Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone [Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone] **** (2001, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman) – Classic Movie Review 512

The very first Harry Potter movie! Director Chris Columbus’s 2001 film version of J K Rowling’s story about the schoolboy with magical powers broke box-office records and became the second highest-grossing movie of all time […]

Dec, 13 · in Reviews

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ***** (2004, Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson) – Classic Movie Review 511

Jim Carrey goes all posh and serious in director Michel Gondry’s clever and dazzling if a shade baffling 2004 cult comedy. Carrey plays Joel Barish, a guy whose girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has forgotten him. […]

Dec, 13 · in Reviews

Miss Congeniality ***½ (2000, Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen) – Classic Movie Review 510

Sandra Bullock sparkles in director Donald Petrie’s 2000 congenial comedy in an ideal role as tough and scruffy FBI agent Gracie Hart. She’s forced by the FBI to go undercover and take part in the […]

Dec, 13

Miracle on 34th Street ***½ (1994, Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, Mara Wilson, J T Walsh, James Remar, Robert Prosky, Jane Leeves) – Classic Movie Review 509

A perfectly cast Richard Attenborough gives a really skilled and winning performance as Kris Kringle, a twinkly old man who claims that he’s the real Santa Claus, in director Les Mayfield’s 1994 plush and splendidly […]

Dec, 13

Miracle on 34th Street ***** (1947, Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne) – Classic Movie Review 508

In a fondly remembered performance that won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, a perfectly cast Edmund Gwenn is a twinkling miracle as merry old Kris Kringle in this delicious 1947 Christmas fantasy film about […]

Dec, 13

Muppets from Space *** (1999, Jeffrey Tambor, F Murray Abraham, Rob Schneider, Josh Charles, Ray Liotta, David Arquette, Andie MacDowell, Kathy Griffin, Hulk Hogan, Pat Hingle) – Classic Movie Review 507

Directed by Tim Hill in 1999, the sixth Muppet movie, subtitled the Ultimate Muppet Trip, is an amusing, soft-hearted extra-terrestrial adventure about the search for the Great Gonzo’s past. On a quest with buddy Rizzo […]

Dec, 12

Muppet Treasure Island *** (1996, Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders, Kevin Bishop) – Classic Movie Review 506

Yo-ho-ho! Director Brian Henson’s thoroughly entertaining, delightfully good-humoured 1996 pirate show brings the merriest of mayhem and music with the Muppets. Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop) sets off with a treasure map and the Great Gonzo and […]

Dec, 12

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