Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Desert Fox **** (1951, James Mason, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Luther Adler, Everett Sloane, Leo G Carroll) – Classic Movie Review 5407

Director Henry Hathaway’s 1951 war movie tells the story of Rommel, The Desert Fox, who was still fresh in the minds of postwar audiences, but is now of course a much less known figure. So the […]

May, 07 · in Reviews

The Journey **** (2016, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens, John Hurt) – Movie Review

Director Nick Hamm’s 2016 drama The Journey is most entertaining and informative, surprisingly so, given the subject matter. It is a very good, satisfying mix of politics and personal drama. Timothy Spall is great as […]

May, 07 · in Reviews

The Appaloosa [Southwest to Sonora] *** (1966, Marlon Brando, Anjanette Comer, John Saxon) – Classic Movie Review 5406

‘Southwest to Sonora rode the lustful, the lawless… to live on the edge of violence!’ Marlon Brando stars as Matt Fletcher, a Mexican-American buffalo hunter cowboy, who vows in a Mexican border church to lead […]

May, 06

Desert Hearts **** (1985, Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Dean Butler, Jeffrey Tambor, Gwen Welles) – Classic Movie Review 5405

Producer-director Donna Deitch’s triumphant 1985 lesbian drama is wonderfully stirring, romantic and heartwarming. Based on the novel Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule, Natalie Cooper’s screenplay is about 30-something New York woman professor Vivian […]

May, 06

Claire of the Moon ***½ (1992, Trisha Todd, Karen Trumbo, Faith McDevitt) – Classic Movie Review 5404

Writer-director Nicole Conn’s 1992 drama stars Trisha Todd as promiscuous satirist writer Claire who shares a cabin with a sex behaviour author at the annual women’s writers’ retreat at a small northern American coastal spot. There […]

May, 06

A Civil Action **** (1998, John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathleen Quinlan) – Classic Movie Review 5403

Writer-director Steven Zaillian’s excellent 1998 legal drama comes out fighting and wins in a knockout. It stars John Travolta as tenacious plaintiff’s attorney Jan Schlichtmann and Robert Duvall as his canny old opponent, Jerry Facher, the […]

May, 06

The Claim *** (2000, Peter Mullan, Nastassja Kinski, Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, Sarah Polley, Shirley Henderson) – Classic Movie Review 5402

Director Michael Winterbottom’s ambitious, well-crafted, thoughtful 2000 Western is based on The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. The screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story about a wealthy man who reamins haunted two […]

May, 06

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