Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Married to the Mob **** (1988, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin, Trey Wilson, Joan Cusack) – Classic Movie Review 5351

Director Jonathan Demme’s 1988 sweet and sophisticated Mob movie stars a drop-dead gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer, who turns in another winning performance as Angela deMarco, a woman who finds herself in mortal peril after her Mafia husband […]

Apr, 27 · in Uncategorized

Melvin and Howard **** (1980, Paul LeMat, Jason Robards Jr, Mary Steenburgen) – Classic Movie Review 5350

Director Jonathan Demme’s highly delightful, double Oscar-winning 1980 comedy is one of this remarkable film-maker’s finest movies. This possibly true story is extremely well played and most satisfying. Paul LeMat stars as factory worker and […]

Apr, 27 · in Uncategorized

The Truth about Charlie ½ (2003, Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins) Classic Movie Review 5349

Co-writer/ director Jonathan Demme’s appalling 2003 movie is a catastrophic remake of the sparkling 1963 thriller Charade, with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton doing nothing whatever to battle their bizarre miscasting in the old Cary […]

Apr, 27

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

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

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

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