Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Mad Room *** (1969, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Skip Ward) – Classic Movie Review 6032

Co-writer/ director Bernard Girard’s 1969 horror movie is an atmospheric and suspenseful, if unsubtle and overly violent remake of the 1941 chiller Ladies in Retirement. Shelley Winters is on good form as Mrs Armstrong, a […]

Sep, 17 · in Uncategorized

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell *** (1968, Gina Lollobrigida, Telly Savalas, Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford, Lee Grant, Shelley Winters, Janet Margolin) – Classic Movie Review 6031

Co-writer/ producer/ director Melvin Frank’s warm and amusing 1968 romantic comedy finds an excellent showcase role for Sixties Italian sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida. She gives a delightful performance as Mrs Carla Campbell, an Italian mother […]

Sep, 17 · in Uncategorized

American Assassin ** (2017, Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, David Suchet, Charlotte Vega) – Movie Review

Dylan O’Brien stars as troubled 23-year-old Mitch Rapp, who is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) as a counter-terrorism operative recruit. She gets tough Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to […]

Sep, 17

Point of No Return [The Assassin] ** (1993, Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Miguel Ferrer, Anne Bancroft, Olivia D’Abo, Harvey Keitel, Dermot Mulroney) – Classic Movie Review 6030

Bridget Fonda stars as Maggie Hayward, a drug-addicted killer saved from execution by a government agency, when top-secret US government agent Bob (Gabriel Byrne) arranges a staged death for her,  and is trained as a top […]

Sep, 16

Mother! ** (2017, Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer) – Movie Review

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! starts quite well enough, with an intriguing beginning that promises upmarket mystery and chiller excitement, and then improves a lot when classy performers Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer join the movie and it starts […]

Sep, 16

Victoria and Abdul [Victoria & Abdul] ***½ (2017, Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon) – Movie Review

Victoria & Abdul is sweet, funny and charming. How could it not be? The 82-year-old national treasure Dench shines again, re-creating or revisiting her popular Oscar nominated role as Queen Victoria from Mrs Brown 20 […]

Sep, 15

Innocent Blood ** (1992, Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia) – Classic Movie Review 6029

Director John Landis revisits with considerably less effect the territory he covered so successfully with his 1981 classic An American Werewolf in London for this disappointing if passable 1992 vampire horror thriller. The mix of fantasy, […]

Sep, 15

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