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2019-12-31 02:17:49 UTC
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"underrated"?!? None of them are even remotely worth watching even when
they eventually arrive on TV for free. :-\



From Variety.com ...


The 9 Most Underrated Movies of 2019
------------------------------------
Even with stiff competition from Disney - a studio that ruled
multiplexes in 2019 with "Avengers: Endgame," "The Lion King,"
"Toy Story 4," "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and more -
a healthy number of small and medium-budgeted movies released
this year still managed to find the audiences they were
supposed to.

"Hustlers" and "Knives Out" both grossed more than $100 million
at the domestic box office, a rare occurrence for movies not
based on existing IP. "Parasite," a parable about wealth among
two South Korean families from director Bong Joon Ho, earned
more than $20 million as the highest-performing foreign-language
film of the year. "Harriet," the biopic about the conductor of
the Underground Railroad, made $43 million. "Queen & Slim,"
about a black couple's fatal encounter with a racist cop, was
another winner, with more than $40 million in ticket sales. And
after sold-out showings last week, "Little Women" and "Uncut
Gems" are off to a strong start.

But beyond these success stories, there were still some movies
that fell through the cracks, as many independent distributors
are struggling to keep up with the deep pockets of Netflix and
franchise fever from the studios. Here are nine films that
warranted more accolades and a bigger spotlight:


- "Blinded by the Light"
Domestic box office: $11.9 million
2019 proved to be a banner year for jukebox musicals, from
"Rocketman" to "Yesterday," but the best of the genre was
"Blinded by the Light," directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend it
Like Beckham"). This musical comedy, inspired by a memoir set
in 1987 England, is a coming-of-age story that follows a
London teenager, Javid (played by the wonderful Viveik Kalra),
who finds his way as a writer through the lyrics of Bruce
Springsteen. When I saw "Blinded by the Light" at Sundance, it
reminded me of the soulfulness of Cameron Crowe's "Almost
Famous" with a bit of "Boyhood." And when it sold for nearly
$15 million to New Line - the boutique studio owned by Warner
Bros. - after a bidding war, it seemed poised to be one of the
breakout independent movies of the year. But for some reason,
studio executives dumped the movie in August, where many
smaller films struggle to gain traction. "Blinded by the Light"
deserved much better.


- "Wild Rose"
Domestic box office: $1.6 million
And while we're talking about musicals that needed to be heard,
there was also "Wild Rose," which tells the tale of a country
singer in Glasgow who dreams of a fresh start in Nashville.
Jessie Buckley, who plays the film's lead, gives it her all.


- "Waves"
Domestic box office: $1.5 million
Trey Edward Shults' sprawling drama about a family in Florida
feels like what you'd get if you asked John Steinbeck to write
an episode of "Euphoria." And it works better than that
description does justice. While "Waves" was championed by
critics on the fall festival circuit - particularly for a
stellar lead performance by newcomer Taylor Russell - it got
lost in movie theaters in November. Hopefully, more people will
discover it at home, when it becomes available for streaming.


- "Long Shot" 
Domestic box office: $30.3 million
Yes, "Long Shot" is the kind of romantic comedy that Hollywood
doesn't make anymore. It centers on a U.S. secretary of state
played by Charlize Theron who decides to run for president,
with the help of her old grade-school crush turned journalist
turned speechwriter in the form of Seth Rogen. But it's also
the kind of movie - which harkens back to the '90s vehicles with
Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock - that we wished Hollywood
would make. And it's so much fun watching Theron, who usually
channels grittier parts, having a blast in a more playful role.
While $30 million at the box office isn't nothing, "Long Shot,"
which came out in May after a rapturous premiere at SXSW, should
have made two or three times that.


- "Late Night"
Domestic box office: $15.5 million
Another comedy that I wished more people had seen on the big
screen. Emma Thompson, triumphantly plays a late-night talk show
host who is forced to reinvent herself after she learns the
network wants to cancel her due to lousy ratings. Mindy Kaling,
who wrote the script for "Late Night," is the newly hired female
writer determined to fix the show. After selling at Sundance to
Amazon Studios for $13 million, "Late Night" was billed as the
next "Devil Wears Prada," but it failed to find its footing
during a June theatrical release. As a result of how it
underperformed in theaters, Amazon changed its strategy,
releasing some of its other movies - such as "The Report" - on
fewer screens. But you have to wonder if, with a different
distributor (one that didn't schedule a female-centric movie for
Father's Day weekend), "Late Night" would have made a bigger
splash.


