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: 1775 / 1775

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A shame that the movie never quite makes the most of what should be a unique and fascinating antagonist. Review

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2020-04-16

2020

Hen Sigurdsson is allowed take centre stage, and particularly in Ingimundur's sweet interactions with his precocious granddaughter, A White, White Day is a well observed, intimate human drama. But too often Pálmason takes us away from this duo, instead playing out wide shots for what can seem an interminable amount of time. Review

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2020-04-15

2020

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan feels an awful lot like a doomed screen treatment of some acclaimed yet unfilmable novel. Review

4.0

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2020-04-13

2020

Dreamland is just trying too damn hard, constantly poking us in the ribs and begging us to find it all so crazy. Review

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2020-04-12

2020

The Sharks has its moments of humour too, often arising from the idea that Rosina is clearly functioning on an intellectual level unmatched by her family and friends. Review

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2020-04-10

2020

The Room boasts the sort of intriguing hook that will lure in horror fans, but in this case you might want to be careful what you wish for. Review

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2020-04-08

2020

There's just about enough here to engage b-movie fans, and it's certainly a level above its recent big budget Hollywood rival, the Kristen Stewart vehicle Underwater, but there's just not enough monster in its mash. Review

6.0

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2020-04-07

2020

Its eventual audience will likely be small enough to fit in its protagonist's cramped apartment, but give yourself over to its grimy aesthetic and absurdist humour and you'll find it a charming piece of punk filmmaking. You might even find some of its lo-fi images quite beautiful, and if nothing else, its recreation of the Carrie prom scene with a bewildered tiara-clad tabby is worth the rental price alone. Review

7.0

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2020-04-05

2020

Dogs Don't Wear Pants isn't in the same league as Johannes Nyholm's Koko-Di Koko-Da or Isabella Eklöf's Holiday, but it would slot in nicely to a double bill with either of those films, the ideal cinematic sub to their doms. Review

7.0

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2020-04-03

2020

Bloodshot fails because it believes it's better than the sort of movies it's condescendingly dismissing as inferior. Personally, I'll take a brain dead action movie with nothing but entertainment on its mind over one that thinks it's above such fare yet doesn't have any idea how to execute its lofty postmodern notions. Review

5.0

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2020-04-01

2020

As played by the incredible Zengel, Benni is one of those characters who commands your attention. Review

8.0

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2020-03-30

2020

It seems strange to say this about a film concerned with child neglect, but Rocks is one of the feelgood movies of the year. Review

8.0

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2020-03-28

2020

A curious cross between Barry Lyndon and one of those old FIFA World Cup films, Martin Eden is for a long while, one of the most intoxicating films of the year. But after every rise must come a fall, and Martin Eden's downfall is unfortunately reflected in how hollow and empty Marcello's film eventually becomes. Review

7.0

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2020-03-26

2020

The effectiveness of The County is dependent on your own political baggage and whether you view Inga vs the Co-op as a David vs Goliath battle or a case of a narcissistic farmer who refuses to stick to a communal agreement. Review

6.0

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2020-03-24

2020

Banks Griffin gets value for his low budget, but without a compelling central performance it would all collapse. Review

7.0

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2020-03-22

2020

Its scorched cinematography, courtesy of Sébastien Goepfert, captures the feel of a part of the world where the merest of movements can wear you out under its baking sun. Coupled with the measured pace of Abu Alala's storytelling, the result is one of those curious films that will have you yawning even though you're fully invested. Review

7.0

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2020-03-19

2020

Koko-di Koko-da is an unsettling, profoundly sad, but ultimately uplifting exploration of grief and fate through a folk-horror lens. Review

9.0

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2020-03-17

2020

Moran's story has the potential for an extremely interesting screen translation, an example of something that simply couldn't happen today for a variety of economic, cultural and societal reasons. But the movie never delves into her experience in any depth, and it particularly glosses over the fact that she was technically a child who was sleeping in the hotel rooms of adult male rockstars. Review

4.0

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2020-03-15

2020

The Truth doesn't quite have the emotional heft of Kore-eda's best work but it's nonetheless a seamless shift to European filmmaking for a director whose work had seemed distinctly Japanese, if global in its themes. Review

8.0

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2020-03-13

2020

The Most Dangerous Game entered the public domain in 2020, so expect a lost of opportunist reworkings of its premise over the next few years. The Hunt is a worthy standout addition to its canon, a movie for our time for those of us who are sick to death of movies for our time. Review

8.0

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2020-03-12

2020

Unlike Anna's pupil, Weisse has the technique down pat, but in failing to bring her own personality through, she's simply hitting the notes in the right order. Review

6.0

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2020-03-11

2020

As an actress, Mulligan continues to fulfil her promise of becoming one of the most talented performers of her generation, but on the evidence of this ramshackle debut, I'll need more convincing regarding her director's potential for greatness. Review

5.0

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2020-03-09

2020

VFW

In the hands of a director more comfortable with action, VFW might become a modern cult classic. But for now it's worth a watch for the moments in between the action, when its cast of veteran supporting players grasp the opportunity to take centre stage. Review

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2020-03-08

2020

Its main issue is that it never decides whether it's a horror movie or a Brady Bunch Movie/Starsky & Hutch style parody of the original show, and neither horror buffs nor Fantasy Island fans (if any of the latter even exist) will be satisfied by this mess. Review

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2020-03-07

2020

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