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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Serebrennikov may be exploring heady themes like state censorship, artistic frustration and romantic insecurity, but it's all wrapped up in one of the most joyous cinematic experiences you're likely to have all year. Review

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2019-02-10

2019

Her Smell is ultimately a film about the power of friendship, and the dynamic between Becky, Marielle and Ali is as brutally honest a depiction of the ups and downs of platonic attachment as you'll see. Review

9.0

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2019-02-09

2019

Mid90s doesn't entirely hold together, but while some of its narrative beats feel forced, it has a raw charm that's undeniable. Review

7.0

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2019-02-08

2019

Sadly this middle section only constitutes half of the running time of Foxtrot, but it more than makes up for the unconvincing grief-driven segments it's bracketed by. Maoz's talents suggest he might be working in Hollywood were that town not so tied to the interests of his home country's government. Review

7.0

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2019-02-07

2019

Much praise has been heaped on the make-up work that gives Tina and Vore their distinctive features, but I have to say I found it distractingly false, less convincing than the prosthetics worn by actors playing alien races in '90s era Star Trek shows. Review

4.0

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2019-02-06

2019

Landon's script for the sequel is such a convoluted and contradictory mess that by the movie's climax you'll find yourself nursing a worse migraine that the one Tree wakes up with every recurring morning. Review

2.0

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2019-02-05

2019

The great thing about a good folk tale is that you can extract a message of contemporary relevance from it while also finding it a ripping good yarn. The Kid Who Would Be King is all yawn and no yarn. Review

4.0

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2019-02-04

2019

Does Labaki genuinely care about the plight of the poor or is she simply exploiting their predicament? One has to assume the former, but her film's central hook of questioning whether poor people should be allowed to raise children positions Capernaum uncomfortably close to the realm of classist, fascist propaganda. Review

4.0

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2019-02-03

2019

Too simplistic for seasoned sci-fi fans and too grim for kids, I'm not sure who Cameron and Rodriguez think this film is for. Review

4.0

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2019-02-02

2019

Gilroy lazily gives us a crop of cheaply rendered art-meets-commerce stereotypes and pins his hopes on us finding entertainment value in their bloody demises, but with nobody we actually care for to carry this narrative forward, we're left yawning as a series of cardboard characters are offed in unremarkable ways. Review

2.0

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2019-02-01

2019

Viewers primarily seeking a unique premise may find The Hole in the Ground disappointingly derivative, but for horror fans weary of movies that favour heavy plotting over the sort of brooding atmosphere and chills on offer here, Cronin's debut suggests he's a filmmaker who understands what truly makes this genre tick. Review

7.0

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2019-01-11

2019

We meet Sacha first as a timid, vacuous airhead, but by the end of this striking film, we realise we've just witnessed the origin story of a super-villainess. Review

9.0

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2019-01-10

2019

Unlike the letters that made Israel initially rich and ultimately a wanted criminal, Heller's film is the real deal. Review

8.0

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2019-01-09

2019

Both in theme and aesthetic, Destroyer plays like a mash-up of Bigelow's cop thrillers Point Break and Blue Steel, but it only momentarily captures the surface thrills of either. Review

6.0

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2019-01-08

2019

After a few recent duds, Eastwood has returned with both his most entertaining and most well observed movie since 2004's Million Dollar Baby. Review

8.0

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2019-01-07

2019

Ultimately, watching Escape Room isn't a whole lot different from watching a Saturday teatime game show. Review

5.0

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2019-01-06

2019

The Miseducation of Cameron Post was by no means the definitive take on this topic, but it wisely recognised the absurdity within the practice and played its drama as a black comedy. Not so Boy Erased, which is serious with a capital S and devoid of humanity save for a warm performance by Nicole Kidman... Review

4.0

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2019-01-05

2019

Though largely listless and at times positively coma-inducing, if you can keep yourself awake there are a few worthwhile moments in All is True. Review

5.0

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2019-01-04

2019

McKay clearly made this movie for a liberal audience, but unless you spent the past two decades living in a cave, you're not going to learn anything new about Cheney and the Bush administration. Shouldn't this movie have come out a decade ago? Oh wait, it did. It was directed by Oliver Stone and called W. Review

2.0

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2019-01-03

2019

What little plot there is builds inevitably to yet another of Shyamalan's trademark twists, but this one is underwhelming and makes little sense, contradicting evidence the film has previously presented. Review

4.0

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2019-01-02

2019

Josie draws us in, but its ludicrous climax has the effect of a turning a few mellow beers on a balmy porch into an overbearing keg party attended by uninvited frat boys. Review

6.0

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2019-01-01

2019

Bird Box is essentially a monster movie, but it continuously gives the impression that it's embarrassed by such a label. Review

3.0

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2018-12-08

2018

Hogancamp's retreat from reality into a misogynistic fantasy world is simply impossible to get behind... Review

2.0

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2018-12-07

2018

Cam

CAM isn't the definitive take on the horrors that lurk in the shadows of the online world, but it may have you checking the strength of your email password. Review

7.0

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2018-12-06

2018

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