Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Jackal *** (1997, Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Mathilda May, J K Simmons) – Classic Movie Review 4893

Director Michael Caton-Jones’s capable, quite exciting 1997 action thriller is a more than satisfactory remake of The Day of the Jackal (1973), an admittedly much better film that didn’t need a remake. Richard Gere and Bruce […]

Jan, 15 · in Uncategorized

Rentadick * (1972, James Booth, Richard Briers, Julie Ege, Donald Sinden, Roy Kinnear, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan, John Wells) – Classic Movie Review 4891

Director Jim Clark’s mostly wild and witless, wide-of-the-mark 1972 British crime comedy stars an amiable group of experienced farce players and has much broad fun with British national stereotypes. It is certainly to be value […]

Jan, 15 · in Uncategorized

Hard, Fast and Beautiful **½ (1951, Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Carleton G Young, Robert Clarke) – Classic Movie Review 4892

Director Ida Lupino’s intriguing and involving but hesitant 1951 drama is written by Martha Wilkerson. The movie, unusually for this time one with women as both the writer and director, as well as two female stars, is […]

Jan, 14

The Perfect Score ** (2004, Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Chris Evans, Bryan Greenberg, Matthew Lillard) – Classic Movie Review 4890

Director Brian Robbins’s decent 2004 youth drama cannot earn a perfect score, but it does win marks for trying. The screenplay by Marc Hyman, Jon Zack and Mark Schwahn tells a familiar yet friendly yarn, […]

Jan, 14

Hardball *** (2001, Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Michael McGlone, Michael B Jordan, D B Sweeney) – Classic Movie Review 4888

In this pleasant, good-hearted 2001 sports drama film, Keanu Reeves scores a home run as Conor O’Neill, who gets into a mess scalping tickets, gambling and drinking. He so is desperate for a loan from […]

Jan, 14

The Hard Word *** (2002, Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Robert Taylor, Joel Edgerton, Damien Richardson) – Classic Movie Review 4889

For some reason sporting a weird prosthetic nose, Guy Pearce leads this in-your-face but jovial, old-style caper thriller about three crook brothers, Dale, Shane and Mal Twentyman (Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Damien Richardson). The three fraternal […]

Jan, 14

The Replacements *** (2000, Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jack Warden, Jon Favreau, Rhys Ifans) – Classic Movie Review 4887

Director Howard Deutch’s genial, enjoyable and well-acted 2000 sports comedy stars Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco, a strike-breaking American pro-football player, who replaces the star quarterback. In Vince McEwin’s neatly written screenplay, an American football […]

Jan, 14

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