- "Hotel Mumbai"
Domestic box office: $9.6 million
As directed by Anthony Maras, "Hotel Mumbai" - about the 2008
terrorist attacks at India's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel - could have
been a gripping HBO mini-series. But making it into a two-hour
movie was perhaps a bigger gamble in today's entertainment
landscape, and one that pays off. Everyone in this cast,
particularly Dev Patel as a hotel employee and Nazanin Boniadi
as a tourist, are exceptional.


- "Skin"
Domestic box office: N/A
Jamie Bell has never been better as Bryon Widner, a skinhead who
risks his life when he decides to leave a white supremacy group
in Indiana. "Skin," which feels like a relative to "American
History X," was based on the 2011 documentary "Erasing Hate."
I wish enough people had seen it to at least consider Bell for an
Independent Spirit Award.


- "Official Secrets"
Box office: $2 million
From "Begin Again" to "Colette," Keira Knightley has been quietly
acting her heart out in a string of independent films that
haven't received enough praise. Here's another one to add to that
list: in "Official Secrets," Knightley plays real-life British
whistleblower Katharine Gun, who leaked information regarding
illegal spying efforts by the United States tied to the 2003 Iraq
War. Director Gavin Hood constructs his movie like a spy thriller,
with Knightley at the core, giving one of my favorite - and least
appreciated - performances of 2019.


- "Just Mercy" 
Domestic box office: $227,000 in limited release
"Just Mercy," which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is in
some ways an old-fashioned legal drama. But that doesn't make it
any less powerful: set in 1990s Alabama, it's the story of a young
attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) determined to
overturn a guilty verdict for his client, Walter McMillian (Jamie
Foxx), on death row for a murder he didn't commit. When "Just
Mercy" first screened, some critics mentioned it in the same
breath as "To Kill a Mockingbird." And it looked like it would be
a formidable Oscars contender. But somehow, it came up short at
the Golden Globes and SAG nominations, where only Foxx was
recognized (as opposed to its spectacular ensemble, which also
includes Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson and Brie Larson). We'll see
if "Just Mercy" generates more attention when it opens wide from
Warner Bros. in January. But it feels like more people should be
talking about this movie.


