Hunter Lanier

Hunter Lanier
Hunter Lanier's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat
Publications: Film Threat

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/10 No Score Yet Fall City (2018) While the movie won't take up any space, it will take your time. And time and space are-literally-all you have. Don't give them away to coffee table books. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
5/10 62% Lying and Stealing (2019) As far as fakes go, it's not half-bad. But if it has your full attention, it only takes a few moments of eye-squinting and chin-rubbing to recognize it as Dr. Thunder... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
8/10 93% Western Stars (2019) The songs fit snugly in the Springsteen canon, as they're populated with the gristle of American life. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
9/10 92% The Lighthouse (2019) It's a cinematic sea shanty, made of equal parts joviality and menace, slurring every word. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
6/10 65% The Parts You Lose (2019) It won't lay a finger on you or look you in the eyes for longer than you're comfortable with. All told, its existence is difficult to justify, but it's here, and it's not bad. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/10 23% Zeroville (2019) Vikar is just a weird guy left out to dry on a plotline. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
7/10 71% Gwen (2019) For the most part, Gwen achieves what it sets out to do. It surrounds you in scenic hopelessness and lets you stew in it until you're done, or Gwen's done. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet States (2019) States is like sitting in a car with a broken radio that abruptly changes channels every three minutes, with no rhyme, reason, or rhythm. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Our Godfather (2019) Through interviews with Buscetta's living family, home movies, and his own words, Franchetti and Meier give a human face to a figure who has been primarily filtered through catchy headlines and ominous news footage. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
10/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The movie's a cigarette glow in the darkness. People laude Tarantino for his dialogue and kinetic cinematography, but forget to mention that he's the last proprietor of "cool." - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
9/10 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) [A]t the center of this universal tale of artists, muses, chaos, and creation, there's the touching story of two people who love each other but find themselves on opposite sides of the solid yellow line. That's where the movie gets you. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
8/10 100% Chained for Life (2019) Toying with the audience's own expectations and predispositions, Schimberg has made a movie that can be confidently called original. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Aside from the poorly considered inclusion of staged drama, Framing John DeLorean competently breezes through the rise and fall of the legendary car mogul. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Room 37 - The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders (2019) With all of the mystery around Thunders' death and the long tradition of rock 'n' mythos, why not lean into it? The movie only flirts with such a notion, ultimately choosing to overexplain everything. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/10 No Score Yet 79 Parts (2019) If you take pleasure in sordid crime stories, flamboyantly dangerous characters, and a time when car design favored style over safety, 79 Parts will disappoint you. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
9/10 100% The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) (1982) It's not about whether a man is guilty or innocent, but whether reality is worth holding onto. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Ms. White Light (2019) There's nothing offensively awful about Ms. White Light, but it lacks a unique perspective. True, death has been done to death. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet One Man Dies a Million Times (2019) There's a power vacuum on full display in One Man Dies a Million Times, which renders it little more than a succession of dreary images. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
6.5/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel feels like the complimentary bread before the big meal. It's bland and not what you're waiting on, but it's well-made and satisfying in the moment. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
7/10 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Every once in a while, the story of an individual slips through the cracks. Memoir of War is one of those stories and, as such, provides an unseen perspective to a plotline that we all know well. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
6/10 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Aside from the legitimacy that Elliott lends to the movie, there's also something inarguably amusing in watching him play his part so straight. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet The Fitzroy (2017) The Fitzroy is stale and stagnant, literally and narratively. It's a reminder that a good idea is only as good as the good idea that follows. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
No Score Yet Impetus (2019) Impetus functions like a deconstruction of this sub-subgenre, which seems somewhat cruel, considering that it's yet to be properly constructed. But that's life for the loser genre. Kick it while it's down. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
No Score Yet Memphis '69 (2019) It's a beautiful coalition of countryfolk for whom the blues was passed down and city kids who are working backward from Led Zeppelin. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
