Derek Winnert

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New York, New York ***** (1977, Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli, Lionel Stander, Mary Kay Place, Barry Primus) – Classic Movie Review 5213

Director Martin Scorsese’s immensely stylish 1977 show is a wonderful salute to the era and culture of the vintage big band musicals. Robert De Niro stars as Jimmy Doyle, the smooth but selfish and erratic […]

Mar, 28

Don’t Bother to Knock *** (1952, Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney, Jim Backus, Lurene Tuttle, Elisha Cook Jr) – Classic Movie Review 5210

Director Roy Ward Baker’s 1952 American film noir psychological mystery thriller stars Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe, who gives a remarkably convincing performance in a very difficult and peculiar role as Nell Forbes, a shy-seeming […]

Mar, 28

Coal Miner’s Daughter **** (1980, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Jennifer Beasley, Jessica Beasley, Phyllis Boyens, Beverly D’Angelo) – Classic Movie Review 5180

Director Michael Apted’s sterling 1980 biopic stars Sissy Spacek, who won the 1981 Best Actress Oscar and the Golden Globe for her role as backwoods girl Loretta Lynn, who becomes a legendary country-singing star. With […]

Mar, 20

The Jazz Singer * (1952, Danny Thomas, Peggy Lee, Eduard Franz, Mildred Dunnock) – Classic Movie Review 5027

‘It’s joy set to music. A story that sings out to your heart.’ Well, maybe, but more probably maybe not. Danny Thomas steps into Al Jolson’s singing shoes for Michael Curtiz’s slushy 1952 second film […]

Feb, 14

The Jazz Singer ** (1980, Laurence Olivier, Neil Diamond, Lucie Arnaz) – Classic Movie Review 4992

The Jazz Singer’s sentimental story exploring the clash of the lure of showbiz versus the pull of family duty is impossibly dated. But director Richard Fleischer’s 1980 third film version of Sampson Raphaelson’s antique play […]

Feb, 14

Reckless *** (1935, Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone, May Robson) – Classic Movie Review 4942

Director Victor Fleming’s 1935 MGM musical melodrama stars Jean Harlow, who plays a theatre star whose career is endangered by the scandal of her husband’s suicide. The tale uncomfortably is plucked by producer David O […]

Jan, 26

The Jazz Singer ***** (1927, Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer) – Classic Movie Review 4897

It is not as drama that director Alan Crosland’s 1927 Al Jolson musical about a Jewish Cantor’s son who prefers showbiz to the approval of his father is remembered. Nor is it for the performances […]

Jan, 15

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