Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Hunt for Red October **** (1990, Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn) – Classic Movie Review 728

From brilliant action director John McTiernan, the maker of Predator and Die Hard, this 1990 cheeky and exciting action thriller blockbuster is one of the best of its kind. A commanding Sean Connery is on […]

Jan, 21 · in Reviews

The Sum of Us **** (1994, Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy) – Classic Movie Review 726

In a little acting joint tour-de-force, Jack Thompson and Russell Crowe are excellent as Sydney, Australia, father and son Harry and Jeff Mitchell, who are best friend and their love for each other is special. While […]

Jan, 20 · in Reviews

Patriot Games *** (1992, Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer, Thora Birch, James Fox, Patrick Bergin) – Classic Movie Review 727

Director Phillip Noyce’s 1992 blockbuster has its exciting moments but overall it is a surprisingly plodding, clunky and lame action thriller based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller. Harrison Ford is dependable and sympathetic but unexpectedly dull as […]

Jan, 20

Clear and Present Danger *** (1994, Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Benjamin Bratt, Thora Birch) – Classic Movie Review 728

Two years after his hit with Patriot Games in 1992, Harrison Ford reprises his role as CIA analyst Jack Ryan in director Phillip Noyce’s pounding 1994 action thriller, with some stupendous action scenes, based on […]

Jan, 20

The Sum of All Fears *** (2002, Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ciarán Hinds, John Cromwell, Bridget Moynahan, Liev Schreiber, Alan Bates, Philip Baker Hall, Ron Rifkin, Bruce McGill, Colm Feore, Josef Sommer) – Classic Movie Review 725

In 2002 Ben Affleck takes over Harrison Ford’s old part of CIA man Jack Ryan in director Phil Alden Robinson’s ultra-tense, ambitious, nail-biting action blockbuster, adapted from the work of Tom Clancy. The end of […]

Jan, 20

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit *** (2014, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley) – Movie Review

Chris Pine takes over Harrison Ford’s old role as covert CIA analyst Jack Ryan, recruited by Kevin Costner’s CIA boss man Thomas Harper, who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist […]

Jan, 20

Brighton Rock ***** (1947, Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Alan Wheatley, Carol Marsh) – Classic Movie Review 724

The 24-year-old Richard Attenborough gives an inspired, memorably chilling performance in one of his finest roles as the psychotic young tearaway Pinkie Brown in producer Roy Boulting and director John Boulting’s marvellous 1947 version of Graham […]

Jan, 19

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