Underrated Movie #296 ~ Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit
Martin and Claudia, top-flight lawyers who happen to be former lovers, become targets when they’re teamed up to defend a notorious terrorist. As the trial unfolds, the danger causes the pair to reevaluate their allegiance to justice. (Netflix) A very well-made thriller… exactly the kind of move I’m on the lookout for. It might have plot holes galore, but it moved so fast that I didn’t care. Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, and Ciarán Hinds. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #276 ~ Puncture

Puncture
Drug-addicted attorney Mike and his business partner Paul take on a case involving an emergency room nurse who has been pricked by an infected needle. Uncovering a web of corporate conspiracies, Mike and Paul quickly find themselves outmatched. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars.
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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 #229 ~ The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

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Tasked with defending rich lothario Louis Roulet, who’s been charged with assault, lawyer Mick Haller finds himself and his family in danger when he deduces the truth behind this and former cases he’s worked on. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #192 ~ A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season

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South African schoolteacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) seeks justice for the murder of a black boy in this political drama set against the backdrop of apartheid. When his gardener’s son is killed by a police officer, Ben hires lawyer Ian Mackenzie (Marlon Brando) to prosecute. With the outcome of the case a foregone conclusion, Mackenzie butts heads with the system at every turn while Du Toit suffers personal alienation. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #123 ~ Reversal of Fortune

Reversal of Fortune

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In this amazing courtroom drama, the enigmatic Claus von Bülow (Jeremy Irons, who won the Best Actor Oscar for the role) stands accused of putting his wife, Sunny (Glenn Close), into a perpetual coma with an insulin overdose. Claus hires hard-charging attorney Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver), who scrambles to defend his client — with help from some impassioned Harvard law students — while Sunny narrates flashbacks that shed light on the events that lead to her condition. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #110 ~ True Believer

True Believer

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A burnt-out civil rights lawyer’s (James Woods) career has devolved into defense for known drug dealers. But he gets a shot at redemption when a starry-eyed legal assistant (Robert Downey Jr.) goads him into taking the case of an innocent man who’s spent 8 years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit. (Netflix) This is a great overlooked mystery/suspense movie. Woods is awesome, as always. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #72 ~ The Verdict

The Verdict

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A washed-up, ambulance-chasing attorney (Paul Newman) gets a chance at redemption when his friend (Jack Warden) tosses him an open-and-shut medical malpractice case. But instead of accepting an easy cash settlement, he takes the powerful defendant to court. James Mason plays the opposing counsel, whom his legal adversary calls “The Prince of Darkness,” in this courtroom drama from director Sidney Lumet. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #55 ~ Let Him Have It

Let Him Have It

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When a mentally challenged young man named Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston) befriends a local thug who lives his life as if it were a gangster film, both their destinies are forever changed when a police officer is shot and killed. This emotionally charged social commentary set in 1950s England is based on actual events. The title refers to what Derek shouted a split-second before the shooting. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #54 ~ Night Falls on Manhattan

Night Falls on Manhattan

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Andy Garcia stars as Sean Casey, a policeman turned lawyer who’s handed a career-making case when the district attorney lets him prosecute a cop-killing drug peddler. Sean’s father (Ian Holm), a seasoned New York police officer, was injured while trying to nab the culprit, so when Sean prevails in court, a double celebration is in order. But his moral code gets tested when he learns that his father may have compromised the case. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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