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 #310 ~ The Firm

The Firm
A young lawyer (Tom Cruise) joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. Cruise delivers the most electrifying performance of his career in this riveting film based on the international best-seller. (Netflix) They don’t make them like this anymore. The Firm is one of the greatest thrillers of all time. It has a 6.8 rating on IMDb, when it should “firmly” be in the website’s Top 250, and it got luke-warm reviews from critics. What is wrong with you people? It just became available on Netflix for instant viewing, so I’m just now remembering how great it really is. My Rating: 5 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 #286 ~ Outbreak

Outbreak
As Army virologist Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman) strives to thwart a global biological meltdown in the form of a killer virus that has infested a California community, he must also battle those (Morgan Freeman and Donald Sutherland) who claim that the only way to stop the disease is to firebomb the town. (Netflix) 6.5 out of 10 on Imdb? Wrong. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #278 ~ Rogue Trader

Rogue Trader
Based on a true story, this absorbing drama stars Ewan McGregor as a hotshot futures trader whose high-risk financial activities ultimately result in the collapse of England’s oldest and most respected merchant bank. (Netflix) It’s always interesting when you’re watching a “crime” movie and you find yourself rooting for the criminal to not get caught. This is a good little overlooked thriller that has some tense moments. 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 #251 ~ The Bank

The Bank

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When young mathematician Jim Doyle discovers a formula that accurately predicts fluctuations of stock prices, he is bamboozled by ruthless CEO Simon O’Reilly as they develop a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly turns deadly. (Netflix) Great, great movie! I loved it! One of the best endings I’ve seen in a long time. Watch it now on Netflix. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #224 ~ The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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Years after fleeing the Taliban and immigrating to the United States, a privileged Afghan man returns to his war-ravaged homeland to try to repay a debt to a loyal childhood friend whose trust he once betrayed. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #217 ~ Silver City

Silver City

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Down-home Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper) can’t put a coherent sentence together, but he’s running for governor anyway, as a candidate for those looking for an approachable leader. But his campaign hits a snag when he hooks onto a corpse in the middle of a fishing photo op. Journalist Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss) smells a stink — and a story — so he hires a gumshoe (Danny Huston) to find out who the corpse is and its connection to the politico. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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