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

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 89% 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 50% 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 73% 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 82% 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 71% 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 No Score Yet 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
92% 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 62% 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 44% 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
1.5/4 No Score Yet Tormenting the Hen (2017) Tormenting the Hen plays with these expectations in an occasionally tense manner, but ends up being a movie of vague, ethereal ideas that don't hold as much dramatic weight as intended. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
2.5/5 89% Escapes (2017) Watching the film is often frustrating, but only because it surrounds its interesting subject with half-baked narrative devices, none of which accentuate his story, so much as they drown it out. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 60% Flock of Four (2018) I found Flock of Four to be an emotionally honest portrait of hero worship. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Nobody Dies Here (2017) By way of its cinematography, Nobody Dies Here places the viewer in a distinct environment, unlike anything else. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Underbelly Blues (2012) It's a losing battle to spoof something that's already funny...If only Phil Messerer and Seamus Reed, the director, and writer, had taken their anarchic sensibilities and applied them to a world all their own. That's something I would like to see. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Living Room Coffin (2018) Considering the absurdity of its set-up, the story unfolds with an unwarranted amount of logic...I can't say I was completely content with the conclusion of the coffin conundrum, but Living Room Coffin has a good time getting there. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018