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: 1686 / 1686

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Whether it's a case of being lost in translation, the dialogue is particularly limp, with characters spelling out the messy plot through their various arguments. If you're after over the top violence you'll be satisfied however. Review

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30 may

30 may

I think this is how Elvis fans want to remember their idol, as a man with a voice that had to be heard, but Luhrmann is only interested in the surface spangles. Review

4.0

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29 may

29 may

As he has done so often, Hill takes a b-movie plot and elevates it with A-plus direction and actors that fit squarely into their character templates while adding humanity, or in several cases here, inhumanity. Review

8.0

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27 may

27 may

Cinematographer Scott McClellan shines his lights into the creases in Czerny's troubled brow like a spelunker finding his way through a dark cave, searching for the source of his unspoken psychological torment. Even the most committed atheist will be convinced that this is a man living in mortal fear of God, or something else. Review

7.0

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26 may

26 may

Most of the cast don’t seem to be taking this seriously either, but they are at least having more fun than the audience. Review

4.0

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24 may

24 may

A movie that looks far more polished than its relatively minor budget should allow. King devotees should look out for several references to his work peppered throughout. Review

7.0

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21 may

21 may

But thanks to the performances of Lowden and Capaldi, Davies makes it clear that while Sassoon may be laughing on the outside, he's burdened with an eternally tortured soul. Review

7.0

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18 may

18 may

We've seen both The Innocents' story and its stereotypes before, but it's undeniably well made. Given its budget, the visual effects are so impressively realistic that they might easily be overlooked. Review

6.0

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17 may

17 may

The violence is so grim and mean-spirited (though dogged by the terrible CG) that by the end you may be rooting for the sinister government forces who seem correct here in viewing Charlie as a threat. Chances are you won't make it to the end however, as the movie is so dull you'll probably have nodded off to the dead zone by the hour mark. Review

2.0

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14 may

14 may

Close to 40 years may have passed since the original, but Top Gun: Maverick is content to be a sequel in the traditional sense, picking up the story rather than rehashing it for a new generation. Review

9.0

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12 may

12 may

It's testament to Yeoh's talent that despite her glamorous reputation, she becomes a relatable avatar for everyone's mum. Every now and then the Daniels will pause the onslaught of quirkiness to put Yeoh centre stage, and she delivers a remarkably moving performance that will have everyone in the audience wondering if their own mother is living the life she really wants. Review

5.0

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11 may

11 may

The Sadness's biggest problem is that it doesn't give us anyone to care about. Neither Kay nor Jim are anything other than cardboard cut-out protagonists. Review

6.0

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9 may

9 may

The actors do their best, God love them. Review

3.0

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7 may

7 may

What keeps Wild Men afloat are the various comic vignettes involving our heroes and their pursuers. Most of the laughs come courtesy of Bjorn Sundquist as the local aging Sheriff, who pours disdain on the various lifestyles he encounters and fails to comprehend. Review

6.0

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5 may

5 may

With its pedestrian pacing and an over-reliance on characters explaining the plot, The Twin never quite manages to make anything exciting from its various borrowed ingredients. Despite a fantastic setting, Mustonen rarely builds much in the way of atmosphere. Review

5.0

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3 may

3 may

Noé's critics often describe him as immature, but Vortex is a film of great maturity, a shock merchant exploring a subject that comes as a shock to us all. Review

8.0

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29 april

29 apr

Solalinna is a revelation in the dual role of the sad-eyed Tinja and her monstrous doppelganger. Bergholm and writer Ilja Rautsi ensure that their young protagonist is relatably childlike. Review

7.0

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26 april

26 apr

That movie climaxes with an action set-piece, but the laughs continue right through the action and it never outstays its welcome. The same sadly can't be said for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Review

5.0

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22 april

22 apr

If it never lives up to its premise, it does at least provide the occasional well-executed, economical set-piece, and its unconventional heroine offers something different. Review

6.0

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19 april

19 apr

If Choose or Die's plot is simply a line to hang its set-pieces on, at least those sequences are imaginative. Meakins cleverly manages to expand his film's world while working to a tight budget by having some sequences play out in the form of 8-bit video game imagery. Review

6.0

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16 april

16 apr

Along with a host of talking heads from the movie and music worlds of both Europe and the US, Tornatore adds some cinematic flourishes, skillfully editing footage of Morricone conducting an invisible orchestra in his apartment with clips of his many live performances in prestigious global venues. Review

7.0

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14 april

14 apr

Amleth's story may be a tale as old as time, but while the story beats are familiar, the level of filmmaking on display here is an all too rare treat. Review

8.0

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12 april

12 apr

As a depiction of one of the war's most intriguing operations, Madden's film lacks the oomph factor that a Christopher Nolan might have brought, but it succeeds as a story of a group of smart people getting together to outwit an imposing enemy, with a formidable cast bringing these unsung heroes to life, or indeed death. Review

7.0

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9 april

9 apr

Vanderbeque's performance is supernaturally good, a testament to Wandel's skill as a director. Review

9.0

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9 april

9 apr

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