Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Marvin’s Room (1996, Streep, Keaton, DiCaprio) – Classic Film Review 895

In director Jerry Zaks’s superlative 1996 heart-tugger, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton are at their best as sisters Lee and Bessie who have been estranged since their father Marvin (Hume Cronyn)’s stroke 17 years ago. […]

Mar, 10 · in Reviews

Crooklyn (1994, Spike Lee) – Classic Film Review 896

Co-writer/director Spike Lee’s 1994 semi-autobiographical comedy-drama panorama of Brooklyn life in the Seventies, centring on one African-American family, is one of his least-praised, but most involving and best movies. Zelda Harris is remarkable as Troy, […]

Mar, 10 · in Reviews

School Daze *** (1988, Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Joe Seneca, Bill Nunn) – Classic Movie Review 893

In his second film (after She’s Gotta Have It in 1986), from way back 1988, young writer-director Spike Lee gives himself a crucial role as Half-Pint, the newcomer to the Gamma Phi Gamma college fraternity […]

Mar, 10

School for Scoundrels… Or How to Win Without Actually Cheating! **** (1960, Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim) – Classic Movie Review 894

Ian Carmichael stars in 1960 as the wimpy, bewildered Henry Palfrey, a man afflicted with a giant inferiority complex. He is devastated when sophisticated, flashy rotter Raymond Delouney (Terry-Thomas) makes a play for pretty April Smith […]

Mar, 10

Duets **** (2000, Gwyneth Paltrow, Huey Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Angie Dickinson, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Maria Bello) – Classic Movie Review 892

My how time flies! It’s the year 2000 and Angie Dickinson is playing Gwyneth Paltrow’s grandmother, for heaven’s sake, and Huey Lewis is playing her father in her real father Bruce Paltrow’s touching, clever, bitter-sweet […]

Mar, 10

The Hole *** (2001, Thora Birch, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Keira Knightley, Laurence Fox, Embeth Davidtz) – Classic Movie Review 891

Director Nick Hamm’s 2001 British thriller focuses on three rebellious Brit school friends, Mike, Frankie and Geoff, who escape the tedium of a school geography field trip to Wales by hiding in an abandoned old bomb-shelter […]

Mar, 10

Along Came a Spider *** (2001, Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Mika Boorem, Michael Moriarty, Penelope Ann Miller, Dylan Baker, Anton Yelchin) – Classic Film Review 890

In director Lee Tamahori’s 2001 movie, Morgan Freeman continues his role as police detective-psychologist Alex Cross in this efficient and fast-moving, if mechanical and highly unlikely cop thriller sequel to 1997’s Kiss the Girls. Despite […]

Mar, 09

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