job was to photograph top-secret documents and turn the flms over to Franz von Papen, the former German chancellor, at that time German ambassador in Ankara. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Internet Movie Database

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Great Movie Scenes ~ The Firm

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Mitch Outwits Agent Terrance Mitch (Tom Cruise) gains the upper hand when he records Agent Terrance (Ed Harris) threatening him and abusing his power. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Warning: Strong Language and Spoilers. Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #50 ~ Near Dark

Near Dark

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In the dusty heart of the American southwest, innocent country boy Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is handily seduced by a beautiful girl (Jenny Wright) into joining a pack of vicious drifters, which turns out to be no ordinary band of outlaws. Soon, Caleb is trapped in a nightmarish world of soulless evil and hellish mayhem. This original vampire tale, co-starring Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton, shocks with a ferocious bite. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #49 ~ Starting Out in the Evening

Starting Out in the Evening

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With aims to revive the faded career of aging author Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella), enterprising graduate student Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose) makes his novels the topic of her master’s thesis and raises his hopes for a literary comeback. All the while, Leonard’s middle-aged daughter (Lili Taylor) remains dubious — both of Heather’s motivations and her own prospects for long-term happiness. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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