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: 1783 / 1783

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Elsewhere Chazelle fills his movie with reenactments of famous Old Hollywood anecdotes and reworkings of scenes from other movies. Some of the comic vignettes are in dire need of editing... Review

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17 december

17 dec

The dialogue is truly atrocious, with lines a six-year-old kid would be embarrassed to have come out of the mouths of toy soldiers in his back yard. Review

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14 december

14 dec

Along with the standard biopic storytelling, Smoczyńska integrates elements of the various fantastical stories the girls conjured up, giving us magic realist images like that of a teenage boy drowning in a pool of Pepsi. Review

7.0

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9 december

9 dec

It's that absence of humour that proves Christmas Bloody Christmas's greatest folly. After the satirical opening sequence it's played relatively straight, but with no characters we care for there's a lack of stakes. Review

5.0

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6 december

6 dec

There's a lot of grimness in Rimini, but it's mostly a case of punching up, as Seidl mocks middle-class Europeans and their milquetoast taste in entertainment. Review

8.0

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3 december

3 dec

Nocebo review Finnegan puts us in the uncomfortable position of feeling contemptuous towards a villain whose actions we're entirely complicit with. He also takes a wry jab at capitalism's current hypocritical obsession with... Review

7.0

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1 december

1 dec

For all its flaws and the bitter taste it leaves, Summering is eminently watchable. This is solely down to how engaging its young leads are. Review

6.0

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29 november

29 nov

Arseni Khachaturan's naturalistic cinematography and Guadagnino's refusal to indulge in showy visuals greatly add to the gritty texture of Bones and All. Review

8.0

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24 november

24 nov

While you may not believe much of what you see in Armageddon Time, it may leave you impressed in parts. Review

6.0

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19 november

19 nov

At best, Confess, Fletch plays like a serviceable pilot for a TV show, and Slattery's Frank would make for a welcome recurring character. As a standalone movie, there just isn't enough substance to this endeavour. Review

5.0

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17 november

17 nov

Mescal and Corio have such a wonderful and believable chemistry that it's easy to forget they're being filmed. But Aftersun is the work of a new master filmmaker, an instant expert in pure cinema. Review

9.0

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12 november

12 nov

The Menu comes off as a comedy roast, a self-effacing but entirely unscathing in-joke among elites. Review

6.0

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10 november

10 nov

Madden and Laidlaw are always watchable as they perform their unsettling dance around one another, and Mandrake works best when it's examining the dark lengths mothers can go to when it comes to protecting their own children. When it later expands into the surrounding forest and loses sight of this simple dynamic, Mandrake gets a little lost in the woods. Review

6.0

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8 november

8 nov

It's a very smart film, but also a very thrilling movie, a rollercoaster that can be relished in the moment and contemplated weeks later. Review

9.0

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5 november

5 nov

It's difficult not to view Causeway as a piece of US government propaganda. Review

5.0

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4 november

4 nov

The relationship between the two plays out like a "nicecore" alternative to Phantom Thread, and it's a pleasure to spend time in their company. Review

8.0

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3 november

3 nov

The bland cenobite designs aside, there are some interesting visual ideas at play here. Much of the action takes place in a decrepit mansion designed to be something of a puzzle box itself, an idea Bruckner ports over from his previous movie The Night House. Review

5.0

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2 november

2 nov

Parker and Kohli's empathetic performances go a long way to winning us over. They share a remarkable chemistry, convincing as two lost souls who might just have found something worth living for. Review

7.0

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1 november

1 nov

Byers is a bright spark, managing to add some humanity to a character that likely read as one-dimensional on the page. Review

4.0

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27 october

27 oct

Barbarian similarly does its most memorable work in its first half, but even if you struggle to follow it into the grindhouse territory it navigates in its back half, you have to admit you're watching the work of a potentially very special filmmaker. Review

8.0

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25 october

25 oct

Running at a brisk 63 minutes, today's filmmakers could learn a lot from this movie's pacing. There's not an ounce of fat on this script and it still holds up as the definitive version of this oft-told and copied tale. Review

8.0

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23 october

23 oct

The first two chapters of Ostlund's film are peppered with hilarious vignettes, but things do grind to something of a halt in the final sequence. Ostlund never quite mines this scenario for the sort of insight it might provide. Review

7.0

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22 october

22 oct

Do Not Disturb is dogged by its inability to figure out whether it's a satirical comedy or something more…well, disturbing. Review

5.0

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21 october

21 oct

Played with relish by Thorp, Signe is a fascinating protagonist, a millennial Larry David on speed. Review

8.0

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20 october

20 oct

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