Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Terminator Salvation *** (2009, Christian Bale, Sam Worthington) – Classic Movie Review 1444

It’s possible that teenage boys could find plenty to thrill over in this 2009 action sci-fi blockbuster. It’s virtues are that it’s entirely solid and seamless. But older audiences may find it all a bit soulless and predictable. […]

Sep, 20 · in Reviews

A Prophet [Un prophète] ***** (2009, Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif) – Classic Movie Review 252

This scaldingly great 2009 French prison crime drama is another masterwork from Jacques Audiard, the director of The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) and Rust and Bone (2012). It won the Bafta for Best […]

Sep, 20 · in Reviews

The Reader – Film Review

‘It doesn’t matter what I feel. The dead are still dead.’ Director Stephen Daldry’s haunting 2008 film of Bernhard Schlink’s 1995 novel Der Vorleser is, as intended, an uncomfortable and disturbing experience. It focuses on a […]

Sep, 20

The Bourne Supremacy ***** (2004, Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Karl Urban, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Gabriel Mann) – Classic Movie Review 251

And so in 2004 Matt Damon is Bourne again as tough as nails spy Jason Bourne, the CIA-trained assassin trying to recover his memory while evading shadowy figures from his past. Damon confirms his supremacy […]

Sep, 19

In Bruges **** (2008, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ciarán Hinds) – Classic Movie Review 250

An Oscar and Bafta-winner for Best Original Screenplay, and a Golden Globe winner for its star, Colin Farrell, this way-out, non-PC pitch-black comedy action thriller is exceptionally funny, extremely well made and cleverly written. With an excellent […]

Sep, 19

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St ***** (2007, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sacha Baron Cohen) – Classic Movie Review 249

Stephen Sondheim’s all-time-great stage musical falls into perfect hands as director Tim Burton polishes this gleaming gem of the theatre into a movie masterpiece. Singing and acting up a storm, Johnny Depp gives a cutting […]

Sep, 19

Milk ***** (2008, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco) – Classic Movie Review 538

‘All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words. That is what America is.’ – Harvey Milk. Virtually unrecognisable and immersing himself totally in a character far from […]

Sep, 19

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