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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As Godard said, all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. When the gun is being wielded by a killer cyborg from the future, surely it shouldn't be as dull as Terminator: Dark Fate? Review

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2019-10-10

2019

Brooklyn is the sort of movie you don't see much anymore. In a past era it might have been labelled a "woman's picture", and the stars would have been a lot more glamorous, but in essence you could picture a young Bette Davis portraying a character like Eilis. Review

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2019-10-09

2019

The only thing that saves Little Monsters from taking a hard right turn to Turkeyville is the presence of Nyong'o and England, who share a genuinely palpable chemistry, elevating their poorly written characters with some undeniably infectious charm. Review

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2019-10-09

2019

As a character study, Wounds hooks you in from the start, but the further it evolves into horror territory the less interesting it becomes. Review

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2019-10-08

2019

Like its walking dead antagonists, the film shambles from one half-baked scenario to the next in search of something to sink its teeth into, but comes up empty every time. Review

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2019-10-07

2019

By the Grace of God's biggest issue is in how uncinematic its storytelling is, its narrative relying far too heavily on epistolary correspondence rendered in voiceover between Alexandre and Barbarin. Review

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2019-10-06

2019

Disney cracked a crowd-pleasing formula with Maleficent, but with its sequel, the spell is well and truly broken. Review

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2019-10-05

2019

A comedy in the loosest sense of the label, Lucky Day has a crude and immature sense of humour that, much like the film's ensemble crime structure, is a holdover from the '90s. Review

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2019-10-04

2019

As we're left to endure endless on-the-nose debates about paper versus digital versus audio books, watching Non-Fiction is a lot like attending your spouse or partner's office party, where you neither know nor care for any of the people present and are only kept awake by trying to guess which of their co-workers they might be sleeping with. Review

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2019-10-03

2019

Official Secrets is at its best when it accepts that its covering storytelling ground that's far from fresh. The strongest scenes are those that explore the journalistic side of the story, with foul-mouthed journalists and editors bickering in their offices like the embittered real estate agents of Glengarry Glen Ross. Review

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2019-10-02

2019

With its globe-trotting plot, digital aesthetic and on-the-nose dialogue, Gemini Man plays how I imagine Brian de Palma movies play for people who don't like Brian de Palma movies. Review

4.0

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2019-10-01

2019

Zombi Child mixes up two movies to make one basic point, but there isn't quite enough meat on either subplot to sink your rotting teeth into. It's always watchable though, as Bonello is a skilled enough stylist for his moody visuals to make up for an absence of substance. Review

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2019-09-15

2019

Yet while The King offers little new from a plot perspective, it does give us some fascinating period details that are usually overlooked by dramas of this ilk. Review

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2019-09-14

2019

For all its vintage dressing, Joker is simply another pointless comic book origin story. Review

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2019-09-13

2019

The film asks us to live in fear of its characters plummeting to their deaths for 100 minutes, but it's all too clear that Redmayne and Jones are in the comfort of a green screen studio. Perhaps the only way to really pull this off would be to cast Tom Cruise and simply send him up in an actual balloon. Review

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2019-09-12

2019

The Day Shall Come opens with the tagline "Based on a hundred true stories", but by the time its 90 minutes of sub-HBO sitcom antics are up, any political points it intended to make have been largely lost amid a wave of forgettable one-liners. Review

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2019-09-11

2019

If Samara Weaving is a genre to herself, Ready or Not is the weakest of the three horror movies she's thus far headlined, but as usual she's the best thing about the movie. Review

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2019-09-10

2019

Don't Let Go boasts no thrills, no frills, no chills, but it may leave you a little green around the gills. Review

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2019-09-09

2019

Thanks chiefly to Roger Deakins' cinematography, The Goldfinch is a well polished reproduction, but it's far from genuine. There's no life here. Review

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2019-09-08

2019

If Rambo: Last Blood critiques American gung ho machismo, it also celebrates it in a climax that features levels of bloodshed not seen in a mainstream Hollywood movie since...well since the last Rambo movie. Review

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2019-09-07

2019

If at its worst, Ad Astra is Tarkovsky for dummies, at its best it's a thrilling and thoughtful space adventure, one that features action set-pieces that are infinitely more exciting than anything found in the recent Star Wars films. Review

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2019-09-06

2019

In her first ever screen appearance, Bjørkaas Thedin is commanding, her portrayal of a child forced to contend with the duties of adulthood truly affecting and heart-breaking. Review

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2019-09-05

2019

The trouble with Hustlers is that while the strippers' victims are chiefly a collection of stereotypical stockmarket scuzzballs, the strippers aren't any better themselves. Review

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2019-09-04

2019

Amping up the cheap laugh factor, It: Chapter Two often comes off like a parody of the first movie, the Scary Movie to the 2017 film's Scream. Review

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2019-09-03

2019

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