Hunter has written 95 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Scrooge

    Scrooge

    ★★★½

    Adam Sandler's entire career has been built around doing an impression of Albert Finney as Scrooge in this movie.

  • Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    ★★★½

    An adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel that is positively magnetic in its performances. Orson Welles' stark eyes hypnotize, and his barking, booming voice is the most commanding and charismatic its ever been. The movie pretends to try to make Joan Fontaine somewhat plain. The thing that cuts the movie's legs out from under it is the rushed third act, everything tying up far too quickly and conveniently.

  • Sinister 2

    Sinister 2

    ★★★½

    The home movies aren't as scary as the ones in the original, everything else elevates the concept from the original. Giving us an encounter with Mr. Boogie and his kids from the perspective of the children is interesting, especially in how the demon foments strife between brothers. Compelling stuff. The climax is scary, gory, and exciting.

  • Sinister

    Sinister

    ★★★½

    Like a lot of self-obsessed directors, Scott Derrickson dresses up his lead actor (Ethan Hawke) as himself in a plot that mirrors Derrickson's own career. Derrickson's success with "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and subsequent fall with the failure of his remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" mirrors this film's true crime author, who had a successful book, but a string of duds has rendered him irrelevant, chasing his tail while hungry for the adulation of the talk…

  • Pitch Black

    Pitch Black

    ★★★½

    A sci-fi survivalist story about rising above our animal instincts. Radha Mitchell, one of the great unsung actresses in genre films from this decade, is terrific in the lead, Cole Hauser keeps you guessing as the sleazy merc, Johns, and Keith David effortlessly lends gravitas by simply showing up. A lot has come out of this film centered around Vin Diesel's cool criminal killer Riddick, including animated movies, video games, and two sequels. The direct sequel to this movie, "The…

  • Blind Husbands

    Blind Husbands

    ★★★½

    Erich Von Stroheim's directorial debut find the director casting himself as the serpent the Garden of Eden that is the Dolomites. The director plays an Austrian lieutenant keen on seducing the wife of an American doctor while on holiday. It's clear that Von Stroheim learned a lot from his mentor, D.W. Griffith, but also came out of the gate fully formed as a filmmaker, filling the film with his favorite themes of the corrupting influence of passion and the wages…

  • Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

    Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

    ★★★½

    A big-budget, R-rated episode of the nineties anthology show. It's surprising they didn't go the route of an anthology film, like the ill-fated "Twilight Zone" movie, or George Romero's "Creepshow," which was itself an homage to EC comics like "Tales from the Crypt." Turns out, "Demon Knight" made a wise move, since anthology films tend to be hit-or-miss affairs, whereas "Demon Knight" picks one crazy story and goes all-out with it.

    Billy Zane out-mugs the Crypt Keeper in "Demon Knight,"…

  • The NeverEnding Story

    The NeverEnding Story

    ★★★½

    "The Neverending Story" is one I missed as a child, even though I was well aware of its existence, as it was a favorite among kids my age. It's wholesome eighties fantasy of a very German strain, having that "Grimm's Fairy Tales" aesthetic. What's interesting is the big villain in the movie isn't a dark wizard or demon or sorceress, but a consuming void called "The Nothing." Oblivion was a scary concept to me as a kid, and the film…

  • Pirates of Silicon Valley

    Pirates of Silicon Valley

    ★★★½

    "Pirates of Silicon Valley" is a film that covers the rise of Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall), back when they were the new generation of tech entrepreneurs, before becoming full-blown James Bond villains. "Pirates" was made while Jobs was still alive. It predates the posthumous Jobs hagiography that came in the wake of Walter Isaacson's biography on him, which inspired a generation of CEOs to see cruelty towards their employees as a defining hallmark of…

  • The Grey Fox

    The Grey Fox

    ★★★½

    Richard Farnsworth is an absorbing presence as Bill Miner, a stagecoach bandit who finds himself released from prison into a different time and place. It's a classic yarn where old cowboys see the old west ride off into the sunset, except Miner won't let it go quietly. He takes to robbing trains after an exhilarating screening of Edwin S. Porter's "The Great Train Robbery" re-awakens his taste for thievery and adventure.

    Cinematographer Frank Tidy, who did incredible work with Ridley…

  • The Hammer

    The Hammer

    ★★★½

    Adam Carolla's autobiographical underdog tale is endlessly charming, it's one of those comedies you bust out when you have any friends over who haven't seen it. It never fails to please.

  • Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion

    Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion

    ★★★½

    The second entry in this trilogy of "Gamera" films feels like a big-budget "Ultra Q" episode. This is probably because it knicks some of its plot points from that show, specifically an episode called "Mammoth Flower" where a giant flower blossoms in the middle of a city, decimating the populace.

    Gamera has a new monster to fight this time, this one being a hive-minded creature called Legion. It's a cool creature when he's in his large form, the smaller ones…