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: 1630 / 1630

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The film around her doesn't quite live up to Enos's performance... Review

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2018-09-11

2018

If nothing else, Noé has nailed that feeling of shutting yourself in a bathroom as you suffer a bad trip, the throbbing bass pouring in from a distant dancefloor threatening to drive you insane. Like most drugs, Climax will delight some, disturb others, and leave the rest waiting in vain for the effect to kick in. Review

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2018-09-10

2018

As an action flick, The Predator is a damp squib. The few set-pieces we get rely heavily on gore rather than any visual creativity, reminding us that the film is helmed by a filmmaker more renowned for his words than his images. Review

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2018-09-07

2018

This is Stanton's party, and it's as fitting a farewell to an unassuming screen legend as you could hope for. Review

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2018-09-06

2018

Despite its post-colonial allegory, Matthews' film is as generic a western as any to emerge in the mid 20th century heyday of the genre, though with its often ponderous nature and extended running time, it may test the patience of even the most obsessive western fans. Review

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2018-09-05

2018

Chekhov's comedy fails to translate to both the screen and to the mouths of the western cast, and gags fall embarrassingly flat. The Seagull is crammed with acting talent, but only Dennehy, Stoll and Winningham emerge with any dignity. Review

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2018-09-04

2018

Moretz is onscreen in practically every scene, and while she's certainly an engaging presence, the film's refusal to look behind the curtain and explore the just as intriguing Rick and Lydia and their controversial practice is highly frustrating. Review

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2018-09-03

2018

There's enough talent on display here to suggest that all involved will be responsible for more engaging fare in the future, from Lange, whose direction is commendably understated in even his film's wilder moments, to his young leads, whom I'm now curious to see deliver make-up free performances. Review

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2018-09-02

2018

It's the latest North American indie horror that, like Beyond the Gates and Sequence Break, isn't concerned so much with being scary as being sad, soulful and even sweet, and it may make you question the various guises you adopt to negotiate your own way through life. Chicken soup for the horror fan's soul. Review

7.0

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2018-09-01

2018

If you squint, you'll find moments that hint at the charming film this might have been, thanks largely to the wonderful animation work which brings Pooh and his mates to life and the vocal performance of veteran voice actor Jim Cummings, whose voice is as cosy as your grandfather's favourite chair. Review

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2018-08-09

2018

Had The Equalizer 2 focussed on such small scale human dramas, rather than rehashing the plot of every other action movie, it would have been a far more satisfying watch. Oh, and Stewart Copeland's theme wouldn't have gone amiss either. Review

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2018-08-08

2018

DJing is one of those cultures that's never been portrayed in any realistic fashion on screen, and with Elba himself heavily involved in the world of turntablism, it feels like a missed opportunity to shine a light on a misunderstood craft. Review

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2018-08-07

2018

The Meg is at its best when it acknowledges how silly it really is and plays up to the clichés of the genre. It boasts a handful of gags that made me laugh out loud and a final irresistible Dad joke coda tells you everyone involved has their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks. As milque toast as the filmmaking here is, I'll take this over mopey men in tights every day. Review

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2018-08-06

2018

Thanks to the huge profit margin on relatively miniscule budgets, the Unfriended series will likely live on past its sell by date, but two instalments in, it's the most innovative and effective horror franchise since Final Destination. Review

7.0

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2018-08-05

2018

Steinþórsson is particularly impressive as the put upon victim of his own indiscretions who comes closest to the film's lead character, with Björgvinsdóttir scarily convincing as a woman retreating into the darkness as she uses her neighbourly dispute as a means of coping with the heartbreak of her son's disappearance. Review

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2018-08-04

2018

Cousins' passion for his subject is undeniable and infectious, but at times his film feels intrusive and presumptuous. Review

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2018-08-02

2018

Films like The Children Act are as single-minded in their liberal atheist viewpoint as those conservative Christian movies that usually star washed up former TV stars like Kevin Sorbo or Melissa Joan Hart. For a more nuanced take on the subject of Jehovah's Witnesses and their controversial beliefs regarding blood transfusions, I recommend checking out the recently released British drama Apostasy instead. Review

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2018-08-01

2018

If ever a movie was suitable for screening in schools as part of some 'scared straight' programme, it's Layton's, which deglamourises the crime genre to focus on the tragic aftermath of the young men's actions. Review

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2018-07-11

2018

The overall sense here isn't so much of characters conversing as simply waiting for their turn to deliver a line of expository technobabble. Review

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2018-07-10

2018

The film's treatment of Miles' sexuality is at times confusing, and his homosexuality doesn't really factor into the narrative in any meaningful way. Review

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2018-07-09

2018

And what set-pieces they are. Personally, I wish the franchise would return to the more intimate, Hitchcockian set-pieces De Palma gave us 22 years ago, but director Christopher McQuarrie imbues his action scenes with the same philosophy as his protagonist, never losing focus of the individual amid the chaos. Review

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2018-07-08

2018

The mundane modern setting adds to this sense of outdated dogma clashing with contemporary western life. Review

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2018-07-07

2018

While it's difficult to buy the film's odd critique of London, as this is a story that could have been set in any city on any continent, it certainly adds fuel to the debate around how society treats immigrants and sex-workers. It's just a shame that it frequently resorts to soapy theatrics in order to do so. Review

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2018-07-06

2018

The story is paper thin, which is fine if de Fontenay favoured character over plot, but that doesn't appear to be the case, as he never allows us to spend any quality time with his protagonists. Review

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2018-07-05

2018

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