Underrated Movie #104 ~ The Grifters

The Grifters

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Roy Dillon’s (John Cusack) life is turned upside down when a con job goes bad. His estranged mother, Lilly (Anjelica Huston), who happens to be on the lam, reunites with her son to oversee his health care, only to be faced by Roy’s headstrong, competitive, con-artist girlfriend Myra Langtry (Annette Bening). Myra does her best to win over her man in Stephen Frears’s darkly funny and intricately layered look at life’s seedy side. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #103 ~ Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes

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Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson star in this intense drama about an egocentric attorney and a recovering alcoholic salesman whose lives dangerously collide when their cars crash on a New York expressway. After the accident, corrupt lawyer Gavin Banek (Affleck) discovers he’s left behind an important file with the other driver, Doyle Gibson (Jackson). But soon anger erupts, and a vengeful game of one-upmanship threatens to ruin them both. (Netflix) My Ratings: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Great Movie Scenes ~ The Shawshank Redemption

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Underrated Movie #102 ~ The Killing

The Killing

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Before settling down to a respectable life, career criminal Johnny Clay teams with a group of pitiful two-bit crooks to pull off one final, elaborate heist at a racetrack in this classic noir thriller directed by Stanley Kubrick. (Netflix) My Ratings: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Great Movie Scenes ~ In the Line of Fire

Blocking the Bullet Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is closing-in on the deranged Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) after a long game of cat-and-mouse. Warning: Spoilers (but you should have seen this by now). Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #101 ~ Trespass

Trespass

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Two firefighters (Bill Paxton and William Sadler) are pointed in the direction of stolen goods at an abandoned warehouse and set out to cash in — but instead witness the murder of a gangster by a rival gang. When one gang leader realizes that the two men have seen the killing, he immediately puts a hit on them, only to have the tables turned when the firefighters kidnap the gang leader’s brother. (Netflix) Written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale of “Back to the Future” fame. My Rating: 4 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #100 ~ Drugstore Cowboy

Drugstore Cowboy

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In Gus Van Sant’s unrepentant look at drug addiction, four junkies begin robbing pharmacies to fuel their habits. Soon, ringleader Bob, his wife and underlings Rick and Nadine take the show on the road after things get too hot at home. Their lives spiral out of control when a terrible accident takes place. My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Worth Watching ~ The Eclipse

The Eclipse

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In this supernatural thriller penned and helmed by award-winning Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Ciarán Hinds stars as a recent widower who begins to sense that a mysterious presence is sharing his house. Iben Hjejle and Aidan Quinn co-star as a pair of novelists whose worlds converge with that of the widower thanks to an international literary festival in Wexford that brings surprising changes to all their lives. (Netflix) This is a strange cross between a drama, supernatural thriller, and even some comedy. A couple of pretty darn scary scenes here. My Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #99 ~ The Score

The Score

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In director Frank Oz’s tense and deftly acted crime drama, ready-to-retire safecracker Nick (Robert De Niro), flamboyant fence Max (Marlon Brando) and aspiring, talented — but volatile — thief Jackie (Edward Norton) team up to rob the Montreal Customs House. The score could put them all on easy street, but Nick is growing increasingly uncomfortable with the operation, mostly because things with Jackie don’t seem quite right. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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