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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Along with the likes of Haneke, Von Trier, Seidl and Noé, we're now seeing the formation of a new wave of women shock merchants, with Borleteau taking her place alongside Eklöf, Ducournau and Fargeat. Lullaby is a welcome addition to their growing canon. Review

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2019-11-10

2019

Yet for all its provocations and the work of its talented cast, Luce ultimately falls short because, like the awful "why can't we all just get along?" polemic Crash, it's a movie arguing against stereotypes that is itself filled with stereotypes, and most of its characters just don't come off as believable. Review

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2019-11-09

2019

By making an informationally dense but emotionally shallow film, Burns has missed the message of his own movie. Review

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2019-11-08

2019

As nonsensical as The Good Liar is, it's undeniably a lot of fun watching McKellen and Mirren lend some class to the proceedings. Review

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2019-11-07

2019

For much of its narrative you could be watching a thriller as straightforward as Bad Influence. Yet Mortimer and DeLeeuw leave you in no doubt that this is an allegory for mental illness, with Daniel a representation of a voice in Luke's head, compelling him to strike out against a world he feels cheated by. Review

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2019-11-06

2019

On the surface, The Wretched has a lot going for it - charismatic young leads, a great creature design and a chilling central concept - but it never quite digs beneath that surface to explore just how interesting its ideas could be if fleshed out by more nuanced filmmakers. Review

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2019-11-05

2019

Bullets of Justice is a mix of tedium, immaturity, laugh out loud intentional comedy, laugh out loud unintentional comedy, and the odd moment of visual inventiveness. In other words, it's more satisfying than most Hollywood blockbusters, and a lot more original. Review

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2019-11-04

2019

Despite combining over the top bloodshed with unrelenting misanthropy and a decidedly politically incorrect brand of humour, Why Don't You Just Die! never feels nasty and attention seeking in the manner of something like the Kingsman movies. While... Review

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2019-11-03

2019

This is as generic a story as you'll find any Saturday night on cable TV, but like the auteurs who discovered that the simplicity of the western allowed for examinations of the male psyche, McKee understands that this well-trodden thriller premise gives him the chance to focus on his characters, and the plot becomes secondary to the relationship of the three women at its centre - think Mermaids, if Winona Ryder's character was p... Review

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2019-11-02

2019

You may have to dig deep to find this one, but if you appreciate a knockout plot twist, you'll be telling your colleagues at the water cooler about I See You's narrative thrills. Review

7.0

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2019-11-01

2019

What it lacks in budget and polish, She Never Died attempts to make up for with some affable performances. Review

6.0

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2019-10-17

2019

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Onscreen for almost every frame of the movie, it's ultimately Bloom's performance, which keeps us guessing as to just how brainwashed she's become, that makes this lodging worth a rent. Review

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2019-10-16

2019

It's all a bit like visiting that ghost train you rode as a kid, only to find it's now decrepit and run down. The magic you once revelled in is long gone. If you're a fan of The Shining, you might want to Overlook this one. Review

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2019-10-15

2019

It makes up for the boredom of the preceding film to a small degree, but we're ultimately left feeling Alive would have worked better as a short episode of an anthology. Review

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2019-10-14

2019

While The Black String comes off its hinges in a final act that runs out of ideas and descends into horror clichés, it's Muniz's performance that keeps us hooked, a manic cry for help that falls on deaf ears. Review

6.0

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2019-10-13

2019

As with so many indie horror movies, Bliss lives or dies on the strength of its female lead, and I hope Begos gave Madison a very nice bottle of champagne at the end of his shoot as it's her performance that ultimately keeps you engaged. Review

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2019-10-12

2019

But no amount of storytelling gimmickry would likely cover up the fact that this is a sequel that exists solely because its predecessor made so much money that it simply had to be made. Review

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2019-10-11

2019

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

3.0

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2019-10-05

2019

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