Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Sicilian Ghost Story **** (2017, Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari) – Movie Review 

Sicilian Ghost Story is a beautifully imaginative, quite mesmerising and haunting Italian film art work. Julia Jedlikowska stars as young Luna, who loves her 13-year-old boyfriend Giuseppe (Gaetano Fernandez) truly, madly, deeply. Giuseppe reciprocates that love. But Luna’s […]

Sep, 18 · in Uncategorized

Beast ** (2017 Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle) – Movie Review 

Writer-director Michael Pearce’s British feature debut drama starts quite well, proceeds fairly well, then gets messy mid way and loses it in the last half hour. Jessie Buckley stars as disturbed 28-year-old Moll, who is living on Jersey […]

Sep, 18 · in Uncategorized

The Mad Room *** (1969, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Skip Ward) – Classic Movie Review 6032

Co-writer/ director Bernard Girard’s 1969 horror movie is an atmospheric and suspenseful, if unsubtle and overly violent remake of the 1941 chiller Ladies in Retirement. Shelley Winters is on good form as Mrs Armstrong, a […]

Sep, 17

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell *** (1968, Gina Lollobrigida, Telly Savalas, Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford, Lee Grant, Shelley Winters, Janet Margolin) – Classic Movie Review 6031

Co-writer/ producer/ director Melvin Frank’s warm and amusing 1968 romantic comedy finds an excellent showcase role for Sixties Italian sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida. She gives a delightful performance as Mrs Carla Campbell, an Italian mother […]

Sep, 17

American Assassin ** (2017, Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, David Suchet, Charlotte Vega) – Movie Review

Dylan O’Brien stars as troubled 23-year-old Mitch Rapp, who is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) as a counter-terrorism operative recruit. She gets tough Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to […]

Sep, 17

Point of No Return [The Assassin] ** (1993, Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Miguel Ferrer, Anne Bancroft, Olivia D’Abo, Harvey Keitel, Dermot Mulroney) – Classic Movie Review 6030

Bridget Fonda stars as Maggie Hayward, a drug-addicted killer saved from execution by a government agency, when top-secret US government agent Bob (Gabriel Byrne) arranges a staged death for her,  and is trained as a top […]

Sep, 16

Mother! ** (2017, Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer) – Movie Review

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! starts quite well enough, with an intriguing beginning that promises upmarket mystery and chiller excitement, and then improves a lot when classy performers Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer join the movie and it starts […]

Sep, 16

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