Underrated Movie #187 ~ Citizen X

Citizen X

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In this fact-based film, Russian forensics expert Burakov (Stephen Rea) tracks a serial killer over several years. Bukarov’s superior, Fetisov (Donald Sutherland), does his best to assist, but with more than 50 victims, the case stalls under Soviet bureaucracy. At the end of his rope, Bukarov brings in a psychiatrist (Max von Sydow) to create the killer’s profile. Sutherland won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in this made-for-HBO thriller. Rated R. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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What is the most underrated or overlooked movie SEQUEL of all time?

We all know Aliens, The Godfather Part II, The Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Spider-Man 2, and other sequels that are probably better than the originals, but here we’re looking for the most underrated/overlooked sequel. If you have one in mind that’s not listed, vote for “Other” and write it in or make a comment.

Underrated Movie #186 ~ The Silent Partner

The Silent Partner

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After discovering a secret plot to rob the bank at which he works, timid teller Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) cunningly hides a large portion of the cash in his own safe-deposit box in this tense thriller. After the robbery, master criminal Harry Reikle (Christopher Plummer) discovers that he’s been duped and puts the squeeze on Cullen to hand over the money. Oscar winner Curtis Hanson penned the screenplay. (Netflix) My Rating: 3.75 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Actress ~ Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino

Those who loved to watch the exploits of Kevin Arnold will recognize Carla from her appearance on a classic episode of The Wonder Years. She has a vast filmography, with notable appearances including American Gangster (2007), Underrated Movie #26 The Lookout (2007), Night at the Museum (2006), Spy Kids (2001), Chicago Hope (TV Series, 2000), Snake Eyes (1998), and This Boy’s Life (1993). Click here for a complete list.

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Worth Watching ~ Ripley’s Game

Ripley's Game

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John Malkovich stars as cool and conniving Tom Ripley, an American expatriate who lures a mild-mannered picture framer (Dougray Scott) with a terminal illness into a web of theft and murder in this adaptation of the crime novel by Patricia Highsmith. Ripley manipulates the intricate plot until a gang of Russian mobsters arrives and the game spins out of control. The film is one of several that features Highsmith’s complicated Ripley character. (Netflix) My Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #185 ~ Dinner Rush

Dinner Rush

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Louis (Danny Aiello) is an aging bookie and restaurateur who’s bemoaning the transformation of Gigino’s — his restaurant in the TriBeCa area of New York City — from a down-to-earth, mom-and-pop Italian eatery to a pretentious, see-and-be-seen establishment. To make matters worse, Louis’s son Udo (Edoardo Ballerini), a talented chef, wants to take over the restaurant … as do a pair of thugs who murdered Louis’s partner. (Netflix) My Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #184 ~ Blood and Wine

Blood and Wine

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A desperate man risks everything to save his flagging business in director Bob Rafelson’s noir thriller. Deeply in debt and at odds with his wife (Judy Davis) and stepson, Alex Gates (Jack Nicholson) teams with amoral safecracker Victor Spansky (Michael Caine) to pinch an expensive diamond necklace with help from Alex’s miniskirted mistress (Jennifer Lopez). But the scheme goes awry when his alcoholic spouse inadvertently gets involved. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.75 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #183 ~ Trucker

Trucker

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Self-involved trucker Diane (Michelle Monaghan) contends with more than she thinks she wants to when her ex (Benjamin Bratt) is laid up in the hospital, forcing their 11-year-old son, Peter (Jimmy Bennett), to suddenly show up in her life — and need her. James Mottern writes and directs this unconventional take on motherhood, estrangement and family; Nathan Fillion and Joey Lauren Adams co-star. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #182 ~ Beowulf

Beowulf

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Robert Zemeckis directs this film adaptation of the longest surviving Anglo-Saxon poem, an epic tale concerning a 6th-century Scandinavian warrior named Beowulf (Ray Winstone) and his mission to slay the manlike ogre Grendel (Crispin Glover), a descendant of Cain. This film’s notable cast includes Anthony Hopkins as King Hrothgar, John Malkovich as Unferth and Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s tormented mother. (Netflix) My Rating: 3.9 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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