Underrated Movie #274 ~ Exam

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In this psychological thriller, eight job applicants in a guarded, windowless room are given instruction, exams and 80 minutes to answer one discerning question that may win them a prime position. But they soon discover this is no ordinary test. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #273 ~ Disconnect

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This drama about the thrills and perils of seeking fulfillment online focuses on a male escort, an outcast schoolboy and a married couple in trouble. Each of the characters is fated to find out just how badly their buried secrets can undo them. (Netflix) Rated R. My Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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5 More “Near Misses” That You Might Find “Delightful”

These movies were close, but didn’t quite make it to this underrated/overlooked movies list. But I do give them a thumbs-up, and you may find them worth watching. Click on the title to read more about the movie on IMDB.com

In the Electric Mist — Crime/Thriller/Mystery — Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard

Paranoid Park — Crime/Drama — Cast: Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Taylor Momsen

Murder By Numbers — Crime/Thriller — Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling

What Lies Beneath — Drama/Mystery/Horror — Cast: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne

Appaloosa — Western — Cast: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger

Watch Instantly ~ The People Vs. George Lucas

The People Vs. George Lucas Building a balanced but spirited case without taking sides, filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe sets up the decades-old conflict between Star Wars creator George Lucas and his legions of passionate fans in this documentary. (Netflix) This is Underrated Movie #239 on this list. My Rating: 4 out of 5. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #272 ~ The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery

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Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down star in this action thriller, based on director/screenwriter Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, about a daring gold heist that shocked Victorian society. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #271 ~ McCabe & Mrs. Miller

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

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From director Robert Altman comes an original and unusual Western capturing the essence of frontier life while overturning Old West myths. John McCabe (Warren Beatty), an entrepreneurial vagabond, moves to a ramshackle Pacific Northwest town to establish a saloon/brothel. He soon meets the shrewd Mrs. Miller (Julie Christie), a professional madam with years of experience; together, they start a booming business and a blossoming relationship. (Netflix) This movie features maybe the best bad guy in movie history. On Roger Ebert’s list of “Great Movies” — click on the “Review” button to read his review. My Rating: 4.9 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Watch Instantly ~ The Thin Blue Line


The Thin Blue Line Watch this incredible documentary instantly! Underrated Movie #23 on this list. Filmmaker Errol Morris’s gripping investigation into the murder of a Dallas police officer was responsible for freeing the man who was originally — and erroneously — charged with and convicted of the crime. Through archival footage, interviews and reenactments, Morris skillfully makes a case for the innocence of a man who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Netflix) Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Actress ~ Ann Dowd

Ann Dowd

Ann Dowd is a veteran actress with more than 70 television and big-screen credits. Ann originally headed to college in her home state of Massachusetts to study pre-med, but later decided to pursue acting. She spent several years performing in regional theatre in the Chicago area, and moved to New York City in 1988 to pursue a bigger stage. She has won numerous awards for her stage work, and has appeared on Broadway three times. I had vaguely recognized Ann from other movies, but it was her performance in the independent psychological thriller Compliance, which is Underrated Movie #212 on this list, that really caught my attention. To me it is one of the most amazing acting jobs of all time, and Dowd should have been nominated for the Academy Award… and she should have won. Other notable appearances include Lorenzo’s Oil (1992), Philadelphia (1993), Shiloh (1996), TV’s The X-Files (1999), TV’s NYPD Blue (2000), TV’s Freaks and Geeks (2000), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Marley & Me (2008), The Informant! (2009), and Side Effects (2013). Click here for a complete list.

Underrated Movie #270 ~ Return To Me

Return To Me

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In this engaging tale, a Chicago architect donates his wife’s heart after she’s tragically killed in an accident. A year later, he falls in love with a plucky waitress, only to learn that she’s the woman who received the heart. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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