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: 1322 / 1322

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Murder Me, Monster gets by on its brooding visuals to a point, but eventually you realise that there's really very little going on beneath the surface here and it's essentially just a standard monster movie with a decidedly po-faced approach. Review

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27 november

27 nov

I'm no prude, but I just don't see the entertainment value in watching women being tortured in gruesome fashion with no sufficient story to anchor such portrayals of depravity. Review

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26 november

26 nov

After setting up an intriguing cat-and-mouse game between Frank and Cordelia, the film doesn't know what to do with this dynamic, and it descends into the sort of cliches you'll be familiar with if you've ever witnessed a TV soap opera play out a stalker plot-line. Review

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25 november

25 nov

A mildly satisfying curio for anyone with an interest in this period of American history. Review

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24 november

24 nov

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom falls very much into the category of "filmed play" rather than screen adaptation, too reliant on monologuing in its character development, too rigid with the source material to improvise on its theme. Still, when you have actors as powerful as Boseman and Davis on hand, that's not so bad. Review

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22 november

22 nov

With its widescreen picture and the telling lack of texture provided by modern digital video, it all comes across as an anachronistic skit, as though classic Hollywood is being parodied on a comedy sketch show. Review

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21 november

21 nov

It's testament to the effectiveness of both Mielants' storytelling and Janssens' sympathetic central performance that the novelty setting quickly becomes rudimentary... Review

8.0

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17 november

17 nov

Any positives of Blind are merely superficial. Review

3.0

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11 november

11 nov

It's a shame that Eun-kyoung can't exploit his premise as he opens his movie with a couple of effective sequence but ultimately he gets bogged down in a plot that fails to sufficiently grab our attention, and many viewers will likely check out early. Review

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6 november

6 nov

In this era of mechanical jump scares and CG, Kindred is a rare performance driven horror movie, and what performances! Review

7.0

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4 november

4 nov

Blood Vessel boasts enough elements to satisfy more forgiving horror fans, particularly those of us willing to accept some old school silliness. It is however possible for a horror movie to be both silly and scary, so it's a shame Blood Vessel never quite does enough to send any shivers down our spine. Review

6.0

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31 october

31 oct

About Endlessness might some day be uploaded by SETI as a document of the human race for any prospective alien visitors who stumble across our signal, as for better or worse, all of human life is captured in Andersson's work. Review

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30 october

30 oct

The Wolf of Snow Hollow is refreshing because it's happy to outwardly present us with a scenario we've seen multiple times before, but hooks us in with a unique protagonist. Review

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29 october

29 oct

His House works best as a straightforward refugee drama, not so much as a horror movie. Review

6.0

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28 october

28 oct

. Sang-ho is working with a much bigger canvas here, but he's lost the creativity required by the confined setting of Peninsula's predecessor. Review

4.0

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27 october

27 oct

Had Adams and Poser found a way to resolve the film while maintaining the sombre tone they had struck so well for most of its running time, The Deeper You Dig would be a deeply satisfying and inspiring piece of economical genre filmmaking. But there's plenty here to demonstrate that the Adams family is a filmmaking collective to keep an eye on. Review

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25 october

25 oct

But it's an honest examination of how families cope with impending loss, one that astutely avoids proselytising or a lecturing tone. It's all the more comforting for it. Review

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23 october

23 oct

Remove any hint of a thriller (because it really isn't one) and Summer of 85 would likely be a more satisfying coming-of-age drama. Review

7.0

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21 october

21 oct

In Hitchcock's film, Rebecca is a spectral presence we feel throughout the rooms of Manderley. In Wheatley's, she's simply someone people occasionally speak about. Review

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19 october

19 oct

As with the young actors portraying them, it's unclear what the future holds for Martha and Franklyn, but if Lovers Rock is as good as it gets, it's good enough. Review

9.0

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18 october

18 oct

Is Franco making an important statement here or is he simply out to shock? I suspect only Mexican audiences will be able to provide a clear answer to that question, but either way he's delivered a film that's undeniably gripping in spells. Review

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17 october

17 oct

While it exploits very modern fears, ultimately Possessor functions best as a love letter to paranoid cinema of the past. Review

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16 october

16 oct

Don't Look Back has the bones of a decent horror movie. It suffers from Reddick's inexperience behind the camera, with some film school freshman mistakes on display like eyelines failing to match, but he does throw in the occasional clever flourish... Review

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15 october

15 oct

Rose: A Love Story is immaculately assembled, with not a beat out of step in its visual storytelling, not to mention sound design that helps us experience Sam's paranoia regarding every snapping twig in the woods outside his home. Review

8.0

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14 october

14 oct

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