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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Underrated Movie #232 ~ Great World of Sound

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When Martin (Pat Healy) answers an ad for record producers, he’s paired with a fellow trainee (Kene Holliday), and the two hit the road to find fresh talent. But with a mandate to sign anyone who will pay the $3,000 “producing fee,” Martin changes his tune fast. He realizes that he’s simply a huckster peddling fantasies of overnight success, and his victims are dreamers — like himself — who truly cannot afford his worthless promises. (Netflix) Bullseye! This is exactly what I’m on the look-out for… My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #187 ~ Citizen X

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In this fact-based film, Russian forensics expert Burakov (Stephen Rea) tracks a serial killer over several years. Bukarov’s superior, Fetisov (Donald Sutherland), does his best to assist, but with more than 50 victims, the case stalls under Soviet bureaucracy. At the end of his rope, Bukarov brings in a psychiatrist (Max von Sydow) to create the killer’s profile. Sutherland won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in this made-for-HBO thriller. Rated R. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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What is the most underrated or overlooked movie SEQUEL of all time?

We all know Aliens, The Godfather Part II, The Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Spider-Man 2, and other sequels that are probably better than the originals, but here we’re looking for the most underrated/overlooked sequel. If you have one in mind that’s not listed, vote for “Other” and write it in or make a comment.

Underrated Movie #183 ~ Trucker

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Self-involved trucker Diane (Michelle Monaghan) contends with more than she thinks she wants to when her ex (Benjamin Bratt) is laid up in the hospital, forcing their 11-year-old son, Peter (Jimmy Bennett), to suddenly show up in her life — and need her. James Mottern writes and directs this unconventional take on motherhood, estrangement and family; Nathan Fillion and Joey Lauren Adams co-star. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #175 ~ Off the Black

Off the Black

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In director James Ponsoldt’s gentle drama, an unlikely bond forms between high school baseball pitcher Dave Tibbel (Trevor Morgan) and reclusive, ailing umpire Ray Cook (Nick Nolte) after Ray catches the youngster vandalizing his home. Ray offers to forgive Dave’s debt if he’ll pose as Ray’s estranged son at an upcoming class reunion. Meanwhile, Dave contends with his withdrawn father (Timothy Hutton), who’s been a wreck since his wife left him. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #141 ~ A Walk in the Clouds

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Love becomes complicated when World War II vet Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves) falls for Victoria (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), a pregnant and unwed woman who persuades him — during their first encounter — to pose as her husband at a Napa Valley vineyard owned by her despotic father, Alberto (Giancarlo Giannini). Director Alfonso Arau helms this romantic fable, which won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Anthony Quinn co-stars. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #136 ~ Management

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Golden Globe winner Jennifer Aniston stars in this comedic tale as a traveling art saleswoman who makes the mistake of her life when she shares a one-night stand with a dim-witted motel manager (Steve Zahn) who takes to following her all around the country. Woody Harrelson and Fred Ward also star in this romantic comedy from writer-director Stephen Belber. (Netflix) Just discovered this one last night… it’s a gem. My Rating: 4.75 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #134 ~ 51 Birch Street

51 Birch Street

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Married 54 years, Mike and Mina Block were the picture of if not wedded bliss then at least rock-solid stability — or so thought their son, documentary filmmaker Doug Block. But when his mother dies unexpectedly and his father swiftly marries his former secretary, Doug suddenly realizes there was more to his parents’ union than met his eye. Turning his lens on his own family, he discovers much he never knew about the people who raised him. (Netflix) My Rating: 5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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Underrated Movie #122 ~ One False Move

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On a quest for drugs and cash, two ex-cons and their lady cohort commit a series of crimes in Los Angeles. They end up hiding out in Arkansas, unaware that awaiting them are two Los Angeles cops who’ve set a trap with help from a hayseed sheriff. He’s the Man… Bill Paxton’s fifth appearance on the underrated movies list: A Simple Plan, Traveller, Near Dark, Trespass, and now One False Move. (Netflix) My Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Internet Movie Database

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