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: 2126 / 2126

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I suspect Marshall may have been aiming to create a sort of b-horror Passion of Joan of Arc, along the lines of how Roger Corman and Vincent Price gave us a glorious drive-in take on Shakespeare with Tower of London, but the movie doesn't embrace its trashiness enough to compensate for how dull the whole affair is. Review

3.0

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2021-04-11

2021

It is Ahmed’s tight performance which keeps Sound of Metal’s emotional rhythm on point. Review

8.0

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2021-04-10

2021

But for all its structural smarts, Palm Springs works because of its charm. It's a light-hearted delight anchored by two winning performances from Samberg and Milioti. Review

7.0

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2021-04-09

2021

It's ironic that a filmmaker from China found a natural home in this corner of America – what a shame that she too has now been tempted by the bright lights of Los Angeles, as you can't help but feel that Pine Ridge has many more stories to tell. Review

9.0

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2021-04-07

2021

Though A Common Crime is set in modern day Argentina, it's very much dealing with the ghosts of that era, how those who kept silent are haunted by the spirits of the dead. Review

7.0

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2021-04-07

2021

While Silent Action is never quite as gripping as it might have been, it's an entertaining distillation of everything that was occurring in both Italy's cinema and its politics in the '70s, a fruitful time on screen if a fearful era on the streets. Review

7.0

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2021-04-06

2021

It's a shame The Power couldn't explore its theme in a more nuanced, genre-savvy fashion. Review

6.0

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2021-04-05

2021

I hated Antebellum, but I found myself interrogating just why it rubbed me the wrong way. Review

3.0

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2021-04-04

2021

Run

Run might be described as a bigger budget Lifetime thriller of the week, but for all their cheese, Lifetime thrillers generally boast much more airtight plotlines than can be found in Chaganty's difficult second movie. Review

5.0

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2021-04-03

2021

Said scrap, when it finally arrives, is entertaining enough, but by that point you'll probably have already dozed off. Review

3.0

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2021-04-02

2021

Nostalgia only gets you so far, and as the predictable plot unspools you'll likely be reminded that with a few exceptions, those '90s thrillers simply weren't very good. Review

5.0

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2021-04-01

2021

Concrete Cowboy is a formulaic urban story occasionally enlivened by the texture gifted by its amateur but authentic supporting cast. Review

6.0

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2021-03-31

2021

Given how well they've proved themselves in Star Wars and Marvel properties, the lack of chemistry between Ridley and Holland is surprising. Review

3.0

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2021-03-30

2021

Thanks to an abusive director who engages in physically abusive William Friedkin-esque techniques to mine a performance from Nina, the shoot appears to a living nightmare. Review

7.0

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2021-03-30

2021

When they're not trying to be Karina and Belmondo they almost feel like real people, and had the movie dropped its New Wave posturing and erased its pointless criminal subplot, it might have functioned as a genuinely charming tale of young love. Review

6.0

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2021-03-29

2021

Behind the camera, Milburn makes a striking debut. He moves the camera in unsettling, off-kilter ways to add to the growing unease. Review

7.0

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2021-03-28

2021

With a more experienced cinematic hand at the wheel, The Drover's Wife might have been the latest in a growing line of impressive Aussie westerns, but so crude and clunky is the storytelling here that it never feels like anything more than a modern manifesto in period drag. Review

5.0

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2021-03-28

2021

Along with Elwy, who is mesmeric as the ethereal Cadi, Jones does enough to suggest he's a filmmaker to keep an eye on in the coming years. If he can make an entire movie that plays as well as the first half of The Feast, we'll have a real talent on our hands, but his first film doesn't satisfy enough to act as more than a calling card. Review

5.0

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2021-03-27

2021

Yet while this exact premise may be a first, it doesn't stop Jakob's Wife from feeling derivative and dated. Review

4.0

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2021-03-26

2021

Munn is the film's only real strength. In a career best performance, she's so good here that at times we forget how comparatively privileged and unrelatable Violet is to the vast majority of people who will watch this. Review

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2021-03-26

2021

While I may disagree with Sims-Fewer and Mancinelli's thesis, I applaud their presentation of it and their willingness to add to the debate. Review

7.0

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2021-03-25

2021

The Translators gets a little too bogged down in unspooling its complicated plot through entire scenes that serve as exposition dumps. Review

6.0

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2021-03-24

2021

Russell clearly wants to deliver a film that's part Goodfellas, part The Social Network, but it lacks the edgy energy of the former and the Sorkinese patter of the latter. Review

5.0

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2021-03-24

2021

While it may not reinvent the wheel, it certainly keeps it rolling thanks to Riseborough's turn and efficient if rote storytelling. But for the rest of us, it all feels too familiar. We've been here before a few too many times. Review

6.0

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2021-03-23

2021

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