Underrated Movie #310 ~ The Firm

The Firm
A young lawyer (Tom Cruise) joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. Cruise delivers the most electrifying performance of his career in this riveting film based on the international best-seller. (Netflix) They don’t make them like this anymore. The Firm is one of the greatest thrillers of all time. It has a 6.8 rating on IMDb, when it should “firmly” be in the website’s Top 250, and it got luke-warm reviews from critics. What is wrong with you people? It just became available on Netflix for instant viewing, so I’m just now remembering how great it really is. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #309 ~ Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways
In her “deliriously inventive” (New York Magazine) live action feature debut Look Both Ways, award winning Australian animator Sarah Watt explores the timeless frontiers of love, life, death, and imagination with humor, originality, and honesty. Meryl (Justine Clarke), a lonely artist, literally envisions disaster around every corner. Through “bursts of painterly, jewel-toned animation,” (The New York Times) Meryl’s whimsically mordant daydream shark attacks, train wrecks and bridge collapses follow her everywhere. Nick (William McInnes) is a photojournalist whose work keeps him emotionally distanced from the tragedies he documents. When Meryl and Nick meet in the aftermath of a real train accident, their lives, and the lives of a handful of other witnesses and victims, are revealed and transformed. Winner of multiple Australian Film Institute awards, this perceptive yet slyly entertaining film hails the arrival of “an original and important talent.” — Roger Ebert. (Amazon) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #308 ~ The Bourne Legacy

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Following the Jason Bourne debacle, the CIA finds itself dealing with a familiar threat when another estranged operative surfaces. Jeremy Renner stars alongside Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz and Joan Allen. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #307 ~ The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
This poignant documentary chronicles the true story of a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, a San Francisco street musician by the name of Mark Bittner who adopts a flock of wild parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #306 ~ Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin
A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home for revenge. Consequently, he winds up in a fight to protect his estranged family. (IMDb) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
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