‘Dunkirk’ is a War Film like No Other

by Hunter Lanier on August 28, 2017

As the story opens, we see a pack of fresh-faced soldiers walking carelessly through a quaint town paved with cobblestone. It looks more like a tourist trap than a war zone, but sure enough, fire rings out...

The Answer Isn’t Blowing in “Wind River”

by Hunter Lanier on August 16, 2017

"Wind River" is the directorial debut of Taylor Sheridan, the writer behind "Sicario" and "Hell or High Water," two films I find nearly perfect. For a first go in the captain's seat, perhaps it was wise...

The Makings of a “Lady Macbeth”

by Hunter Lanier on July 31, 2017

"Lady Macbeth" doesn't take place in Scotland, but an un-romanticized Victorian England, in which charming orphans and blushing debutantes are nowhere to be found. Nor does it star a ruthless, calculating Queen, but the young Katherine (Florence...

Make a Date with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

by Hunter Lanier on July 5, 2017

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” and I start off on the wrong foot. Spider-Man has never been my super powered do-gooder of choice. I find his incessant need to be the class clown—even though nobody is watching, except...

‘War’: What is it Good For?

by Hunter Lanier on June 26, 2017

"War for the Planet of the Apes" had me worried. With the first word in the title and the average trilogy's tendency to up the ante in all the wrong ways, I expected something brash, bloated and focused on...

Just Like A ‘Wonder Woman’

by Hunter Lanier on June 14, 2017

In her fantastic 2003 film, "Monster," Patty Jenkins undertook the herculean—or should I say Amazonian—task of humanizing a serial killer, and somehow pulled it off. Her task with "Wonder Woman" is just as complicated, maybe...

“It Comes at Night” Is Horror Done Right

by Hunter Lanier on June 12, 2017

It may be true that there is nothing to fear but fear itself, but as "It Comes at Night" proves, fear itself is nothing to sneer at. In small doses, fear might produce involuntary spasms or mild...

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Refreshingly Thoughtful Sci-Fi

by Hunter Lanier on May 22, 2017

If you think about it, space is the ultimate haunted house. It's dark, quiet—too quiet, some might say— and isolated. Things are likely to go bump in the night, because it is always night. No matter...