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: 2069 / 2069

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Thankfully Vanicek's unconvincing writing is balanced with some very convincing set-piece staging. Review

6.0

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13 april

13 apr

Alex Garland's Civil War is about how viewing tragedy through a screen makes us numb to it. Review

7.0

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11 april

11 apr

The Stolen Valley does have two things going for it. Its Utah setting means practically every shot is easy on the eye and adds a veneer of production value to a movie filmed in an unspectacular fashion. Despite how badly written the characters are, there are some compelling performances. Review

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9 april

9 apr

While Hood Witch lacks substance, it's not short of style. Review

5.0

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6 april

6 apr

This is a monster movie for people who actually like monster movies, made by a filmmaker who, unlike some of his peers, doesn't feel embarrassed about working in the horror genre. Review

8.0

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6 april

6 apr

For its first 20 minutes or so Kill Your Lover works moderately well as a relationship drama, but things fall apart when the body horror elements kick in. Review

4.0

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5 april

5 apr

In the pantheon of pointless prequels, The First Omen might be the most redundant of them all. Review

3.0

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5 april

5 apr

With Yannick, Dupieux wrestles with the uncertain crossroads the entertainment industry finds itself at. Is it more important to foster art or to entertain audiences? Review

7.0

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4 april

4 apr

Many viewers will be turned off by Birdeater's coked up visual hysterics, which is a shame as this is a car crash that reveals its true horrors when the storytelling slows down to observe its casualties. Review

7.0

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4 april

4 apr

Montpetit, who recently caught our attention with her turn in Charlotte LeBon's coming of age drama Falcon Lake, is excellent once again here, nailing the anxiety of a vegan vampire. Review

6.0

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3 april

3 apr

What kept me gripped throughout Things Will Be Different was the human relationship that provides it with as much heart as food for thought. Review

7.0

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3 april

3 apr

The best way I can describe it is oxymoronically, as grounded absurdism. It's often mystifying, but always gripping, and it's one of the most distinctive pieces of work to emerge from American indie cinema in recent years. Review

8.0

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2 april

2 apr

Compared to the average modern creature feature, Sting is a welcome return to the reverence shown for such films in the Amblin era. Review

7.0

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2 april

2 apr

In Sarr's resilient Seydou, Io Capitano certainly puts a face to a statistic. It's hard to think of anyone coming away from a viewing of Garrone's film without some empathy or at least grudging respect for the thousands like Sarr who risk all for a better life on a daily basis. Review

7.0

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31 march

31 mar

The Trouble with Jessica never fully leans into the darkness of its theme. There are some truly macabre moments but the film never allows itself to get into the weeds regarding the tragedy that sparks its comic premise... Review

7.0

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30 march

30 mar

Hamaguchi allows shots to go on for longer than is traditionally expected, only to abruptly cut just as composer Eiko Ishibashi's score is beginning to swell, a canny way to evoke the disruption the community is set to face. Review

8.0

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29 march

29 mar

The criminal subplot is so tightly rendered that the movie functions just as much as a suspense thriller as a comedy. Review

8.0

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28 march

28 mar

The Origin of Evil never quite elevates itself to the level of a classic Claude Chabrol thriller however, as Marnier fails to to structure his film in a way that generates the necessary tension and suspense. Review

7.0

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27 march

27 mar

With its focus on words and grounded storytelling over powerful images and supernatural subplots, Immaculate is a decidedly Protestant take on Catholic horror. Review

6.0

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26 march

26 mar

The Sweet East comes loaded with American indie cinema cred. Review

7.0

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23 march

23 mar

Imogen Poots is fantastic in the role of Rose. Equally excellent is Dermot Crowley as Donal... Review

8.0

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22 march

22 mar

Unlike Swayze and Kelly Lynch, who smouldered on screen together, there's a notable absence of chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Melchior, as though the actors are all too aware of the inevitable online age gap discourse. Review

5.0

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21 march

21 mar

It's Campbell's performance that keeps things grounded even when the surreal shit begins to hit the absurdist fan. The British actress has quickly established herself as a reliable staple of genre cinema and possesses the sort of convincing vulnerability that makes her the ideal horror heroine. Review

5.0

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20 march

20 mar

Harden and Chichikova make for an endearing odd couple, and the improvisational nature of the film allows for some great natural comedy as they mutually react to encountering cultural differences in real time. Review

8.0

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17 march

17 mar

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