Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Monolith Monsters *** (1957, Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne) – Classic Movie Review 5199

Ah yes, ‘Mammoth skyscrapers of stone thundering across the Earth!’ Director John Sherwood’s 1957 movie is an atmospheric, effective enough sci-fi film, in which the residents of a California desert town start dying after scientist […]

Mar, 25 · in Reviews

Bwana Devil * (1952, Robert Stack, Barbara Britton, Nigel Bruce) – Classic Movie Review 5198

‘The Miracle of the Age!!! A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!’ Writer-producer-director Arch Oboler’s 1952 adventure thriller has the enormous distinction of being the very first 3D sound feature movie in English […]

Mar, 25 · in Reviews

Jacob’s Ladder ***½ (1990, Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello) – Classic Movie Review 5197

Director Adrian Lyne’s eerie, eye-catching 1990 horror movie finds Tim Robbins climbing the ladder to stardom in a stalwart performance as the divorced, traumatised Vietnam vet, New York postal worker Jacob Singer, who is troubled by […]

Mar, 25

The Lost City of Z ** (2016, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson) – Movie Review

Director James Gray’s biopic of British explorer Colonel Percival Fawcett is conscientious but terminally boring. Gray is a good director – Little Odessa (1994), The Yards (2000), We Own the Night (2007) – but this does not seem like […]

Mar, 25

CHIPS * (2017, Dax Shepard, Michael Peña, Jessica McNamee, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Justin Chatwin, Kristen Bell) – Movie Review

Writer-director Dax Shepard’s cert 15, R-rated 2017 action comedy is a mindless, mirthless and mucky belated TV series movie spin-off. The likeable and hard-working star duo of Dax Shepard and Michael Peña, playing miss-matched cops, could be […]

Mar, 25

Life *** (2017, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds) – Movie Review

The trouble with director Daniel Espinosa’s enjoyable and entertaining 2017 sci-fi horror is that is an Alien ripoff, and, while that is in some ways a good thing, in others, it’s bad. The story is very familiar […]

Mar, 24

Handsome Devil ***½ (2016, Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott) – Movie Review

Award-winning writer/director John Butler (The Stag) returns with a charming, crowd-pleasing story of the unlikely friendship between two Irish boarding school roommates – gay loner outsider Ned (Fionn O’Shea) and new boy macho star rugby player […]

Mar, 24

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