Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Shopping ** (1994, Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Sean Pertwee) – Classic Movie Review 5763

This dismayingly violent, nihilistic and empty 1994 contemporary British teen action thriller finds its debut writer-director Paul W S Anderson struggling desperately to control an over-heated vision of lawless gangs roving England’s grim and unpleasant […]

Jul, 15 · in Reviews

London **** (1994, voice of Paul Scofield) – Classic Movie Review 5762

Writer-director and cameraman Patrick Keiller’s personal and politicial 1994 feature-length debut is a witty and penetrating British documentary, a travelogue cum essay film mounting a virulent attack on the state of early to mid-Nineties London. […]

Jul, 15 · in Reviews

Maggie’s Plan **** (2015, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Travis Fimmel) – Classic Movie Review 5761

Writer/director Rebecca Miller’s intelligent, heartfelt romantic comedy is amusing, smart and decidedly quirky. It gives Greta Gerwig a chance to shine as career counsellor Maggie, whose plan is to have a baby on her own […]

Jul, 15

The Color Purple **** (1985, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey) – Classic Movie Review 5760

For his 1985 movie, producer-director Steven Spielberg looks through rose-coloured glasses at Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel about a young African American woman, separated from her sister, who endures a life of men’s oppression until […]

Jul, 14

Magic *** (1978, Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Ed Lauter) – Classic Movie Review 5759

Producer-director Richard Attenborough’s 1978 fantasy horror thriller revamps the old chestnut story about the dummy murderously taking over the ventriloquist, an idea already definitively handled previously in Dead of Night (1945). Even with a screenplay […]

Jul, 14

Cry Freedom **** (1987, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton, Denzel Washington) – Classic Movie Review 5758

Producer-director Richard Attenborough’s stirring and important social conscience 1987 real-life thriller stars Kevin Kline as Donald Woods, chief editor of the liberal newspaper Daily Dispatch, who is forced to escape from South Africa with his […]

Jul, 14

Shadowlands **** (1993, Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Edward Hardwicke, Michael Denison, John Wood, Joseph Mazzello, Julian Fellowes, Peter Firth, Robert Flemyng) – Classic Movie Review 5757

Producer-director Richard Attenborough’s 1993 cinema version of William Nicholson’s TV and stage play is a wonderfully warm-hearted and poignant experience. It won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the 1994 BAFTA Awards. there were […]

Jul, 14

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