Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ***** (Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef) – Classic Movie Review 157

Following A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965), the last and finest of Italian director Sergio Leone’s Man with No Name trilogy provides a rousing finale to the superlative saga. […]

Aug, 13 · in Reviews

Good Will Hunting ***** (1997, Matt Damon, Robin Williams) – Classic Movie Review 156

Gus Van Sant’s 1997 double Oscar-winning film is a highly intelligent, engrossing heart-warmer. Matt Damon gives a polished, magnetic, star-making performance as Will Hunting, a rebel university caretaker, a janitor at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of […]

Aug, 13 · in Reviews

Pain & Gain **** (2013, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) – Movie Review

Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie star as three ambitious but dim Miami bodybuilders just living the American dream in the nineties – kidnapping, torture, extortion, murder and hacking up of body parts. Goodfellas […]

Aug, 13

Amour ***** (2012, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert) – Movie Review

Munich-born writer-director Michael Haneke’s film about a married couple in their eighties desperately trying to cope when a stroke suddenly hits the wife one day at breakfast, leaving her speechless and partly paralysed, is a […]

Aug, 13

About a Boy ****½ (2002, Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz) – Classic Movie Review 155

This 2002 comedy is an endearing, delightful, often hilarious movie, with a cute plot, a witty, quirky script, the smoothest of performances and polished handling by directors Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, more famous for […]

Aug, 12

Marnie ***** (1964, Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren) – Classic Film Review 154

Alfred Hitchcock’s dark romantic thriller got some poor reviews in 1964 and wasn’t a big hit. But it did have its admirers and was a moderate box office success, grossing $7million in cinemas. Now it’s […]

Aug, 12

Beautiful Thing **** (1996, Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Linda Henry, Meera Syal) – Classic Movie Review 153

A tender love story about gay teenagers coming of age, set on a rough southeast London council estate, this 1996 film is indeed a Beautiful Thing. A working-class south-east London teenage lad, Jamie (Glen Berry), […]

Aug, 11

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