<https://variety.com/2019/film/news/underrated-movies-2019-late-night-long-shot-1203453520/>
Lynn McGuire
2019-12-31 03:08:46 UTC
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"underrated"?!? None of them are even remotely worth watching even when
they eventually arrive on TV for free.  :-\
From Variety.com ...
   The 9 Most Underrated Movies of 2019
   ------------------------------------
   Even with stiff competition from Disney - a studio that ruled
   multiplexes in 2019 with "Avengers: Endgame," "The Lion King,"
   "Toy Story 4," "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and more -
   a healthy number of small and medium-budgeted movies released
   this year still managed to find the audiences they were
   supposed to.
   "Hustlers" and "Knives Out" both grossed more than $100 million
   at the domestic box office, a rare occurrence for movies not
   based on existing IP. "Parasite," a parable about wealth among
   two South Korean families from director Bong Joon Ho, earned
   more than $20 million as the highest-performing foreign-language
   film of the year. "Harriet," the biopic about the conductor of
   the Underground Railroad, made $43 million. "Queen & Slim,"
   about a black couple's fatal encounter with a racist cop, was
   another winner, with more than $40 million in ticket sales. And
   after sold-out showings last week, "Little Women" and "Uncut
   Gems" are off to a strong start.
   But beyond these success stories, there were still some movies
   that fell through the cracks, as many independent distributors
   are struggling to keep up with the deep pockets of Netflix and
   franchise fever from the studios. Here are nine films that
   - "Blinded by the Light"
     Domestic box office: $11.9 million
     2019 proved to be a banner year for jukebox musicals, from
     "Rocketman" to "Yesterday," but the best of the genre was
     "Blinded by the Light," directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend it
     Like Beckham"). This musical comedy, inspired by a memoir set
     in 1987 England, is a coming-of-age story that follows a
     London teenager, Javid (played by the wonderful Viveik Kalra),
     who finds his way as a writer through the lyrics of Bruce
     Springsteen. When I saw "Blinded by the Light" at Sundance, it
     reminded me of the soulfulness of Cameron Crowe's "Almost
     Famous" with a bit of "Boyhood." And when it sold for nearly
     $15 million to New Line - the boutique studio owned by Warner
     Bros. - after a bidding war, it seemed poised to be one of the
     breakout independent movies of the year. But for some reason,
     studio executives dumped the movie in August, where many
     smaller films struggle to gain traction. "Blinded by the Light"
     deserved much better.
   - "Wild Rose"
     Domestic box office: $1.6 million
     And while we're talking about musicals that needed to be heard,
     there was also "Wild Rose," which tells the tale of a country
     singer in Glasgow who dreams of a fresh start in Nashville.
     Jessie Buckley, who plays the film's lead, gives it her all.
   - "Waves"
     Domestic box office: $1.5 million
     Trey Edward Shults' sprawling drama about a family in Florida
     feels like what you'd get if you asked John Steinbeck to write
     an episode of "Euphoria." And it works better than that
     description does justice. While "Waves" was championed by
     critics on the fall festival circuit - particularly for a
     stellar lead performance by newcomer Taylor Russell - it got
     lost in movie theaters in November. Hopefully, more people will
     discover it at home, when it becomes available for streaming.
   - "Long Shot"
     Domestic box office: $30.3 million
     Yes, "Long Shot" is the kind of romantic comedy that Hollywood
     doesn't make anymore. It centers on a U.S. secretary of state
     played by Charlize Theron who decides to run for president,
     with the help of her old grade-school crush turned journalist
     turned speechwriter in the form of Seth Rogen. But it's also
     the kind of movie - which harkens back to the '90s vehicles with
     Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock - that we wished Hollywood
     would make. And it's so much fun watching Theron, who usually
     channels grittier parts, having a blast in a more playful role.
     While $30 million at the box office isn't nothing, "Long Shot,"
     which came out in May after a rapturous premiere at SXSW, should
     have made two or three times that.
   - "Late Night"
     Domestic box office: $15.5 million
     Another comedy that I wished more people had seen on the big
     screen. Emma Thompson, triumphantly plays a late-night talk show
     host who is forced to reinvent herself after she learns the
     network wants to cancel her due to lousy ratings. Mindy Kaling,
     who wrote the script for "Late Night," is the newly hired female
     writer determined to fix the show. After selling at Sundance to
     Amazon Studios for $13 million, "Late Night" was billed as the
     next "Devil Wears Prada," but it failed to find its footing
     during a June theatrical release. As a result of how it
     underperformed in theaters, Amazon changed its strategy,
     releasing some of its other movies - such as "The Report" - on
     fewer screens. But you have to wonder if, with a different
     distributor (one that didn't schedule a female-centric movie for
     Father's Day weekend), "Late Night" would have made a bigger
     splash.
   - "Hotel Mumbai"
     Domestic box office: $9.6 million
     As directed by Anthony Maras, "Hotel Mumbai" - about the 2008
     terrorist attacks at India's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel - could have
     been a gripping HBO mini-series. But making it into a two-hour
     movie was perhaps a bigger gamble in today's entertainment
     landscape, and one that pays off. Everyone in this cast,
     particularly Dev Patel as a hotel employee and Nazanin Boniadi
     as a tourist, are exceptional.
   - "Skin"
     Domestic box office: N/A
     Jamie Bell has never been better as Bryon Widner, a skinhead who
     risks his life when he decides to leave a white supremacy group
     in Indiana. "Skin," which feels like a relative to "American
     History X," was based on the 2011 documentary "Erasing Hate."
     I wish enough people had seen it to at least consider Bell for an
     Independent Spirit Award.
   - "Official Secrets"
     Box office: $2 million
     From "Begin Again" to "Colette," Keira Knightley has been quietly
     acting her heart out in a string of independent films that
     haven't received enough praise. Here's another one to add to that
     list: in "Official Secrets," Knightley plays real-life British
     whistleblower Katharine Gun, who leaked information regarding
     illegal spying efforts by the United States tied to the 2003 Iraq
     War. Director Gavin Hood constructs his movie like a spy thriller,
     with Knightley at the core, giving one of my favorite - and least
     appreciated - performances of 2019.
   - "Just Mercy"
     Domestic box office: $227,000 in limited release
     "Just Mercy," which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is in
     some ways an old-fashioned legal drama. But that doesn't make it
     any less powerful: set in 1990s Alabama, it's the story of a young
     attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) determined to
     overturn a guilty verdict for his client, Walter McMillian (Jamie
     Foxx), on death row for a murder he didn't commit. When "Just
     Mercy" first screened, some critics mentioned it in the same
     breath as "To Kill a Mockingbird." And it looked like it would be
     a formidable Oscars contender. But somehow, it came up short at
     the Golden Globes and SAG nominations, where only Foxx was
     recognized (as opposed to its spectacular ensemble, which also
     includes Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson and Brie Larson). We'll see
     if "Just Mercy" generates more attention when it opens wide from
     Warner Bros. in January. But it feels like more people should be
     talking about this movie.
<https://variety.com/2019/film/news/underrated-movies-2019-late-night-long-shot-1203453520/>
"Blinded By The Light" was pretty good.

