Underrated Movie #72 ~ The Verdict

The Verdict

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A washed-up, ambulance-chasing attorney (Paul Newman) gets a chance at redemption when his friend (Jack Warden) tosses him an open-and-shut medical malpractice case. But instead of accepting an easy cash settlement, he takes the powerful defendant to court. James Mason plays the opposing counsel, whom his legal adversary calls “The Prince of Darkness,” in this courtroom drama from director Sidney Lumet. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #71 ~ Margin Call

Margin Call

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An all-star cast shines in this engrossing drama about a critical 24-hour period at a high-profile investment bank in the early days of the 2008 financial crisis, when young analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) uncovers information that could destroy the firm. When he alerts upper management to the precarious position of their risky investments, an emergency meeting is held to decide if they should alert clients or abscond with the profits. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #70 ~ Brain Donors

Brain Donors

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Upon the advice of her lawyer (John Turturro), a rich widow, Lillian (Nancy Marchand), funds the establishment of a ballet company. Unfortunately, she chooses to rely on her inept groundskeeper, Jacques (Bob Nelson), and a cab driver who aspires to being a Renaissance man, Rocco (Mel Smith), to execute her plans. Their first production is the classic ballet “Swan Lake,” but will it lay an egg or will they be able to pull off a soaring success? (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Great Movie Scenes ~ Breakdown

Four-Vehicle Chase Jeff (Kurt Russell) rescues his wife, Amy (Kathleen Quinlan), from a gang of kidnappers, but Red (J.T. Walsh) and his boys won’t let them escape quite so easily. Warning: Spoilers. Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #69 ~ Cutthroat Island

Cutthroat Island

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Ahh, the 1600s. Geena Davis and Matthew Modine deliver nonstop action and adventure in this swashbuckling saga of ruthless pirates, buried treasure and bloodthirsty betrayal. A pirate’s beautiful daughter (Davis) inherits command of her father’s ship. She and her crew set sail to avenge his death and lay claim to the treasure of Cutthroat Island. (Netflix) Cutthroat gets a bad rap from people at the outset, but it’s exactly what it should be… fun, with things blowing up and stuff. The fact is that it’s pretty awesome. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Actors ~ Elias Koteas

Elias Koteas

Now you can put a name to the face. Elias Koteas is from Montreal, both his parents being of Greek descent. He is one of Canada’s most popular actors and frequently appears in films by Canadian directors Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg. Elias speaks Greek and French fluently. Notable appearances include Shutter Island (2010), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Zodiac (2007), The Thin Red Line (1998), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Watch this scene from Tucker. Click here for a complete filmography.

Underrated Movie #68 ~ Top Secret!

Top Secret!

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Following the success of their first feature, Airplane! the directing team of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker return with this farce about American rock idol Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer), who’s tapped to play at a cultural festival in East Germany. Nazis are staging the concert to distract attention from a secret attack on a submarine fleet, and before he knows it, Nick is trapped in an international incident, and aiding the French Resistance. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Worth Watching ~ Julia

Julia

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At an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Julia Harris (Tilda Swinton) agrees to help her friend Elena (Kate del Castillo) kidnap her son (Aidan Gould) from his industrialist grandfather. But when Julia takes the scheme into her own hands, she quickly descends into a dangerous world of Mexican con men. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Any movie that appears in the “Worth Watching” Category is a “near miss” that comes close, but does not quite qualify as an “Underrated Movie”, and yet it is still good enough to be mentioned.

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