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: 1327 / 1327

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It's interesting that in Pixels, nostalgia literally comes back to destroy us - pop eating itself like Pac-Man chewing down pellets - but I'd probably be giving the film too much credit should I suggest this is an intended subtext. Review

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2015-08-03

2015

A common complaint about comic book adaptations is how visually uninteresting they are, and with 90% of the movie set in a laboratory, Fantastic Four leads us to wonder in bemusement at where its $122 million budget was spent. Review

3.0

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2015-08-02

2015

It's a rare movie that will appeal as much to teenage girls as adults. A teenage audience may well nod along to Minnie's words and actions, but the rest of us will frown, chuckle, and worry. In our own ways, we'll both be correct. Review

8.0

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2015-08-01

2015

I'm struggling to recall a thriller so content to display a lack of originality on the scale of Marshland. If you've seen Twin Peaks, The Killing, or any of the many Nordic Noirs that have gained prominence in the culture lately, none of the plot beats here will come as a surprise. Review

4.0

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2015-07-14

2015

David Gordon Green has dabbled in magic realism before, but never to this degree. It's an aspect that will likely prove frustrating for viewers expecting a standard character drama, but it adds a fascinating extra dimension to an otherwise mundane slice of working class Americana. Review

7.0

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2015-07-13

2015

Essentially 'Gordon Gekko hunts human prey', the film can't quite decide whether it's a scathing, serious social commentary or a down and dirty drive-in flick. The bones of a decent B-movie are here, but it seems they've been picked dry by vultures. Review

4.0

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2015-07-12

2015

Chih-yen Yee has fashioned his film in a way that will appeal to a child audience more effectively than adults, thanks to the political subtext, which feels didactic and forced in a way children won't notice. Review

5.0

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2015-07-11

2015

As summer popcorn fodder goes, Rogue Nation is perfectly serviceable, but this franchise seems to have run out of steam at this point, and the face-mask trick really needs retiring. A Skyfall type reboot may be required for Hunt and friends if we're to accept any further missions. Review

6.0

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2015-07-10

2015

Eden expresses itself in such a low key manner that it's all too easy to mistake its subtlety for superficiality. It's arguably the most interesting look at the power of language since Godard's King Lear. Review

7.0

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2015-07-09

2015

Everyone involved is far too good for this material and it's arguably a career low for the entire cast, none of whom appear remotely comfortable here, as if they've been reluctantly enlisted for a Comic Relief skit. As Barney Thomson would say himself, it's "shite!"... Review

2.0

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2015-07-08

2015

The fact that all the characters share the same names as the actors playing them tells you a lot about the lack of creativity at play here. Once again, horror - that most cinematic of genres - has been reduced to a series of blurry night vision shots of feet. Review

3.0

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2015-07-07

2015

Why you should be asked to wear 3D glasses for a movie that consists overwhelmingly of close-ups of talking heads is beyond me. Ant-Man isn't Marvel's worst movie (it'll take some doing to beat Thor: The Dark World in that regard), but it's certainly its least cinematic. Review

5.0

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2015-07-06

2015

Much of what we get here was covered in far more insightful style in the original Planet of the Apes series, and when a horde of angry citizens are baying for blood in the film's all too late climax you'll be forgiven for imagining hearing a chant of "Ape shall never kill ape! Review

4.0

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2015-07-05

2015

The Wonders coasts on a breezy charm to a point. There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours than in the Italian sun. and if you've ever had a curiosity about beekeeping, you'll learn a lot about the honey trade here... Review

6.0

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2015-07-04

2015

All too often, biopics of troubled artists focus more on the troubles than the art, but Love & Mercy strikes a fine balance, and both elements dovetail effectively. Cusack's performance is one of the great acting comebacks of recent decades. Review

7.0

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2015-07-03

2015

We're left wondering if Dumont's intent is for us to laugh at or with his characters, but it all plays out like a Punch & Judy show hijacked by the sort of kid who gets pleasure pulling the wings off flies. Dumont is like the cat who insists on leaving dead rats on your doorstep; it's likely a gesture of affection, but it's no fun disposing of the carcass. Review

5.0

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2015-07-02

2015

Still the Water? More like Stop the Projector. This self-indulgent twaddle, with its cod philosophy and catfish mysticism, made for two of the most mind and butt numbing hours I've spent in a screening room in quite some time. Review

3.0

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2015-07-01

2015

At this point Cameron's original movies seem like self-fulfilling prophecies. The machines may not have taken over yet, but on the evidence of Terminator Genisys they've sure got a foothold in Hollywood. Review

2.0

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2015-06-14

2015

Pilfering footage from previous studies of Welles, the movie serves as a sort of Greatest Hits package of Welles documentaries, but like every Greatest Hits compilation, it overlooks some interesting album tracks. Review

6.0

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2015-06-13

2015

Just which audience The Overnight is aiming for - the low brow comedy crowd or the indie dramedy hipsters - is unclear, but the confusion in tone is likely to turn off both. Review

5.0

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2015-06-12

2015

It sadly won't stick around for long, so forget those so called 'big' summer movies - this deep fried Scottish spaghetti western is one to see on the largest screen possible. Saddle up for the summer's best adventure, and bring coffee and beans. Review

9.0

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2015-06-11

2015

You can count the number of worthwhile post-1940s screwball comedies on the fingers of one hand, and still have a digit left over to flip this one the bird. Review

3.0

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2015-06-10

2015

Fendrik does a pretty good Sergio Leone imitation, but he walks a tightrope between homage and parody, particularly in a final shootout that, while expertly staged, drowns its spaghetti in a little too much sauce. Review

6.0

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2015-06-09

2015

Jake Johnson, clad in an original Jurassic Park t-shirt, riffs about how he preferred the old version of the park. It's as though the movie knows it's a pale shadow of the original, and it's correct in believing so. Review

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2015-06-08

2015

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