Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Net *** (1995, Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam) – Classic Movie Review 1192

Sandra Bullock discovers a hi-tech conspiracy in director Irwin Winkler’s half-decent 1995 thriller that stays involving even though it’s saddled with a plot so predictable you just beg for at least one surprise. Bullock plays […]

May, 09 · in Reviews

Network ***** (1976, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Beatrice Straight) – Classic Film Review 1191

Director Sidney Lumet’s 1976 four-Oscar-winner has proved a highly regarded, lasting classic. It has a great script and even greater acting. Network became only the second film to win three of the four Academy Awards for […]

May, 09 · in Reviews

Serpico ***** (1973, Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, Tony Roberts, M Emmet Walsh, F Murray Abraham) – Classic Movie Review 1190

Director Sidney Lumet’s edge-of-seat 1973 real-life film about corruption in the New York Police Department stars a perfectly cast 33-year-old Al Pacino in a scalding, mesmerising performance as plain-clothes cop New York Frank Serpico cop […]

May, 09

Dog Day Afternoon ***** (1975, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Chris Sarandon, Lance Henriksen, Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Sully Boyar) – Classic Film Review 1189

Director Sidney Lumet’s 1975 classic is a complex, adult and exhilarating crime thriller based on a then recent real-life event, the robbery of the Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore […]

May, 09

S.W.A.T. (2003, Colin Farrell, Samuel L Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Olivier Martinez, L L Cool J) – Classic Film Review 1188

Director Clark Johnson’s 2003 action thriller is a precision item with a finely tooled screenplay by David Ayer and David McKenna, from a story by Ron Mita and Jim McClain, based on the original TV […]

May, 09

Enigma ***½ (2001, Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam, Saffron Burrows) – Classic Movie Review 1187

Dougray Scott stars as code-cracker Tom Jericho, who teams up with eager cipher clerk Hester Wallace (Kate Winslet) to investigate the disappearance of a lovely spy message decoder called Claire (Saffron Burrows). Director Michael Apted’s 2001 release is […]

May, 09

Swordfish *** (2001, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry) Classic Film Review 1186

Director Dominic Sena’s 2001 action thriller stars John Travolta, who is good fun as Mr Evil, the nasty boss of a crime syndicate, who finds that hacker Hugh Jackman is just the bloke to crack […]

May, 08

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