Underrated Movie #347 ~ Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes
Documentary film about the fine and rare wine auction market centering around a counterfeiter who befriended the rich and powerful and sold millions of dollars of fraudulent wine through the top auction houses. My Rating: 4.5 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 #345 ~ The Seven Five

The Seven Five
In the 1980s and ’90s, cop Michael Dowd terrorized New York City’s drug dealers, shaking them down at gunpoint for cash and cocaine. This riveting documentary looks at his fall from grace and the biggest police corruption scandal in the city’s history. My Rating: 4.75 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #344 ~ The Gift

The Gift
As Simon and his wife, Robyn, are trying to revitalize their relationship, a string of encounters with someone from Simon’s high school days and a shocking 20-year-old secret threaten to unravel the couple’s lives. My Rating: 4.75 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 #342 ~ The Grand Seduction

The Grand Seduction
A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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10 Underrated or Overlooked Movies on Netflix Instant Viewing

Here are 10 underrated gems on Netflix Instant Streaming as of August 4th, 2016:

Deep Water ~ Documentary

Cold in July ~ Crime, Triller

Mean Creek ~ Crime, Drama

The Two Faces of January ~ Con Game, Drama, Psychological Thriller

The Good Thief ~ Crime, Drama, Thriller

Puncture ~ Crime, Drama

Devil ~ Psychological Thriller

Liberal Arts ~ Comedy, Drama

Lost in America ~ Comedy, Drama

The Battered Bastards of Baseball ~ Documentary

Underrated Movie #341 ~ The Invitation

The Invitation
A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling get-together that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions. And what are the hosts’ real motives? (Netflix) This is pretty much a bulls-eye. Not 100% perfect, but this kind of high quality thriller doesn’t come around very often. This psychological thriller will make you squirm. Available for instant viewing on Netflix as of right now. I recommend not watching the trailer so that nothing is revealed before you watch. And “No,” that is not Tom Hardy, it’s Logan Marshall-Green, Hardy’s doppelganger. My Rating: 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 #339 ~ It Follows

Soaked in Bleach
After young Jay engages in what she thinks is a casual romantic encounter, her life takes a mysterious and sinister turn as she suspects that somebody or something is tracking her — a malignant presence able to take any form it chooses. (Netflix) I’m not a huge fan of horror movies, especially “supernatural” ones, but this movie had some seriously freaky moments. It might be a stretch to call it “underrated” because it’s got a serious cult following. Check it out. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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