Derek Winnert

Reviews

Sapphire **** (1959, Nigel Patrick, Michael Craig, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Massie, Bernard Miles) – Classic Movie Review 5057

Director Basil Dearden’s pioneering issue-led 1959 British murder thriller stars Nigel Patrick, Michael Craig, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Massie, Bernard Miles, Gordon Heath, Earl Cameron, Olga Lindo, Rupert Davies and Peter Vaughan. Dearden won the 1960 BAFTA […]

Feb, 24

20th Century Women **** (2016, Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup) – Movie Review

There’s a feast of acting from Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig in writer-director Mike Mills’s rousing, provocative and moving story of three hippyish women exploring love and freedom in Southern California during the early Seventies. Mills is Oscar […]

Feb, 24

The Blind Side *** (2009, Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Lily Collins, Jae Head) – Classic Movie Review 5056

Sandra Bullock won an unexpected Best Actress Oscar in 2010 for her capable performance in The Blind Side (2009) as caring woman Leigh Anne Tuohy who crucially helps homeless and traumatised teenage African-American boy Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), who […]

Feb, 24

The Alamo * (2004, Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Emilio Echevarría, Jordi Mollà, Leon Rippy, Marc Blucas) – 5055

‘One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.’ – Colonel William Travis. Remember The Alamo? Well, not this version, anyway, for director John Lee Hancock ‘s misjudged, murky-looking and mostly boring 2004 […]

Feb, 24

The Founder **** (2016, Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini) – Movie Review

The Founder starts as an advert for McDonald’s fast food and the disposable, ambitious, cheery, patriotic American way. But then, just when you think you are paying to see and advert, it turns quite dark […]

Feb, 24

Munich **** (2005, Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Amalric, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie-Josée Croze) – Classic Movie Review 5053

‘The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.’ Director Steven Spielberg’s dark, tense and sombre 2005 historical political thriller tells the […]

Feb, 24

Tommy **** (1975, Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell, Paul Nicholas, Tina Turner, Keith Moon) – Classic Movie Review 5054

‘Your senses will never be the same.’ Director Ken Russell’s incredibly boisterous 1975 film adaptation of The Who’s rock opera features Roger Daltrey (as Tommy, the psychosomatic ‘deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure plays […]

Feb, 24

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