Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Chicago ****½ (2002, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah) – Classic Movie Review 416

Renée Zellweger (as Roxy Hart) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Velma Kelly) are sensational, singing and dancing like grand old troupers, as heartless molls on death row, in director Rob Marshall’s red-hot, six Oscar-winning movie of Fred […]

Nov, 17 · in Reviews

Life Is Beautiful [La vita è bella] ***** (1997, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Marisa Paredes, Horst Buchholz) – Classic Movie Review 415

This triple-Oscar-winning 1999 Italian movie is a triumph for its mastermind, Roberto Benigni, who walked off with the Best Actor Oscar and the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar as its director. One for each end […]

Nov, 17 · in Reviews

The Living Daylights **** (1987 Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo, Jeroen Krabbé) – Classic Movie Review 414

Playing it more like the James Bond of Ian Fleming’s novels, Timothy Dalton made his excellent debut as a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense Bond in John Glen’s exciting 1987 007 film. This time round, as well as […]

Nov, 17

Licence to Kill **** (1989, Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell) – Classic Movie Review 413

In his second, and it turned out sadly last, outing as a no-nonsense James Bond after The Living Daylights, Timothy Dalton looks entirely comfortable and settled in the role in the 18th Bond movie from […]

Nov, 17

King Kong ***** (2005, Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell) – Classic Movie Review 412

Fresh from Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson had the chance to pay homage to the 1933 King Kong classic monster movie that he had adored all his life, and gleefully grabbed it with this loving […]

Nov, 16

King Kong *** (1976, Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange) – Classic Movie Review 411

There’s a huge monster, high adventure, tongue-in-cheek humour and even a dash of sex in director John Guillermin’s busy and conscientious but patchy and rather uninspired 1976 remake of the 1933 all-time great fantasy adventure. […]

Nov, 16

Thunderball **** (1965, Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi) – Classic Movie Review 410

The fourth Bond movie is excellent vintage escapist adventure entertainment, smoothly and excitingly done, though arguably not quite as brilliant as Goldfinger and From Russia with Love. It’s hugely enlivened by a long series of […]

Nov, 16

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