Underrated Movie #207 ~ Lucky

Lucky

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Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound, Rocket Science) directs this documentary that tells the stories of lottery players whose lives have been changed — or not — by their wins, and also of those who obsessively keep trying even though they know the odds are slim. Although Blitz remains skeptical about gambling itself, he objectively illustrates each player’s poignant account in this engrossing film, an official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Great Movie Scenes ~ The Driver

The Drive: Best Car Chase Scenes of All Time The Driver (Ryan O’Neal) is a professional thief who steals cars to drive as getaway vehicles for big-time robberies. Hot on The Driver’s trail is The Detective (Bruce Dern), a weird, egotistical cop who refers to The Driver as “the cowboy who’s never been caught,” and is willing to go to any lengths to bring him down. This scene is one of the two best car chase scenes in movie history… and both of them are in the same movie! Warning: Spoilers. Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #206 ~ Premium Rush

Premium Rush

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a New York City bike messenger whose routine “premium rush” run turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan after a dirty cop (Michael Shannon) becomes desperate to get his hands on the package. My Rating: 3.9 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #205 ~ Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter

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While investigating a series of suspicious bear killings, a group of students trail a mysterious “hunter” who tries to elude them at every turn. The group soon learns that his prey is far more dangerous and mystical than mere bears. (Netflix) I was impressed with the special effects these filmmakers managed on such a shoestring budget. Well done. My Rating: 4 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #204 ~ Cassandra’s Dream

Cassandra's Dream

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When two brothers turn to crime to solve their money troubles, they soon find themselves over their heads and pitted against each other. One brother becomes smitten with a beautiful young actress, while his sibling struggles with gambling debts. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #203 ~ Trouble With the Curve

Trouble With the Curve

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Slowed by age and failing eyesight, crack baseball scout Gus Lobel takes his grown daughter along as he checks out the final prospect of his career. Along the way, the two renew their bond, and she catches the eye of a young player-turned-scout. (Netflix) My Rating: 3.9 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #202 ~ Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

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Everything’s going great between baseball fanatic Ben (Jimmy Fallon) and his new girlfriend, Lindsay (Drew Barrymore). But when spring rolls around and baseball season begins, Ben’s overwhelming obsession with the Boston Red Sox threatens to destroy their relationship. Ione Skye and Kadee Strickland co-star in this Farrelly brothers comedy based on Nick Hornby’s novel, which originally had its protagonist obsessed with soccer. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Great Movie Scenes ~ The Dark Knight Rises

Underrated Movie #201 ~ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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It’s been 10 years since John Connor (Nick Stahl) saved Earth from Judgment Day, and he’s now living under the radar, steering clear of using anything Skynet can trace. That is, until he encounters T-X (Kristanna Loken), a robotic assassin ordered to finish what T-1000 started. Good thing Connor’s former nemesis, the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is back to aid the now-adult Connor… just like he promised. Claire Danes co-stars. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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