Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Gilda ***** (1946, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray) – Classic Movie Review 757

Rita Hayworth stars in her best and most famous role as the silky, sensuous and sultry adventuress Gilda in director Charles Vidor’s 1946 archetypal film noir classic. This cleverly plotted, morally ambiguous mystery thriller, involving escapism, suspense, intrigue, glamour […]

Jan, 27 · in Reviews

True Romance ***** (1993, Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Chris Penn) – Classic Movie Review 756

Director Tony Scott’s shocking and exhilarating 1993 crime thriller turns Quentin Tarantino’s pre-Reservoir Dogs screenplay into an astounding designer-violence style object. It is a heady, giddying odyssey into the dark side. Christian Slater stars as […]

Jan, 26 · in Reviews

Crimson Tide **** (1995, Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini, Danny Nucci, Lillo Brancato, George Dzundza) – Classic Movie Review 755

Director Tony Scott’s sizzling 1995 action thriller Crimson Tide is the world’s first post-Glasnost movie. It takes us, via Scott’s own zap-up-the-Russkies pic Top Gun (1986), right back to the Cuba missile crisis films of the […]

Jan, 26

Air Force One *** (1997, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close) – Classic Movie Review 754

In director Wolfgang Petersen’s 1997 action thriler, Harrison Ford stars as the US President, James Marshall, returning home from Moscow aboard his private plane Air Force One, when it is hijacked by Russian terrorists, led […]

Jan, 26

Chain Reaction – Classic Film Review 753

Keanu Reeves goes into action as physicist Eddie Kasalivich, when his water energy experiments set off a vast blast and a chain reaction of betrayals, in this 1996 conspiracy thriller. Keanu’s eager-beaver acting and fine […]

Jan, 26

The Last Castle **** (2001, Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo) – Classic Movie Review 752

Robert Redford enjoys his tailor-made part as a jailed three-star general, who rallies 1,000 inmates to rise up against their evil governor, in director Rod Lurie’s involving and finally exciting 2001 prison movie thriller. As […]

Jan, 26

Enemy of the State **** (1998, Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King, Tom Sizemore, Gabriel Byrne, Ian Hart, Jake Busey, Scott Caan, Jason Lee) – Classic Movie Review 751

Will Smith and Gene Hackman are ideally cast and give outstanding star performances in director Tony Scott’s 1998 pounding, edge-of-seat conspiracy thriller that really is the business. Smith stars as lawyer Robert Dean, who finds he’s in […]

Jan, 26



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