Underrated Movie #228 ~ The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

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Run down by his cocaine addiction, super sleuth Sherlock Holmes enters a treatment program under the care of renowned psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in this delightful mystery-adventure based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Meyer. An astonishing cast — including Laurence Olivier as Prof. Moriarty, Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson, Alan Arkin as Freud, and the underrated Nicol Williamson as Holmes — illuminate this crackling good story. (Netflix) This was even nominated for two Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #227 ~ Manny & Lo

Manny and Lo

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Sixteen-year-old Lo and 11-year-old Manny are sisters who’ve just ditched their foster homes. On the run, they squat in vacant homes until they discover Lo is pregnant. Stymied about how to deal with this new development, the girls kidnap a woman who might be able to help. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #226 ~ Tabloid

Tabloid

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Director Errol Morris, who loves finding eccentric characters, profiles another intriguingly dysfunctional personality in this complex documentary about Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose lovely exterior hides a genius IQ — and a criminal disposition. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #225 ~ Powwow Highway

Powwow Highway

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This offbeat road film, awarded the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival, tracks the journey of mellow Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer), a Montana Cheyenne tribe member who has to drive hundreds of miles to pick up a sister arrested in Santa Fe. Accompanying him is the intensely political Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez). Together, the two discover that they have much to learn from each other about life and strife. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.75 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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5 Near Misses That You Might Like

These movies didn’t quite make it to my own personal “underrated/overlooked” list, but I liked them, and you may find them worth watching as well. Click on the title to read more about the movie on IMDB.com

Safe House — Thriller — Cast: Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Hector Elizondo

What Doesn’t Kill You — Crime/Drama/Thriller — Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Brian Goodman

The Merry Gentleman — Crime/Drama — Cast: Michael, Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Bobby Cannavale

Pontypool — Thriller/Sci-Fi — Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly

Slums of Beverly Hills — Comedy/Drama — Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei

Underrated Movie #224 ~ The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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Years after fleeing the Taliban and immigrating to the United States, a privileged Afghan man returns to his war-ravaged homeland to try to repay a debt to a loyal childhood friend whose trust he once betrayed. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #223 ~ Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

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Hollywood legend Burt Lancaster nabbed a Best Actor Oscar as glad-handing, soul-redeeming charlatan Elmer Gantry, a huckster who spins his talent for preaching into a métier behind the pulpit. Hopping aboard the barnstorming evangelical crusade of Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), Gantry moralizes his way to fame and fortune till an erstwhile ladylove (Shirley Jones) threatens to expose his shady history as a skirt-chaser and scam artist. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #222 ~ Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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Gumshoe Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) takes on the case of a missing cheese maker/scientist when the man’s shapely daughter, Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward), hires the detective to investigate. In this film-noir spoof directed by Carl Reiner, Reardon interacts with a host of Tinseltown legends — including Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner and Joan Crawford — in clips intercut from vintage detective films. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #221 ~ Undefeated

Undefeated

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Documentary film-makers tackle football in this inspirational profile of an inner-city Memphis high school football team, whose downtrodden players combine with a dedicated volunteer coach in a valiant effort to reach the school’s first-ever playoff game. (Netflix) Despite winning the Oscar for Best Documentary, I don’t think many people saw this. It’s currently available on Netflix for instant viewing. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #220 ~ Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

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A speaking engagement brings 35-year-old Jesse back to his college alma mater, where he’s blindsided by nostalgia and a plucky sophomore named Zibby. Newly single and unfulfilled by his job, Jesse finds Zibby pulling him out of his doldrums. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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