Underrated Movie #228 ~ The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

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Run down by his cocaine addiction, super sleuth Sherlock Holmes enters a treatment program under the care of renowned psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in this delightful mystery-adventure based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Meyer. An astonishing cast — including Laurence Olivier as Prof. Moriarty, Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson, Alan Arkin as Freud, and the underrated Nicol Williamson as Holmes — illuminate this crackling good story. (Netflix) This was even nominated for two Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #137 ~ We Own the Night

We Own the Night

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In 1980s Brooklyn, Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) appears to have it all: a lovely girlfriend, powerful friends and a lavish lifestyle. In reality, Russian gangsters own the club he manages, and his brother (Mark Wahlberg), straight-arrow cop Joseph, is looking to bring them down. (Netflix) Another great one under the radar from director James Gray. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #128 ~ Open Range

Open Range

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Kevin Costner directs and stars in this Western about four free-grazing ranchers whose cattle meander close to a small town ruled by a greedy businessman (Michael Gambon) and his cronies. Forced to defend their way of life, the cowboys take on the corrupt leaders. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #119 ~ The Paper

The Paper

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Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) is the metro editor of the New York Sun, a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent, similar to his editor-in-chief, Bernie White (Robert Duvall), who put his work frst at the expense of his family. Due to the paper’s dire fnancial straits, Alicia Clark (Glenn Close), the managing editor and Henry’s arch-nemesis, is forced to impose unpopular cutbacks. At the same time, a hot story forces Henry to confront tough decisions, deadlines and his personal crises. My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #113 ~ Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose

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The Hillyers are a strong family growing up in the Depression-era South. But everything changes when Rose (Laura Dern) moves in to take care of the children. After the morally sound father (Robert Duvall) resists Rose’s advances, she shifts her efforts to young Buddy (Lukas Haas). Told from Buddy’s point of view as a flashback, the film earned an Independent Spirit Award for Beast Feature and Oscar nominations for Dern and Diane Ladd. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #35 ~ A Civil Action

A Civil Action

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In this drama, John Travolta stars as a personal-injury lawyer who sues a major corporation when the drinking water in Woburn, Mass., is found to contain high levels of industrial solvents. Believing the contamination is responsible for the large number of leukemia deaths among the town’s children, the citizens — lead by a woman (Kathleen Quinlan) whose child has died — hire a lawyer to take on the corporate giants. (Netflix) Internet Movie Database

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