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 #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 #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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Underrated Movie #334 ~ The Best Offer

Stander
An auction house owner who lives in seclusion amid a collection of female portraiture is drawn to an enigmatic client who refuses to meet in person. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #326 ~ The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January
A tour guide and part-time con artist finds himself caught in a dangerous arrangement when he meets a wealthy couple sightseeing in Greece. (Netflix) Not prefect, but a very good thriller. Although I have no idea what the frickin title means. Available right now for instant viewing on Netflix. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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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 #312 ~ A Perfect Murder

A Perfect Murder
It’s murder most foul when cold-blooded hedge fund manager Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) hires a hit man to “take care of” his philandering young wife, Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow). But the complexities are compounded when the assassin Steven hires is the man (Viggo Mortensen) having the affair with Emily. (Netflix) Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive). My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #297 ~ Sleuth

Sleuth
Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, an unhappily married man who wants to rid of his wife without paying alimony. Aware of his spouse’s affair with Milo Tindle (Michael Caine), Wyke tells Tindle to rob the house and leave with the wife and her jewelry. The planned break-in sets off a string of twists that will keep you guessing who has the upper hand in this smart psychological thriller from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #295 ~ The Last Seduction

The Last Seduction
In a twisted plot, femme fatale Bridget (Linda Fiorentino), a savvy hustler, swindles her husband out of $700,000 in drug money and then runs off to find a new patsy (Peter Berg) who’ll help cover her tracks. (Netflix) Also starring Bill Pullman, Dean Norris, and J.T. Walsh. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #281 ~ Derailed

Derailed
Charles, a successful ad exec and devoted family man, meets a sexy woman on his morning commute. But their casual flirtation turns serious — just not in the way either expected — when a criminal pulls them into a dangerous plot. (Netflix) This overlooked and underrated thriller is well-made, and if you’re willing to let a couple of plot-holes slide, then you just might really like it. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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