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Recent Hidden Gems, Part 1

By Cecilia Cygnar

Catch up on some "under the radar" films that might have come and gone without notice.

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    2018

    In one of the more underrated movies in recent years, powerful performances and a strong, engaging plot make it hard to believe this one did not become a huge hit. John Cho, as the father of a missing girl, was robbed during awards season.

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  • Alpha

    2018

    A patron recommended this movie to me. I was skeptical but ended up being charmed by the story between the young man and the wolf. In addition to the captivating plot, it also very visually stunning.

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  • Finding Your Feet

    2018

    This film starts slowly but takes off once you get into it. The chemistry between Timothy Spall and Imelda Staunton is contagious.

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  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    2018

    This excellent coming-of-age film features some terrific "young Hollywood" performances.

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  • Destination Wedding

    2018

    Not a fan of Keanu and Winona like me? This movie might just about win you over. It's very sweet without being sappy, which is unusual in any rom com.

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  • Little Italy

    2018

    Mystic Pizza meets Romeo and Juliet. This cute romantic comedy is set among two rival families and their pizzerias.

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  • Love, Cecil: The Life of Legendary Photographer Cecil Beaton

    2018

    In this underrated documentary, the epic flamboyance of photographer, artist, and designer Cecil Beaton shines through.

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  • Tea with the Dames

    2019

    Without these four ladies, theater, television and cinema would practically cease to exist. Hear from them separately and all together as Dench, Smith, Plowright and Atkins share their memories of life and careers.

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  • 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

    2017

    Any Hitchcock-based documentary is something I will see. Unlike some, this one is definitely worth it. Even though it is technically a film about the making of one short scene (in Psycho), it feels more like a case study on filmmaking in general.

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