Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Lone Star *** (1952, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Lionel Barrymore, Broderick Crawford) – Classic Movie Review 5145

Director Vincent Sherman’s 1952 large-scale Western is based on a story by Borden Chase and set against Texas’s battle to be independent. Any film with Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Lionel Barrymore and Broderick Crawford must be […]

Mar, 13 · in Reviews

Saw **** (2004, Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover) – Classic Movie Review 5144

Director James Wan’s repulsive and revolting 2004 serial killer horror movie is riddled with bad karma. But it is ingenious and extremely well done – and turned out to be hugely popular and hailed as a […]

Mar, 13 · in Reviews

San Francisco ***** (1936, Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Jessie Ralph, Ted Healy, Shirley Ross) – Classic Movie Review 5143

Director W S Van Dyke II’s 1936 romantic melodrama still makes irresistible old-style golden years Hollywood entertainment at its finest, with a trio of great stars in Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy and […]

Mar, 12

Perfect Stranger **½ (2007, Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Portnow, Nicki Aycox) – Classic Movie Review 5142

Director James Foley is just the right man to handle briskly, efficiently and confidently this old-style 2007 cat-and-mouse mystery crime thriller, adding just a little needed style to a potboiler project. The strong casting helps too. […]

Mar, 12

Challenge to Lassie *** (1949, Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Brooks, Reginald Owen) – Classic Movie Review 5141

Director Richard Thorpe’s interesting 1949 entry in the immensely popular Lassie series stars Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Brooks and Reginald Owen. It stands out from the rest of the series as a version of […]

Mar, 12

Jupiter’s Darling *** (1954, Esther Williams, Howard Keel, George Sanders, Marge Champion, Gower Champion) – Classic Movie Review 5140

‘In 216 BC, Hannibal the Barbarian marched on Rome. The history of this great march has always been confused. This picture will do nothing to clear it up.’ High-spirited Esther Williams and Howard Keel are […]

Mar, 11

The Magic Box **** (1951, Robert Donat, Margaret Johnston, Laurence Olivier, Maria Schell, Renée Asherson, Robert Beatty, Richard Attenborough) – Classic Movie Review 5139

Robert Donat stars as William Friese-Greene, the overlooked British cinema trailblazer, who races against world competitors to invent moving pictures in director John Boulting’s magical British 1951 all-star celebration for the Festival of Britain. Written […]

Mar, 11

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