Lynn
Arthur Lipscomb
2020-01-02 03:38:44 UTC
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"underrated"?!? None of them are even remotely worth watching even
when they eventually arrive on TV for free.  :-\
 From Variety.com ...
    The 9 Most Underrated Movies of 2019
    ------------------------------------
    Even with stiff competition from Disney - a studio that ruled
    multiplexes in 2019 with "Avengers: Endgame," "The Lion King,"
    "Toy Story 4," "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and more -
    a healthy number of small and medium-budgeted movies released
    this year still managed to find the audiences they were
    supposed to.
    "Hustlers" and "Knives Out" both grossed more than $100 million
    at the domestic box office, a rare occurrence for movies not
    based on existing IP. "Parasite," a parable about wealth among
    two South Korean families from director Bong Joon Ho, earned
    more than $20 million as the highest-performing foreign-language
    film of the year. "Harriet," the biopic about the conductor of
    the Underground Railroad, made $43 million. "Queen & Slim,"
    about a black couple's fatal encounter with a racist cop, was
    another winner, with more than $40 million in ticket sales. And
    after sold-out showings last week, "Little Women" and "Uncut
    Gems" are off to a strong start.
    But beyond these success stories, there were still some movies
    that fell through the cracks, as many independent distributors
    are struggling to keep up with the deep pockets of Netflix and
    franchise fever from the studios. Here are nine films that
    - "Blinded by the Light"
      Domestic box office: $11.9 million
      2019 proved to be a banner year for jukebox musicals, from
      "Rocketman" to "Yesterday," but the best of the genre was
      "Blinded by the Light," directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend it
      Like Beckham"). This musical comedy, inspired by a memoir set
      in 1987 England, is a coming-of-age story that follows a
      London teenager, Javid (played by the wonderful Viveik Kalra),
      who finds his way as a writer through the lyrics of Bruce
      Springsteen. When I saw "Blinded by the Light" at Sundance, it
      reminded me of the soulfulness of Cameron Crowe's "Almost
      Famous" with a bit of "Boyhood." And when it sold for nearly
      $15 million to New Line - the boutique studio owned by Warner
      Bros. - after a bidding war, it seemed poised to be one of the
      breakout independent movies of the year. But for some reason,
      studio executives dumped the movie in August, where many
      smaller films struggle to gain traction. "Blinded by the Light"
      deserved much better.
    - "Wild Rose"
      Domestic box office: $1.6 million
      And while we're talking about musicals that needed to be heard,
      there was also "Wild Rose," which tells the tale of a country
      singer in Glasgow who dreams of a fresh start in Nashville.
      Jessie Buckley, who plays the film's lead, gives it her all.
    - "Waves"
      Domestic box office: $1.5 million
      Trey Edward Shults' sprawling drama about a family in Florida
      feels like what you'd get if you asked John Steinbeck to write
      an episode of "Euphoria." And it works better than that
      description does justice. While "Waves" was championed by
      critics on the fall festival circuit - particularly for a
      stellar lead performance by newcomer Taylor Russell - it got
      lost in movie theaters in November. Hopefully, more people will
      discover it at home, when it becomes available for streaming.
    - "Long Shot"
      Domestic box office: $30.3 million
      Yes, "Long Shot" is the kind of romantic comedy that Hollywood
      doesn't make anymore. It centers on a U.S. secretary of state
      played by Charlize Theron who decides to run for president,
      with the help of her old grade-school crush turned journalist
      turned speechwriter in the form of Seth Rogen. But it's also
      the kind of movie - which harkens back to the '90s vehicles with
      Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock - that we wished Hollywood
      would make. And it's so much fun watching Theron, who usually
      channels grittier parts, having a blast in a more playful role.
      While $30 million at the box office isn't nothing, "Long Shot,"
      which came out in May after a rapturous premiere at SXSW, should
      have made two or three times that.
    - "Late Night"
      Domestic box office: $15.5 million
