Underrated Movie #348 ~ Love & Friendship

Sour Grapes
In this adaptation of a Jane Austen novella, scheming widow Lady Susan Vernon retreats to her in-laws’ rural estate while waiting for scandalous rumors about her to subside. Soon, she’s on the hunt for a husband — and one for her teenage daughter. Starring Kate Beckinsale (underrated herself), Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #346 ~ Today’s Special

Today's Special
Today’s Special is a heartwarming comedy with a culinary flavor, inspired by lead actor Aasif Mandvi’s Obie Award winning play “Sakina’s Restaurant.” Samir is a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits and lets his co-worker Carrie (Jess Weixler) know that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. Dreams must be put aside though after his father Hakim has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir’s relationship with his parents and his heritage is immediately put to the test. He has been estranged from his father since the death of his older brother, and his mother Farrida, (played by legendary cookbook writer and actor, Madhur Jaffrey), is consumed with finding a wife for her remaining son. While Samir is being forced to forsake his plans, he is desperately trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar, a taxi driver, passionate chef, and worldly raconteur (portrayed by the icon of Indian cinema, Naseeruddin Shah. Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes… to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbar’s guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #284 ~ Modern Romance

Modern Romance
Writer-director Albert Brooks offers his take on “modern” romance (80’s style), following the efforts of hopeless neurotic Robert Cole (Brooks) to find and keep a woman’s love — particularly when he alternately woos and discards bank executive Mary Harvard (Kathryn Harrold). Kathryn may be the most patient girlfriend in the world, which could make her his perfect match. But will Robert make up his mind before it’s too late? (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #283 ~ View from the Top

View From the Top
A small-town girl’s dreams of becoming a flight attendant hit some turbulence when she encounters a catty colleague, a frisky pilot and a crazy instructor. Fortunately, she has an “experienced” friend who shows her the ropes. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. No, this isn’t The Shawshank Redemption, and it’s not going to change your life. But it doesn’t deserve the 5.1 rating it has on IMDb. Thus, it’s underrated. And Mike Myers is hilarious.
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Underrated Movie #282 ~ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
A sheik with a love for the sport hopes to introduce fly-fishing to the Middle East and turns to uptight fisheries expert Fred Jones for help. Buoyed by the sheik’s enthusiasm (and his comely English aide), Fred sets out to achieve the impossible. My Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars.
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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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Underrated Movie #243 ~ Plain Clothes

Plain Clothes

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When his brother is accused of murdering a high school teacher, undercover cop Nick Dunbar (Arliss Howard) tries to clear his sibling’s name by posing as a student to investigate the killing, but he finds himself sucked into a vortex of teen angst. Dunbar is sidetracked by bullies, love triangles and a power-mad principal (Robert Stack) as he tries to hone in on the true culprit in this quirky comedy from director Martha Coolidge. (Netflix) This movie is completely ridiculous… but hey, it’s fun. Written by Scott Frank (Minority Report, The Lookout). My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #241 ~ The Aviary

The Aviary

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The life of flight attendant Summer Pozzi (Lara Phillips) hits some turbulence when she’s suddenly transferred to San Francisco, far away from her family and her boyfriend. There, she rebuilds her life and woos handsome Capt. Julian (Josh Randall). Michael Gilio, Claire Rankin and Rachel Luttrell co-star as Summer’s nutty new roommates in this high-flying indie comedy co-written by former flight attendant Silver Tree. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #238 ~ Being Julia

Being Julia

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Estranged from her son, willfully ignorant of her husband’s philandering and aware that her youth and beauty are fading, aging actress Julia Lambert (Annette Bening, who earned an Oscar nomination) is in search of a way to regain the spark of passion. And that passion may lie in the smoldering attentions of a much-younger admirer (Shaun Evans) who might not be able to stay faithful to her. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #235 ~ 10 Years

10 Years

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When a group of friends reunites during their 10th high school reunion, they ponder old dreams and forge new connections. At the center of the crowd is Jake. Planning to propose to his girlfriend, he’s thrown for a loop when his old flame appears. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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