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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At over two hours, the movie takes an awfully long time to make a very simple point and ask why can't we all just get along? But some of that run time is alleviated by the impressive performances on display. Review

6.0

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2022-08-17

2022

It's the young central trio who keep us engaged, with Young, Machado and Bradford never less than convincing as good friends. Review

6.0

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2022-08-16

2022

If viewers judge Juniper by a brief online synopsis they may dismiss it as another drop in the mumblecore ocean. To do so would be to miss out on one of the more interesting movies to emerge from the constraints of the pandemic. Review

7.0

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2022-08-14

2022

Several movies have given us vertiginous set-pieces, but none have stretched them out to feature length as effectively as Fall. Review

8.0

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2022-08-13

2022

Some of my favourite movies feature obnoxious protagonists, but if this is the sort of person that's going to front your movie you need to make them entertaining or insightful. These douchebags are neither, and it's an endurance test to spend the film's mercifully brief running time in their company. Review

2.0

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2022-08-12

2022

It's difficult to figure out what type of audience Berolzheimer is aiming to satisfy with his debut. Review

4.0

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2022-08-11

2022

Traveling Light is one of the most visually beautiful pieces of digital filmmaking I've seen. Review

7.0

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2022-08-10

2022

Just who was the real Gustave Eiffel? You'll have to look elsewhere to find the answer to that question. Review

5.0

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2022-08-09

2022

It's hard not to come away from Nope surmising there's a director's cut on the way that will make things clearer. Review

6.0

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2022-08-08

2022

Trachtenberg takes things back to basics – all you need is a girl and a monster after all. Prey never gets bogged down in needless "world building" exposition, and rather than setting up future instalments it happily focusses on the movie at hand. Review

7.0

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2022-08-06

2022

The only thing older than Bullet Train's leading man are its gags, including the badly-needs-retiring shtick of two brawlers having their fight momentarily interrupted by an unsuspecting intruder. Review

2.0

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2022-08-04

2022

With its dark themes and lengthy backstories it would seem to be inspired by the more sprawling works of Stephen King, and it plays like a more effective King adaptation than any of the actual King adaptations of recent years. Grashaw's direction is mature and unpretentious, never getting in the way of telling his often gripping story. Review

7.0

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2022-08-02

2022

At this point shark movies have been done to death, yet keep propping up the virtual video store shelves. The Reef: Stalked offers nothing we haven't seen in its many rivals over the past few decades, and its attempts to add a social theme simply come off as clunky and misjudged. Review

5.0

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2022-07-29

2022

Aubrey Plaza delivers a to-date career defining performance in writer/director John Patton Ford's feature debut Emily the Criminal. Review

7.0

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2022-07-27

2022

The movie's editing is such a mess that you'll struggle to figure out the timeline. It either takes place across two days or two weeks. Review

4.0

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2022-07-21

2022

It's easy to see why it was popular as it offers something for everyone: sex, violence, psychologically and physically tortured characters, some light comedy and even a musical number or two. That it all flows so smoothly is testament to an era of Hollywood filmmaking when such disparate elements could combine so easily for an evening's entertainment. Review

8.0

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2022-07-18

2022

Moloch's scares are most effective when the threats are kept in the shadows and fog. When we get a proper look at the titular demon it looks a little too much like the desiccated space vampires of Tobe Hooper's much maligned Lifeforce, an unwelcome interjection of CG in an otherwise practical movie. Review

7.0

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2022-07-15

2022

Jones' doe-eyed performance goes some way to distracting us from how nonsensical the whole affair is, and she really is a star in the making. Review

4.0

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2022-07-12

2022

As it plays out to an obvious conclusion, The Silent Party wastes its early interrogation of the nature of revenge and begins to resemble a dozen other films of its type. Review

6.0

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2022-07-09

2022

Joyride is an unwelcome return to the dark days when Irish movies were made not for Irish audiences but for tourists with misty-eyed misconceptions about the Emerald Isle. Stop the car, I want to get out. Review

3.0

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2022-07-08

2022

Brian describes his creation as ending up with a blancmange when he was aiming for a sponge cake, but he claims to also enjoy blancmange. That's a fitting allegory for Brian and Charles. With a bit more polish it may have been a more satisfying sponge cake, but blancmange is good enough in this case. Review

6.0

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2022-07-07

2022

Of course, this is an MCU movie, and no amount of Waititi's Mel Brooks influenced escapades can cover how visually bland the movie looks. Like most of these movies, it has the look of a TV with the motion smoothing setting left on. Review

6.0

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2022-07-06

2022

Like a bad love affair, Both Sides of the Blade seduces us early on, but 90 minutes later you'll be looking for a way out of the relationship. Review

5.0

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2022-07-05

2022

While McDonagh's worst proclivities are still on display, avoiding his latest would do a grave disservice to Fiennes, Kanater and Taghmaoui, whose rescuing of the film from their director is almost conspiratorial. Review

6.0

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2022-06-30

2022

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