Overlooked Movie Monday

Ben Wheatley’s overlooked movie ‘Down Terrace’ is basically a surprisingly funny mumblecore movie with a focus on guns and murders instead of self-indulgent whining and indie-pop music. The film feels real without ever feeling boring, or sacrificing the hardness of the story for mushy feelings.

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‘Hard Candy’ is one of those intimate low-budget movie concepts that is so brilliant you can’t help wishing you had thought of it first. What makes the movie more than a great concept, though, is the sure-handed and stylish direction, some whip-smart dialogue, and a towering performance by a then-young newcomer named Ellen Page.

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Love him or hate him, writer/director Terrence Malick has yet to make a movie that doesn’t completely envelop an audience and take control of their senses for an otherworldly experience. ‘The New World’ does that 100 percent, embedding the viewer in another time when life moved at a completely different pace than it does today.

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‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’ joins the ranks of films like ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘A Simple Plan’ as a movie that successfully mixes entertainment and a lesson on the consequences of greedy desperation.

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‘Shattered Glass’ is an overlooked movie starring the man now known as young Anakin Skywalker and based on the true story of Stephen Glass, who made up stories for three years at New Republic magazine.

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‘Superman Returns’ has way more going for it than a simple action movie. By emphasizing Superman’s virtual omnipotence and also his sense of eternal heartbreak and loss, Bryan Singer’s epic and lyrical sequel-of-sorts to 1980′s Superman II has some of the same poignancy of a classic Greek tragedy.

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‘Good Bye Lenin!’ is an overlooked comedy that starts like a Twilight Zone episode and moves on to something deeper.

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Today’s Overlooked Movie Monday looks at an underappreciated film by Tarsem Singh, the visual stylist behind ‘Immortals.’ This is the one film where the director puts all the elements together.

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in 2005, having recently been ousted from the James Bond franchise, Pierce Brosnan bid a bitter adieu and good riddance to the Queen’s suave secret agent, dive bombing every 007 stereotype in the book with his fiendishly funny turn in an overlooked movie from writer/director Richard Shepard called ‘The Matador.’

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‘Punch Drunk Love’ is the best movie Adam Sandler will ever be in. Why does it have to be this way? Phil Fava explains in Overlooked Movie Monday.

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Mortensen is out of this world. Watching him pluck the petals off a yellow rose and devour its crunchy interior is something you won’t soon forget.

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John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ was derided by critics when it came out in 1982 but is now rightly considered somewhat of a horror classic. Here’s why.

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Why Richard Lester’s “Superman II” is an overlooked movie classic that is reflective of its era.

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Darren Aronofsky might see a second wave of consideration and approbation wash over his grossly misunderstood romantic sci-fi epic from 2006, “The Fountain.”

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“How do you get a concussion when you don’t got any fucking brains?” Paul Aufiero doesn’t go through the motions of a surface-level functioning social life; he begrudges them. He’s 36 years old, unmarried, and uninterested in the prospect, lives at home with his mother with whom he’s in constant bickering conflict, and the entirety [...]

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