Derek Winnert

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Girl Most Likely – Film Review

Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) stars as the Girl Most Likely, once the Next Big Thing, now just Last Year’s News. A failed New York playwright and general suicidal sad case, Imogene lands up in hospital when her […]

Sep, 29 · in Reviews

Austenland ** (2013, Keri Russell, J J Feild, Jennifer Coolidge) – Movie Review

That good and appealing actress Keri Russell draws the short straw and plays an idiot American woman called Jane Hayes, who’s obsessed with Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy and Colin Firth in the BBC […]

Sep, 28 · in Reviews

In the Name Of – Film Review

Malgorzata Szumowska, the Polish director of Elles (2011) starring Juliette Binoche and 33 Scenes from Life (2008), boldly goes and confidently tackles a very tricky, long taboo topic with the surprisingly unsettling and subtle In the […]

Sep, 28

Sunshine on Leith *** (2013, George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, Paul Brannigan, Freya Mavor) – Movie Review

Two Scots soldiers coming home from serving in Afghanistan link arms and dance and sing along the streets of Edinburgh’s old town. How gay is that? If you’re not expecting a musical, or if you’re […]

Sep, 27

X-Men: The Last Stand *** (2006, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore) – Classic Movie Review 258

For the 2006 Part III, Brett Ratner takes over the X-Men helm in a hurry from Bryan Singer, who unfortunately left the series to make Superman Returns. Matthew Vaughn stepped in as director with new […]

Sep, 26

The Bourne Ultimatum ***** (2007, Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Joan Allen, Scott Glenn) – Classic Movie Review 257

Back in 2007, we held our breath. Could they do it a third time? Or were they going to fall at the final hurdle? That’s a resounding yes and no. In 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, […]

Sep, 24

Man on Fire **** (2004, Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Mickey Rourke, Giancarlo Giannini, Rachel Ticotin, Marc Anthony) – Classic Movie Review 256

Both Denzel Washington and his true Brit director Tony Scott are on fire with this pounding, in-your-face 2004 thriller, based on the novel by A J Quinnell. It’s exhilarating and scary high-adrenaline stuff, delivered at full pelt […]

Sep, 21

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