Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Trespass *** (1992, Bill Paxton, Ice-T, William Sadler, Art Evans, Ice Cube) – Classic Movie Review 5348

Bill Paxton and William Sadler star as Arkansas firemen Vince and Don, who are given a treasure map by a hysterical old man in a burning building. It turns out he stole a large amount […]

Apr, 26 · in Uncategorized

Hotel Rwanda **** (2004, Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix) – Classic Movie Review 5347

Don Cheadle is on scalding form as Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life manager of a Rwandan hotel that proved a safe haven for hundreds of refugees in 1994 as the Hutu tribe waged genocide on the […]

Apr, 26 · in Uncategorized

The Big House **** (1930, Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone) – Classic Movie Review 5346

Author Frances Marion won the Academy Award for writing the story and dialogue (Best Writing Achievement) of director George Hill’s convincing, mould-forming 1930 prison drama. Sound director Douglas Shearer also won the first Academy Award […]

Apr, 26

The Devil’s Hairpin *** (1957, Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Arthur Franz, Mary Astor, Paul Fix) – Classic Movie Review 5345

This 1957 car racing drama, filmed in Technicolor and VistaVision is a credit to Cornel Wilde (aka Kornél Lajos Weisz), who wears four different hats here as star, producer, co-writer and director. He produces for […]

Apr, 26

Witness to Murder *** (1954, Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill) – Classic Movie Review 5344

Director Roy Rowland’s tense and tingling 1954 thriller provides an excellent Rear Window-style part for Barbara Stanwyck as Cheryl Draper, the solitary dame whose life is in danger from suave killer Albert Richter (George Sanders), […]

Apr, 25

Tall in the Saddle *** (1944, John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Audrey Long) – Classic Movie Review 5343

John Wayne is on fine form and so is Ella Raines in director Edwin L Marin’s bouncy, well-written and entertaining compact little 1944 Western with a straightforward thriller plot about a murdered ranch owner, the […]

Apr, 25

The Promise **½ (2016, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale) – Movie Review

Co-writer/ director Terry George’s costly-looking, beautifully shot movie is an old-style historical epic, an ambitious and good hearted but inevitably depressing look at the now little-known story of the Armenian genocide by the Turks, during the last […]

Apr, 25

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