Underrated Movie #323 ~ Kill the Messenger

Kill the Messenger
This disturbing, fact-based thriller is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb’s involvement in revealing the CIA’s secret funding and assistance for Nicaraguan Contra rebels during the 1980s. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #313 ~ The American

The American
Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, assassin Jack (George Clooney) embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him. (Netflix) Takes it’s time, and there are no crazy James Bond action scenes, but it’s a good spy flick. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #308 ~ The Bourne Legacy

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Following the Jason Bourne debacle, the CIA finds itself dealing with a familiar threat when another estranged operative surfaces. Jeremy Renner stars alongside Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz and Joan Allen. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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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 #213 ~ Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

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Bruce Willis reprises his role as John McClane, an off-duty cop gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation’s capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military commandos led by a murderous rogue officer (William Sadler) plot to rescue a drug lord from justice and are prepared for every contingency except one: McClane’s smart-mouthed heroics. (Netflix) Just as good, if not better than the original Die Hard. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #198 ~ The Train

The Train

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During World War II, a French train engineer (Burt Lancaster) attempts to stop a Nazi-led train from leaving France with valuable works of art stolen from a museum. Lancaster performs all of his own stunts in this action-filled drama from influential from director John Frankenheimer (Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate). Franklin Coen and Frank Davis received Oscar nominations for the film’s original screenplay. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #193 ~ The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal

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A French paramilitary group disgusted with Pres. Charles de Gaulle’s decision to free French Algeria plans De Gaulle’s assassination in this taut political thriller, based on Frederick Forsyth’s novel. To carry out their task, the group hires a British hit man known only as “The Jackal” (Edward Fox). But soon the plan is uncovered by French police, who send investigator Lebel (Michel Lonsdale) to sniff out the Jackal’s trail. (Netflix) Probably the best espionage movie of all time. My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #157 ~ Sneakers

Sneakers

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When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker (Robert Redford) and his offbeat team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking “black box” from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a massive conspiracy in this fun and gripping thriller. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #150 ~ U.S. Marshals

U.S. Marshals

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Convicted murderer Mark Sheridan (Wesley Snipes) is on his way to prison when his jet crashes into the Louisiana bayou, allowing Sheridan to escape. Yet, in the process of pursuit, U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) learns there’s more to Sheridan’s case than meets the eye. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #114 ~ The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

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After his predecessor perishes under mysterious circumstances, a ghostwriter agrees to help a former British prime minister finish his memoirs, but the author finds himself in danger when he uncovers a web of secrets and corruption. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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