Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Bad Santa **** (2003, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Lauren Tom, Bernie Mac, John Ritter) – Classic Movie Review 545

Oh, is it Christmas already? Then let’s go ho-ho-ho! In director Terry Zwigoff’s 2003 big comedy laughter-raiser, miserable conman crook Willie T Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) and his tiny Little Helper sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) […]

Dec, 18 · in Reviews

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D – Film Review

Adequate but disappointing and blanded-out big-screen 3D spinoff from the BBC’s 1999 TV series. It features a wisecracking cuddly prehistoric bird Alex (voice of John Leguizamo), who tells the story of cuddly dinosaur brothers Patchi (Justin Long) […]

Dec, 18 · in Reviews

American Hustle *** (2013, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence) – Film Review

In his follow-up to Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell’s fictional con caper movie (‘Some of this actually happened’) is set in the shady world of corruption, sting and scandal in 70s America and tells […]

Dec, 18

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Film Review

Washed-up TV news anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is approached by Freddie Shapp (Dylan Baker) and offered career redemption with a job at GNN, the world’s first 24-hour news network. Gathering up his old team, […]

Dec, 18

Lift to the Scaffold [Ascenseur pour l’échafaud] ***** (1958, Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Lino Ventura) – Classic Movie Review 544

Director Louis Malle’s 1958 debut feature Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) is a brilliant, haunting and complex film noir thriller. It made an international star of the 30-year-old Jeanne Moreau and ushered in the French […]

Dec, 18

Angels & Demons ** (2009, Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Armin Mueller-Stahl) – Classic Movie Review 3444

Despite all its crazy plotting, frantic direction and overwrought music, Angels & Demons (2009) is mostly dull and dreary, with little grip on its story and characters and hardly any first-rate performances, even from Tom Hanks, Stellan […]

Dec, 17

Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat **** (2003, Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin, Dakota Fanning) – Classic Movie Review 543

Left home alone, two cute kids Sally and Conrad (Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin) are surprised to find The Cat at the front door. Welcoming him in, they experience fun and frolics, but what’s mom (Kelly […]

Dec, 17

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