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: 1662 / 1662

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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

8.0

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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

5.0

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The mundane modern setting adds to this sense of outdated dogma clashing with contemporary western life.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

7.0

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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

6.0

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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

5.0

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2018-07-05

2018

Unlike last year's Get Out, which made liberal white audiences laugh while also making them examine their own brand of bigotry, BlacKkKlansman is unlikely to make any white viewers leave the cinema questioning their prejudice, as its villains are unrelatable cartoon figures, and it ends on a scene that pushes the dubious idea that racist cops are a minority that the rest of the boys in blue are committed to flushing out. Review

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2018-07-04

2018

Artigas might be the acting find of the year. Review

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2018-07-03

2018

As dumb as a bag of cement, Skyscraper is nevertheless undeniably watchable, thanks chiefly to Johnson's presence and his unrivalled skill at acting against greenscreen backdrops. Review

6.0

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2018-07-02

2018

The First Purge, which takes us back to the origins of Purge Night, is the very definition of a pointless prequel, one that gives fans of this franchise nothing they haven't seen already in the previous three films. Review

2.0

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2018-07-01

2018

The performances of said amateurs vary in quality, and some come across as a little self-conscious, but this only serves to add to the almost docu-drama, travelogue realism of Granik's film. Review

9.0

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2018-06-05

2018

In Sollima's hands, Sicario 2: Soldado is a scaled down sequel that ups the action quota and reduces the dialogue while still getting its anti-authoritarian message across. Review

9.0

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2018-06-04

2018

In spite of its shallowness and superficial approach to taboo subjects like pedophilia and teen suicide, Flower is admittedly never dull, thanks largely to a performance from Deutch that demands you sit up and take notice of her talents. Review

6.0

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2018-06-03

2018

While Ready Player One goes easy on its primary audience of pop culture obsessives, Sequence Break is far more scornful, like Rod Serling has come back from the grave to tell the young men of today to get a life, put the joypad down and call up that nice girl you like. Or as the film tells it, look between the ones and zeros. Review

8.0

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2018-06-02

2018

There are brief glimpses of J.A. Bayona's brilliance to be found as he employs light and shadow to good effect and pulls off a 'how did they do that?' single take underwater sequence, but the script is a turd no filmmaker could successfully polish. Review

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2018-06-01

2018

Lynch is a real find, but perhaps the most impressive performance comes from Roberts as his father, a financially successful but bitterly unhappy man who gives the impression that he knows something awful lies ahead for his son. Review

7.0

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2018-05-11

2018

Less aping of Americana and more attention to the details of its cultural setting might have been advised. Review

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2018-05-10

2018

Receiving a new film every year from a filmmaker as talented as Ozon may seem like a gift horse whose maw we shouldn't gaze into, but L'Amant Double is one project that could have benefitted from more time on the drawing board. Review

7.0

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2018-05-09

2018

Freeman is superb, and his interactions with Andy's oblivious child are genuinely affecting. Cargo may lay on its metaphor a little too thickly in parts, but learning to let go of your previously unchallenged position of power and trust in someone who may not look like you is a lesson many a white man could learn from. Review

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2018-05-08

2018

The entire movie has the same flat sheen throughout, and there's a distinct lack of energy in both the acting performances and the dull staging of action scenes, the latter of which are geographically confusing and nonsensical in their conveying of spatial relations. Review

4.0

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2018-05-07

2018

I may have despised Deadpool, but I understood that it most definitely wasn't a movie for me. I'm not sure who Deadpool 2 is for, as it's trimming of its stock-in-trade anti-PC edginess will disappoint its core audience of arrested development males. Review

2.0

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2018-05-06

2018

Wood and Stone commit themselves to their respective roles, and there are hints at the intriguing exploration of a relationship between two troubled souls that Allure might have been in more perceptive hands, but Wood's Laura is drawn far too broadly, and she's frankly so terrifying that it's simply impossible to believe Eva would fall for her in the first place, let alone give herself over completely to her disturbed older love... Review

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2018-05-05

2018

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