Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Man on Fire **** (2004, Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Mickey Rourke, Giancarlo Giannini, Rachel Ticotin, Marc Anthony) – Classic Movie Review 256

Both Denzel Washington and his true Brit director Tony Scott are on fire with this pounding, in-your-face 2004 thriller, based on the novel by A J Quinnell. It’s exhilarating and scary high-adrenaline stuff, delivered at full pelt […]

Sep, 21 · in Reviews

Constantine **** (2005, Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare, Djimon Hounsou) – Classic Movie Review 255

‘Hell wants him. Heaven won’t take him. Earth needs him.’ Looking impressively sick and ravaged, Keanu Reeves is the chain-smoking, dying demon hunter John Constantine in this 2005 smart, imaginative Matrix-y sort of sci-fi, fantasy […]

Sep, 21 · in Reviews

The Bourne Legacy *** (2012, Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton) – Movie Review

Jeremy Renner inherits the mantle of Matt Damon, although not his character, as the grimly resourceful hero-on-the-run for the 2012 fourth episode in the still-hot Bourne franchise. Building on the success of his breakthrough performances […]

Sep, 21

V for Vendetta **** (2005, Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry) – Classic Movie Review 254

‘A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having!’ Hugo Weaving gets star billing, hidden behind his disguise as a Guy Fawkes-style masked avenger called ‘V’. Escaping from prison and seeking vengeance on those […]

Sep, 21

District 9 **** (Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope) – Classic Movie Review 253

Director Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 satirical sci-fi action thriller from South Africa was a deserved, surprise worldwide smash-hit. It proves quite a breath of fresh air from the usual Hollywood blockbuster. For a start, it’s nice […]

Sep, 20

Terminator Salvation *** (2009, Christian Bale, Sam Worthington) – Classic Movie Review 1444

It’s possible that teenage boys could find plenty to thrill over in this 2009 action sci-fi blockbuster. It’s virtues are that it’s entirely solid and seamless. But older audiences may find it all a bit soulless and predictable. […]

Sep, 20

A Prophet [Un prophète] ***** (2009, Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif) – Classic Movie Review 252

This scaldingly great 2009 French prison crime drama is another masterwork from Jacques Audiard, the director of The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) and Rust and Bone (2012). It won the Bafta for Best […]

Sep, 20

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