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: 1327 / 1327

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For all its political thriller trappings, it's the performances of the four women at its centre that make The Exception such a compelling watch. Review

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16 january

16 jan

Mouaness has achieved something of a marvel with his remarkably accomplished debut. He's crafted a story set in a part of the world synonymous with hardship, but from the first frame it's clear he's not interested in our pity. Review

9.0

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15 january

15 jan

Falling somewhere between the sombre, epic tone of Coppola's films and the manic action of the Italian Poliziotteschi movies of the era, Fleischer's film is an unfairly forgotten thriller that offers a chance to see some of the best actors of the fringes of New American Cinema step into the headlights, guns blazing. Review

9.0

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14 january

14 jan

Much of it is silly, with gags rehashed from the likes of The Naked Gun, while at times it's sublimely moving... Review

6.0

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13 january

13 jan

After successfully sustaining the cat and mouse tension so well, Hunted collapses in its final act... Review

6.0

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12 january

12 jan

On the whole though, this is an impressive debut that suggests Kushida may well be the next Japanese auteur of note. Review

7.0

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10 january

10 jan

On a technical level, Nina of the Woods is one of the more impressive low budget American indies of recent years, and I have to applaud Griak's aspiration. But while it's a cut above the slew of "let's go the woods with a camera and hope for the best" indie horrors, it fails to come anywhere near the sort of metaphysical genre films (Stalker; Solaris; Picnic at Hanging Rock) it hopes to echo. Review

5.0

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9 january

9 jan

I'm certainly curious to see what he might achieve if he's given a fully developed script to work with. Review

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8 january

8 jan

The Columnist is a provocative satire that doesn't offer any answers but raises plenty of questions regarding free speech. Review

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7 january

7 jan

A combination of sloppy, unfoccussed camerawork and an irritating soundtrack of loud guitar dirges makes Night of the Rumpus something of a sensory endurance test. Review

2.0

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6 january

6 jan

While his film is more concerned with mood, surreal atmosphere and vignettes... Review

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1 january

1 jan

Taken out of context, the first half of Shadow in the Cloud resembles a fun instalment of an Amazing Stories type anthology series. There's a rip-roaring 40-minute yarn here, but unfortunately Shadow in the Cloud follows it up with another 43 minutes of eye-rolling nonsense. Review

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26 december

26 dec

The Woman Who Ran is a film where very little happens during its running time, but its characters seem to continue existing beyond the closing credits. Review

8.0

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19 december

19 dec

Even if you can get on board with such insensitive victim-blaming, there's little here to satisfy fans of either the horror or western genres. Review

3.0

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18 december

18 dec

The three central performances are quietly heart-rending. Review

8.0

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16 december

16 dec

That bit of subversion aside, WW84 is as generic as any other superhero movie. Review

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15 december

15 dec

It's testament to Walsh's directorial skills and particularly the taciturn charisma of Belgian actor Talpe, that we remain invested in Dom's story. Review

7.0

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13 december

13 dec

Any potential for nerve-jangling suspense is squandered and in its place we get brief shocks, as villains appear out of nowhere. As Hitchcock was oft to say, a bomb suddenly exploding is nowhere near as effective as one ticking under a table. Review

4.0

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12 december

12 dec

Perhaps in a decade or so, Songbird will have some value as a shoddy document of what we all went through in 2020, something for teens who are currently too young to fully grasp what's occurring can look at and appreciate why Mommy and Daddy were so stressed out back then. Review

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11 december

11 dec

Up in space, the drama is just as inert. Sully and her crew, including her child's father, scientist Tom, are a poorly sketched lot. Review

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10 december

10 dec

Let Him Go is a gripping modern western anchored by one of the most textured screen couplings of recent mainstream cinema. Review

8.0

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9 december

9 dec

In place of muscular action, Knuckledust features a bloated ensemble of characters all suffering from verbal diarrhea. Review

3.0

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8 december

8 dec

Too much of Alex Wheatle relies on crudely written speechifying from supporting characters lecturing the title character on how to fit in or stand out. As a biopic of a literary figure, it's far too literal in its storytelling, the weakest point in McQueen's stellar career to date. Review

5.0

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7 december

7 dec

Red, White and Blue is a gripping watch, but unlike the other chapters of Small Axe, it doesn't quite satisfy as a standalone movie, more like a decidedly polished pilot for a weekly cop show. Review

7.0

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6 december

6 dec

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