One of the more underrated thrillers of the 1990’s, George Clooney plays a solider in the US Special Forces who helps Nicole Kidman’s nuclear scientist track down warheads before they can be used to start a nuclear war. Filled with non-stop action, including an intense climactic scene on the streets of New York, the Peacemaker takes themes we’ve seen before and presents them in a way that transforms the movie into something fresh and exciting.
- Rob K.
Sa da tay! One of the more underrated comedy films of our generation, Pootie Tang stars Emmy Award-winner and stand-up comedian Lance Crouther as Pootie Tang, a colorful, slang-talking, ladies’ man. Written and directed by Louis C.K., the flick features comedic legends such as Chris Rock, who produced the film, Wanda Sykes, and other comedic greats such as J.B. Smooth, Jennifer Coolidge and Robert Vaughn making their own incredible and distinct marks on screen. Pootie Tang is bound to fill you with laughter.
- Rasheed W.
Pour yourself a glass of cheap whiskey and take in this neo-noir throwback of a crime picture that’s chock-full of tough guys, dames and double crosses. The film is an adaptation of a novel that had previously been turned into the movie POINT BLANK starring the great Lee Marvin. Here Mel Gibson takes the role of “Porter” a one man army of a guy who will stop at nothing to get the money he’s owed from a heist. The twists and turns keep coming and the action never stops… Oh and the tough guy banter is to die for.
- Mike R.
With twinges of the Edgar Allan Poe tales of yesteryear and produced by Poe enthusiast and king of B-Cinema Roger Corman, The Terror follows the story of a French soldier who follows a beautiful woman who (spoiler alert!) turns out to be a ghost. Constructed on a very low budget, the film is rumored to have used leftover sets and props from other films, notably The Haunted Palace. A young Jack Nicholson, the legendary Boris Karloff, and Corman-regular Dick Miller star, while Francis Ford Coppola shared directing duties with Nicholson, Corman, Monte Hellman, and Jack Hill. For a delightful bit of campy macabre, this is the film to see.
- Sam V.
Ghost World is based on a comic book… but you won’t find the typical action-packed sequences with expensive-looking CGI. It is a coming-of-age story… but it doesn’t fall under the typical constraints and clichés of adolescence films. The film begins as friends Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) graduate high school with little to no direction in life. Okay, that might seem a little typical. But as they try and find themselves, they encounter Seymour (Steve Buscemi), an artsy middle-aged man who collects jazz records. Ghost World is an independent film… and it embraces its quirkiness and eccentricities making it an atypical movie.
- Matt S.
If you knew what the future held, would you use that knowledge for financial gain? Of course you would! That is the case of everyone's favorite foursome in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. If you're looking for more debochery, more zingers and more hot tub, than this sequel should quench your time travel thirst. Just remember to keep practicing your 'Webber Strut'. The future depends on it.
- Graham W.
“Some people say I’m an overachiever, But I think they’re just jealous…” Tracey Flick is that classic high school girl who is in every committee, club, elective, and honors class you can think of. She’s brown-nosing, she’s impeccably dressed. She’s so on-top of things that you have to wonder how it can be humanly possible to be that actively involved and maintain a sense of normalcy! In Tracey’s case, it is not. If you’re a Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon fan (trick question - who isn’t), this 1999 dark comedy about suburban high school antics is a must see!
- Becky W.
If you loved Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, Scooby Doo, and The Hardy Boys growing up, you will love Mystery Team. Donald Glover of Community fame, stars, co-wrote, produced and composed the original score for this raunchy film about three high school seniors and former child detectives who just can’t seem to let go of solving their town’s small time mysteries. However, things get a little too real when a client enlists their help to solve her parents’ murder. Mystery Team has a lot of cameos from many of our favorite primetime TV stars including: Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation/House of Lies), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), and Matt Walsh (Veep). Watch out for Old Man McGinty!
- Lauren V.
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