Underrated Movie #351 ~ The Shallows

The Shallows
While riding the waves at a remote beach, young surfer Mia finds herself stranded on a buoy as a great white shark begins stalking her. Though she’s only 20 yards from shore, Mia realizes that the predator is determined not to let her get that far. Well made shark attack flick! My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #350 ~ Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Joan Plowright takes the title role as the recently widowed Mrs. Palfrey, who moves into a hotel while she waits — and waits — for her 26-year-old grandson to return her calls after she relocates to London to be closer to him. Soon she meets a new young friend who poses as her grandson to fool her new friends at the hotel. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Worth Watching ~ 1971 (Documentary)

1971
The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that lead to the Bureau’s numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed. 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 #348 ~ Love & Friendship

Sour Grapes
In this adaptation of a Jane Austen novella, scheming widow Lady Susan Vernon retreats to her in-laws’ rural estate while waiting for scandalous rumors about her to subside. Soon, she’s on the hunt for a husband — and one for her teenage daughter. Starring Kate Beckinsale (underrated herself), Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel. My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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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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