Hunter has written 9 reviews for films rated ★½ .

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★½

    A movie mangled beyond recognition. The returning characters from "Batman vs. Superman" only resemble the characters from that film in that they're played by the same actors. In an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"-style twist, they're personalities have been replaced with the quippy jokesters from Marvel's sitcom series of films. Bruce Wayne might as well be Tony Stark, cutely quipping his way through scenes with the other characters. I can't remember most of the scenes with Henry Cavill's Superman, because…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★½

    The sort of corporate entertainment people are trained to want. Gal Gadot has been good as Wonder Woman before, here she's all over the place. The script makes her the smartest person in the room when it's convenient for her, she's eye-rollingly stupid when the movie wants some comedy beats. She and Chris Pine's interactions are usually her charging forward while he yells in a flustered manner. Their relationship never feels real. The villains are boring, the action is boring,…

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★½

    It shouldn't be hard to come up with ideas for a Predator movie. Pick a fun setting, pick a interesting group serving as prey, let a Predator loose, and have some violent fun. It's worked just fine in a few movies. "The Predator", though, finds Shane Black and Fred Dekker trying to do a hybrid with "Stranger Things", throwing the iconic eighties monster in with government conspiracies, crazy soldiers, broken families, and odd children. It's weird when the guys behind…

  • Paradise Alley

    Paradise Alley

    ★½

    Sly Stallone cashed in the chips he earned from "Rocky" to make his directorial debut in this auteur-driven tale of wrestling in an Italian-American ethnic neighborhood in the forties. Sly even brings a lot of the talent from "Rocky" in tow. It's a shame it's so awful. The movie creaks out the gate with a rooftop chase scene while Sly croons the opening theme. If the thought of Sly singing sounds terrible to you, that's because it is. Why he's…

  • Razorback

    Razorback

    ★½

    "Razorback" is the feature film debut of OG music video director Russell Mulcahy, and it's an early case of a flashy video director making a flashy film that doesn't have much going for it beneath the surface. "Razorback" is often billed as one of the many "Jaws" knock-offs out there, but it owes about as much to "Mad Max" as it does to Spielberg's breakthrough hit, even going so far as to hire Dean Semler, the cinematographer for "Mad Max…

  • Nemesis 3: Time Lapse

    Nemesis 3: Time Lapse

    ★½

    It seems like a fourth of the runtime of "Nemesis 3" is padded out with flashbacks from "Nemesis 2". It reminds me of a lot of those cheapie Full Moon movies where Charles Band would stitch together a "Puppet Master" sequel out of old footage and scotch tape. Apparently director Albert Pyun was given a budget to do two sequels to "Nemesis", but "Nemesis 2" ended up devouring most of it, which explains why "Nemesis 3" feels so threadbare. We…

  • Tex and the Lord of the Deep

    Tex and the Lord of the Deep

    ★½

    Duccio Tessari and Giuliano Gemma's reunion, taking on a famous Italian comic book character, is a big disappointment. Creaky, cheap, and dull, it comes well after the spaghetti western well had been drunk dry, and Tessari's talent seems asleep. Gemma comes to play, but appears frustrated, and understandably so.

  • Roy Colt and Winchester Jack

    Roy Colt and Winchester Jack

    ★½

    Mario Bava dipped his toe into many genres with great success. He mastered the gothic horror movie with titles like "Black Sunday", the sci-fi movie on "Planet of the Vampires", comic books in "Danger: Diabolik", viking movies with "Erik the Conqueror". He even pioneered the giallo with "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" and the slasher film in "Bay of Blood". However, Bava is not known for doing spaghetti westerns, and there is a reason for this. While "Roy Colt…

  • Three

    Three

    ★½

    A thriller with a neat setup that ultimately goes nowhere. The tension does a poor job of building, and when it comes to a crescendo, we get a lousy shoot-out set to Canto-pop music. The high-stress environment of medical professionals seems like it gets an interesting portrayal here, but that's about all you can say that is positive about this film. A disappointment from Johnnie To.