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: 1280 / 1280

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Had Adams and Poser found a way to resolve the film while maintaining the sombre tone they had struck so well for most of its running time, The Deeper You Dig would be a deeply satisfying and inspiring piece of economical genre filmmaking. But there's plenty here to demonstrate that the Adams family is a filmmaking collective to keep an eye on. Review

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25 october

25 oct

But it's an honest examination of how families cope with impending loss, one that astutely avoids proselytising or a lecturing tone. It's all the more comforting for it. Review

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23 october

23 oct

Remove any hint of a thriller (because it really isn't one) and Summer of 85 would likely be a more satisfying coming-of-age drama. Review

7.0

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21 october

21 oct

In Hitchcock's film, Rebecca is a spectral presence we feel throughout the rooms of Manderley. In Wheatley's, she's simply someone people occasionally speak about. Review

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19 october

19 oct

As with the young actors portraying them, it's unclear what the future holds for Martha and Franklyn, but if Lovers Rock is as good as it gets, it's good enough. Review

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18 october

18 oct

Is Franco making an important statement here or is he simply out to shock? I suspect only Mexican audiences will be able to provide a clear answer to that question, but either way he's delivered a film that's undeniably gripping in spells. Review

7.0

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17 october

17 oct

While it exploits very modern fears, ultimately Possessor functions best as a love letter to paranoid cinema of the past. Review

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16 october

16 oct

Don't Look Back has the bones of a decent horror movie. It suffers from Reddick's inexperience behind the camera, with some film school freshman mistakes on display like eyelines failing to match, but he does throw in the occasional clever flourish... Review

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15 october

15 oct

Rose: A Love Story is immaculately assembled, with not a beat out of step in its visual storytelling, not to mention sound design that helps us experience Sam's paranoia regarding every snapping twig in the woods outside his home. Review

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14 october

14 oct

Just as getting hammered is a lot of fun, so too is watching others get destroyed, and for the most part, Another Round is a joyous experience. Review

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13 october

13 oct

Their misanthropic, cynical and confrontational movie presents us with the sort of scenario we expect from Teutonic doom-mongers like Haneke and Seidl, but it all plays against a sunny backdrop among people embracing, or at least chasing something close to the good life. Review

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12 october

12 oct

The Mortuary Collection has the feel of a pilot for a '90s cable show that failed be picked up by a network. Review

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11 october

11 oct

Present in almost every frame of The Intruder, Rivas is required to do as much heavy lifting here as Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion or Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, and she proves up to the task. Review

7.0

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10 october

10 oct

There's impressive work done across the board here, even if the movie doesn't ultimately hold together, and Wildfire is an example of how far Irish cinema has come in terms of quality over the last decade. Review

6.0

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9 october

9 oct

Undine is a slight piece of fantasy that plays out against the not very fantastical backdrop of modern day suburban Berlin. Review

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8 october

8 oct

Ferrara's dreamlike imagery however is visually uninspired, despite handsome cinematography by Stefano Falivene, and his hallucinatory scenarios too often resemble a film student's aping of Jodorowsky. Review

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7 october

7 oct

Shadow Country refuses to take a side, instead dispassionately viewing both its German and Czech characters through a misanthropic lens. Review

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6 october

6 oct

Unlike the show within the film, which racks up millions of viewers by the minute, The Cleansing Hour will likely struggle to keep you glued until its climax, which admittedly offers a neat final twist. Review

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4 october

4 oct

Langford and Plummer have a great rapport, which makes up for a script clearly written by adults who have forgotten how teenagers speak. Review

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2 october

2 oct

Put your politics on hold for a couple of hours and Sorkin's pen and the talents of his impressive ensemble will do enough to occasionally fool you into thinking you're watching a great piece of drama. Review

6.0

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30 september

30 sep

You have to feel sympathy for the cast, who are largely impressive, particularly Jakeman, who really is giving it his all to create a sympathetic character, even if it's a character that doesn't make a lot of sense. Review

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29 september

29 sep

Scare Me suffers from major pacing issues, as it's too in love with its own words. Review

3.0

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27 september

27 sep

These are hardly original notions, and no amount of stylistic strokes can disguise the fact that Eternal Beauty has little to add to the cinematic conversation around mental illness. Review

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25 september

25 sep

The Antenna broadcasts its own crude message of how we should be wary of media, but it does so through a stultifyingly dull narrative that doesn't really hold up to any scrutiny... Review

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24 september

24 sep

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