Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Batman Forever ***½ (1995, Val Kilmer, Chris O’Donnell, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Drew Barrymore, Debi Mazar, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle) – Classic Movie Review 523

Batman returns for an enjoyable third outing in director Joel Schumacher’s 1995 movie, with an intriguing new cast as well as director. It lacks the class of the first two Tim Burton movies, Batman and Batman Returns, but […]

Dec, 15 · in Reviews

War of the Worlds **** (2005, Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins) – Classic Movie Review 525

Relentlessly efficient, hyper-adrenalin-charged and with seamless special effects, director Steven Spielberg’s chilling, heart-pounding monster movie took its rightful place as the 2005 summer number one blockbuster. Loosely based on the novel by H G Wells, it […]

Dec, 15 · in Reviews

Superman *** (1978, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando) – Classic Movie Review 522

Though ambitious, costly, awesome-looking and entertaining, director Richard Donner’s 1978 first film in the original four-part Superman saga is also unfortunately pompous, pretentious and patchy. The main assets are: (1) the late, great Christopher Reeve […]

Dec, 14

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas ***** (1993, voices Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara) – Classic Movie Review 521

Director Henry Selick’s 1993 ‘stop-motion’ animation, produced by Tim Burton and based on a story and designs by him, is a beautifully realised, uniquely entertaining comic fantasy. Chris Sarandon provides the voice of Jack Skellington, […]

Dec, 14

Jack Frost *** (1998, Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross) – Classic Movie Review 520

Michael Keaton stars as blues singer Jack Frost who is killed in a car crash but, one year later, is reincarnated as a speaking snowman. He now has one last chance to be a better dad […]

Dec, 14

The Santa Clause **** (1996, Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson) – Classic Movie Review 519

‘Down the chimney? You want me to take the toys down the chimney into a strange house, IN MY UNDERWEAR?’ – Scott Calvin. Fancy a seasonal caper? Director John Pasquin’s 1996 Walt Disney movie is […]

Dec, 14

Santa Claus: The Movie *** (1985, Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith, Judy Cornwell, Jeffrey Kramer, Melvyn Hayes, Don Estelle) – Classic Movie Review 518

This genial and lavish seasonal fantasy comes from producer Alexander Salkind and writers David and Leslie Newman (all from the 1978 Superman movie). It was filmed at the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, England. […]

Dec, 14

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