Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The LEGO Batman Movie *** (2017, voices of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes) – Movie Review

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) is amusing and inventive enough but it’s a bit of a one-joke movie and would be much, much funnier as a half-hour short. It’s certainly struggling to fill one and […]

Feb, 12 · in Uncategorized

The Space Between Us ** (2017, Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson) – Movie Review

Director Peter Chelsom’s 2017 interplanetary adventure film occupies the space between interesting and boring. It’s way too long and talky for its own good, and some dialogue and scenes could just be cut, which could […]

Feb, 11 · in Uncategorized

Captains Courageous **** (1937, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Freddie Bartholomew, Mickey Rooney, Melvyn Douglas) – Classic Movie Review 5019

Director Victor Fleming’s 1937 MGM movie of the novel by Rudyard Kipling is a bit creaky, dated and faded now, but it is still very enjoyable and entertaining thanks to the well-told, rattlingly good yarn, […]

Feb, 10

The Captain’s Paradise *** (1953, Alec Guinness, Celia Johnson, Yvonne De Carlo) – Classic Movie Review 5018

Producer-director Anthony Kimmins’s welcome 1953 British comedy star Alec Guinness as Henry St James, the ferryboat captain happily chugging between Gibraltar and Tangiers, enjoying the bigamous luxury of different wives in both ports. This entertaining, […]

Feb, 10

The Captain’s Table *** (1958, John Gregson, Peggy Cummins, Donald Sinden) – Classic Movie Review 5017

Director Jack Lee’s 1958 movie is a typical Fifties British comedy with its air of being keen and eager to raise laughs coming over as a bit desperate to please. John Gregson stars as the […]

Feb, 09

Reach for the Sky **** (1956, Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook) – Classic Movie Review 5016

Writer-director Lewis Gilbert’s inspirational 1955 British drama stars Kenneth More, who enjoyed his biggest success when Richard Burton turned down the role of ace British pilot Douglas Bader. Bader painfully learns to walk again and […]

Feb, 08

Elle **** (2016, Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Jonas Bloquet, Charles Berling, Judith Magre, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel) – Movie Review

Director Paul Verhoeven’s involving 2016 crime drama is an extraordinary film. Isabelle Huppert is astonishing in a huge and complex star role as Michèle, the apparently supremely self-confident boss of a successful video game company, who is attacked […]

Feb, 08

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