      Another comedy that I wished more people had seen on the big
      screen. Emma Thompson, triumphantly plays a late-night talk show
      host who is forced to reinvent herself after she learns the
      network wants to cancel her due to lousy ratings. Mindy Kaling,
      who wrote the script for "Late Night," is the newly hired female
      writer determined to fix the show. After selling at Sundance to
      Amazon Studios for $13 million, "Late Night" was billed as the
      next "Devil Wears Prada," but it failed to find its footing
      during a June theatrical release. As a result of how it
      underperformed in theaters, Amazon changed its strategy,
      releasing some of its other movies - such as "The Report" - on
      fewer screens. But you have to wonder if, with a different
      distributor (one that didn't schedule a female-centric movie for
      Father's Day weekend), "Late Night" would have made a bigger
      splash.
    - "Hotel Mumbai"
      Domestic box office: $9.6 million
      As directed by Anthony Maras, "Hotel Mumbai" - about the 2008
      terrorist attacks at India's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel - could have
      been a gripping HBO mini-series. But making it into a two-hour
      movie was perhaps a bigger gamble in today's entertainment
      landscape, and one that pays off. Everyone in this cast,
      particularly Dev Patel as a hotel employee and Nazanin Boniadi
      as a tourist, are exceptional.
    - "Skin"
      Domestic box office: N/A
      Jamie Bell has never been better as Bryon Widner, a skinhead who
      risks his life when he decides to leave a white supremacy group
      in Indiana. "Skin," which feels like a relative to "American
      History X," was based on the 2011 documentary "Erasing Hate."
      I wish enough people had seen it to at least consider Bell for an
      Independent Spirit Award.
    - "Official Secrets"
      Box office: $2 million
      From "Begin Again" to "Colette," Keira Knightley has been quietly
      acting her heart out in a string of independent films that
      haven't received enough praise. Here's another one to add to that
      list: in "Official Secrets," Knightley plays real-life British
      whistleblower Katharine Gun, who leaked information regarding
      illegal spying efforts by the United States tied to the 2003 Iraq
      War. Director Gavin Hood constructs his movie like a spy thriller,
      with Knightley at the core, giving one of my favorite - and least
      appreciated - performances of 2019.
    - "Just Mercy"
      Domestic box office: $227,000 in limited release
      "Just Mercy," which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is in
      some ways an old-fashioned legal drama. But that doesn't make it
      any less powerful: set in 1990s Alabama, it's the story of a young
      attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) determined to
      overturn a guilty verdict for his client, Walter McMillian (Jamie
      Foxx), on death row for a murder he didn't commit. When "Just
      Mercy" first screened, some critics mentioned it in the same
      breath as "To Kill a Mockingbird." And it looked like it would be
      a formidable Oscars contender. But somehow, it came up short at
      the Golden Globes and SAG nominations, where only Foxx was
      recognized (as opposed to its spectacular ensemble, which also
      includes Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson and Brie Larson). We'll see
      if "Just Mercy" generates more attention when it opens wide from
      Warner Bros. in January. But it feels like more people should be
      talking about this movie.
<https://variety.com/2019/film/news/underrated-movies-2019-late-night-long-shot-1203453520/>
"Blinded By The Light" was pretty good.
Lynn
"Hotel Mumbai" was excellent. I'm waiting to rent "Blinded by the
Light" from Netflix.
alvey
2020-01-02 20:02:43 UTC
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"Hustlers" and "Knives Out" both grossed more than $100 million
at the domestic box office,
'Knives Out' grossed > $100m??? It was one of my major disappointments of
2019 and not a patch on 'Murder by Death'.




alvey
william ahearn
2020-01-02 23:59:57 UTC
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"Hustlers" and "Knives Out" both grossed more than $100 million
at the domestic box office,
'Knives Out' grossed > $100m??? It was one of my major disappointments of
2019 and not a patch on 'Murder by Death'.
God, senseless and contrived. I was stunned by how bad it is.

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