Underrated Movie #359 ~ Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Young misfit Ricky Baker has grown comfortable with his foster parents, Aunt Bella and Uncle Hec. But when Bella’s death threatens to send Ricky back to child services, the irascible Hec heads for the bush with Ricky, setting off a national manhunt. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #358 ~ Widows’ Peak

Christine
When attractive British widow Edwina (Natasha Richardson) moves to a quiet Irish community, the local ladies are immediately suspicious of the sultry outsider, so much so that they spearhead an elaborate investigation to prove she’s up to no good. But that doesn’t stop Edwina from charming Mrs. Counihan’s (Joan Plowright) son, Godfrey (Adrian Dunbar), and fighting with Miss O’Hare (Mia Farrow). Jim Broadbent co-stars in this comedic mystery. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #356 ~ Christine

Christine
In this fact-based drama, TV reporter Christine Chubbuck struggles to deliver issues-based journalism in the face of her boss’s demands for ever-more salacious and exploitative stories — a conflict that takes its toll on her emotionally. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #350 ~ Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Joan Plowright takes the title role as the recently widowed Mrs. Palfrey, who moves into a hotel while she waits — and waits — for her 26-year-old grandson to return her calls after she relocates to London to be closer to him. Soon she meets a new young friend who poses as her grandson to fool her new friends at the hotel. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #349 ~ The Interview

The Interview
Ah, Yes… This is exactly what I’m on the lookout for. The Interview is an Australian police drama in which unemployed, poverty-stricken Eddie Rodney Fleming (Hugo Weaving), after losing his wife and home, is dragged from his apartment by police and subjected to a brutal interrogation. Eventually, it becomes terrifyingly apparent to Eddie that the police consider him a suspect for more than just a stolen car. Detective Sgt. John Steele (Tony Martin) and his assistant, Detective Sgt. Constable Wayne Prior (Aaron Jeffrey), make audiotapes of their efforts to get Fleming to confess. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
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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 #343 ~ The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment
Conducting a study on the psychology of incarceration, a Stanford professor assigns prisoner and guard roles to 24 male test subjects in a mock jail. Authority quickly escalates to abuse of power, which is allowed to continue in the name of research. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #340 ~ The Kings of Summer

The Kings of Summer
Chafing under his widowed father’s control, Joe Toy invites a friend and an offbeat new kid to help him build his own house in the nearby woods. Now that the trio is finally free from parents and responsibility, what’s next? (Netflix) This movie has a lot of surprising laugh-out-loud moments. The best comedy I’ve seen in a while, even though I wasn’t really expecting a comedy. The kid “Biaggo” might be one of the funniest characters in movie history. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #338 ~ 99 Homes

99 Homes
After being evicted from his home by a flinty real-estate dealer (Michael Shannon), jobless Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) unexpectedly ends up working for the man. But to Nash’s dismay, his new boss soon begins ordering him to turn other families out of their houses. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
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