Derek Winnert


Jack the Ripper *** (1988, Michael Caine, Armand Assante, Ray McAnally, Susan George, Jane Seymour, Lewis Collins) – Classic Movie Review 5190

For this excellent 1988 two-part mini-series, Michael Caine returns to TV as Chief Inspector Fred Abberline, the boozy Scotland Yard man who investigates the notorious 1888 East End serial killer murdering prostitutes in the East End […]

Mar, 22

Out of Iraq ***½ (2016, Nayyef Hrebid, Hayder ‘Btoo’ Allami, Michael Failla) – Movie Review

Directors Chris McKim and Eva Orner’s emotionally thrilling 2016 documentary is a great story with a happy ending well told. Usually happy stories don’t make good films, but this one does, as there’s plenty of high […]

Mar, 22

Blonde Fist *** (1991, Margi Clarke, Carroll Baker, Ken Hutchison, Sharon Power) – Classic Movie Review 5189

  Writer-director Frank Clarke’s 1991 film has a strong premise about a spunky Liverpool lass who takes up female boxing and it is rewarded with a knockout performance from the treasurable Liverpudlian legend Margi Clarke […]

Mar, 22

The Secret Garden ** (1993, Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Haydon Prowse, John Lynch, Andrew Knott, Irène Jacob) – Classic Movie Review 5188

Director Agnieszka Holland’s 1993 film version of the 1911 Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s story is picturesque and meticulous, but dramatically indolent. Burnett’s story was previously filmed in 1919, 1949 and for TV in 1987. Kate […]

Mar, 22

The Little Princess *** (1939, Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Cesar Romero, Mary Nash, E E Clive) – Classic Movie Review 5187

Director Walter Lang’s 1939 musical comedy family drama stars Shirley Temple, who bursts into colour for the first time in films – and glorious Technicolor at that! – and that seems to have inspired one […]

Mar, 22

Man in the Dark *** (1953, Edmond O’Brien, Audrey Totter, Ted de Corsia) – Classic Movie Review 5186

Director Lew Landers’s 1953 film noir thriller stars the always excellent Edmond O’Brien, Audrey Totter and Ted de Corsia, is filmed in 3D and is based on a story by Henry Altimus and Tom Van […]

Mar, 21

Inferno **** (1953, Robert Ryan, William Lundigan, Rhonda Fleming) – Classic Movie Review 5185

Director Roy Ward Baker’s taut and suspenseful 1953 thriller Inferno is notable as 20th Century Fox’s first, successful, if belated, move into making the then popular 3D movies. It stars Rhonda Fleming as scheming wife Geraldine […]

Mar, 21


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