6/10 94% Sea of Shadows (2019) If 80% of success is just showing up, then a similar percentage of a documentary's success is just pointing your cameras in the right direction. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/10 46% Bullitt County (2018) Every now and then, a line or a subtle moment in someone's performance has some truth in it, but little is sustained in Bullitt County. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
8/10 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) Sure, its stagnant progression and lack of guidance will leave some feeling shortchanged, but who cares? If you're not turning people off, you're not turning people on. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
5/10 66% Vice (2018) It has energy and attitude, but it doesn't have respect for its characters. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Islam and the Future of Tolerance (2018) For these reasons and more, the film serves as a rewarding introductory course to the school of thought that Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz are a part of. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet An Hour to Kill (2018) Like so many movies, An Hour to Kill knows where it wants to be, but doesn't know how to get there. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Madness, Farewell (2018) It's not light enough to put on for the whole family, and it's not dark enough to really uncover some tucked-away truths, but there are some wayward smiles to be had. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
6/10 74% The Mercy (2018) Marsh is content with telling Crowhurst's story in the most mundane way possible, but because it's such a good story with an inherently involving character at the center of it, the approach still works on the most basic of levels. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Clyde Cooper (2018) All of its innovation stops at conception. It has ideas, but no follow-through. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/10 83% Fail State (2018) The ham-fisted approach undercuts the valuable information that makes up Fail State. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
7/10 94% The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018) [It] finds an answer in Murray's custom-tailored philosophy. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet On Again Off Again (2016) Inauthentic and unnuanced, On Again Off Again feels like a Hallmark card come to life. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
6/10 72% Galveston (2018) Galveston can't help but feel like a compilation of cover songs, which, while listenable, are stilted and perfunctory. Even so, there's enough stark photography, impassioned performances and uncompromising brutality to satiate viewers... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2/10 No Score Yet American Dresser (2018) American Dresser bludgeons your chest open and clumsily strums your heartstrings with a camel's hoof. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
7/10 80% Human Tornado (1984) The Human Tornado is basically a variety show. Spliced into the plot are stand-up routines, belly dancers, fire swallowers and musicians. This format fits the Dolemite character perfectly, as it keeps the film within the appropriate context. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Petey Wheatstraw (1978) In this modern age of conceited comedy that values applause breaks over laughs-willfully homogenizing itself to refrain from stepping on a single toe-Moore's unashamed brand of buffoonery is like a cool, refreshing pie in the face. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) If you feared [it] would be just another farce where old people engage in shenanigans unbecoming of their age, rest easy...It distills a movie veteran's record into one last story. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
5/10 83% Disco Godfather (1979) While the hilarious karate and hallucinations that close the film are worth the wait, they don't justify the gleeful submission to the era's fads or the preachy, anti-drug crusade, both of which make Disco Godfather too inhibited for its own good. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
8/10 64% Dolemite (1975) Even with its amateurish presentation and off-kilter action, Dolemite is far more fun than a good many of the high-stakes, high-budget films that the big studios roll out every month or so. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Pickings (2018) Pickings might have two left feet, but it's not without its temporary pleasures. There are occasional moments of inspiration. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Blackenstein (Black Frankenstein)(Return of Blackenstein) (1973) As slow, lifeless and sloppily stitched together as its monster, this movie is a massive dud, undeserving of its goofy name. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Black Canaries (2014) Its abstract story structure and unkempt appearance might initially seem off-putting but wipe away the dirt and you find a story that's been told many times over, but rarely with this much consideration. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
9/10 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sicario: Day of the Soldado feels fully developed and sure of itself. When it finally releases its grasp, you feel the drop back into your seat. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Funeral Day (2018) Funeral Day has its head in the right place, but it simply isn't able to extract the comedy from its concept, no matter how conducive to comedy that concept is. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet The Lower Rooms (2015) If observing curious characters interact with one another in living rooms is enough for you, then make no mistake, the film is highly watchable as a collection of character moments, just don't expect them to add up to anything. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
2.5/5 47% In Darkness (2018) In Darkness is certainly watchable and, as dull as the proceedings might be, checks many of the boxes that one looks for when trying to ignore turbulence on an airplane. It's fast-paced, good-looking and Dormer has the ability to carry a movie. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018