Underrated Movie #315 ~ Thin Ice

Thin Ice
Yes! This is the kind of hidden gem I’m looking for. A black comedy mixture of Fargo, A Simple Plan, and The Spanish Prisoner. Midwest insurance salesman Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) hatches a get-rich-quick scheme that depends on him gaining possession of a rare and precious violin, but his planned score results in wild and unexpected consequences. Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup and Lea Thompson co-star in this meditation on lying and its consequences, written by sisters Jill and Karen Sprecher (Clockwatchers). (Netflix) My Rating: 4.75 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #302 ~ Love Serenade

Love Serenade
The Hurley sisters (Miranda Otto and Rebecca Frith) are, by turns, shy and introspective and flashy and outgoing. What they have in common is that they’re both lonely young women on the make for Mr. Right. So, when a slick, smooth-talking radio deejay from the big city blows into their tiny town (moving in right next door), the sisters square off in a hilarious competition to win his affections! (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #301 ~ The Perfect Host

The Perfect Host
A fugitive on the lam decides to crash a dinner party. But he seriously regrets it when the mysterious and unusual host soon has him convinced that he would have been better off hiding somewhere else. David Hyde Pierce plays the memorable Warwick Wilson; Nathaniel Parker, Clayne Crawford and Helen Reddy also star in this thriller from first-time feature writer-director Nick Tomnay. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #288 ~ The Hoax

The Hoax
After billing his authorized “autobiography” of eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes as the 20th century’s most important book, writer Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) begins to believe his own hype. But his shameless scam soon catches up with him. Also starring Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Stanley Tucci, and Julie Delpy. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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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 #266 ~ Miami Blues

Miami Blues

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Veteran criminal Junior (Alec Baldwin), just out of prison, moves to Miami to get a fresh start; right after landing at the airport, though, he inadvertently causes the death of a Hare Krishna, sending a weather-beaten Miami detective (Fred Ward) after him. Stealing the cop’s gun, badge and false teeth, Junior embarks on a crime spree and moves in with a former hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who longs to settle down. But can they outrun the law? (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #257 ~ A Shock to the System

A Shock to the System

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A no-nonsense advertising executive plots a series of murders (his wife and new boss among them) when he’s passed over for a promotion. Fueled by his apparent omnipotence, he maniacally (and comically) reaches for the top. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #245 ~ Find Me Guilty

Find Me Guilty

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Training his lens on infamous mobster “Fat” Jack DiNorscio — who decided to represent himself in court rather than rat out his cohorts — director Sidney Lumet recounts the longest Mafia trial in U.S. history. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #244 ~ Defendor

Defendor

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Despite lacking any actual superpowers, Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson) transforms himself into the costumed vigilante Defendor in writer-director Peter Stebbing’s clever first feature. But danger beckons when the hero tries to protect a young “lady of the evening.” (Netflix) Rated ‘R’. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #232 ~ Great World of Sound

Great World of Sound

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When Martin (Pat Healy) answers an ad for record producers, he’s paired with a fellow trainee (Kene Holliday), and the two hit the road to find fresh talent. But with a mandate to sign anyone who will pay the $3,000 “producing fee,” Martin changes his tune fast. He realizes that he’s simply a huckster peddling fantasies of overnight success, and his victims are dreamers — like himself — who truly cannot afford his worthless promises. (Netflix) Bullseye! This is exactly what I’m on the look-out for… My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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