Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

In the Line of Fire **** (1993, Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, John Mahoney) – Classic Movie Review 5794

Director Wolfgang Petersen’s classy 1993 thriller finds an ideal role for Clint Eastwood as Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan, an FBI man who failed to put his body in the line of fire to save […]

Jul, 21 · in Reviews

To Hell and Back **** (1955, Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Gregg Palmer, Jack Kelly) – Classic Movie Review 5793

Director Jesse Hibbs’s strong and solid 1955 Universal war film does justice to its tale of heroism as Audie Murphy re-creates (from his autobiography) the story of how he became America’s most decorated soldier (with […]

Jul, 21 · in Reviews

Scribe [La mécanique de l’ombre] **** (2016, François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès, Sami Bouajila ) – Movie Review

Co-writer/ director Thomas Kruithof’s really good and exciting French Seventies-style 2016 paranoia thriller is intensely acted, grippingly done and stylishly filmed. François Cluzet stars as the depressed, alcoholic, recently unemployed Duval, who is contacted by […]

Jul, 21

One Hour with You ***** (1932, Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, Roland Young, Charles Ruggles, George Barbier) – Classic Movie Review 5777

Producer-director Ernst Lubitsch re-teams Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald after The Love Parade (1929) in this delightfully witty, deliciously daring 1932 Paramount romantic comedy with songs, based on Lothar Schmidt’s play Only a Dream. Chevalier plays […]

Jul, 20

The Merry Widow ***** (1934, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Edward Everett Horton, Una Merkel) – Classic Movie Review 5776

Director Ernst Lubitsch’s 1934 MGM version of Franz Lehar’s famous operetta remakes a famous 1925 silent original The Merry Widow directed by Erich von Stroheim. It is an extravagant and effervescent delight, with the charming team […]

Jul, 20

My Girl 2 * (1994, Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Masur, Christine Ebersole, Austin O’Brien) – Classic Movie Review 5775

Returning director Howard Zieff’s 1994 comedy is the struggling and none too welcome sequel to My Girl (1991), with Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Masur all returning from the original. It […]

Jul, 20

The Last of Mrs Cheyney ** (1929, Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, George Barraud, Herbert Bunston, Hedda Hopper) Classic Movie Review 5792

Director Sidney Franklin’s 1929 pioneering sound-on-film movie version of Frederick Lonsdale’s famous play about a society jewel thief is ideally cast with Norma Shearer as the widowed Mrs Fay Cheyney and Basil Rathbone as the titled […]

Jul, 20

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