Derek Winnert

Reviews

New York, New York ***** (1977, Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli, Lionel Stander, Mary Kay Place, Barry Primus) – Classic Movie Review 5213

Director Martin Scorsese’s immensely stylish 1977 show is a wonderful salute to the era and culture of the vintage big band musicals. Robert De Niro stars as Jimmy Doyle, the smooth but selfish and erratic […]

Mar, 28

New York Confidential **** (1955, Broderick Crawford, Richard Conte, Anne Bancroft, Marilyn Maxwell, J Carrol Naish) – Classic Movie Review 5212

Co-writer/ director Russell Rouse’s tremendous hardboiled 1955 gangster movie is both revealing and exciting. It tells the story about the rise and fall of corrupt businessman Charlie Lupo (Broderick Crawford)’s crime ring in Manhattan, New […]

Mar, 28

Baby It’s You **** (1982, Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin) – Classic Movie Review 5211

Writer-director John Sayles’s 1982 romantic comedy drama is an extremely pleasing 1960s-set high school story about two mismatched lovers – an Italian boy with serious clothes an an attitude problem and the pretty Jewish schoolgirl […]

Mar, 28

The Age of Shadows **** (2016, Byung-hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Kang-ho Song) – Movie Review

Writer-director Jee-woon Kim’s 2016 South Korean thriller is tense, thrilling and beautifully staged and photographed, with a marvellous late-1920s period production. The extended climactic action sequence on the train is a real, nail-biting humdinger. Based […]

Mar, 28

Don’t Bother to Knock *** (1952, Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney, Jim Backus, Lurene Tuttle, Elisha Cook Jr) – Classic Movie Review 5210

Director Roy Ward Baker’s 1952 American film noir psychological mystery thriller stars Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe, who gives a remarkably convincing performance in a very difficult and peculiar role as Nell Forbes, a shy-seeming […]

Mar, 28

Macabre ** (1958, William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White) – Classic Movie Review 5209

Producer-director William Castle’s 1958 movie is based on a 12-handed Mystery Writers of America novel The Marble Forest, though it is credited to one writer, Anthony Boucher (as Theo Durrant). The movie tells a dull, clumsy […]

Mar, 28

Charlotte Gray ** (2001, Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon, Rupert Penry-Jones, Anton Lesser, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden) – Classic Movie Review 5208

Cate Blanchett impresses as a Scottish clerk, who in 1943 goes to France, joins the resistance (led by Billy Crudup) and helps two Jewish boys. Exciting bursts of tough action enliven this routine, slackly paced […]

Mar, 28

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