Movie reviews of Eric Hillis

These are all the movies and series that Eric has reviewed. Read more at: The Movie Waffler.

Number of movie reviews: 1428 / 1428

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On the surface it's little more than a slick erotic thriller, but look under the bed and you'll find Verhoeven wielding a sharp weapon of his own. Review

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15 may

15 may

The only bright spark here is Adams, who, God love her, really does her best to add some depth to the proceedings. Review

3.0

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14 may

14 may

It's certainly cold, with Ostrochovsky's camera viewing events with a dispassionate distance, but it's never quite as chilling as this story of paranoia and fear of authoritarianism should be. Review

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12 may

12 may

Complimenting the directorial skills of Charbonier and Powell is the young Dewey, whose silent performance is immensely impressive. Review

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11 may

11 may

For a movie that tackles such a hot button issue, And Tomorrow the Entire World is surprisingly lacking in political depth. Review

6.0

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7 may

7 may

Kruger certainly has a distinctive in-your-face style, which may win him some fans of an edgelord nature, but if you're looking for originality in narrative terms, well, forget about it. Kruger's film is probably best enjoyed if your brain is as fried as its protagonist. Review

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6 may

6 may

Oxygen plays its story with a straight face, and its sober tone and lack of emotional engagement makes its real time 100 minutes suffocating for the wrong reasons. Review

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5 may

5 may

Zhao is as poetic a filmmaker as it gets, the closest to a John Ford figure we have today; and like that great American master, she knows where to find poetry in America, in its people and its panoramas. Review

9.0

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3 may

3 may

There's an interesting movie somewhere in Here Are the Young Men, or maybe a better adaptation of Doyle's book. Ironically, it suffers from a filmmaker who seems intent on following the example of others rather than forging his own creative path. Review

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1 may

1 may

Things Heard & Seen desperately wants to be a horror movie for our moment, but it's unlikely to haunt your thoughts for more than a minute. Review

4.0

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30 april

30 apr

It's difficult to imagine audiences clamouring for the further adventures of John Kelly/Clark, as this potential franchise runs out of ideas halfway through its first instalment. Review

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29 april

29 apr

These characters are so uninteresting and their journey so monotonous that by the time they're in danger you couldn't care less who makes it off the island. Review

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28 april

28 apr

Beast Beast doesn't quite coalesce as neatly as it might like, but there's something affecting about its rough edges. Mining three striking performances from his young leads and displaying a talent for structuring a story to elicit the maximum build-up of tension, Madden has marked himself as one to watch. Review

7.0

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27 april

27 apr

Regardless of the racial issues, it never really grapples with its central theme of how human lives are valued by education level and skills. After all its tortured moodiness, it ultimately comes down to another protracted scene in which someone has to venture outside the shuttle and take a dangerous space walk to repair a doohickey. Review

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24 april

24 apr

Laid out on paper, The Oak Room may not spin the most original story, but in Calahan, Genoway and their grizzled ensemble of motormouths, we're treated to a captivating spin on some old standards. Review

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23 april

23 apr

Using limited means, Robinson and Young have crafted an engaging horror story that focusses on the one element so often overlooked by low budget practitioners of the genre – the people at its centre. Review

8.0

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17 april

17 apr

O'Brien is affable enough as Joel, but after setting him up as a nebbish in the opening scenes, the film fails to exploit the comic potential of how out of depth he is. Review

6.0

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15 april

15 apr

Agutter perfectly captures Wynne's contradictory mix of naivete and precociousness. Review

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14 april

14 apr

I suspect Marshall may have been aiming to create a sort of b-horror Passion of Joan of Arc, along the lines of how Roger Corman and Vincent Price gave us a glorious drive-in take on Shakespeare with Tower of London, but the movie doesn't embrace its trashiness enough to compensate for how dull the whole affair is. Review

3.0

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11 april

11 apr

It is Ahmed’s tight performance which keeps Sound of Metal’s emotional rhythm on point. Review

8.0

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10 april

10 apr

But for all its structural smarts, Palm Springs works because of its charm. It's a light-hearted delight anchored by two winning performances from Samberg and Milioti. Review

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9 april

9 apr

It's ironic that a filmmaker from China found a natural home in this corner of America – what a shame that she too has now been tempted by the bright lights of Los Angeles, as you can't help but feel that Pine Ridge has many more stories to tell. Review

9.0

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7 april

7 apr

Though A Common Crime is set in modern day Argentina, it's very much dealing with the ghosts of that era, how those who kept silent are haunted by the spirits of the dead. Review

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7 april

7 apr

While Silent Action is never quite as gripping as it might have been, it's an entertaining distillation of everything that was occurring in both Italy's cinema and its politics in the '70s, a fruitful time on screen if a fearful era on the streets. Review

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6 april

6 apr

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