Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Susan and God **** (1940, Joan Crawford, Fredric March, Ruth Hussey, John Carroll, Rita Hayworth, Nigel Bruce, Bruce Cabot) – Classic Movie Review 5655

Joan Crawford takes over Gertrude Lawrence’s stage role of Susan, the gay Mrs Trexel (of the UK title), for director George Cukor’s 1940 movie of Rachel Crothers’s celebrated stage play. Crawford plays a wealthy socialite […]

Jun, 24 · in Reviews

The Book of Henry * (2017, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Dean Norris, Lee Pace) – Movie Review

The Book of Henry is an interesting but dodgy mix of thriller and tear-jerking drama. There’s enough material for three separate movies here. And that is always good. Any one of them might have been […]

Jun, 24 · in Reviews

Transformers: The Last Knight ** (2017, Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock) – Movie Review

So here we go on the fifth part of the long-running kids’ action adventure saga, based on the Hasbro toys. That idea might excite some kids but it fills a lot of grown-ups with dread. Actually, it is […]

Jun, 24

Gifted ***½ (2017, Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate) – Movie Review

Mmm, nice, we get the sweet and soft side of Captain America (that would be Chris Evans) in this gentle and appealing heart-tugger, neatly handled by director Marc Webb and tastily written by writer and Tom Flynn. […]

Jun, 24

I Saw What You Did *** (1965, Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson) – Classic Movie Review 5654

Producer-director William Castle’s 1965 thriller was deemed good enough for showman Castle not to have to bother with all his usual advertising gimmicks and publicity tricks. Indeed, he was right, he didn’t have to, it […]

Jun, 23

Hysteria ** (1965, Robert Webber, Anthony Newlands, Jennifer Jayne, Maurice Denham, Lelia Goldoni) – Classic Movie Review 5653

‘TERRIFYING SUSPENSE …it will shock you out of your seat!’ Hysteria is the third and last – and least – of director Freddie Francis’s enjoyable Psycho-esque Hammer Horror psychological mystery thriller trilogy, after Paranoiac (1963) and Nightmare […]

Jun, 22

My Brother Jonathan *** (1947, Michael Denison Dulcie Gray, Ronald Howard, Beatrice Campbell, Stephen Murray) – Classic Movie Review 5652

Michael Denison stars as Dr Jonathan Dakers in the story and struggles of the English provincial doctor, based on the once famous novel by Francis Brett Young, and told in flashback to his World War […]

Jun, 22

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