Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Machinist **** (2004, Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Michael Ironside, Anna Massey, Larry Gilliard, Reg E Cathey) – Classic Movie Review 766

Christian Bale is great in a stylish and unsettling study of paranoia in director Brad Anderson’s 2004 psychological horror thriller that’s as chilling as it is gripping. Bale lost four stones to play Trevor Reznik, […]

Jan, 29 · in Reviews

That Old Feeling **** (1997, Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, Paula Marshall) – Classic Movie Review 765

The advertising line tell the whole story: ‘It was the perfect wedding except for two things …the bride’s parents.’ Director Carl Reiner’s fun 1997 movie stars Bette Midler and Dennis Farina as feuding former married […]

Jan, 28 · in Reviews

Isn’t She Great **** (2000, Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing) – Classic Movie Review 764

An ideally cast Bette Midler has a field day as real-life failed actress Jacqueline Susann, who turns herself into the queen of the trashy bestsellers after becoming the world-famous writer of The Valley of the […]

Jan, 28

In and Out [In & Out] *** (1997, Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck) – Classic Movie Review 763

Director Frank Oz’s widely popular, gay-friendly 1997 movie is a good-natured but shaky comedy about an American mid-western small-town teacher (Kevin Kline), about to be married to his childhood sweetheart (Joan Cusack), who is outed as […]

Jan, 28

In Good Company *** (2004, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson) – Classic Movie Review 762

After a corporate takeover and company ‘restructuring’, young hotshot Carter (Topher Grace) replaces talented 50-year-old sports magazine ad exec madman Dan (Dennis Quaid) but decides to keep him on as his number two to help […]

Jan, 28

In America **** (2002, Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou) – Classic Movie Review 761

Director Jim Sheridan’s 2002 Irish movie about of his early struggles in America is sometimes strained but most often a real, enchanting heart-warmer. There’s quirky charm aplenty in this tale of an Irish actor Johnny (Paddy Considine) […]

Jan, 28

La Grande Bellezza [The Great Beauty] **** (2013, Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli) – Movie Review

Toni Servillo stars as journalist Jep Gambardella, who after his 65th birthday looks back over enjoying the years of nightclubs and parties nightlife of Rome and discovers a timeless landscape of perennial great beauty. Now that’s a plot […]

Jan, 28

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