Underrated Movie #190 ~ The Negotiator

The Negotiator

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The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson), who insists he’s being framed for his partner’s murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there’s evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that might clear him, he takes everyone in the office hostage and demands that another well-known negotiator (Kevin Spacey) be brought in to handle the situation and secretly investigate the conspiracy. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #104 ~ The Grifters

The Grifters

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Roy Dillon’s (John Cusack) life is turned upside down when a con job goes bad. His estranged mother, Lilly (Anjelica Huston), who happens to be on the lam, reunites with her son to oversee his health care, only to be faced by Roy’s headstrong, competitive, con-artist girlfriend Myra Langtry (Annette Bening). Myra does her best to win over her man in Stephen Frears’s darkly funny and intricately layered look at life’s seedy side. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #92 ~ Breakdown

Breakdown

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When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) lets his wife, Amy (Kathleen Quinlan), hitch a ride with a trucker (J.T. Walsh) to get help. When she doesn’t return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker — who tells the police he’s never seen Amy. Johnathan Mostow’s tense thriller then follows Jeff’s desperate search for his wife, which eventually uncovers a small town’s murderous secret. (Netflix) Hang on! Breakdown is superior in every way. Internet Movie Database

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Four-Vehicle Chase Jeff (Kurt Russell) rescues his wife, Amy (Kathleen Quinlan), from a gang of kidnappers, but Red (J.T. Walsh) and his boys won’t let them escape quite so easily. Warning: Spoilers. Click here to watch. Buy from Amazon.com

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Underrated Movie #60 ~ Blue Chips

Murder by Death

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College basketball coach Pete Bell (Nick Nolte) knows his squad of underdogs can’t win without an infusion of fresh talent. After starting a nationwide search for players, Bell promises the moon and the stars to up-and-coming hoopsters. Though he hates his ethical compromises, the new cagers soon prove to be worth every under-the-table payoff. Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh and Ed O’Neill costar in director William Friedkin’s morality play. (Netflix) A little “cheesy” at times, with exaggerated basketball cliches, but it hits the mark. How can you go wrong with J.T. Walsh as the villian? Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #19 ~ Red Rock West

Red Rock West

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Nicolas Cage stars in this noir thriller as Michael Williams, a drifter who lands a job when a bartender, Wayne (J.T. Walsh), mistakes him for “Lyle from Dallas.” But the gig isn’t Michael’s usual line of work: Wayne wants his wife, Suzanne (Lara Flynn Boyle), killed. When Suzanne serves up an appealing counteroffer, Michael’s little white lie spirals out of control — and then, the real Lyle from Dallas (Dennis Hopper) strolls into town. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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