Underrated Movie #195 ~ The Burial Society

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Rob LaBelle, Jan Rubes and David Paymer star in this overlooked thriller about Sheldon Kasner, an unassuming bank employee at Hebrew National Bank, where no one seems to see how deserving he is of bigger things. So, he attempts to prove his worth by plunging neck-deep into the criminal world of money laundering. Unfortunately, the goons he’s consorting with are playing for keeps, so he fakes his own death with the help of The Burial Society. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #194 ~ Arbitrage

Arbitrage

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As billionaire Robert Miller struggles to divest his empire before his fraud is brought to light, fate takes a nasty turn. Now desperate and running out of options, Miller turns to an unlikely source for help. (Netflix) How does a movie this good go practically unnoticed? I don’t know, but this is the best new thriller I’ve seen in a while. My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #193 ~ The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal

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A French paramilitary group disgusted with Pres. Charles de Gaulle’s decision to free French Algeria plans De Gaulle’s assassination in this taut political thriller, based on Frederick Forsyth’s novel. To carry out their task, the group hires a British hit man known only as “The Jackal” (Edward Fox). But soon the plan is uncovered by French police, who send investigator Lebel (Michel Lonsdale) to sniff out the Jackal’s trail. (Netflix) Probably the best espionage movie of all time. My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #192 ~ A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season

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South African schoolteacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) seeks justice for the murder of a black boy in this political drama set against the backdrop of apartheid. When his gardener’s son is killed by a police officer, Ben hires lawyer Ian Mackenzie (Marlon Brando) to prosecute. With the outcome of the case a foregone conclusion, Mackenzie butts heads with the system at every turn while Du Toit suffers personal alienation. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #191 ~ The Underneath

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In this remake of the film-noir classic Criss Cross, scalawag Michael Chambers (Peter Gallagher) returns home for his mother’s nuptials after running out on his gambling debts. Before long, he’s hatching a robbery scheme and wooing his ex-wife, Rachel (Alison Elliott) — a move that infuriates her new gangster hubby (William Fichtner). Steven Soderbergh directed this stylish and engrossing film co-starring Joe Don Baker and Elisabeth Shue. (Netflix) My Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #190 ~ The Negotiator

The Negotiator

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The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson), who insists he’s being framed for his partner’s murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there’s evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that might clear him, he takes everyone in the office hostage and demands that another well-known negotiator (Kevin Spacey) be brought in to handle the situation and secretly investigate the conspiracy. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #189 ~ Diner

Diner

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In 1959 Baltimore, former school chums facing adulthood find solace at the local diner, where the banter between groom-to-be Eddie (Steve Guttenberg), best man Billy (Tim Daly), womanizer Boogie (Mickey Rourke), married Shrevie (Daniel Stern) and quirky Modell (Paul Reiser) ranges from girls to growing old. Ellen Barkin and Kevin Bacon co-star in writer-director Barry Levinson’s debut feature, which received an Oscar nod for Best Screenplay. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Watch Instantly ~ The Man in the Moon

The Man in the Moon Set in 1950s Louisiana, this coming-of-age drama follows a 14-year-old tomboy as she tries to cope with her budding sensuality and a rivalry with her older sister. Trouble begins to brew when the siblings both fall for their dreamy new neighbor. The Man in the Moon is Underrated Movie #31. My Rating: 5 out of 5. Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #188 ~ The Company Men

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Written, directed and produced by John Wells, this indie drama stars Ben Affleck as a successful businessman who comes face-to-face with America’s downsizing epidemic when he loses his job and is forced to take a construction gig. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.25 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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