Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

A Kiss Before Dying **** (1956, Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, George Macready, Mary Astor) – Classic Movie Review 284

Director Gerd Oswald’s little-known 1956 thriller is the brilliantly simmering, smouldering, suspenseful original film version of Ira Levin’s famous mystery thriller novel, remade to much less effect 35 years later in 1991 with Matt Dillon. […]

Oct, 12 · in Reviews

Philadelphia **** (1993, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward) – Classic Movie Review 283

Director Jonathan Demme made Hollywood’s first mainstream cinema AIDS movie in 1993, following the controversy over his film The Silence of the Lambs in 1991, when there were gay protests against the portrayal of the […]

Oct, 11 · in Reviews

Cast Away ***** (2000, Tom Hanks) – Classic Movie Review 282

‘I always knew you were alive, I knew it. Everybody said that I had to let you go. I love you. You’re the love of my life.’ – Kelly Frears. Tom Hanks is brilliant as […]

Oct, 11

Captain Phillips **** (2013, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener) – Movie Review

Tom Hanks finds a perfect part as the real-life Captain Richard Phillips, a canny and experienced American seaman, who is sent to command the US-flagged container ship MV Maersk Alabama, in 2009. He has to steer […]

Oct, 09

Die Hard ***** (1988, Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia) – Classic Movie Review 281

This monster 1988 blockbuster hit is sometimes named as the greatest action thriller of all time. Based on Roderick Thorp’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever, it finely balances funny laconic humour with thrilling wholesale destruction and […]

Oct, 09

A Good Day to Die Hard ** (2013, Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch) – Movie Review

Yippee ky-nothing. The fifth instalment of the Die Hard franchise is a bit of a dud but it does get a lift from an epic car chase across Moscow and your residual sympathy for its […]

Oct, 09

Dead Man Down *** (2013, Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert, Terrence Howard) – Movie Review

The star and director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reunite for this efficient and competent 2013 gangland revenge thriller that delivers good genre thrills with a smart arty overlay without reaching any great […]

Oct, 09

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