Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

I’m So Excited! [Los amantes pasajeros] *** (2013, Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth, Raúl Arévalo, Paz Vega, Blanca Suárez, Guillermo Toledo) – Movie Review

It’s another Pedro Almodóvar film, 33 years on from his first Pepi, Lucy, Bom in 1980. The long-ago enfant terrible of Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown […]

Jun, 17 · in Reviews

The Place Beyond the Pines **** (2012, Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ben Mendelsohn, Emory Cohen, Dane deHaan, Ray Liotta, Harris Yulin) – Movie Review

A complex, ambitious, intimate epic crime drama, told at great length and in three parts, this steadily puts on momentum and power, and gains stature as it goes along. Weird that potentially the most exciting […]

Jun, 17 · in Reviews

Jack Reacher *** (2012, Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Jai Courtney, Richard Jenkins) – Movie Review

An expert sniper (Aussie rising star Jai Courtney) coolly kills five random people, and makes off leaving a lot of clues that lead to the arrest of an innocent man (Joseph Sikora), who, from his […]

Jun, 17

Paradise: Love – Film Review

The first in a trilogy of films by Ulrich Seidl proves a clever and provocative winner. Margarethe Tiesel gives her whole heart, soul and body for this daring and pitiless story about a plump 50-year-old […]

Jun, 12

Man of Steel **** (2013, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne) – Film Review

And so the 30-year-old posh boy from the Bailiwick of Jersey, Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, becomes the latest incarnation of Superman, now a man who dares not speak his name, known only as alien Kal-El […]

Jun, 12

Admission (2013, Tina Fey, Paul Rudd) – Film Review

Paul (About a Boy) Weitz’s niche comedy focuses on a middle-aged woman who’s spent the last 16 years vetting applications from brilliant young aspiring students desperate to get into the elite Princeton University. Tina Fey […]

Jun, 11

Summer in February *½ (2013, Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Dan Stevens) – Film Review

Anyone for a real-life story about love in a bohemian artists’ colony in Cornwall in Edwardian England? Mmm, didn’t think so. Though rewarded with the star big-screen role here, Dominic Cooper doesn’t really light up […]

Jun, 09

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