Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Cornered **** (1945, Dick Powell, Micheline Cheirel, Walter Slezak) – Classic Movie Review 5252

Director Edward Dmytryk’s edgy, gripping 1945 RKO film noir thriller finds an ideal star in Dick Powell, who plays a former Canadian airman called Laurence Gerard, who returns to France and then goes to Buenos […]

Apr, 04 · in Uncategorized

Crime in the Streets **** (1956, John Cassavetes, Sal Mineo, James Whitmore, Mark Rydell) – Classic Movie Review 5251

John Cassavetes (aged 26 but playing 18) stars as Frankie Dane, a teenage crime boss who comes back from the edge of committing a vengeance murder of a neighbour because of the intervention of social […]

Apr, 04 · in Uncategorized

Count the Hours *** (1953, Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Dolores Moran) – Classic Movie Review 5250

Macdonald Carey stars as a lawyer who battles to release migrant worker ranch hand George Braden (John Craven) from Death Row in director Don Siegel’s neat little 1953 suspense thriller support feature, running just 74 […]

Apr, 04

Graduation [Bacalaureat] ***** (2016, Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici) – Movie Review

Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu’s drama is a precision-tooled marvel as he examines the sacrifices and compromises demanded of parents. The combination of subtle and hard hitting is brilliant. Mungiu won Best Director as Cannes, tied […]

Apr, 03

The Boss Baby *** (2017, voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Miles Bakshi) – Movie Review

Director Tom McGrath’s quirky, amusing and likeable 2017 DreamWorks CGI animation starts with a real good idea to kick it off. There are lots of quite big laughs to be found, especially early on, and […]

Apr, 03

Children of a Lesser God **** (1986, William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco) – Classic Movie Review 5249

Director Randa Haines’s rousing 1986 spirit-lifting drama stars marvellous Marlee Matlin (hearing impaired in real-life), who won a Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe in her film début as Sarah, a young deaf woman whose […]

Apr, 03

Children Crossing *** (1990, Peter Firth, Saskia Reeves, Bob Peck) – Classic Movie Review 5248

Director Angela Pope’s 1990 British thriller is made for BBC2’s admirable Screen Two series of films, is based on the novel by Verity Bargate and stars Peter Firth, Saskia Reeves and Bob Peck. When quiet, […]

Apr, 03



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