Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Philomena **** (2013, Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Barbara Jefford, Mare Winningham) – Movie Review

Sacked from the BBC News, Martin Sixsmith, a real-life world-weary political journalist is approached at a party by a young woman, who asks him to investigate the story of Philomena Lee, an elderly Irish woman searching for […]

Oct, 14 · in Reviews

Inside Llewyn Davis ***** (2013, Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman) – Movie Review

Another absolutely corker from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis is witty, quirky, funny, atmospheric and deliciously dark-hued. But it is charming, wise, enjoyably melancholic and hauntingly bitter-sweet too. Have the Coens mellowed over the years? […]

Oct, 13 · in Reviews

Blood Simple ***** (1984, John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M Emmet Walsh) – Classic Movie Review 289

The Coen brothers Joel and Ethan made their film debut in 1984 with this astonishing, thrillingly realised neo-film-noir thriller. Packed with quirky atmosphere, jet-black humour and edge-of-seat tension, it’s a real eye-opener. Dan Hedaya stars as […]

Oct, 13

The Big Lebowski ***** (1998, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro, David Thewlis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Peter Stormare, Jon Polito) – Classic Movie Review 288

‘This is not Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.’ Super-charged with confidence in 1998 after the success of Fargo, the Coen Brothers score again and come up with another beloved cult classic crime comedy. […]

Oct, 13

Big ***** (1989, Tom Hanks, John Heard, Jared Rushton, Robert Loggia, David Moscow, Mercedes Ruehl, Jon Lovitz, Josh Clark, Kimberlee M Davis, Elizabeth Perkins) – Classic Movie Review 287

Director Penny Marshall’s 1988 comedy with heart finally turned Tom Hanks overnight into a superstar aged 32. He gives a master class in what he used to do best – acting delightfully childish and being […]

Oct, 13

Apollo 13 ***** (1995, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Gary Sinise) – Classic Movie Review 286

‘Houston, we have a problem.’ Based on the true story of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the Moon, director Ron Howard’s triumphant, deservedly popular movie won two Oscars, but disappointingly only for Best Film […]

Oct, 12

Forrest Gump ***** (1994, Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field) – Classic Movie Review 285

‘Hello. My name’s Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate? Tom Hanks pleased a whole lot of people and won a Best Actor Oscar with his canny, triumphant performance as wise simpleton Forrest Gump, in […]

Oct, 12

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