Underrated Movie #142 ~ An Unfinished Life

An Unfinished Life

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When her husband dies, grieving widow Jean moves with her daughter into the Wyoming home of her estranged father-in-law, steely rancher Einar, even though they don’t get along. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #141 ~ A Walk in the Clouds

A Walk in the Clouds

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Love becomes complicated when World War II vet Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves) falls for Victoria (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), a pregnant and unwed woman who persuades him — during their first encounter — to pose as her husband at a Napa Valley vineyard owned by her despotic father, Alberto (Giancarlo Giannini). Director Alfonso Arau helms this romantic fable, which won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Anthony Quinn co-stars. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #140 ~ Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

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When trailer park resident Teri Horton bought a painting for five bucks, little did she know it could be a genuine Jackson Pollock worth millions. This film documents her dealings with the art world’s elitist establishment to authenticate the piece. Throughout the brash woman’s 15-year endeavor to validate the painting, the clash between stuffy art dealers and the cussin’, beer-drinkin’ Horton is funny, eye-opening and utterly unforgettable. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #139 ~ Frozen River

Frozen River

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On a Mohawk reservation on the Canadian border, Ray Eddy teams with widowed tribe member Lila Littlewolf to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States. Though the work provides the women with much-needed money, each trip puts them in peril. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #138 ~ Microcosmos

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Employing unique microscopic cameras and powerful specialized microphones, this highly praised French documentary is a fascinating look at the seldom-explored world of insects and other minute creatures as they go about their daily lives. The film won five César Awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Music. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #137 ~ We Own the Night

We Own the Night

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In 1980s Brooklyn, Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) appears to have it all: a lovely girlfriend, powerful friends and a lavish lifestyle. In reality, Russian gangsters own the club he manages, and his brother (Mark Wahlberg), straight-arrow cop Joseph, is looking to bring them down. (Netflix) Another great one under the radar from director James Gray. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #136 ~ Management

Management

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Golden Globe winner Jennifer Aniston stars in this comedic tale as a traveling art saleswoman who makes the mistake of her life when she shares a one-night stand with a dim-witted motel manager (Steve Zahn) who takes to following her all around the country. Woody Harrelson and Fred Ward also star in this romantic comedy from writer-director Stephen Belber. (Netflix) Just discovered this one last night… it’s a gem. My Rating: 4.75 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #135 ~ Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket

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In this offbeat comedy, a trio of Texas friends tries to embark on a life of crime. After knocking over a bookstore and going on the lam, they bungle their way into a huge heist engineered by a silver-tongued con artist. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #134 ~ 51 Birch Street

51 Birch Street

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Married 54 years, Mike and Mina Block were the picture of if not wedded bliss then at least rock-solid stability — or so thought their son, documentary filmmaker Doug Block. But when his mother dies unexpectedly and his father swiftly marries his former secretary, Doug suddenly realizes there was more to his parents’ union than met his eye. Turning his lens on his own family, he discovers much he never knew about the people who raised him. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #133 ~ Murder on a Sunday Morning

Murder on a Sunday Morning

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Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s documentary won an Oscar for its compelling account of the trial of 15-year-old African-American Brenton Butler, who was accused of murdering a woman outside her hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. But when Butler’s lawyer reopens the case, she sets out to prove that the investigation and Butler’s interrogation were hasty and shockingly corrupt. The vindictive and redemptive aspects of America’s justice system are on full display. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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