Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Death of Stalin **** (2017, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko) – Movie Review

Co-writer/ director Armando Iannucci’s bold, clever and funny biographical comedy drama follows the chaos in Russia as the advisors of evil dictator Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) battle for power on his unexpected death. Extraordinarily, it is based on […]

Oct, 22 · in Uncategorized

The Keys of the Kingdom *** (1944, Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, James Gleason, Edmund Gwenn, Roddy McDowall) – Classic Movie Review 6125

Gregory Peck is excellent in one of his five Best Actor Oscar nominated performances in director John M Stahl’s 1944 drama. It was nominated for four Oscars, but there were no wins. Running at 137 […]

Oct, 21 · in Uncategorized

Twelve O’Clock High ***** (1949, Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill) – Classic Movie Review 6124

Gregory Peck was Oscar nominated for one of his best roles as Brigadier Frank Savage, an American bomb-group commander cracking up at a wartime British base in Henry King’s outstanding, involving and highly popular 1949 […]

Oct, 21

The Bad Lord Byron *** (1949, Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Linden Travers, Sonia Holm, Mai Zetterling) – Classic Movie Review 6123

Director David MacDonald’s entertaining 1949 historical biopic was originally scorned because it lacks a seriousness of purpose. But now it can be admired as an enjoyable piece of good fun, as well as for its […]

Oct, 21

Athena ** (1954, Edmund Purdom, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Louis Calhern, Evelyn Varden, Vic Damone, Steve Reeves) – Classic Movie Review 6122

Director Richard Thorpe’s 1954 MGM musical is pretty thin and insubstantial, but at least is quite lively and provides something different in the way of entertainment. English actor Edmund Purdom plays Adam Shaw, a nice […]

Oct, 21

Hellzapoppin’ **** (1941, Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye, Jane Frazee, Mischa Auer) – Classic Movie Review 6121

Nat Perrin’s Forties Broadway revue’s anarchic spirit is transferred effectively to the screen in director H C Potter’s hilarious, inventive 1942 madcap movie. Breathlessly zesty, it is one of the greatest movies about making movies. It […]

Oct, 21

Hellraiser: Inferno ** (2001, Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar) – Classic Movie Review 6120

‘The Terrifying New Chapter In The Hellraiser Legacy!’ Co-writer/ producer/ director Scott Derrickson’s promised 2001 fifth episode is another contrived low-budget ($2 million) mess, but with some reasonable performances, okay effects, and enough exciting Hellraiser violence […]

Oct, 21

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